You wouldn’t skip a phone upgrade, so why wouldn’t you invest in smarter grooming tools? From the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer to FaceGym’s electrical muscle stimulator, there’s a brand new generation of grooming devices that are designed for quality and durability – and they look good too. The latest tech innovations deliver improved performance, which means better results and fewer hours spent in front of the mirror. Isn’t it time you brought your grooming regime into 2016? Face the future with five cutting-edge grooming tools.
Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer
Dyson made vacuuming sexy. Can it do the same for hairstyling? James Dyson set out to create a super-light, silent (ish) hairdryer with sensitive temperature control to prevent heat damage. It’s eight times faster than other models – great news for impatient stylists – and the motor is in the handle, not the head, so it’s weighted for stability and comes in a super slick leather case.
What’s good? Dyson products are built to last; this one won’t be going to landfill anytime soon.
What could be better? Currently only available in pink or white. Plain grey please.
£299.99. Available to buy online at dyson.co.uk
The OneBlade is Philips’ first disposable razor. It is neither a shaver nor a trimmer, and is designed with styling in mind. The head has four clip-on combs that transform the razor into a precision edging device. Used wet or dry it gives the same results and we found it snagged less than some manual razors.
What’s good? Smart design and very smooth to use.
What could be better? The small head means that a full clean shave takes longer and requires more strokes (but that’s because it’s made for styling). The refill blades aren’t cheap (£12 each, £20 for two) in comparison to standard disposable razors.
£34.99. Available to buy at shavers.co.uk
Braun Beard Trimmer BT5050
The Braun styling range has had a complete overhaul, with emphasis on functionality. The beard trimmer has a long battery life, can be used wet or dry and is easy to clean, being fully washable. The dial and guard lock ensure precision lengths using two combs for stubble and longer beards. It also achieves the Holy Grail of beard trimming – uniform length with no patchy bits.
What’s good? The guard works so you won’t lose chunks of your beard.
What could be better? The battery life indicator flashes red when running low. A percentage gauge would be more instructive, but we’re just being picky.
£49.99. Available to buy at shavers.co.uk
Oral B Genius 9000
Routine brushing is a hard habit to unlearn if you are doing it wrong. Whether left or right-handed, chances are you regularly miss whole sections of your teeth and gums. To combat this, Oral-B presents the Genius. Sync your brush and phone with the app. Using facial recognition, the brush plots your entire mouth to ensure you are cleaning properly. It also flashes a warning light if you are brushing too hard. Comes with a moveable wall mount for your phone.Simple to use, incredibly effective.
What’s good? It’s a pocket dentist.
What could be better? You still have to floss. Sorry.
£280. Available to buy at boots.com
FaceGym is the workout for your face. Now you can try the brand’s famous boot camp facial at home. The FaceGym Pro device uses EMS (electrical muscle stimulation) to exercise the thousands of small muscle fibres in your face. It works to tighten the jawline and the diamond-faceted probes allow it to cover a larger surface area. An odd but not unpleasant feeling, which is worth it for a tauter, smoother look.
What’s good? A professional treatment in the comfort of your own home.
What could be better? It looks a bit like a vibrator. Stick it in the hold to avoid any unnecessary embarrassment at airport security.
£399. Available to buy at harrods.com