Tools of the Trade: Every Styling Tool Budding Hairstylists Must Have


Be profesh with trusted styling tools even when you’re just starting

Becoming a hairstylist is exciting! It’s fun, gets your creative juices flowing, and your hand skills are put to work. At the same time, you also need a lot of muscle power (Hello, blowdrying! Where you at?).

You’ve got the vision and may even have a brand name already. But the tools—the styling tools and supplies—can be quite overwhelming when you have so much to choose from. We remember how we started as well. There were a ton to choose from and many recommendations from fellow stylists, too! Fun fact: Our beginnings came from a humble salon as well.

If hair is your passion, then we’ve got the 411 on what you need to have in your styling kit that’ll have you making waves in the wonderful world of hair artistry.

A range of brushes and combs

A regular brush can do the basics—comb through and remove some of those easy-to-remove tangles on your hair. However, professional hair brushes are a different ballpark. Think of how celebrity hairstylist Chris Appleton does his magic on the gorgeous heads of Jennifer Lopez, Dua Lipa, and Kim Kardashian. When it comes to hair glam, you need a variety of brushes that can work their way through different hairstyles.

For a versatile and chic choice, you’ve got the dependable Ibiza Hair OC4 Oval Flat Boar Bristle Brush. It tames hair texture flawlessly and applies product to the hair with such ease thanks to its boar bristles. No insane hair pulling with this one.

If you need a blowdrying pal, there’s the Ibiza Hair CC4 63mm Ceramic Nylon Brush, a heat-resistant and ionic ceramic brush that can take care of frizz, flyaways, and static electricity. 

Another brush you can use for blowdrying or ironing work is the Ibiza Hair Airwave Shower Brush Green-Gold. It’s ideal for combing your tresses after showering or post-workout.

To get precise cuts and a polished finish, the graphite and 22k gold-covered Ibiza Hair Styling Comb Gold will serve some looks.

Heat-based styling tools

You got your brushes and now you need some heat and some muscles to bring some hairstyles to life. Of course, you also have to make sure that they don’t end up frying hair! A hairstylist's arsenal needs to have a blow dryer, a curling iron, and a hair straightening iron.

First thing’s first when it comes to heat-based styling you’ll need a handy dandy blowdryer. The Muk Blow 3900-IR Hair Dryer Rose Gold is gentle on the hair while infusing shine, moisture balance, and protection from thermal damage.

Of course, you have to cover the basics by applying thermal protection to your tresses before going in. It can also provide a quick dry for those moments where you’ve got to hustle fast. This hair dryer will be your BFF!

To get your curl on, the Muk Curl Stick V2.0 can give you waves for days with its interchangeable barrels. Muk also uses a new microprocessor technology so that the temperature stays consistent throughout its use. Also, another top-up to this tech-designed curling hot tool has Ion Field technology to seal the cuticle of the hair for a frizz-free payoff.

If you’re going for a sleek straight look, the Paul Mitchell Express Ion Smooth + Ceramic Flat Iron can deliver a shiny silky smooth result. The flat iron has a ton of pro features with far-infrared technology to lock in moisture along with super-charged negative ions to control frizz.

If you’re a little antsy about leaving your hot tools plugged in, you don’t need to worry with this one as it shuts off automatically after an hour.

Finishing with hair ties

If you’re creating a chignon, a ponytail or fishtail braids, you’ll definitely need a tie. Aside from bobby pins, you’ll need ties to secure the hair, too. And what better way to do it than with some ties that won’t damage hair through pulling. Just comfort all throughout its use.

You can go stylish and be equally fashionable with the Invisibobble Sprunchie Yes I-Emerald. It has a spiral hair ring inside that has a strong grip and is even suitable for wet hair, too! For some serious business styling, the Invisibobble Slim Crystal Clear and Invisibobble Power True Black are a must-have. And if they ever get out of shape, just pour hot water over them and bring them back to their original size. Think of it as an eco-friendly solution, right?

It's always a great and wise decision to take the plunge in investing in hairstyling tools especially if you combine it with the right training. The benefits are always present—time-saving, professional-looking results, and a guarantee for safety of use.  

Jillian O.

Jillian is a marketing pro of 10+ years learning to live slowly and consciously in a small surfing town with her smol hooman. Her self-care must-haves are: Allan Watts mixtape, iced coffee, and a good end-of-day face cleanse.