15 Expert Recommended Hair Tools Under $50


It’s a common misconception in the hairdressing world that the best hair tools on the market are the most expensive – but some of the curling irons, blow dryers and more that professional hairstylists love the most actually don’t costs an entire month’s rent. In fact, some of the most recommended hair tools that experts use on a regular basis cost less than $50.

Sure, expensive, high-tech hair tools can be great. Dropping hundreds and hundreds of dollars on them? That part isn’t so great — and that’s where the experts come in. To find them, Bustle asked celebrity hairstylist Glenn Ellis and stylist and Blondies & Co. Salon founder Jessica Page to share their favorite hair tools under $50.

There are plenty of more budget-friendly options that can do just as good a job as their more expensive counterparts. You do not believe it ? Read on to see how you can take your at-home hairdressing game to the next level on a budget. (Thanks to the beauty gods.)

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Ellis’ pick – the Hot Tools Pro Artist 24K Gold Curling Iron – is an industry favorite. “It’s a classic and will polish your hair quickly and effectively,” he says. Its 24-karat gold body helps define curls and can reach a temperature of 430 degrees to curl any type of hair texture.


Page’s top pick is the Leandro Limited x BabylissPRO Midi Dryer, citing its carbon technology that helps distribute heat evenly and prevent damage. As a bonus, it also comes with a diffuser and nozzle.


Ellis recommends the CHI Professional 1-Inch Ceramic Tourmaline Hairstyling Flat Iron if you’re looking for easy and simple styling. It provides even heat distribution to simultaneously smooth and shine your locks.


How fun is this wave? Page loves the Bed Head Mess Behave Ceramic Deep Hair Waver for effortlessly creating “messy” bends in your hair. If your hair feels straight when it air-drys, she says it also helps to touch up strands of hair that could use some extra texture.


Page likes the WetBrush Shine Pro because it has a mix of flexible bristles and boar bristles that make it very easy to detangle.


Another of Ellis’ favorites is the GHD Ceramic Vented Round Brush. “It glides through hair like a knife and butter,” he says. “It’s super easy to use and has a sleek look.” It retains heat to help you style and add volume to your hair for a sleeker blow-dry at home.


Ellis loves Hair Shop’s Metallic Shark Clips because they’ll hold even the thickest hair in place while you style different sections. He points to golds as a particularly chic option.


Page notes that claw clips can double as both an accessory and a styling tool to help your section stand out from your hair. Her recommendation is the Kaxi Fit Check Claw as it is very strong and can hold a lot of locks in place.


Page loves the Baby Tress The Edge Styler for styling edges. A dual-sided styler with a comb on one side and boar bristles on the other, it can be used to smooth and shape your baby hair to perfection.


BabylissPRO Nano Titanium Hot Rollers are Page’s Choice for the best hot rollers. “They heat up quickly and the butterfly clips hold them firmly in the hair,” she says. Here you get five hot rollers – each with an inch and a half width – to create loose, dreamy curls.


Page loves The Bouncer Dry Bar Diffuser because of how gently it dries and tames frizz. It also fits most dryers, which is always an added bonus.


For the best wide-tooth comb, Page likes the Dyson detangling comb. “It’s strong yet flexible enough to gently detangle hair,” she says.


hair sticks

The Pattern Beauty Hair Stick has extra-long teeth to add volume and elongate curls. It also comes with a comfortable thumb grip for easy styling of your curls.


microfiber towel

The Kitsch Quick-Dry Towel, Page says, is highly absorbent and can reduce drying time and heat damage. Opt for a fun print – like this one with polka dots – to add a more personal flair.



From updos to flyaways, they’re crafted with a non-slip grip to hold hair in place. And since these things always have a way of disappearing, who couldn’t use a pack of pins?


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