If someone asked me what three electronic things I’d like to take abroad, I would hands-down choose Enrapture Jumbo waver, Nicky Clarke Pro Salon Tong and one of the trusted straighteners. I would right up be scavenging through the crashed plane debris to locate my essential hair tools. (Kate did not just wake up with such conveniently tousled mermaid-like hair in Lost) These are the tools I would Have To repurchase immediately if (*God Forbid*) they broke down. And I would at least have a quarter million if I got a penny for every time someone asked me what I do to my hair. So here’s the list of the hair tools I swear by:
Enrapture Jumbo Waver My hair routine has been simplified since I got this machine in 2011. Its 25mm barrel forms natural beach waves in half the time of a curling tong, thanks to its jumbo plates covering large sections at a time. Lightweight titanium plates, sturdy grip and solid wires mean it's still intact in its 7th year without a crack! And the best part, it’s a bargain at under £40.
Nicky Clarke Pro Salon Tong If the jumbo waver is a bit too risqué for your liking, then this tried and true curling tong is likely to be your new staple. Its clip-less 25mm tong is the perfect barrel size for long-lasting loose curls. This affordable tong from the Diamond Shine range is super-powerful and travel-friendly for those weekend getaways.
GHD IV Styler This is a gadget that re-defined hair scene in the 21st century with its flat-to-head trend and so it had to be a part of my hair cache. If I feel like ditching the waves for a formal event, I opt for the classic GHD and it never fails to give me a Good Hair Day. Easy to use and highly powerful, it ensures tame tresses within minutes. I am most likely on my 4th GHD in the past 12 years (just because 2 of them melted in the Indian heat on two separate holidays). With a lifespan of around 4-5 years in colder climates, this classic straightener is priced moderately at around £100.
Nicky Clarke Super Shine Hair Straightener Celebrity hair stylist Nicky Clarke took it a step further with temperature lock and wide plates emitting ionic steam for a smooth shiny finish. If you’re not a fan of the flat-to-head straightening, then this darling does just the trick. It leaves you with a straight blow-dry finish, oomph at the roots and a hydrated glossy mane. The plates are a bit wider and the straightener a bit cheaper than GHD at around 80 quid.