You might think, “What does my hair type have anything to do with a hairdryer?” Well yes, it does when your hair is weak, brittle, or suffers from extreme moisture or frizziness. That’s the reason why we’ve decided to help and offer you the features and best hair dryer’s reviews. We’ve taken the time in testing some of the best-selling and most budget-friendly blow dryers on the market. I tested lots of hair dryers with different attachments in order to determine which hair dryer is best for your hairstyle.
Whether you want to get a blowout, dry your hair faster or smooth out your locks, you need the right hair dryer for the job.
Whether you are getting a blowout, drying your hair faster, or smoothing out your locks, using the right hair dryer will make all the difference.
With so many different hair dryers available on the market today it can be hard to decide which one is best for you. And what may work best for someone else may not work for you. The first thing to do when choosing a new hair dryer is to get to know your hair and how it responds to heat styling. Tourmaline or ionic ceramic model will do the trick if you want shiny, smooth and frizz-free results no matter what texture of hair you have. To avoid damaging your strands with too much heat, look for a model that has multiple temperature settings. You should also be sure to take into consideration other features like attachments, weight and speed settings as well as whether or not it has concentrator nozzles, diffusers and cool shot buttons.
Hair type: Straight/fine
If you have straight, fine hair, you are in luck when it comes to choosing a hair dryer. While coarse or curly hair may require more powerful dryers to get the job done, your hair dries faster, which means that you can use a lower wattage without compromising drying time.
Straight/fine hair is also prone to frizziness and lack of volume, so look for a dryer with a diffuser attachment. Diffusers disperse airflow over large areas of your head, instead of focusing on one spot. This will help prevent heat damage and even out the drying process for all sections of your hair. It will also help add volume by reducing static electricity – meaning less chance of flyaways.
Hair type: Curly/kinky
If you have curly or kinky hair, then look for a diffuser attachment. It helps to add volume to your curls while keeping frizz at bay. When choosing a hair dryer, make sure it has a low heat setting (most have several), as well as a cool shot button. This locks in your volume and the style of your hair.
Hair type: Wavy
If you have wavy hair, you probably know that it can easily become frizzy. To avoid this, look for a dryer with a diffuser attachment. This will help give your waves more definition without messing up the curl pattern and making them frizzy. You could also try air-drying your hair to help cut down on the frizziness.
Bonus points if you already use a diffuser when blow-drying to add volume to your hair, because it’s easy enough to use both at the same time.
Hair type: Damaged
If you’ve chemically treated your hair, or washed and styled it too often, you’re likely to have some damage. If you’ve noticed that your hair is lackluster, dry, split at the ends or prone to frizziness, there’s a good chance it’s damaged. You can find out for sure by looking at the ends of your hair with a magnifying glass (yes really) in natural light. Healthy hair has even cuticles all the way down the shaft that lies flat like shingles on a roof. Yours are probably raised if they’re damaged—and if they’re very damaged they may be fuzzy-looking from broken fibers. When you brush your hair watch out for any strands that come free easily and don’t pluck hairs from your scalp as this can cause breakage.
Once you know whether or not your hair is damaged it’s time to take action. There are some great products out there (you can check out our favorites here) but one of the best things you can do is use an ionic hairdryer when washing and styling. The ions inside help restore shine and prevent further damage by drying the water particles inside each strand more quickly which reduces friction alongside gentle heat—so even though straightening or curling will still cause less damage than blow-drying without one, using an ionic hairdryer first will make them far less damaging.
Hairdryers can range from $20 to upwards of $200 depending on the features. While you can find a great hair dryer for $30, if you are planning to use it three or more times a week, it might be worth investing in an option with additional functions. Here’s how to tell if a product is worth the cost:
- You’ll need a high wattage for thick hair. If you’re looking at two versions of your dream hair dryer that differ only in price point, go with the pricier one if your hair is extremely thick and difficult to dry. This is particularly true if you have long locks—the thicker and longer your strands, the more power you’ll need for quicker drying.
- A cool shot button will put frizz at bay. If your hair has a tendency to become frizzy after blow-drying, look for this feature before buying—it’s critical in preventing flyaways and helping preserve your hairstyle all day long.
- Ceramic technology will save time and stress on your strands. In addition to drying locks faster than the no-frills models, they also provide even heat distribution so that every strand gets dried equally (instead of some sections getting blown around by hot air while others remain damp).
Looking for ways to cut down on costs? Here are some tips:
- Look out for deals online or in stores during holidays like Black Friday when stores offer them at discounted prices.
- Opt instead for a cordless model that requires batteries instead of being plugged into an outlet; they’re generally cheaper than plug-in options, but still have most of the same features as full-size models (like multiple heat settings). There are even travel versions designed specifically with frequent flyers in mind.