It’s always a little overwhelming when, for whatever reason, you’re in the market for a new hair tool. In every category, there are a lot of options to choose from and a lot to consider, not to mention the confusing terminology in the product descriptions. Oh, and top of the line tools can run for around $300 so, it’s no small decision! No worries, we’re here to help you find the right tool for you budget and most importantly, your hair.
There’s literally nothing in the world of hair that can do more for you than a solid hair dryer. It should be easy to use, relatively light, and extremely hard-working (so you can cut down styling time). A good dryer is the key to achieving many of your favorite styles and, when used properly, increases volume and shine and reduces frizz. Not an expert? No worries, we’re breaking it down for you below:
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF TECHNOLOGY
Ionic, NanoIonic ceramic, or tourmaline? Technology, however amazing, can make buying hair a tool super confusing. Consider your needs when deciding. Ceramic dryers emit non-damaging infrared heat, tourmaline hair dryers emit infrared heat AND negative ions, ionic dryers are a little gentler because the ions help to do is break down the water molecule (so it’s not just using heat to dry).
HOT, HOT HEAT
When it comes to wattage, you don’t need to look for dryers capable extremely high heat settings, It’s great to pack power, but high heat setting are really on necessary for thick, coarse hair or for a few minutes on really wet hair. Look for a dryer than has decently high wattage, but then turn it down! Lower settings are all you need if you have thin or fragile hair. And as for the ‘cold air’ mode, use it when you’re hair is nearly dry. You’ll prevent overdrying (aka damage) and seal the hair cuticle.
The CHI Touch 2 Touch Screen Dryer has, you guessed it, a touch screen so that you can easily control the dryers settings like speed, temperature and ion control.
TAKE IT FOR A SPIN
Ask a salesperson to test out the dryer if it’s not already available for your to do so. Testing is the only way for you to really get an idea of weight, and noise, and nozzle size, which are important for non-professional users.
The T3 Featherweight Compact Dryer is light and folds up for convenient storage but still has all the power of a T3.
ASK YOUR STYLIST
If you know your way around a round brush and want to invest in something used by your favorite hair professional, ask! Even if you don’t end up going with their choice, they’ve likely been in the game a long time and can make a recommendation based on your hair.
We asked celebrity stylist Sami Knight what he uses (see here), it’s the Parlux Powerlight Professional Ionic and Ceramic Hair Dryer in Orange.
If you’re only a once-in-awhile dryer user or you just prefer a more budget friendly option, try the BaByliss PRO Porcelain Ceramic Dryer. It has 1900 watts but more importantly. 6 heat/speed settings including a cold shot button. It also comes with a 3 year warranty which is great for a product at the this price.
Have any recommendations of your own? We’d love to hear them!