Hair tools are stylists' trusted ally, enabling them to achieve the impossible—making even the most unmanageable manes appear sleek and shiny. Tools certainly have come a long
way over the years, and there are always new innovations being launched by companies to keep the industry at the top of its game. “At our company, innovation is grounded in open communication with hundreds of stylists in more than 100 countries,” says Ken Russo, president of Gamma + Italia. “We feel that advanced technology, to be relevant, should first and foremost make stylists’ work and lives easier. It’s a collaboration now that powers our vision to evolve the essential while launching the brilliant and new.”
Some even find inspiration in unexpected ways: “I’m constantly working with our research and development team to bring our customers the most advanced tools,” says Dr. Farouk Shami, founder and chairman of Farouk Systems. “I’ve been inspired by how elements are used outside of our industry. While traveling, I saw ceramic technology used in pizza ovens and lava stone used for cooking. We have incorporated them into our tools, both serving as excellent conductors of heat. I have also worked with NASA to incorporate their technology into our tools.”
Most often, companies create tools in response to a need that they see in the market. Stephen Courtney, director of new product innovation at Dyson, explains, “Research and development sits at the heart of everything we engineer. We have over 4,000 engineers striving for the same result—developing genuinely superior products. How that product functions is centered around the solution to the problem we are solving. Developing engineering-led solutions can take years. Our current technology pipeline stretches 15 years out.” Here, we examine fresh tool releases that push the limits of technology in the most beautiful ways.
Powered by a heavy- duty lithium ion battery, the Andis Supra Li 5 Adjustable Blade Clipper includes a premium five-position blade for greater versatility, along with a powerful rotary motor to cut any hair type, wet or dry.
BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Miracurl creates three different curl sizes with an adjustable titanium curl chamber, ranging from tight and defined spirals to loose, relaxed waves.
Made with volcanic lava and ceramic, the CHI Lava Tapered Wand allows styling at lower temperatures than is standard, which produces less damage to hair while offering smooth, shiny results and multiple curl patterns.
Lightweight yet high velocity, the Gamma + Italia Aria Hairdryer is outfitted with tourmaline ionization technology that produces maximum negative ions for shinier and smoother strands, along with Evolution Turbo Compressor Technology with quiet airflow to deeply penetrate hair while reducing noise.
Developed by scientists over five years, ghd platinum+ features ultra-zone with predictive technology that responds to hair and the way you style to control heat more effectively with 70 percent less breakage and two times more color protection in one stroke.
The two-sided Denman Zoot Comb has dual-tension teeth on one end for low-tension cutting and blending, and a curved fine- tooth finishing comb on the other for close detail work and tight tapering.
The WetBrush Epic Professional Heatwave Blowout Brush has a ermagraphine barrel that gets 20 percent hotter than a ceramic barrel, distributing heat evenly across with crimped bristles that create the perfect amount of tension for an ultra-smooth finish.
Dyson Supersonic Professional Hair Dryer Professional Edition is engineered with a motor small enough to fit in the handle for light and comfortable all-day use.
Featuring Ultra Glide and proprietary Tri-Plex Fusion technologies to provide triple protection for hair, StyleCraft Shmedium Travel Iron comes with floating plates that are longer than standard full-size plates, allowing for fast and easy styling of larger sections in a travel-friendly compact form.
Olivia Garden Ceramic + Ion Professional Hair Dryer incorporates the same ceramic technology found in the brand’s signature brushes, which helps prevent heat damage and adds shine along with a powerful professional motor and advanced ion technology for exceptionally fast drying.
Hot Tools Black Gold 1 1⁄4” Ionic Salon Flat Iron contains multidirectional floating plates, 27 variable heat settings up to 455 degrees, an advanced ion generator that creates maximum output, and a Micro-Shine Ceramic finish to minimize friction and reduce damage.
Boasting a backlit touchscreen display to precisely control heat, airflow and ion settings, Neuro Halo Touch Screen Dryer comes with a SmartSense microchip with a “Clean Filter” indicator light and tourmaline ions to reduce frizz and add shine.
The Wahl 5-Star Cordless Senior runs on a lithium ion battery with a powerful motor and precision cutting blade, and includes high blade speed, more torque, a powerful cordless motor and a heavy duty aluminum cover lid.
Moroccanoil Professional Series Titanium Curling Iron features an extra- long, one-inch titanium barrel, offering even heat distribution with temperature control from 265 to 430 degrees, and patented technology that fully heats the rod within one minute and shuts off after one hour.
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