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Hair tools, unlike, say, lipsticks or shampoos, aren’t something you typically buy or switch out often. I’ve had the same blow dryer for years and a hair straightener that’s been dropped on my bathroom floor more times than I can count. So long as it turns on and off, we’re good, right? Also, who has the space for multiple tools? I certainly don’t.

I share all of this to illustrate the amount of ambivalence (and perhaps skepticism) I felt when I came across the L’Ange Le Duo Hair Styler.

Designed to create curls, waves and straighten your hair, it was presented to me as a jack of all trades, MacGyver of styling tools. In theory, all of these things are great and would save me some much-needed storage space. But, as I’m personally learning in my 30s, multitasking is only effective if you’re able to deliver on each individual task.

Still, I’m a curious person by nature and testing products is a vital part of my job, so I decided to give Le Duo a le chance. Also, I wanted to see what all of the hype was about. (The styler has repeatedly sold out since its initial launch in June.)

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I’ve documented what my hair is like before: It’s coarse, thick and prone to frizz. It’s neither straight nor curly but usually awkwardly in-between those two textures, as shown above.

For reference, that’s a just rolled out of bed photo. I washed my hair the night before and applied my favorite Leonor Greyl styling cream to it while it was still damp so I wouldn’t look like a Pomeranian in the morning.

On most days, I’d usually just pull my hair back into a loose ponytail, but when I have a Zoom meeting or I need to look presentable for any reason (i.e., when I’m sharing photos of myself on the Internet for work), I will typically add a few bends and smooth out any odd strands with a straightener.

Since the Le Duo came into my possession, my standby straightener has sadly been given the shaft. Instead, I’ve been using Le Duo because it’s even easier and more effective at making my hair look polished without much effort.

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See that smug grin? That’s the look of someone who just discovered the secret to good hair days. (It’s also the look of someone whose caffeine just kicked in).

To curl or wave your hair, you simply hold the tool vertically, so the base is pointing downward. Then, squeeze the clip to open up the plates and insert a 1-inch section of hair, starting around the mid-lengths (or a bit higher depending on where you want your curls to start). Twist the tool away from your face while sliding it down your hair towards the ends. More twists equal tighter curls; less twists give you looser waves like the ones you see above.

To straighten, hold the styler horizontally and squeeze the clip to open up the plates again. Next, insert 1-inch sections of hair and glide it down from root to tip, maintaining an even pressure throughout. Voila. Presto. Bedhead, be gone.

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Jenny Jin for PureWow

I’ve been using Le Duo for the past month and absolutely love it for creating soft waves. It's lightweight and ergonomic, so it’s easy to hold and maneuver, it features adjustable heat settings that range from 280 to 430 degrees Fahrenheit (I hover at a steady 360), and it’s built with tiny air vents that cool your hair on contact to keep it from overheating, while also locking in your style (much like the cool shot button on a blow dryer).

Basically, it’s a new MVP in my routine because it’s the rare hair tool that’s just as adept at curling your strands as it is at straightening them. Get it in pink, cream or black and let me know it works out for you! I am always invested in your good hair days, y’all.

Buy it ($89)

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