My Must Have Hair Tools and Products

My Must Have Hair Products and Tools

With the school year approaching I’m spending some time getting myself ready for the fall rush.  I’m looking forward to a more steady routine, and getting dressed for work more regularly.  The one thing I’m not jazzed about is the time it takes to do my hair.  I’m all about a streamline routine to make the process a little more manageable.  Today, I’m sharing my favorite tools and products, a mix of investment priced items and easy to find affordable drugstore products.


1. Drybar “Hold Me” Set of 4 Hair Clips, $16

This may seem obvious, but hair clips will change your blowout experience.  By clipping your hair out of your face and out of your way, you get a better result.  If you’re not using clips, you are likely pulling strands out of your face while simultaneously holding your brush and hair dryer.  The blowout experts at Drybar (I wish there was one down the street, I would go every week!) now offer a selection of must-have products.  I picked up these professional grade clips a few weeks back.  They offer an array of tools that bloggers and beauty experts swear by.

2. T3 Luxe2i Dryer, $250

Before you dismiss the price, hear me out. I spent years buying hairdryers every few months only to have them burn out or take forever to dry my hair.  I finally caved and purchased the T3 a few years ago and let me tell you, it’s one of my best purchases ever.  Not only does it dry my hair in half the time, but it’s powerful enough to give a great blowout quickly.  My hairstylist, Laura, uses a square barrel brush when she blows me out so I ordered it for myself.  It makes my hair incredibly smooth and for some reason, doesn’t get caught in my hair like a traditional barrel brush.

3.  CONAIR Jumbo Roller Instant Heat Hair Setter, $34

I am a big fan of hot rollers.  When you are getting ready, set your hair first, do your make up, get dressed and then right before you leave the house take out the rollers and run your fingers through your hair.  You’ll have bombshell hair with almost no effort.  I will use hot rollers more in the fall and winter than the warmer months for obvious reasons.  They are a great time saver if you give yourself a few days to learn the best way to set your hair.  This is my favorite detailed tutorial.

4. Mason Pearson Hair Brush, $170

This iconic brush is worth the price if you have medium to long hair.  It’s soft and gentle on your hair, and leaves it looking shiny and healthy. It’s the brush I keep in my bag for all day touch ups.

5. Conair Double Ceramic 1.5-in. Curling Iron, $27

Even though I spent a small fortune on a hairdryer, I just can’t get behind the $300 curling iron.  From all the reviews of various brands I’ve read online there’s not much of a difference between the super expensive and the ones under $30.  It’s all about value and how long the curling iron will last.  It’s been my experience that the less expensive ones last a good long time.  (If you’ve purchased a more expensive curling iron I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.)


6. It’s a 10 Miracle Conditioner Spray, $19

I first started using It’s a 10 to help brush my girls unruly curly hair (which they get from their dad) after their nightly showers.  It untangled, conditioned and actually gave beautiful definition to their long curls.  I eventually used it myself and it’s just a good on my straight hair.  I especially like it this time of year when you can step out of the shower, run a comb through your hair and let it air dry.

7. Living Proof Full Thickening Mouse, $15

This is by far my most favorite hair product.  I discovered it years ago when it first debuted on QVC.  It’s amazing.  I have a lot of hair but it lacks volume.  Apply about a quarter size of this to damp hair, starting at the ends and work toward your roots.  You don’t want too much on your roots because it will weigh your hair down.  Comb through and blow out.  You get full hair that lasts until your next wash.

8. Moroccan Oil, $15

A little goes a long way with Moroccan oil.  I can’t even tell you how long I’ve had the bottle on my vanity.  (Likely well past when I should have thrown it out.)  I use Moroccan oil a few ways.  After a shower at the beach I like to add a little bit, finger style my hair and let it dry.  It looks beachy and casual.  I also use the smallest bit to smooth fly aways after a more formal blow out, or when I pull my hair back.  It also works wonders on my kids hair.

9. L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray, $7.00

Elneet is a legendary product used by top hair stylist around the world, and it’s a drugstore buy.  By some kind of magic it keeps your hair in place but is soft and manageable.  You can still easily run a brush through your hair after you use it.  I still shiver when I think of my Aqua Net days in grade school.

10. Neutrogena Triple Moisture Professional Deep Recovery Hair Mask, $7.99

After using blow dryers, hot rollers, and curling irons,  my hair needs a break and a little love from a super conditioning mask.  I usually do one on a Sunday, as a fun ritual before the start of the week.  You leave it on for just a few minutes, and rinse out.  This one from Neutrogena gives me everything I want without a big fancy price tag.

Now it’s YOUR turn!  Share your favorite items, best splurges and wear you save in the comments below. 

Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

1 Comment
  1. These blogs are costing me a fortune (in a good way of course). I bought everything you recommended except the hairdryer, already have the T3 and it’s hands down worth every penny! Also realized I hadn’t used a great curling iron in my closet so you have prompted me to get that out and play with it. Thank you for inspiring us to also try new products. I remember one of our first meetings you told me never to leave the house with wet hair (seems so common sense, but I wasn’t paying attention to something obvious and important to give me the extra polish needed). Thanks for always providing such practical advice for all of us trying to get it all done and look a little fabulous every day.

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