Who remembers using a hair dryer for the first time? Some of you had the tiny one that dried your hair into a mass of frizz. And some of you were super excited about your hair dryer with the different heat settings.
Or. If you are completely old school, your first experience with a hair dryer was sitting under that drying hood at your local beauty salon.
Hair dryers have come a long way. There are now so many different types and styles, ranging in price from $7 up to about $800. (Yes. $800!!) It can be really difficult to pick one, or to know what you should be looking for in a hairdryer for your hair type and lifestyle.
Here are some of the different types of hair dryers for different hair types and how to choose one:
Check out the wattage. A higher wattage is better because it will use more wind power instead of using heat power. Choosing a higher wattage can cut down your styling time and save your hair from damaging heat.
It’s best to aim for a wattage of 1800 to 2000, no matter what type of hair you have. Another bonus is that a higher wattage dryer doesn’t burn out as easily, so it should last longer, especially if you don’t use it every day.
If you have frizzy hair that is prone to static electricity, you’ll also want to choose an ionic dryer. Ionic dryers shoot negative ions to speed up drying time because water’s ions are positively charged. It also prevents frizz and static. An ionic dryer with a diffuser attachment is a great choice for curly hair.
If you really need a heavy duty ionic dryer, look for one that is called tourmaline. These are more expensive, but work even better. You may not need an ionic or tourmaline hair dryer if your hair is flat and/or oily.
Look for dryers with words like ceramic, porcelain and infrared if you have dry and/or fine hair. These types of dryers distribute heat evenly and gently. The heat that comes from these dryers are less harsh so you could benefit if you are prone to dry and/or damaged hair.
Like ceramic, you can also look for dryers that are made of titanium to speed up the drying process. However, if you have damaged hair, don’t get a titanium one because they tend to be hotter and more likely to damage your hair.
Look for lightweight dryers if you spend a lot of time drying, if you have very long hair or if you blow out your hair with a round brush. This is simply a weight factor. Many people spend as much as an hour blowing out their hair.
You may also want to look for these cool features: a cold button that seals your hair’s cuticle and may boost shine, adjustable heat to lower the heat and reduce damage, and a dryer that contains accessories like a diffuser for curly hair or a concentrator nozzle for straightening.
Some of you have lived a nearly authentic, old school beauty shop experience sitting under the hood reading a magazine as you process your style or process your super duper moisturizing conditioner.
The right hair dryer matters.
When you have a hair dryer that works with your hair type and lifestyle, it will make a noticeable difference for you. If you’re still not sure which hair dryer will work best for you, ask your stylist to help you narrow it down.
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