Speed Testing Hairstyling Tools for the Best Morning Routine

We tested six multitasking hair tools that claim to shave precious minutes off your morning routine.

Caj Beauty Volumizing Dryer Brush

Photographer: Josh Dickinson for Bloomberg Businessweek

This one says it will keep your arms from getting tired, but the low-quality bristles kept getting caught. You know what saps arm strength the fastest? Trying to free your half-wet hair from the barrel of a dryer brush.

Time saved: None, and ouch

$149.99; cajbeauty.com

Revlon Pro Collection One-step Hair Dryer and Styler

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Despite being as loud as a jet engine, Revlon’s dryer had very little power. Still, the lightweight brush was easy to hold, and the end result was straight, no frizz.

Time saved: 30 minutes

$49.99; target.com

Conair John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Brush


Don’t try using this thing as a blow-dryer: It will take about two months to get your hair dry. As a finishing tool, however, it was faster than a round brush and gave ends a nice bounce.

Time saved: About 10 minutes

$37.05; walmart.com

Rowenta Versa Style Styling Iron

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All flat irons double as curling irons in a pinch, but Rowenta’s has round edges to create a tighter curl. That’s the idea, anyway—it never got hot enough to achieve a solid ringlet. Still, it did leave hair super straight, with a glossy finish.

Time saved: Not much

$129.99; bedbathandbeyond.com

Drybar Tress Press Styling Iron

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The temperature control buttons were so confusing, it’s possible the device wasn’t set correctly. Regardless, it left hair pretty frizzy—not exactly the professional-level shine Drybar is known for.

Time saved: None

$150; thedrybar.com

Harry Josh 2-in-1 Ceramic Marcel Curling Iron

Photographer: Josh Dickinson for Bloomberg Businessweek

This acts as a standard curling iron—but it comes with an attachment to create old Hollywood waves. It was hot in under a minute and delivered high glamour in just over 15. This might be the Tesla of hair tools.

Time saved: 20 minutes at least

$175; dermstore.com

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