Choosing The Best Hair Dryer For Your Hair

 The Best Hair Dryer For Your Hair

The Best Hair Dryer For Your Hair

If you’re anything like me, where you have just stuck to the same old hairdryer for your whole life, you probably have no idea how to properly buy a hairdryer. In this day and age, with the Internet offering countless options to choose from, you have the luxury to find a hairdryer that works with your specific hair type, and it’s just about time that you do! Besides, hair dryers have come a long way, and you should treat yourself to an upgrade. 

So, what should you be looking for in a perfect hair dryer? Well, it all depends on your hair type, as not all blow dryers work for everyone.


Below we have some tips on choosing the best hair dryer for your hair care needs.

1. Wattage

A rule of thumb to keep in mind is that the higher the wattage, the more powerful your hairdryer. That means high wattage offers a lot of hair power and not much heat, while low wattage is vice versa.

If you have thick hair, high wattage will work to lower the amount of time spent drying your hair while lower wattage is best for damaged, frizzy, and fine hair.

However, do keep in mind that higher wattage hair dryers burn out faster due to all that airpower, so take that into consideration.

2. Material

Often hair dryers boast some sort of technology, whether it be tourmaline, ionic, etc. It’s easy to be swayed by fancy, scientific words, but what do they mean, and what do they do for your hair?

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Hairdryers can be tourmaline, ionic, etc.

  • Ceramic/Porcelain - these dryers have their heating modules covered in this material, allowing for heat to come out more evenly and consistently, similar to ionic dryers in which they cut the drying time. Honestly, all hair types can benefit from having this kind of dryer, but hair types that would benefit the most are damaged, dry, and/or fine hair, as the heat control means that it will be more gentle with these hair types, which is what they need.
  • Ionic - this one is a very popular technology in hair dryers. If a blow dryer says that it has “ionic technology”, that means that the air it shoots out has negative combats, which combats the positive ions in water, thus speeding up the drying process. Effectively removing the moisture from hair like this allows for the cuticles of your hair to close properly, preventing frizz. So for those with frizzy or thick hair, be on the lookout for this kind of hair dryer.
  • Titanium - it works similar to ceramic/porcelain in that it controls heat distribution, though it’s a much lighter material and actually often has more heat if the internal parts are covered in it. If you have thick hair, this may be the kind of material in a hair dryer you need, but if you have damaged hair, you’re going to want to avoid this type of material.
  • Tourmaline - this material works similarly to ionic technology. Tourmaline is either coated over the internal parts or the dryer as a whole, increasing the number of negative ions that go into your hair. This means that these dryers are usually a bit pricier, but it’s worth the cost, especially if you have frizzy/thick hair that is especially difficult to deal with.

According to Adorebeauty,

Tourmaline dryers are known for leaving hair looking glossy and frizz-free. Whilst the heat from traditional hairdryers dulls the hair shafts, the negative ions produced from a tourmaline hairdryer will smooth the shafts for a sleek finish.



3. Heat & Speed Settings

No matter your hair type, it’s nice to be able to have a variety of heat and speed settings and a cool shot button, which adds shine and closes your hair cuticles. It’s especially best to have a good variety of these settings in hair dryers for thin/fine hair because this hair type doesn’t fare so well unless the hair dryer allows for a low heat setting because high heat can cause more hair damage

4. Comfort 

The question I’m asking when I talk about comfort is, “Is your hair dryer comfortable in your hand as you dry your hair?”

Comfort can be considered with several factors:

  • Weight - weight doesn’t necessarily affect how your hair dries, but it does affect the experience as a whole. If you have long/thick hair, drying your hair can take a while, plus you might be holding a brush in the other hand which already adds more strain to your body, so avoid heavy dryers and look for something that’s lightweight. 
  • Ergonomics - hair dryers don’t usually outright say that they’re ergonomic, so you’ll have to be on the lookout for specific things, such as an easy-to-hold handle, button placement, and travel-friendly features such as a retractable cord.

5. Accessories 

Hairdryer and Hair Accessories
Hairdryer and Hair Accessories

Hair dryers come with detachable nozzles that help change the way you dry your hair. When choosing the best hair dryer for your hair, the type of attachment that it comes with matters on your hair type.

If you have curly hair, diffusers help keep those spirals intact and natural-looking. Diffusers are also great for thin hair because it also has a volumizing effect as well. It also works well with frizzy hair because it disperses the airflow.

There’s also concentrator nozzles, which is much narrower and is great for those wanting a sleek and straight hairstyle. This can also work with frizzy hair because the airflow is much more concentrated, but it really depends on the type of frizzy hair you have.

Contributor: Genela has been researching hair products and hair product reviews and is interested in sharing her writing about hair products.

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