The 8 Best Curly Hair Tools for Ultimate Curls

Consider them your best curl-friends.

From S-shaped and beach waves to tightly woven and corkscrew ringlets, caring for curly hair can take a lot of time—and maintenance. As effective as your shampoo and conditioner combo may be, it's important to use the right tools to showcase your curls. Below, we've compiled the best diffusers, heat wands, texturizers, and dryers to keep your curls looking their best.

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Conair InfinitiPro by Conair Luxe Series

Conair InfinitiPro Diffuser on a white background
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Conair's diffuser is a multi-chambered design that uses circulating airflow to surround your hair and dry it faster. While traditional diffusers push air straight out, causing strands to swirl, the InfinitiPro redirects air toward the bottom of the "bowl," where it is slowly released. Ionic technology helps eliminate frizz, while ceramic technology with infrared heat causes less damage.

To buy: $55,

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DevaCurl DevaTowel Anti-Frizz Microfiber Towel

Gray DevaCurl DevaTowel Anti-Frizz Microfiber Towel wrapped with a gray ribbon
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Coarse cotton towels can spark too much friction and turn your curly hair into a frizzy catastrophe. Instead, try a microfiber hair towel, which has a smooth surface to absorb water quickly and set your curls on the right path for styling.

To buy: $22,

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Q-Redew Hair Steamer

Q-Redew Handheld Hair Steamer, Green machine with spokes
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Designed to deep condition, detangle, and reshape the hair in just a few minutes, hair steamers work by using steam to penetrate your strands. The process takes about 15 to 30 minutes and couldn't be simpler: Pop it open, add water, and let her rip. It's like a spa night and salon styling in one.

To buy: $79,

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Mason Pearson Rake Comb

Mason Pearson Rake Comb, large brown comb with wide teeth
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To gently detangle hair without breakage, opt for a wide-tooth comb over a detangling brush. These thick styling combs are ideal for coarse, textured hair. The Mason Pearson Rake Comb is pricier than others, but this hand-crafted version features tapered teeth and rounded tips to easily glide through hair. Pro tip: Try combing your hair in the shower—the "slip" of the conditioner reduces the risk of creating more breakage and frizz.

To buy: $37,

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RevAir Reverse-Air Dryer

Revair Reverse-Air Dryer, black machine with teal letters on a white background
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Before you get scared away by the hefty price tag, hear me out. If you like to straighten your hair every day, this tool could save you a lot of time, energy, and hair damage. RevAir uses a "reverse-air" process, meaning the dryer keeps all the warmth within the wand rather than blowing it directly onto your scalp, making the experience damage- and sweat-free.

It cuts down drying time by drying three times faster than a standard blow dryer, and the suction allows you to straighten your hair at the same time—so you won't have to go through the extra step of using a flat iron). The result is not only quick but your hair will be left sleek and shiny, not damaged or dry like after a regular blow-dry. One con: The size is definitely on the larger side, but Amazon reviewers seem to agree it's worth the extra storage space.

To buy: $429,

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Revlon One-Step Volumizer

Revlon One-Step Volumizer, round cylindrical brush with light blue handle and black accents
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If you want to give your hair extra vavoom, slide this unique oval brush through your roots for frizz-free volume with a single pass. Boosted by ionic technology, hair dries faster with less damage, while nylon pin bristles softly detangle hair.

To buy: $65,

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DevaCurl DevaFuser Universal Diffuser

DevaCurUniversal Hair Diffuser, lime green hand-looking device with 5 "fingers"
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This slime-green claw might have a unique look, but it's a must-have tool in curly-hair communities. The diffuser streams air from all sides of its branches, helping curls dry in no time. The process is fun too: Instead of piling hair into the cup like a regular diffuser, this one works like fingers running through your hair—which helps keep the natural curl pattern completely intact.

To buy: $50,

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Beachwaver S1-Dual Voltage Rotating Curling Iron

Beachwaver Curling Iron, silver curling iron on a white background
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If you want to give curls more definition, celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa's favorite Beachwaver is the easiest to use. The barrel spins left or right with a mere touch of a button, so you won't have to worry about twirling the wand to get perfect curls. Just click away and let the tool do all the work.

To buy: $129,

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