Finding a Professional Hair Dryer For Your Hair Type

Allison | 04 November 2016

Finding the right hair dryer means a great hair day every day. 

Drying your hair is one of those processes that can make your life so much easier.  But like all hair types, all hair dryers aren’t created the same. We know that using a professional hair dryer is an important factor to help you get the hair of your dreams. Using a good dryer will not only dry your hair faster, it can help you to create sleek and bouncy hair that’ll make you feel great all day long. Read on to learn more about what to look for when you’re searching for a professional hair dryer.

Professional Hair Dryer: Important Factors For Your Hair Type

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Use a round brush for straight results.

1. Professional Hair Dryer Basics

When looking for a professional hair dryer there are a few things you’ll want no matter what your hair type is. A light body is important so you don’t get the dreaded upper arm ache. Look to see if the hair dryer is under one pound and a half at minimum, one pound or less is ideal. Also, it is important that the dryer uses ceramic heat. Using (usually cheap) metals for heat gives an inconsistent result. That’s why lower end hair dryers can feel too hot very suddenly without you changing settings.

The last thing that every hair type will want is a high watt dryer. A higher wattage gives the power for the fan and motor to work faster. It gives everyone the result of drying your hair faster and more efficiently. A professional hair dryer should have around 1875 watts of power. You can usually find the wattage listed on the packaging of the dryer.

2. Fine and Damaged Hair

If you have thin hair or damaged hair, it’s important to keep your blowdrying settings on the gentler side. Before you blow-dry you should take extra care to use a heat protectant so you don’t damage your delicate strands. We like the TRESemmé Platinum Strength Heat Spray for the ultimate heat protection. When searching for a professional hair dryer put heat settings and a cool function at the top of your list. You want to be able to use a low heat setting to get the bulk of your hair dry to avoid damage. However, having the option of higher heat helps with styling. Make sure your dryer has a cool function you can use so you don’t overheat your strands.

3. Thick Straight Hair

If you have hair so thick it seems like blowdrying takes forever, we totally understand. For the thickest hair you should find a dryer with negative ions and bonus points if it has Tourmaline. Negative ions help to battle static electricity that hair dryers produce. These ionic dryers make sure your hair doesn’t get frizzy from drying and can help add shine. The dryer gets extra points for Tourmaline because this mineral can help in the production of negative ions.

If you want your thick hair to dry straight, make sure your dryer comes equipped with a concentrator. It’s the pointer nozzle you can attach to the end of a dryer. It helps you direct the flow of air to dry sections more quickly.

4. Wavy and Curly Hair

If you’re a curly girl you should look for a dryer that has the multiple heat settings. Because curly hair is on the dry side and can be more prone to damage and breakage, it’s important to blow dry at a cool setting whenever possible. You should also make sure your dryer has a diffuser attachment. It’s the one that looks something, like a spiky bowl, that you attach to the end of the hair dryer. After using your heat protection spray, gently place your hair on top of the diffuser to dry your hair. It helps to dry curly hair with less frizz and maintaining curl structure.

Want to know what to do with that professional hair dryer? Check out our at home blowout guide.

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