I once bought a flat iron solely because it was bright blue. After just a few months of use, my hair was so damaged that my stylist threatened to shave it off if I didn’t throw the iron away immediately. The lesson? Choosing a heat styling tool is serious business. From the type of material to the width and shape, there are many important variables to take into account when shopping for one. Above, Kate Hanley, senior stylist for TakamichiHAIR and Jenny Balding, senior stylist for Cutler Salon share their pro tips for finding the perfect blow dryer, flat iron and curling iron for your hair type and needs.