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How to Choose a Hair Dryer for Your Hair

Posted by HairSavvy on Mon, Mar 29th, 2010

Hair dryer, which is most commonly used by both professional hairstylists and everyday home users, is the must-have tool for hair styling. But it is not a easy job to buy the right hair dryer for your hair type for less hair damage. These elements you should consider:

Hair Dryer Features and Hair Types
  • Ionic hair dryer generate negative ions which are good at cuticle flat remaining, moisture trapping, frizz eliminating and hair body strengthening. They can dry your hair faster and make it extra shining and smooth.
  • Tourmaline as a recent technology that introduced to hair dryer, makes the hair dryers 70% faster drying your hair than the regular ones, and makes your hair with an incredible sleek, shiny finish look.
  • Ceramic hair dryers promise a stronger and more even heat to help straighten your hair.
Just like hair shampoo, you need to know your hair type when choosing a hair dryer. A hair dryer only works the best on its certain hair types:
  • For straight hair, if you want to straighten it with hair dryer, a tourmaline ceramic one is recommended, and much better with a nozzle attachment.
  • For natural curly hair, you'd better to use the ones with diffuser attachment for frizz-free styling.
  • For fine or easily damaged hair, you should choose a blow dryer with variable settings and make sure the heat setting as gentle as possible when styling vulnerable, fine locks.
Wattage

The higher wattage with a hair dryer, the more powerful heat and air flow will be produced. And the higher wattage, the less time hair drying will take to dry your hair. So,
  • 1300 watts hair dryer is good enough for most people.
  • 1900-2000 watts hair dryers are for those who consider themselves with very thick hair.
Variable Speed and Heat Control

Choose a hair dryer with variable speeds and heat controls is always a good idea, because it offers more flexibility when drying your hair.
  • Lower settings cause less hair damage;
  • Higher settings remove moisture and dry quickly.
Weight

Well, normally it is easy to tell, the lighter, the better.
  • For short hair, it shouldn't be concerned much about the weight, because it takes much shorter time drying hair.
  • For long hair, if it takes you 10 minutes or longer holding a hair dryer, you should pay more for a lighter weight tool. FYI, professional and travel hair dryers are considered to be lighter than common or cheap ones.
Attachment

Get the right attachment for your hair dryer such as diffuser, nozzle and round brush to help you drying and styling your hair more effective.  
  • Nozzle attachment: to strighten your straight hair.
  • Diffuser attachment: to create frizz-free style for your natural curly hair.
  • Brush: to style your hair when a round brush to curl or with a flat brush to straighten the hair.
Price/Budget

When it comes to price, it is not always the more expensive the better for the right hair dryer. Dryers can range in price from $20 to $140 and even more. You should always have in mind and find the one that meets your budget and requirements.
  • Hair dryers less than $20 may cause long term hair damage.
  • Hair dryers that feature mutiple heat controls and cool shot at moderate price (between $25 - $50) are recommended for regular uses.
  • Professional hair dryers usually cost $50 and more, are designed for the pros, and they cause minimal damage. You can also use one at home if you are a high-demanded user.

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