If You Only Need 1 Hot Tool, Let It Be This

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If you ever wished there was a flat iron that could do it all, your prayers have been answered with the GHD Platinum+ Styler 1" Flat Iron ($280). This pro hot tool (pun intended) straightens, curls, and waves while reducing breakage, so you don't have to feel guilty about giving your hair some heat. We're living in an era when anything goes as far as hairstyles, and quite frankly, a hair tool that can do almost everything ("almost" because it cannot dry your hair) is a must have.

As much as we love an air-dried look, you have to admit a flat iron is essential for instantly changing up hairstyles, taming frizz or flyaways, adding texture or volume, and simply getting any desired hairstyle. With a 20-second heat-up time, this baby will have you creating a straight and sleek style in no time. For ultrasmooth strands, we suggest starting with a smoothing cream such as the L'ange Sorbet Botanical Smoothing Balm ($24), which works to deliver silky-soft hair while protecting against UV damage. You can also trust the IGK Good Behavior Spirulina Protein Smoothing Spray ($32) to tame unwanted frizz and give you keratin-like results with 450°F heat protection.

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If you wish to create soft beachy waves, begin by misting your hair with a hairspray for some extra hold. The Living Proof Flex Hairspray ($27) provides a medium hold, yet the hair feels soft and touchable. Next, separate your hair into sections and wrap them around the multiuse iron. Be sure to alternate the curls, and once complete, softly brush your mane for that soft, undone, and lived-in look.

For curls, perform the same procedure as you did with creating waves except continue with a slightly tighter wraparound and hold off on any brushing. Complete all hairstyles with a shine serum like the Seen Magic Serum ($36), which adds shine, nourishes, and strengthens in a matter of seconds.

So you see, if you are short on space, time, patience — you name it — this GHD styler is a multifunctional tool that serves several purposes. All that said, it has an automatic sleep mode — a bonus that calms anyone's anxiety over questioning whether the straightener was left on or not. And let's not forget the universal voltage — a solid game changer for travel — because the last thing you want is a busted fuse during your next Euro trip. Just saying!