What’s the Right Hair Dryer for Your Hair Needs?

All Things Hair | 04 September 2016

Getting the right hair dryer will do wonders for your hair.

Whether you use yours every week or every day, it’s important that you know what you’re getting your hair into when you plug in your hair dryer. You might be one of those girls who likes to blow-dry your hair as soon as you hop out of the shower, locks still soaking wet; or maybe you wait until it’s almost dry simply to use for styling purposes. Either way, the hair dryer you choose to use does more than just dry your hair so it’s important to learn what to look for. Depending on the texture of your hair and condition, there’s a hair dryer that is perfectly suited for all your hair needs. Keep reading to learn about what’s the right hair dryer for your particular hair needs and what to steer clear of when you’re on a mission to find your new go-to styling tool.

The Perfect Hair Dryer for Every Hair Need

waves with blow dryer

1. Check for Adjustable Temperature Settings

We get it, hair dryers are life savers when it comes to needing to get out the door in a hurry. However, when you’re constantly putting your hair under heated conditions, damage can be pretty inevitable. That said, we recommend getting a blowdryer with multiple heat settings because you can still have the high temps for drying, but the option to opt for lower temps for your second-day restyling.

And, in case you’re wondering what that “cool shot” button is (because we know we were), it provides a burst of cool air to seal the hair cuticle. So, just like your makeup needs setting powder, your hair needs that cool burst of air to lock in a lasting look.

Great for: All hair types and maximizing styling potential of your dryer.

2. Ceramic Dryers

If you’re looking for a nourishing blow-dry experience, get your hands on a ceramic dryer ASAP. Through the process of generating infrared heat, ceramic dryers are able to dry hair from the inside out in order to create minimum heat damage, while maximizing smooth, silky hair.

Great for: Frizzy hair, fine hair and taming flyaways.

3. Dryers with Ionic Technology

Are you in a hurry and need a quick dry? Ionic technology can do the trick. Known for generating negative ions to lock in moisture and create major shine, hair dryers with this technology will not only make your hair look great, but will do so in record time. If you’re looking for an even faster drying time, pick up an ionic hair dryer with Tourmaline– it adds infrared heat to the mix for a much gentler dry.

Great for:  Dry, damaged locks, frizz-prone hair and super thick hair (because ain’t nobody got time for drying that lion’s mane).

4. Dual Voltage Hair Dryers

What’s worse than getting to your destination only to realize the outlets are different and you’re not prepared? Skip the stress of converters and add a dual voltage hair dryer to your repertoire of hair tools for an effortless dry no matter where you end up.

Great for: World travelers.

5. Lightweight Hair Dryers

There’s nothing quite like a blowout to totally perk up a look; but there’s also nothing quite like the strain of holding a heavy blow dryer over your head while trying to bring the look to life. So the next time you decide to go for the va-va-voom factor, use a lightweight dryer to get the look without the pain of a traditional dryer.

Great For: Blowout addicts.

Now that you have a better idea of which dryer to choose, it’s absolutely essential to remember one thing: no matter the temperature you press when drying, it’s important to always use a heat protectant before your begin styling. We recommend TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray for overall protection and a boost of shine to boot.

Love to curl your hair but not sure which curling iron is best for your hair? Check out our feature on the best curling iron for all your hair issues.