Expensive Straightener

The T3 Lucea ID hair straightener is still pricey for someone to buy themselves, at $249, but it’s significantly cheaper than the Dyson Corrale or Airwrap, nearly as impressive, and makes a great gift.

The tech inside this sleek iron takes the guesswork out of temperature settings by adjusting the heat to its users’ hair based on texture, length, and whether the hair is color-treated. The device aims to deliver sleek styles with lower heat, resulting in less damage. I like the “refresh mode,” which lets you touch up your hair post-styling—like after waking up the day after—without going all-in on high heat again. It also creates perfect curls. Still not sure? See our full guide to hair straighteners.

A really good hair tool is one that you don’t have to spend hours using and that doesn’t require much effort on your part. That’s where the RevAir (9/10, WIRED Recommends) shines. Like Dyson, you need a thick wallet to buy one of these huge hair vacuums, but it’s a tool that performs—and it’s often discounted on the company’s site. It’s especially good for those with wavy and curly hair, but anyone who regularly uses a hair dryer will be amazed by how much styling time this saves. 

Feed small sections of your wet hair into its hose. Wait 30 seconds and reveal straight dry hair. I’d think it was too good to be true if I hadn’t seen it work on several hair types myself. Mileage varies depending on curl type and texture, so some will need to glide over it quickly with a flat iron. Even so, it’s worth the cash. 

Curly hair has specific—and often expensive—needs. Having a good diffuser and dryer combo is essential, and DevaCurl has one of the best. Its DevaFuser looks like a big green hand, which makes it easier to dry roots and cup curls like you would with your hands, without disturbing the curl pattern or causing frizz.

You can buy your giftee the universal diffuser ($50) exclusively if you know they have a dryer they already like. It should fit most standard dryer barrels. We have a bunch of other hair dryer options too, if you’d like to spend less.

If you’ve been on TikTok lately, you’ve probably seen people curling their hair with bathrobe belts or silk rods. The latter are not the curlers of yore, but are instead a simple, one-piece product you can wear while sleeping and wake up to Victoria’s Secret Angel-like waves. There’s no heat, and barely any time or effort on your part.

CharlieCurls makes a version of these curling rods with microfiber and wire. All you have to do is wrap your hair up into a bun and go to sleep. This kit makes a nice gift because it comes with the curler, a wooden comb, and a continuous mist spray bottle all together in a box. There are many cheaper options out there, but we like that CharlieCurls is a small, woman-owned business.

Expensive Straightener

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