When my mother was growing up, she straightened her hair with an iron — a clothing iron, that is. While the hair straightener as we know it was invented a few decades before she was born, my mother’s childhood recollections speak to how much less prevalent hot tools were back in the day.
Fast forward to 2018, and there are countless gadgets that not only straighten, but also curl, crimp, and smooth. And just when it seems like the proverbial wheel has been reinvented as many times as it possibly can, a flood of new tools come in hot. (Literally.) Below, tools to make 2019 your best hair year yet.
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