“In my experience, they don’t heat up enough to really smooth the hair out,” explains Sharpton. “They also have a tendency to give out faster. I’ve had a Twin Turbo 2600 dryer for years, and despite how much I’ve used it throughout that time, it still works as well as it did when I got it.”
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As for all of those different styling products...
“This is where the grey area comes into play,” admits Sharpton. As he (and most stylists we’ve spoken to about this topic) explains, it’s difficult to give hard and fast rules about whether or not you need any single styling product because it comes down to your individual texture and what you’re trying to accomplish. For example, someone with coarse, curly hair who wants to wear their hair natural may use a cocktail of styling products, whereas someone with fine, straight strands would be better off using less products to avoid weighing down their hair.