How to pick the right hairdryer for your needs

Arianna | 22 June 2016

Because they’re not all designed with the same hair type or needs in mind…

We’ve all got a hairdryer, but do we have the right one for our hair needs? Probably not. With so many on the market, it can be difficult to know which one to buy. But fear not, the All Things Hair team are on hand to teach you about the different types of hairdryers, so that next time you get one, you’ll know exactly what to look for! Just read on to get clued up about this essential styling tool.

Hairdryer 101


If you have curly hair

You need: a hairdryer with a diffuser attachment, like the Toni&Guy Professional Universal Diffuser

As all curly-haired girls will know, blow-drying curly hair is a big no-no, as all it results in is frizz, frizz and more frizz! Instead of disrupting your natural hair pattern, set the shape of your curls by using a hairdryer with a diffuser attachment. The prongs in the diffuser reduce the intensity of the airflow and spread it evenly over your mane, which allows your curls to retain their definition whilst drying. Plus, a diffuser is a handy attachment to use if you want to boost the volume of your curls!

How to use a hairdryer
Having the right hairdryer makes styling much easier!

If you have straight, fine hair

You need: a hairdryer with an adjustable temperature switch and multiple speed settings, like the Toni&Guy Daily Conditioning Dryer.

Generally, fine hair takes less time to dry than thick, coarse locks. So, try to use a lower speed setting to help reduce tangles and knots when you blow-dry. And you can also afford to use a cooler temperature setting, as prolonged exposure to heat can result in damaged, brittle strands.

If you have frizzy hair

You need: a hairdryer with a slimline, concentrator nozzle.

A narrower nozzle concentrates the airflow and the heat coming from the hairdryer, and helps to smooth your strands. When drying your hair, face the concentrator nozzle downwards at your roots to help reduce pesky flyaways and frizz. Other types of hairdryers to look for are ones with an advanced ionic technology, as they’ve been specially designed to help reduce frizzy and static hair. Plus, they help to add shine!

If you have thick, coarse hair

Power is key here. The higher the wattage, the more force you’ll get from the dryer. This helps dry the hair quicker, and also aids in controlling the hair. – Unilever’s Creative Director and Head Stylist Dan Lynes.

You need: a hairdryer with a high wattage power.

Girls with thick, coarse hair have probably lost numerous hours of their lives blow-drying their locks (right?). But not anymore, as the higher the wattage, the quicker your hair will dry! 

If you’re a jet-setter

You need: travel-friendly hairdryer, like the Toni&Guy Ultimate Compact Dryer.

And by travel-friendly, we mean lightweight, small and powerful. This way, you won’t have to rely on the unpredictable hotel hairdryers, and you can rest assured that your trusty hair tool won’t take up all of the room (and weight!) in your suitcase.

And remember: always use a heat protectant before blow-drying your hair. Want to know which one to buy? See our pick of the best ones here!


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