One way to make your hair really shine? Properly take care of your hair tools. You know, your trusty curling iron, your blowout brush, and your can’t-live-without-it hair dryer! Instead of throwing your tools here and there with cords all askew, we have the perfect solution.
Organizing your go-to hair tools has never been easier, but finding a storage option that also keeps your vanity looking sleek or bathroom clutter-free can be challenging. "Categorize, contain, and label," says Marissa Hagmeyer, co-founder of the NEAT Method. Her partner, Ashley Murphy, adds that “your needs or belongings change,” so it’s important to select organizers that can fluctuate with you.
While it would be a dream to actually have a bathroom with countless drawers, we know that’s not always possible. That’s why we researched and vetted countless hair tool organizers while considering durability, style, and capacity. The obvious choice? The Hair Dryer Holder from Jack Cube Design. It not only withstands wear and tear, but also is aesthetically pleasing and won't take up too much space—no matter where you need to store it. Plus, it has an additional front display, which is perfect for showcasing your favorite daily styling products.
Jack Cube Design Blow Dryer Holder, Organizer for Hair Care Products + Styling Tools
Can hide a power strip
Easy to clean
Holds only 3 hair tools
After robust research, we found that the Jack Cube Design Hair Dryer Holder is the obvious winner for the best hair tool organizer. Its sleek black faux leather exterior and heat-resistant compartments are equal parts aesthetically pleasing and functional. The design also includes a space for additional accessories and styling products, making it a one-stop storage solution.
The manufactured leather, while a turnoff for some, allows the organizer to sit at a budget-friendly price point. The chic nature mimics those in a salon environment, meaning it can withstand more than just daily wear and tear. The unit is also quite sturdy and easy to clean, so it can always sit pristinely on your vanity.
The compartments may be shallow, given that the component is only five inches high. However, it holds traditional items like curling irons, hair straighteners, and hair dryer nozzles without fail. In truth, we can't find any reason why this organizer shouldn't be in your home!
Price at time of publish: $34
Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.5 x 12 inches | Material: Faux Leather, Steel | Color: Black | Weight: 2.88 pounds | Heat Resistant: Yes | Assembly Required: No
Relavel Hairdresser Bag
Fits multiple hair tools
Exterior material withstands wear-and-tear
Spot clean only
Stylists and hair pros understand precisely how difficult traveling with hair tools and products can be. The right organizer must withstand constant travel and frequent use that goes beyond your typical wear and tear. Our team is no stranger to Relavel products, as their cosmetic travel case is a standout makeup organizer. So it's no surprise that their Hairdresser Bag is a must-have hair tool and product bag.
It features a top layer of heat-insulated aluminum film designed to hold hot tools with secure bands that won't burn when in contact with heat. The bottom layer includes adjustable sections to house hair ties, bobby pins, and additional styling products. The fact that it is incredibly spacious with an exterior that does not distress easily means that it’s at a higher price point than most cases on the market. That being said, it will last for several years, which makes justifying the purchase easier.
Price at time of publish: $60
Dimensions: 16.42 x 12.13 x 5.71 inches | Material: Oxford Cloth, Tin Foil Scalding | Color: Black, Silver | Weight: 4.51 pounds | Heat Resistant: Yes | Assembly Required: No
Brightroom 12" x 7" x 6" Bamboo Hair Tools Organizer with 5pc Magnets
Great for small spaces
Holds multiple hair tools and products
Clean bamboo design
Exterior magnets are weak
The Brightroom Bamboo Hair Tools Organizer is a piece that feels young, but elevated while blending traditional and natural design. It’s smaller in size, which runs the risk of being obsolete for a more advanced hair guru.
We appreciate the additional storage found in this organizer, thanks in part to the magnetized front. Expect this organizer to be an excellent addition for anyone scrambling for a hair clip. Despite the fact that the spaces are on the smaller side, you'll still have plenty of room to organize your makeup or daily hair care.
Price at time of publish: $35
Dimensions: 6 x 12 x 7 inches | Material: Bamboo | Color: Tan, Gold | Weight: Not Provided | Heat Resistant: Not Specified | Assembly Required: No
Weekday Woodshop Handmade Wall Mounted Wood Hair Dryer Organizer Custom Crafted with Oak and Padauk Hardwoods
Made with real wood
Unique zigzag design
Mountable on wall
It's no secret that utilizing walls is the safest way to maintain a clean and open space, especially in a bathroom. And what better way to bring in natural elements to create a more serene atmosphere than a Handmade Wood Hair Dryer Organizer?
This padauk and oak piece features a zigzag design that adds character to your space without being too fussy. It's an ideal background to showcase your hair tools and a couple of hangable items, thanks to a two-way hook. And don't worry, the environmentally friendly tung oil finish means the wood is easy to clean and will protect your organizer from rotting overtime in your bathroom.
Because you won't find this mass-produced at your local home goods store, it's possible to see slight variances in design that helps make this higher-priced organizer feel even more unique.
Price at time of publish: $64
Dimensions: 13.75 x 10.5 x .75 inches | Material: Padauk Hardwood, Oak Hardwood, Wood Glue, Metal | Color: Brown, Black, Tan | Weight: Not Provided | Heat Resistant: Not Specified | Assembly Required: Yes
Michael McNeil Hair Care Holder
Holds multiple hair tools
Made from steel
Ornate yet practical is the best way to describe this pretty Hair Care Holder from artist Michael McNeil. Using powder-coated mild steel, McNeil handcrafts each wall-mountable piece, resulting in unique color variances with each finished product. Of course, this gorgeous piece comes at an elevated price.
It includes three sections specifically for a hair dryer, curling iron, and flat iron, so no tool is out of place. One note, though: The use of metal leads one to believe it is better to proceed with caution. No one wants to get burned! Be sure to wait until your stylers are totally cooled off before hanging them up for storage.
Price at time of publish: $45
Dimensions: 5.5 x 10 x 13 inches | Material: Powder-Coated Mild Steel | Color: Antique Metal | Weight: Not Provided | Heat Resistant: Not Specified | Assembly Required: Yes
The Home Edit Hair Tool Holder
Multiple storage compartments
Fits nicely in a corner
Hard to clean
Only one section is heat resistant
Widely known for their hit Netflix TV series and phenomenal organization business, friends and business partners Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin of The Home Edit have a collection of storage solutions for any space in your home. In this case, the Hair Tool Holder is our top pick for the best countertop hair tool organizer.
This acrylic piece is split into three sections, one of which is encased in silicone, making it heat-proof. The sizing of this section is perfect for a traditional hair dryer or flat iron, while the rest can keep your other accessories within arm's reach. The best part is that the square design nestles itself perfectly into the corner of your vanity or stacks well on top of other organizers from The Home Edit's collection.
Price at time of publish: $27
Dimensions: 5.25 x 5.25 x 6.75 inches | Material: Plastic, Heat-Resistant Silicone | Color: Clear, Gray | Weight: Not Provided | Heat Resistant: Yes (Silicone Only) | Assembly Required: No
Best for Drawer
Squared Away Heat-Resistant 3-Compartment Hair Tool Tray
Easy to clean
Holds multiple styling tools
Heat-proof silicone insert
Doesn’t fit hair dryer
Dimensions might not fit all drawers
If you're not someone who keeps a junk drawer, odds are you'll have plenty of space for the Squared Away 3-Compartment Hair Tool Tray in your bathroom. This organizer includes a removable, heat-proof silicone insert which allows you to safely store hot tools and wipe down your organizer with ease.
While this affordable and BPA-free piece holds up to three styling tools, it won't accommodate a hair dryer. This is simply due to the design of that all-too-important silicone insert. On a more positive note, the dimensions of the Compartment Hair Tool Tray are pretty standard, coming in at 2.55 x 16 x 10 inches. More likely than not, it will be a seamless fit into the drawer of your bathroom sink.
Price at time of publish: $14
Dimensions: 2.55 x 16 x 10 inches | Material: BPA-Free Plastic, Silicone | Color: Gray | Weight: 2.43 pounds | Heat Resistant: Yes | Assembly Required: No
Best Under Sink
Simple Trending 3-Tier Under Sink Cabinet Organizer
Ample storage space
Multiple colors available
Drawers can get stuck
A multi-tiered organizer is one of the best options for anyone looking to store their hair tools under the sink. You'll take advantage of the ample vertical space and set yourself up to find the products or tools more efficiently. Hagmeyer explains that containing your products "ensures that items won't mix or get lost in the shuffle of daily life," making this metal Simple Trending 3-Tier Under Sink Cabinet Organizer an affordable and durable storage solution.
This design is pretty neutral, meaning it won't clash or add to the overall aesthetic of your bathroom. Now all you’ll have to decide is which of the four colorways you like more!
Price at time of publish: $34
Dimensions: 13.5 x 10 x 16 inches | Material: Metal | Color: Black, Bronze, Silver, White | Weight: 6.45 pounds | Heat Resistant: Not Specified | Assembly Required: Yes
Best with Outlets
Saloniture Tabletop Hair Iron & Blow Dryer Holder
Has built-in outlets
Can store multiple tools
Mountable to wall
Specific iron sizes
No storage for products
A feature that might be hard to come by in a hair tool organizer is a power source with outlets. Mostly because the needed electrical current can require a more robust and intricate design. However, this Tabletop Hair Iron & Blow Dryer Holder keeps salons in mind with a functional and aesthetically pleasing design. It features three built-in outlets and six spots for storing every hot tool imaginable.
While you might not be able to store a hair brush or bottle of dry shampoo in this organizer, they can sit nicely next to this compact unit. But if you'd rather hang this piece on the wall, the additional mounting feature is quite handy. Just make sure to have additional storage for those other accessories.
Price at time of publish: $30
Dimensions: 4.5 x 10 x 6.75 inches | Material: High Grade Steel | Color: Black | Weight: 3 pounds | Heat Resistant: Yes | Assembly Required: No
Best for Small Spaces
Umbra Glam Hair Tool Organizer
Ample storage space
Heat-resistant silicone pad
If you don't have much room to work within your current home or apartment, you might find it hard to decide on any type of organizer, let alone one for your hair tools. "If placed on open shelving, be sure to choose an opaque vessel to hide visual clutter," explains Hagmeyer when discussing color options for organizers. Fortunately, the Umbra Glam Hair Tool Organizer comes in a white hue perfect for your counter or bathroom shelf and a crystal clear acrylic, if that's more to your taste.
While the unit is not heat-resistant, you'll find that the included silicone pad is. This can prevent your hot tool from burning your bathroom countertop surface it rests on in between use. And, once you've perfected your look, it fits perfectly in the compact, multi-sectional organizer that features a very sleek and modern design.
Price at time of publish: $34
Dimensions: 10.5 x 6.75 x 5 inches | Material: Polystyrene, Silicone | Color: Clear, Gray, White | Weight: 1.6 pounds | Heat Resistant: Yes | Assembly Required: No
Best for Traveling
Béis The Hot Tools Cover
Holds only one item
Sells out quickly
The Béis 'The Hot Tools' Cover is a no-brainer for the everyday traveler. Even though it's not really an organizer, and it holds a single hot tool, this heat-resistant sleeve allows you to pack up your curling iron or straightener directly after use. The Béis storage solution comes with a button closure, which sets it apart from similar products on the market. This security ensures that your hot tool won't slip out when tucked away in your suitcase.
The sleeve only comes in black, which isn't a drawback, as the color goes with every hue under the sun. However, the fact that it is known to sell out frequently means it's not only one of the best available, but also hard to come by. You won't regret snagging one whenever you see it in stock.
Price at time of publish: $34
Dimensions: 15 x 4.75 x 1.5 inches | Material: Poly Canvas, Heat Resistant Liner, Poly Synthetic Leather | Color: Black | Weight: 0.35 pounds | Heat Resistant: Yes | Assembly Required: No
After copious research, we found the Jack Cube Design Organizer to be the top choice for hair tool storage. The design is chic as it is functional, with additional features like heat-resistant compartments and additional storage for products and accessories. If you're looking for something more travel-friendly, the Béis The Hot Tools Cover is durable, compact, and safe for storing hot tools immediately after use.
What to Look for in a Hair Tool Organizer
Capacity and Organization Options
Maximization plays an important role in deciding on a hair tool organizer. Of course, you'll have to consider the amount of space you have to work with, which can significantly reduce the number of storage options you can purchase.
Ideally, your selection will hold products in a unique, functional, and realistic for daily use sort of way. But let's say you live in a studio apartment. Choosing a display piece for your bathroom counter won't be as practical as an under-the-sink storage unit or a wall-hanging organizer. These take up less space and can still provide ample storage for your tools.
You can cut on spending by having an organizer that holds it all. Something like the Brightroom Bamboo Hair Tools Organizer plays into this idea. Additional components for your hairspray or brush plus a magnetic front to keep those bobby pins from getting lost keep things nice and tidy.
One of the first things to consider when looking for a hair tool organizer is the material and how it will make your organization experience easier and more stylish. The most popular materials are wire or metal. Marissa Hagmeyer, co-founder of the NEAT Method, and her partner Ashley Murphy agree that these are stand-out choices given their "strong durability and ability to clean as needed."
Other materials you can choose from include wood and acrylic. Wood can put your tools on display in a natural way and may fit in with the style of your space. Acrylic, seen frequently in most storage solutions, can create a more modern look but will easily show signs of dirt compared to other materials. Both, however, can withstand daily wear and tear, like wire and metal.
To Hagmeyer and Murphy's point, while you'll need to wipe down any organizer, selecting a material that is easy to maintain and will endure over time is key.
Storage systems should simplify your life and not cause excessive stress with confusing and time-consuming assembly. That's why simple yet, effective options like Saloniture Tabletop Hair Iron & Blow Dryer Holder and Umbra Glam Hair Tool Organizer are perfect. They don't take up much space and require nothing more than pulling a product out of a box and filling it with your favorite tools and accessories.
If you're having difficulty understanding if an organizer will need assembly, remind yourself that if something has multiple levels, pieces, or hangs, you'll likely need to use some elbow grease before you can put away your hair tools.
Style and Color
Style is never something you should sacrifice in the name of functionality. Fortunately, we live in an age where there are endless products on the market that are bound to fit your design tastes and home aesthetic. An individual who leans towards romantic or whimsical would fall head over heels for a piece like Michael McNeil's Hair Care Holder, which comes in varying antique finishes (given its handmade nature).
For a more modern or minimalist approach, you’ll love the Squared Away Heat-Resistant 3-Compartment Hair Tool Tray. Whether your storage solution is on display or gone from sight, aligning the color or aesthetic aligns with your interiors is never a bad move.
How do you keep curling iron cords from tangling?
One of the worst aspects of using hair tools, aside from the occasional burn, is when the cords get tangled. Untangling them poses another challenge. To avoid this, Murphy suggests "securing them before storing," offering that, "rubber bands, twist ties, and Velcro all work great and can be selected based on what is easiest for you to maintain."
Many of us might not think anything of it, but the tangled cords can actually damage your tool over time. The constriction will likely result in you tugging at the cord, dislodging it from the body of your styler. In the end, Murphy's sound advice will prevent a lot of struggle physically and on your wallet down the road.
How do you store hair tools in a small bathroom?
When you live in a smaller home or apartment, optimizing free space is key to preventing feelings of overcrowding and clutter. "Take advantage of vertical space," explains Hagmeyer. She's spot on! A lack in width tends to be made up for by height when it comes to the square footing. Storage solutions, like those from Simple Trending 3-Tier Under Sink Cabinet Organizer or Etsy Wall Mounted Wood Hair Dryer Organizer, work well, given that they take advantage of "under-utilized space." The ultimate goal? Store as many things as you can strategically and functionally to create the illusion of space.
How do you organize hair tools under a sink?
"We like utilizing categorized bins or baskets under the sink to corral hair tools, products, and accessories in one place," says Murphy. The main reason is that, even though many of us use our hair tools daily, we simply don't have the space to store them on our bathroom counters or vanities. Organizing these items under your sink in an easily accessible way is crucial for making this storage location work for you. If you're stacking bins, try placing the tools in the top compartment.
Why Trust The Spruce?
Samantha Parsons has been a freelance writer for The Spruce since 2021 and has over seven years of experience in the beauty industry. As part of her research, she spoke with experts, such as the co-founders of the NEAT Method, Ashley Murphy and Marissa Hagmeyer. Samantha has tested dozens of products each month to make sure she recommends the best on the market.
She spent copious time on this piece to ensure the above selections were of high quality and design. When she is not writing, Samantha works for a skincare brand and stays up-to-date on the latest news and releases across industries.