Loose and dreamy beach waves might look effortless, but typically require a top notch hot tool

Loose and dreamy beach waves might look effortless, but typically require a top notch hot tool — and a fair amount of elbow grease. You can use curling iron to achieve dream-girl waves (some even use a flat iron to curl their hair), but a curling wand is a clip-less hair tool that gives gorgeous, versatile curls and waves. The difference between a curling iron and a curling wand is that a curling wand lacks a clamp to prevent any dents while styling. Using a curling wand also means you can start styling the hair at mid-strand, instead of starting at the ends and rolling upward. The ends keep their natural texture, giving that effortlessly beachy look instead of one that’s super coiffed. Plus, “a lot of curling wands have a tapered barrel which allows you to achieve different sizes of curls without having to have a second or third size of tool to achieve the same look,” says Mandy Kinn, owner of Spectrum Salon. Ultimately there is no “better” type of wand, but with all of the marketing claims out there, it can be difficult to know what’s actually in your heat tool. Titanium is an “an extremely lightweight and extremely durable metal̶...

Cold commutes, overnight road trips, lunch-break naps — there are so many situations in which the

Cold commutes, overnight road trips, lunch-break naps — there are so many situations in which the best heated blankets for your car come in handy. Since they’re portable and way less expensive than heated seats, you can upgrade just about any ride with cozy, body-encompassing warmth; but do yourself a favor and do some research first. Not all heated throw blankets are created equal, and not all of them are made for your car. Whenever you’re dealing with technology, the possibility of error is amplified — both on your end and on the part of the manufacturer. First thing’s first: Check to make sure that your car has a 12-volt accessory socket (also known as a “cigarette lighter”), as most portable heated blankets utilize these types of ports. If not, you can find options that use USBs or no power sources at all, though those are significantly harder to find. Next, it’s really important to read through the reviews and see what past buyers have to say. All electronics are prone to burn-outs, frayed wires, and even dangerous short-circuiting, but heated blankets are known for their mishaps. The best way to avoid the aforementioned? Check to see tha...