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

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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

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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

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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

Market Editor: Aja Mangum

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