Basic Beauty Test: Anna Tries Sephora's Top-Rated Hair Tools

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I'm back with another Basic Beauty Test and this time I am looking to update my hair routine with new tools! Hair tools have always been a more serious investment for me because I typically hold on to them for a few years. This time I am testing out a variety of top-rated tools from Sephora.

I’m so excited to try them all, including the much-loved Dyson Complete Airwrap Styler. It’s a product I’ve heard so much about and I’ve always wondered: is it really worth the hype and the investment? Personally, I haven't felt financially ready to commit to the high price tag, which is why I'm so happy that I can purchase it using Klarna on Sephora! Klarna allows you to split your purchase into 4 interest-free payments. That means I can spread out the cost across different paychecks!

Klarna helped me view the way I shop for investment pieces in a whole new light. Previously, my options were to either put money aside each month to purchase it at a later date (and potentially miss out all together!) or, I could put a large purchase on my credit card and incur interest. Klarna makes it much easier and better yet, allows me to shop smarter: you can purchase the product when you need it, and then your payments are spread out over time. Using Klarna, pricier purchases are now within reach (but still within budget), so I decided to test out Sephora's top-rated hair tools! Get the scoop on each product below–and find out if these highly-coveted tools are really worth the hype.

Dyson Complete Airwrap Styler

I couldn't wait to try the Dyson Complete Airwrap Styler! For this look, I was going for a volumized blowout. I used the Heat Protection Spray by OUAI and Gisou’s Honey Infused Hair Oil for styling. The Gisou Hair Oil is on the pricier side, but with Klarna I'll pay the full amount in 4 interest-free payments of $21.75. After using these products, I was ready to use the Dyson Complete Airwrap Styler!

This tool makes blow drying my hair so easy, especially since it’s an all-in-one product. It definitely exceeded my expectations, and it had a lot of hype to live up to! My arm is usually in pain after doing my hair routine because I’m holding a heavy blow dryer and brush, but the Dyson Complete Airwrap Styler is so lightweight. The volumizing brush gave me the perfect blowout, and made my entire styling process faster than ever.

I created a Wish List through the Klarna app to shop for all of these beauty products. The Wish List feature creates a seamless way to organize everything I had my eye on. I kept the must-have tool and products all in one place until I was really ready to buy everything.

Final Thoughts:  I am seriously obsessed with the Dyson Complete Airwrap Styler. This tool is really worth the investment and even more so when you can shop it using Klarna’s 4 interest-free payment plan–it comes out to $137.25 per installment! I’ll have this styler for years and I plan on using it at least three times per week, so the cost per use is a steal!

ghd Platinum+ Professional Performance 1'' Styler

The straightener I currently have is over four years old, so it is about time for an upgrade! This ghd Platinum+ Professional Performance Styler has great reviews on Sephora, so I was really excited to try it out. I first applied the Propolis Infused Heat Protecting Spray from Gisou to my hair pre-styling, and then I lightly blow dried my hair so it was ready to be straightened. I finished off the look with OUAI’s Finishing Crème, which I’m obsessed with because it keeps my hair looking shiny without making it look oily! 

I love, love, love this straightener! The coolest thing about it is that it doesn't have a heat adjusting option–it can predict what your hair needs and will adapt the styling temperature accordingly, leading to less breakage, damage, and drying out! It gave me a super sleek look that I loved. My hair can look tired or fried after straightening it, but the Heat Protecting Spray and Finishing Crème, plus this innovative Styler really prevented that! These products, and the straightener, are all available to shop on Sephora, which means you can pay for your purchase with Klarna. I plan to buy these styling products regularly, which is why I love Vibe: Klarna’s rewards program. It’s free to join and you earn vibes (points) every time you shop with Klarna, no matter which store you're purchasing from! You earn 1 vibe for every dollar you spend, and the more vibes you earn–the more rewards you unlock! The Klarna app makes it easy to keep track of all of your vibes you automatically earn while shopping.

Final Thoughts: I very much approve of ghd’s Platinum+ Professional Performance Styler! If you are interested in updating your straightener, I wholeheartedly recommend this one. Even better? If you purchase it with Klarna, you'll pay in 4 interest-free payments of $62.25. It is super easy to use, doesn’t burn your hair, and gives you the most gorgeous look! Pro tip: you can definitely get some really cute waves with the straightener too!

amika High Tide Deep Wave Hair Crimper

Last but not least is the High Tide Deep Wave Hair Crimper by amika! I feel like I’ve seen a wavy hairstyle trend all over TikTok and Instagram, so I was really eager to try it. This tool by amika is a top-rated item at Sephora, so I’ve had it on my Wish List through the Klarna App for some time before buying it. The Crimper is on the pricier side, but I was able to purchase it with Klarna and pay in 4 interest-free payments of $30. It was automatically charged to my card every 2 weeks, so I could spread out the payment over multiple paychecks. That’s a serious game changer when planning out your beauty budget.

To use this tool, I dried my hair quickly and applied the Kérastase Nutritive Blow-Dry Primer for Dry Hair, a genius product that is made to be used on dry hair. Then, I brushed my hair into different sections using the Briogeo Vegan Boar Bristle Hair Brush, and started styling! I was pleasantly surprised by how easy the High Tide Deep Wave Hair Crimper was to use. I’ve never experimented with a style like this before because I assumed it was difficult to achieve, but the tool made it easy. I also love that it came with a heat protectant glove because if you are klutzy like me it saves you from burning your fingers! I am obsessed with the way the waves came out, not to mention is a look I’m excited to style for varying occasions.

Final Thoughts: I am really excited about the High Tide Deep Wave Hair Crimper–it will help me update my hairstyles more often! I definitely suggest this tool to anyone who wants to experiment with new looks and have fun with styling! The Sephora ratings were on point for this tool, and using Klarna to buy it made it a financially-safe purchase.

This was hands down my favorite Basic Beauty Test yet! I am so in love with all of the new tools and products, and now it’s easier than ever to up my hair game. I’ve been trying to elevate my hair routine for months, and I’m happy I found my new go-to’s.

Klarna's Wish List was key–I added all of the products and tools I had my eye on into my Wish List to keep everything organized, and was kept up to date on price drops. When the time came to buy each item, I had the flexibility and control to spread the cost of the purchase price into payments with Klarna.

Each tool and product I used in this beauty test was what I would consider an investment piece, but thanks to Klarna, I was able to make the purchases work within my budget. Sephora is my absolute favorite retailer for beauty staples, hair tools, and makeup products, and the fact that I can purchase all of my must-haves using Klarna is a win win!

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