It's pricey, but worth it.

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GHD Classic 1” Inch Styler
Credit: Sephora

Hair straighteners are a must in the South were the humidity levels tend to demand some version of ponytail styling at least eight months out of the year. Unless, that is, you've somehow managed to get your hands on the GHD Classic 1-Inch Styler.

As far as we're concerned, this is the best hair straightener we've tried. Not only does it heat up in record time (only 30 seconds until it hits 365°F), it's also been lauded for its frizz fighting capabilities—as mentioned above, a must down South. What's more, it lasts. One editor's trusty Classic Styler is still going strong after 4 years of almost daily use.

We'll admit, the $150 price tag did give us pause, but when it comes to applying high heat to our hair, we want to make sure the styling process is as quick and snag-free as possible. While a lower quality tool may save your budget in the short term, if its mechanics aren't up to par it could require a few extra passes over your hair, which can wind up damaging your strands in the long run. With the GHD Classic Styler all you need is a quick glide in order to achieve perfectly smooth hair. The thin, rounded barrel even makes it ideal for mastering those loose waves you've been dreaming of.

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Give this one a try and report back to us on how you like it. It comes with a two-year warranty that insures this buy won't be one you come to regret any time soon.