22 Genius Hair Tools That Make Styling Your Hair A Lot Less Dreadful

Styling my hair can be a real pain — it’s time consuming, it forces me to get out of bed earlier in the morning, and it can lead to breakage. Thankfully, the best hair tools on the market exist to save time and make the whole process a lot less dreadful.

And adding a few of these genius hair tools to your arsenal will not only make your styling routine easier, but it will be faster and more efficient, too. From a brush that cleans itself to a flat iron designed for wet hair, these upgrades on the basics are serious game-changers when it comes to streamlining your styling routine.

Plus, thanks to advancements in heat technology and simple, but insanely clever inventions, the best hair styling tools can also protect your hair from the various damage caused by regularly using heat tools or brushing wet hair.

With savvy hair tools, you can style your hair every morning or night with less time and effort. And with an optimized getting ready routine, there's no telling how much extra space in your schedule you could have to sleep in a bit, really focus on perfecting your winged eyeliner, or just relax.

by Emily Estep

1. This Tool That Uses Steam To Straighten Wet Hair

Remington Wet 2 Straight Hair Straightener, $25, Amazon

This hair straightener allows you to both dry and style your hair at once, so you don't have to waste any precious time with a blow dryer. Its ceramic plates heat up in 30 seconds flat, and it has built-in steam vents so that it can safely be used on wet hair without causing damage.


2. This Towel That Dries Hair Quickly With No Frizz

The Hair Towel, $13, Amazon

This hair towel is made up of 100 percent microfiber material, which absorbs moisture incredibly fast, helping you air-dry your hair quickly and safely. It's large enough to wrap around long hair or thick hair, it's lightweight, and reviewers love that it dries curly hair without causing frizz.


3. The Straightener That Detangles And Brushes Hair While It Works

AsaVea Hair Straightening Brush, $38, Amazon

This straightening brush uses gentle but effective heat to straighten your hair while you comb through it, so you can detangle and smooth hair as you straighten it. It's got 23 ceramic plates that straighten large amounts of hair at a time, and it's designed to keep you from burning your scalp.


4. This Brush That You Can Use To Clean Your Other Brushes

Denman Hair Brush Cleaner, $7, Amazon

This hair brush cleaner does just that — it cleans out the excess hairs and product buildup that can accumulate in hair brushes over time. It works for any type of brush without causing damage to the bristles, and it gets rid of the dust and fluff, too. This way, you can detangle your hair with a fresh brush every single day.


5. This Wet Brush Made For Faster Drying Time

Wet Brush Speed Dry Hair Brush, $15, Amazon

This wet brush separates knots and detangles wet hair, but it's made to be used with a blow dryer — the curved brush and vented design allows it to get rid of excess water quicker, decreasing blow dry time by up to 30 percent. Its flexible bristles resist heat up to 450 degrees.


6. This Hot Air Brush That Styles Damp Hair

Vidal Sassoon 2-in-1 Hot Air Brush, $19, Amazon

This hot air brush from Vidal Sassoon lets you brush and style at the same time — and it can be used on damp hair. Its 1-inch barrel has soft bristles that help you detangle gently and add volume, and the evenly distributed heat dries hair while helping it holds it shape at the same time.


7. This Hair Dryer That Comes With Multiple Attachments

Andis Ceramic Ionic Styling Hair Dryer, $21, Amazon

This hair dryer uses ionic technology to dry your hair super fast, and with three different styling attachments, it can also create effortless waves and build serious volume. A bristle brush, a wide tooth comb, and a fine tooth comb can be easily attached to the end of the dryer to to turn it into a styling tool, and it has multiple heat settings.


8. This Holder That Organizes Your Hair Tools

MetroDécor mDesign Over-Cabinet Hair Tools Holder, $18, Amazon

This hair tool holder fits over almost any cabinet door, so it's easy to stow away your various hair tools without taking up more space on a shelf. And that means it's easy to find your tools when you're exhausted in the morning, too. It's designed with non-absorbent foam backing on its hooks, which protects the paint and finish of your cabinet.


9. This Versatile Curling Wand With Auto Shut-Off

Xtava Twirl Curling Wand, $25, Amazon

This curling wand is ideal for making tight curls that loosen throughout the day (a great option for people who have trouble holding a curl) and defined ringlets, with ceramic construction that minimizes heat damage. It also comes with an automatic shut-off function that kicks in after 60 minutes — meaning you'll never have to worry about leaving it plugged in.


10. This Heat Resistant Glove That Protects Your Hands

Kiloline Professional Heat Resistant Glove, $5, Amazon

This heat resistant glove is a game changer for anyone who uses hair straighteners, curling irons, or any other heated appliance on a daily basis. It's a one-size-fits-all glove that protects your fingers and palms from getting burned, so that you can style without fear. It will fit on left and right hands, making it a versatile tool that anyone can use.


11. These Hot Rollers That Are Designed For Travel

Conair Instant Heat Travel Hot Rollers, $21 (Set of 5), Amazon

These hot rollers are ideal for travel — it's compact and has dual voltage that can be plugged in anywhere around the world. It heats up in less than two minutes, and each roller is 1.5 inches wide, giving your hair volume and bounce.


12. This Heat Resistant Mat To Rest Your Tools On

Heat Resistant Station Mat, $13, Amazon

This heat resistant mat protects your vanity from damage and gives you a secure place to rest your hot hair tools. It's made from heavy duty silicone, and it's heat resistant up to 500 degrees. And it's easy to clean!


13. This Mounted Holder That Lets You Blow Dry Your Hair Hands Free

Hands Free Hair Dryer Holder, $22, Amazon

This hair dryer holder effortlessly mounts your hair dryer to the wall so that you can use both hands to style and brush your hair while drying it. It's easy to install, and it'll give you a free hand while you style your hair — and it's up to you if you need that extra hand for a round brush or your phone.


14. These Huge Hair Clips That Don't Leave Dents

Xtava Pinup Hair Clips, $9 (12 Pack), Amazon

These hair clips are designed with a no-slip grip and wide teeth, making it easy to section large chunks of hair at a time without leaving a dent. Each clip is 4.5 inches long, ideal for long or thick hair to use while straightening or styling.


15. These Flexible Foam Rollers To Curl Your Hair While You Sleep

Ohuhu Twist-Flex Hair Curler Roller Set, $11 (42 Pack), Amazon

This foam roller set includes a variety of sizes — ranging from 0.8 inches down to 0.3 inches — so that you can make ringlets or loose waves while you sleep. There's no heat required, and you can use them on damp or dry hair. They're also comfortable enough to wear while you sleep.


16. These Combs That Hang Easily In Your Shower

Plugged Shower Comb, $10 (2 Pack), Amazon

These wide-toothed shower combs are designed to help your detangle your hair when you're in the shower — saving you a step when you're getting ready. The bristles are also flexible, to prevent tearing, and it has a hook handle for easy storage. They can also be used to distribute hair masks or deep conditioner evenly.


17. This Soft Bonnet That Helps You Dry Your Hair

Laila Ali Ionic Soft Bonnet Dryer, $30, Amazon

This soft bonnet dryer quickly dries hair with ion-infused airflow, all while you sit peacefully or scroll through Instagram. It's excellent for drying hair that's in rollers or braids, and can also be used to set chemical or conditioning treatments. Reviewers love that it doesn't burn them.


18. This Curl Diffuser That Gives You Bouncy Curls

DevaCurl Devafuser, $28, Amazon

This curl diffuser dries and diffuses curls evenly, all while creating frizz-free curls with minimum static. It defines your natural curl shape, adds tons of volume to your look, and fits on most hair dryers.


19. This Hair Brush That Helps Clean Itself

Self Cleaning Hair Brush, $20, Amazon

This durable self-cleaning hair brush is designed for easy hair removal — the nylon bristles retract right into the brush, and the hair and dust falls right out. It's water-resistant, and reviewers like to leave the bristles inverted when they travel so they don't get ruined.


20. This Styler Creates Curls With No Effort

Infiniti Pro By Conair Curl Secret, $77, Amazon

The Curl Secret almost makes it too easy to get effortless curls. All you do is pop your hair inside and press down for instant curls. Plus, its tourmaline ceramic technology aims to reduce damage as much as possible, so that your curly hair will be silky and frizz-free. One reviewer writes: "If I had to sum up this product in 2 words, they would be: Game. Changer. I love, love, love this hair tool."


21. This Boar Bristle Brush That Fits Right In Your Hand

Magic Boar Bristle Soft Palm Brush, $6, Amazon

This brush is made with reinforced boar bristles to create shiny hair that's tangle-free. It comfortably glides over long and thick hair, but it's also great for short hair — and some reviewers even love using it on their beards.


22. This Mini Flat Iron That's Perfect For Short Hair

BabylissPro Mini Straightening Iron, $26, Amazon

This straightening iron is tiny, with plates that are only 1-inch wide. It's ideal for anyone with short hair, but it's got titanium ceramic plates that give you smooth hair, no matter your length.

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