Wanting your hair to always look as good as it does after a trip to the salon is asking the impossible. There’s just no way your mane can stay silky and straight or voluminous with beach-ready curls for long, especially in our tropical weather. Humidity and a good hairdo do not mix, period.

This plight, however, is no cause for you to hire a personal hair stylist to attend to your every call (unless you can afford it, then, by all means, live the dream). Investing in proper, pro-grade styling tools for your vanity are the easiest ticket to forcing your hair to be on its best behaviour for the day to come. All it takes is a little know-how and some extra time in the morning to get ready. Looking like Beyoncé is worth waking up half an hour earlier, trust.

We’ve chipped through the technical jargon and user reviews to find the top hair styling tool from the common categories — curling iron, straightener, styling brush and hairdryer. Here’s your new list.

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The best hair straightener — GHD Platinum +

When it comes to hair straightening irons, GHD knows best. The UK-based company even pioneered an intelligent styler, the Platinum +, which comes equipped with technology that can alter the temperature of the tool to your hair’s needs. This ensures that your hair never falls prey to heat damage, retains its integrity and doesn’t dry out even if you’re using heated irons to maintain it daily. Other minor upgrades also justify why the product is worth a pretty penny — there’s a rounder barrel to avoid snagging your hair, and gloss-coated plates to give your ‘do a shine that will put most shampoo commercials to shame.

$425. Available at Sephora.

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The best hair curling tool — Dyson Airwrap

Dyson’s beauty range gets a ton of flack for the price point, but the fact that the products remain unshakeable bestsellers speaks volumes. Its recently released Airwrap hair curler completely changed the game by letting its users achieve a variety of different curls or waves without the use of extreme heat. This spells less damage and more manageable hair that makes frizz a distant memory — a benefit especially useful to those of us with kinkier natural curls.

S$699. Available at Dyson.

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The best hairdryer — Panasonic Nanoe EH-NA98

A hairdryer that hydrates your tresses when it’s in use seems like a bizarre concept, but that is exactly what the Panasonic Nanoe hairdryer does. It is equipped with a patented Nanoe technology that helps to moisturise and maintain glossy locks when using the hairdryer, along with four different styling modes for you to use as you please. Besides being friendly to your hair, it also keeps scalp aggravation at bay with an Intelligent Control Mode that prevents the dryer from abusing your delicate skin with heat that is too strong — a feature particularly beneficial for sensitive scalp sufferers.

S$329. Available at Harvey Norman.

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The best styling brush — Tangle Teezer Blow-Styling Smoothing Tool Paddle Brush

The makers of the world’s most famous detangling brush are back at it with a styling variants of its palm-sized classic. One of these is the Blow-Styling Smoothing Tool Paddle Brush, a compact brush designed for blow-drying your mane from wet to dry. Not only does it deliver tangle-free tresses, but it also has bristles designed to cause minimal tugging and friction on your hair as you dry it, resulting in frizz-free, shiny hair that’s soft and voluminous too.

S$40. Available at Sephora.

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.