No matter how many hair straighteners or other hair styling tools you have been using, you need hair dryers in the first place.
Why? Because whatever hair tools you use, you need to dry out your hair to have better styling finish and prevent any damages to your hair. This article will help you to learn everything about hairdryers which will lead you to buy the right dryer for you and help you to learn the proper use of it. Let’s start learning.
Consider the Wattage First
The first main thing to consider when choosing a hairdryer is its power (wattage), the technologies and the materials used in it. We put “wattage” at the first considering thing as without the right power, your hair will damage and you will not get your desired blow-drying result. After investing enough time on researching we have found that with 1875 W of power human hair dries well. But if you have short or fine, hairdryer with less wattage will be best suited for you.
Here is a chart of best-suited wattage for different types of hair:
|Type of Hair||Wattage|
|Thin, Fine, Frizzy or Damaged Hair||1200-1500|
|Normal, Medium, Straight or Wavy||1300-1800|
|Thick, Coarse or Curly||1600-2000|
In conclusion, a hairdryer with 1300-1875 watts range is great for people who use it at home. If you are a person who does not use blow dryer frequently or want to make curls on your hair or you do not necessarily try to minimize your blow-dry time, you can go for a low wattage hairdryer.
Other Features of Hair Dryer
You have to blow dry your hair by holding the drying machine with your hand. If your hair is long or thick, there needs a longer time (about 20 minutes) to blow dry the strands. If your hairdryer is not light-weight your arms get tired while blow-drying for a longer period of time. That’s why you need to consider its weight while buying a new hairdryer. It would be travel-friendly if the machine is not heavy. Look for the hairdryer that weighs about 1 pound (0.45 kg). It will make your blow-drying experience much easier.
Multiple Heat Settings
Heat adjustment setting is one of the most important features of hairdryers, like hair straighteners and all other hair styling tools that use heat. Without right heat settings, you can damage your beloved hair severely or even permanently. Higher temperature setting can minimize the blow-drying time, but if your hair is not thick or curly, there will be much risk of damaging the strands. So, consider a hairdryer with the heat adjustment setting feature and blow-dry your hair with the accurate temperature according to your hair type.
With this feature, you can blast your hair with cool air just before you have finished drying your hair. This “cool shot” can seal the hair cuticles, able to set the final look of your hair for long-lasting hold and keep your hair sleek, smooth and shiny all day long. Switch the “cool shot” setting when your hair becomes 80% dry. This is the drying stage your hair needs finishing touch.
As you have to hold the machine for long, it needs to be comfortable to hold too. While shopping for a hairdryer, look for the one which is easy-to-hold handle, ergonomic and lightweight design. The buttons should also be in a convenient place. It should be easy to reach. Most of all, you should feel good while holding the dryer in your hand.
Longer cord is important because it can give you frequent movement. If there is no power outlet near your dressing table or bathroom (where you generally blow dry your hair), a short length cord can restrict our movement. So, look for a hairdryer with a longer length cord (6 to 9 feet is ideal).
The Hair Dryer Materials & Technologies
Tourmaline hair dryers are far ahead of other hair dryers as the internal parts of tourmaline dryers made of or coated with tourmaline, which is a semi-precious metal that emits more negative ions to your hair when it is heated up. After being heated it targets the negatively charged parts of your hair and split the water drips into reduced molecules and vanishes immediately. This makes the hair dries out faster, lock in the moisture within your strands and prevents damages.
Tourmaline hair dryers are the safest dryers for your hair. Tourmaline hair dryers are suitable for most of the hair types but if you have thick or frizzy hair, tourmaline hair dryers can be your best choice.
Ceramic or Porcelain
Ceramic hair dryers are best for distributing the heat evenly throughout your hair. Thus it prevents overheating and drying out your hair in a particular part or overall. Ceramic does not only distribute heat evenly it is also relatively gentle. Both the ceramic and porcelain is less harsh and consistent. So, the ceramic or porcelain hair dryers are best for the fine, thin or dry hair that dries out easily.
Besides, ceramic dryers also provide negative ions which are good for frizzy and damaged hairs and prevent further frizz. Some latest ceramic hair dryers have infrared technology which delivers more consistent and even heat and dry your hair from the inside out.
Titanium hair dryers are best for optimizing drying time. It also provides the best quality heat distribution very evenly. But these dryers are not soft as ceramic or tourmaline. Thus the titanium dryers are recommended only for the hairs which are very thick or hard to dry. However, titanium metal is very lightweight thus the dryers made with titanium are weighted less and easy to handle. We are telling you again that never use titanium hair dryers on fine, frizzy or damaged hairs. Titanium dryers and hair straighteners are best for extremely thick, coarse and curly hairs.
With the ionic technology, the hairdryers and all other hair styling tools create millions of negative ions which help to break down the water molecules. The fewer water macules stay on your hair, the faster your hair gets dried. With the ionic hair dryer, you are not just drying your hair with the hot airflow, the ions help to break down the water which accelerates the blow-drying time as well.
The only problem of ionic dryers, that most of the people do not know when to stop the machine. If you let the ionic airflow stay on your hair more or do not notice that your hair is being dry already, you can damage our hairs pretty bad. However, avoid using ionic hair dryers if your hair is fine or thin. These dryers are not also as effective in adding volume as other types of hair dryers.
Infrared technology is the latest added superior technology in the hair styling tools. With this technology in hairdryers, the airflow spreads deeply and dries your hair very gently. This heating process is gentle as well as reduces the drying time. Infrared technology is also very good for frizzy and damaged hairs. It works faster with doing very less harm to your hair.
Finding the Right Extras/accessories
Hairdryers also come with some extra accessories like a diffuser, concentrator, etc. These tools are needed especially for achieving different styles and look on your hair.
If you do not get these attachments while buying a new hairdryer, you can buy them separately. But do you actually need those? At some point, yes, you need these tools or accessories for better hair styling and drying experience.
Let’s talk about diffuser first. An added diffuser helps your dryer to distribute the hot air in a larger area. It separates airflow of the hairdryer, which helps to keep the curls pattern and the texture of your hair intact/unbroken. It also helps to minimize the frizz as well. However, a diffuser in a hairdryer is helpful mostly on curly or wavy airs. It is also removable so you can use it when you need or wish.
Another great tool you can use with your hairdryer is a concentrator. It narrows and directs the airflow and makes your air dry in a specific area rather blowing your hair all over the place. This concentrator nozzle discharges the air in a concentrated stream. This tool is very helpful if you used to straighten your hair regularly with your dryer. Using this you can also have better control over the finished look.
Buy Hair Dryer According to Your Hair Type
One of the major considering factor while buying or using a hairdryer is your hair type. If you do not use a dryer according to your hair, you will end up damaged, frizzy or breakage hair. Here is a chart of best-suited hair dryers according to the hair types.
|Type of Hair||Type of Hair Dryer|
|Dry Hair||Tourmaline Hair Dryer|
|Fine/Normal Hair||Infrared Hair Dryer (with adjustable heat setting)|
|Thick/Coarse Hair||Tourmaline Ionic Hair Dryer|
|Curly/Wavy Hair||Tourmaline Ionic Hair Dryer (with diffuser)|
|Natural Hair||Ionic & Ceramic Hair Dryer (with multiple heat setting)|
|Frizzy/Damaged Hair||Tourmaline Ionic Hair Dryer (with concentrator nozzle)|
Here is the all about you need to know about hair dryers. This will help you to use this tool properly and also helps you to buy the right one for you. If you have any question regarding this hair tool, let us know by commenting below.