Friday Faves: My New Favorite Hair Styling Tools


On this edition of just-for-fun Friday Faves, I briefly talk about two of my New Favorite Hair Styling Tools – Karmin hair dryer and flat iron – that I now cannot live without.

On this edition of just-for-fun Friday Faves, I briefly talk about two of my New Favorite Hair Styling Tools - Karmin hair dryer and flat iron - that I now cannot live without.

So a lot of people that know me well in real life know that I have had multiple issues with my hair in the last 6 years or so.  I’m not quite sure what caused all of the problems of my hair changing in negative ways, from the dry texture to it thinning out a lot (maybe some changes come with aging?), but it has taken me a long time to get it headed back in the right direction.  I chalked up my annoying hair problems to years and years of bleaching, using heat products on it without heat protective spray, and just overall beating up on it.  Once I learned that you need to really baby your hair in order to keep it looking nice, young and fresh I got back on the right track.  I can really go on on and, but any woman reading this knows that hair thinning and the like can be devastating, embarrassing and frustrating!

Taking better care of my hair started with using better styling tools.  Believe it or not, they are not all created equal!  I burned the heck out of my hair from several years of straightening it with a cheap drug store flat iron. It wasn’t until somewhat recently that I learned how those flat irons only have ONE heat setting and that heat setting is extremely high and just detrimental for fine, thin hair – which is what I have.  Did everyone else in the world know this besides me?

I thought that maybe someone else can relate to these issues of hair thinning, breakage, or just not knowing the right tools to use to protect your hair and would greatly benefit from my recommendations of these two Karmin hair tools today.  This hair dryer and flat iron both have RAVE reviews all across the internet on every reputable website that I found…you really can’t go wrong.

Karmin Salon Series Professional Styling Flat Iron

Karmin Salon Series Professional Styling Flat Iron review.

I am completely in love with this flat iron. It has done wonders for my hair.  I wasn’t even in the market for a new one, but my hubby and I were traveling internationally back in March and being the smart guy that he is, he thought to check beforehand if my appliances would work in the outlets of those countries.  We quickly realized that I needed a new flat iron because no way was I going to go two weeks with my frizzy, very awkwardly wavy hair!  My husband, being an engineer and all, researched for over an hour on the best flat iron to get me that was dual voltage (which means it is fine for worldwide use). He found rave reviews on the Karmin G3 Salon Professional Hair Straightener Flat Iron, but saw that there was a newer version that had just come out.  We both agreed that given the endless positive reviews of the G3 that I was safe in taking a chance on the new Professional Styling flat iron by Karmin.  Leave it to him to find me one that was better than I even thought existed!

Two things I noticed about this one in comparison to my old flat iron (which was still a nicer one at around $80):

  1. It doesn’t pull at my hair!  The plates are so smooth that they glide flawlessly over my hair and I only need to go over each section once.

2. I wake up the next morning and my hair needs nothing done to it!  This is just unheard of, especially for someone who does not have naturally pin straight hair. I can straighten it once and wake up the next morning and not have to do it all over again or even do touch-ups.  It stays the exact same way that it was when I went to bed. That is the sign of a quality flat iron!

Curling hair with Karmin flat iron.

Waves in my hair that I did with the Karmin flat iron still holding strong after a night out.

Some other features:

  • 100% Pure Ceramic Floating Plates – Straighten, curl, wave or flip hair flawlessly – I watched  YouTube video on how to do waves with it and it really works!  It boosted the volume of my hair and the waves stayed in for several hours.
  • 1″ Wide Plates Heat to Temperature Range of 230f – 450f for all hair types & textures – I keep mine on a very low temperature since I have very fine hair.
  • 30 Second Heat up with 1 Hour Sleep Mode (automatic shutoff – this is great because, let’s be honest, I never remember to turn mine off)
  • Heat mat/carrying case – I love this because it keeps your counter protected from the heat.
  • 3 year manufacturer warranty (when purchased from an authorized retailer)

Karmin Salon Series Ultralight Professional Ionic Hair Dryer

Karmin Salon Series Ultralight Professional Ionic Hair Dryer Review

Karmin generously sent me this hair dryer and their hair repair kit (which is awesome) to try out since I wrote to them telling them how much I loved the flat iron.  I have used the dryer several times now and am pleased to say that my hair dries so quickly, comes out much softer and shinier, and I am crazy about how light it is (less than 1 pound).  My arm and wrist never get tired with this dryer!  This also makes it very travel-friendly.

Karmin Pro Naturals Hair Repair System Kit Review

This hair dryer comes with a diffuser attachment which is great to not have to buy that piece separately.  It also has a cold drying option (along with the normal warm and hot setting) and a cool shot button, if needed. The power cord is longer than all of my old dryers, which I love.

I read reviews where plenty of professional hair stylists recommended this hair dryer, and Karmin products in general.  I consider most hair stylists to be the “experts” in hair care as many of you probably do.  It really is a great investment.

Some additional features:

  • 3 heat settings / 2 speed settings
  • 1800 Watt Professional Grade Motor (this is one STRONG motor)
  • Ceramic Coated Nozzle for Infrared heat & Negative/Positive Ion Generator to create shine and dry your hair up to 70% faster (less time your hair is exposed to heat = less damage)
  • 3 Year Warranty!

Karmin Salon Series Ultralight Professional Ionic Hair Dryer review for damaged hair.

If you’re in the market for new hair tools and want the best of the best, I highly recommend Karmin – you will be sure to notice the difference.  They are by far my new favorite hair styling tools.  Have a great weekend and if you have any questions, ask away!

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8 Responses to “Friday Faves: My New Favorite Hair Styling Tools”

  1. May 13, 2016 at 10:19 AM #

    I have this feeling my blow dryer is going to die on me any day now! I will hunt down the Karmin professional model ASAP!

  2. May 13, 2016 at 2:58 PM #

    The timing of this post is absolutely perfect because my hair dryer died this morning. Having long hair, I’ve learned the importance of good styling tools so that I don’t fry my hair. I’ll have to check Karmin out!

  3. Natalie
    May 13, 2016 at 7:18 PM #

    OMG, I love Karmin!!! I have the G3 and it is amazing. I can’t imagine how they can make an even better styling iron than the G3, but now I want to try this one out.

    I have never used any of their hair dryers, but if they are anywhere near as good as their irons, I might need to try it out. Is is really that light? My dryer weighs a ton. My arms ALWAYS get tired while I am drying my hair.

    Negative ions is a must have!

    Your hair looks great btw. Don’t be so negative. I love the color too.

  4. May 14, 2016 at 4:14 PM #

    I would love to hear more about how you are improving your hair. I have incredibly fine hair – I say it’s like fairy floss and my mom and I have both noticed some not so good changes in our hair. We are currently using a laser to try to improve it. Please share more about your journey! By the way, I don’t think your hair looks thin at all – it looks great!

  5. May 14, 2016 at 10:32 PM #

    I’ve not tried their products yet but have heard good things about them. I’m like you, my hair has changed over the years. Probably from colouring, but also age. I rarely blow dry mine or straighten it any more. Usually only a couple of times a week, but when I do I use professional shampoo and conditioner, as well as styling tools. It really does make a difference. I’ll keep this brand in mind, I’m always breaking my styling tools so I go through them way too fast. The joys of tile floors.

    Have you tried coconut oil for your hair? I’m loving it. I use it on my hair, and on my face. Who knew? I keep one jar in the kitchen pantry and one under the bathroom sink. Ha.

  6. May 15, 2016 at 7:31 PM #

    ooo I love finding new hair products and getting reviews from real people. I’m always looking for new hair straighteners. I’ve been using them for years and I still haven’t found the perfect one. .

  7. Janine
    May 19, 2016 at 9:23 PM #

    Loved this post! So informative! Will have to check these out 😀

  8. May 19, 2016 at 9:32 PM #

    My hair dryer is on it’s last leg! I need this hair dryer in my life!

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