In the same spirit as die hard and mean girls are considered holiday movies for their respective mega-fans, hot tools have a very special place in the gift season for beauty lovers. They make for some of the most festive and fun gifts with their flashing lights and gold hardware, awesome and innovative technology, and lots of bundle options.
We’ve curated some of our favorites to gift your loved ones. All year, team Seduce extensively tests heated hair stylers – burning our locks for the sake of research – to bring you our recommendations for the best performing products. Our finds: flat irons that create glassy, straight styles, waves and curling irons for beachy waves and full-bodied curls, brushes for high-speed hair dryers, and more. Some of these tools have even had a makeover with special edition colors and product add-ons that make them the perfect gift set.
So read on to find “grool” holiday gifts – the ones that will have your most beauty-obsessed friend hugging and kissing you (even when you’re not under the mistletoe).
Waving and curling wands
A good wave or curling wand can be the difference between burnt, limp hairstyles and healthy, bouncy hair. Our picks for three standout curling wands are functional, but also gorgeous to look at on your vanity. The Kristin Ess Soft Wave Swivel Wand does exactly what it says: it folds at the golden crack above its temperature adjustment knobs – turning into an L-shaped tool. In its folded position, the tool is easier to handle, allowing you to easily reach the back of your head. It creates flowing waves without any bicep burn, which is genius.
Likewise, the Beachwaver S1 White Dual Voltage Rotating Curling Iron makes it easy to create curls. Decide which way you want your hair to curl (I prefer my curls facing my face) and press its button. The barrel spins, wrapping around the section of hair you’re working with.
Finally, the T3 Tourbillon Trio is a favorite among Seduce Staff. It comes with different sized barrels (1 inch, 1.5 inch, and a tapered option) to give you the bouncy curls and waves you desire. (My go-to is the taper attachment, which creates lived-in waves.) This is the ultimate starter set for anyone who loves a traditional curling wand.
If your loved one loves a good flat iron, consider these two from GHD and L’Oreál. The GHD Unplugged Styler smooths hair for glassy, soft locks, while being travel-friendly. The L’Oréal Steampod Professional Flat Iron uses steam and a built-in comb to create sleek styling – and the tool comes with Kérastase’s heat-protecting and shine-enhancing products.
Our crimping picks this year may seem like a blast from the past, but note that they’re not like the crimpers or rollers of the past. Brand Beauty Babe Waves X creates cool, shiny, party-ready S-waves in less than 20 minutes, while the Conair Big Curls and Waves Hair Fixer creates waves and full-bodied Hollywood flips.
Our picks for hair dryer gifts take blow-drying to the next level. The Hot Tools One Step Hair Dryer dries, smoothes and adds shine in just one styling session. The Amika Double Agent dries and straightens – and is business editor Jennifer Hussein’s go-to for a quick styling session. She calls it “seriously impressive” because it gives her straight hair in less than 10 minutes, while her hair usually takes 30-40 minutes to straighten.