Want great wedding hair? You need great hair tools! Long gone are the days of the humble hair dryer with a switch boasting exactly two settings: On/Off. Today's high-tech hair tools act more like computers than beauty gadgets. But these tricked-out features were designed to not only make your life easier, they're actually helping safeguard the health of your precious bride-to-be locks. (Meaning that gorgeous wedding hair is easier to achieve than ever!)
Today's hair tools "are much more beneficial to the long-term health of hair," says Garnier celebrity stylist Tommy Buckett. "Hair is left softer and shinier, and blowouts last longer." Here, eight new gadgets you'll want in your wedding hair arsenal:
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The gadget: Paul Mitchell Neuro Smoothing + Styling Iron, $134.99
Why it blows us away: Thanks to its automatic shutoff feature, anxiety about leaving it on and burning your apartment to the ground is gone. It also has settings for fine, coarse and normal hair. That means you can pass it around your bridal party like a bottle of bubbly.
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The gadget: Coolway Low Heat Smoothing System, $139.90
Why it blows us away: This ace detective figures out your hair's moisture level, and automatically sets the appropriate temperature. For straightening-iron addicts, that's a welcome insurance policy against fried, frazzled locks.
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The gadget: Revlon Laser Brilliance Iron, $29.99
Why it blows us away: Obviously, you can't beat the price. But this baby also minimizes frizz and improves texture over time. Yes, you read that right: Your hair will look better the more you use it, not the dreaded other way around.
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The gadget: Chi Touch Screen Dryer, $199.95
Why it blows us away: Without getting too tech-y, when you see the word "ionic" attached to hair tools (like this one), that's code for "cuticle-smoothing" and "less damaging." This state-of-the-art dryer lets you adjust the speed and temperature and is also super quiet, so you can rock out to tunes while you're working your way through your morning routine.
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The gadget: Sedu Revolution Pro 6000i Dryer, $160
Why it blows us away: It's so lightweight! And it has an ionic generator that you can turn on and off! Both features are terrific, but a dryer that doesn't weigh a ton is more efficient all the way around. "The shorter the barrel, the easier it is to achieve a perfect blowout," says New York City salon owner Nunzio Saviano.
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The gadget: Rowenta Inspiration Pro Auto Sensor Hair Dryer, $159.99
Why it blows us away: This shuts off the second you put it down, boasts three heat settings, and has a cool shot that's actually cool—it's 75 degrees—so you can lock in shine when your hair is dry.
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The gadget: T3 Voluminous Hot Rollers Set, $99
Why it blows us away: These are ceramic, which gets a big thumbs up from Bucket. "Ceramic rollers hold a curl longer, so less heat is used," he says. Bonus points for heating up to 250 degrees in three minutes, and the honeymoon-friendly travel pouch.
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The gadget: Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Miracle Professional Curl Machine, $158.00
Why it blows us away: There's zero guesswork with this gizmo. Simply feed sections of your hair into the "curling chamber" and choose a setting based on how tight you want your curls. Voila! Curl perfection, time and time again.