It's GHD all the way right now, with some cracking deals on straightening and curling tools, as well as hairdryers.
Your hair may not be looking its best right now, with hairdressers still just out of reach. But we can help you get ready to go out and face the world again.
Best hair styling deals
Where to find hair styling deals
As with a lot of electrical products, shops can make it seem that you’re getting a great deal by comparing their current sales price to a high RRP. An item’s recommended retail price isn’t always a true reflection of its worth, as it may have devalued over time. Good deals will usually be discounted in comparison to current prices on rival sites.
It’s also worth considering the value of loyalty card points. If you have a loyalty card with any of the high street health and beauty stores (like Boots or Superdrug), it’s worth checking out what deals they have, as you’re likely to gain a lots of points when purchasing a bigger item like a hair styling product.
Although the phrase ‘the hotter the better’ may apply to many things in life, hair straighteners aren’t necessarily among them. The original GHD straighteners heat to 185°C (365°F), which the company says is the optimum temperature for straightening. However, most straighteners now will have a range of temperature options. The Dyson Corrale, for example, has three heat settings: 165°C (330°F), 185°C (365°F) and 210°C (410°F).
A range of settings is a good thing to look out for as the more heat you use on your hair, the greater the damage to it. So, a range of settings will allow you to choose a gentler option when you just want to run a straightener through it to smooth your hair and de-frizz it.
Speaking of de-frizzing, when buying, take into consideration the material that the straightening plates are made from. Titanium plates are a good choice for thick, coarse hair but they may cause damage to fine hair.
Ceramic plates may be best for thin or flyaway hair. And if your hair is damaged through colouring or other treatments, look for tourmaline or ionic plates, which will help to seal the hair shaft and prevent frizz.
To get a bit more info on what's out there, have a look at our round-up of the best hair straighteners to see what we rate.
The first thing to consider is wattage. Lower wattage means a longer drying time. A decent wattage for a hair dryer is 1,500 watts, 1,800-1,850 is good and more than this is moving towards professional quality (which can go up to 3,600 watts).
As with straighteners, you can now buy titanium, ceramic and tourmaline or ionic dryers. These are best for thick, thin and dry and frizzy and damaged hair respectively.
A cool shot is a much-underused feature that helps you to set your style. Other extra features on a hair dryer to look out for are a nozzle for blow drying the hair straight (make sure you use a barrel brush for this), or a diffuser for curly hair.
If you're looking for a recommendation, the Dyson Supersonic is one of our favourites: read our full review.
Curling irons and other curlers
Curling irons generally fall into two categories: wands, which don’t have a clamp; and irons or tongs, which do. With a wand, you wrap the hair around it yourself. It should heat up faster than tongs. But tongs will probably give you a smoother, shinier finish.
The thickness and shape of the barrel will affect the type of curl you end up with. Thicker barrels mean larger, softer curls.
If curling irons and the threat of burned fingers are too much, you can try an automatic hair curler, which basically involves simply putting a section of your hair in the machine and letting it do the hard work. The only downside to these products is that you won’t have much control over the end result, and they can be a little more expensive.
Best hair styling deals
Here are the best deals on hair styling products right now:
1. GHD Original IV Styler
Now: £85.99 (£23.01 off)
Save a huge £23 on the classic straightener, the GHD Original IV Styler.
2. GHD Platinum+
Now: £149 (£40 off)
3. GHD Max Styler
Now: £119 (£30 off)
Get 20% off the straightener for thicker hair, that has 2-inch-wide plates.
4. GHD Gold & Air bundle
Now: £180 (£68 off)
If you want a GHD hair styling set with straighteners and a hair dryer, this is definitely the most budget-friendly way to get it.
5. GHD Air Hairdryer
Now: £89.99 (£19.01 off)
This is a good price on the GHD Air Hairdryer, plus you'll get a free gift. Take a look at our review to find out more about the product.
6. GHD Mini Styler
Now: £95 (£24 off)
We were big fans of the GHD Gold, and the Mini version is a great alternative if you have shorter hair or want to do some precision styling. The RRP is £119, so this is a big saving.
When is Black Friday 2020 - should you wait for a better deal?
Black Friday will take place on Friday 27 November, immediately followed by Cyber Monday on 30 November. Traditionally the biggest sales event of the year, it may yet throw up some even greater tech deals - but with so much uncertainty around finance and retail, and no guarantees regarding what discounts we will see, we advise you not to wait: if you see a deal you like, on a product you need, and you can afford the outlay, buy it today.