How to Choose a Hair Dryer
The Smart Girl’s Guide on How to Choose a Hair Dryer
I had lost touch of just how important my hair dryer was in achieving quick, easy and fabulous hair styles until my Solano hair dryer died last month. A good hair dryer is the backbone of creating a hairstyle that holds, quickly and efficiently. There are important features that make some hair dryers better styling tools than others.
Wattage (air speed)
You should have at the low end 1500 watts, and up to 1875 watts to get enough air flow and concentrated heat to dry your hair quickly. More than 1875 watts and you can blow the style right out of your hair. Your heat settings should be easy to use and should give you at least a low and high setting.
A cool shot button is ideal for setting in a curl you’ve made with a round brush, and for adding shine to the hair. Curls you’ve made with a blow dryer and round brush can collapse when taken out when still warm. Directing cool air on the hair before removing the brush, sets the curl and closes the cuticle for a shinier finish.
We expect most hair dryers to now be equipped with a nozzle attachment and a diffuser, but that’s not always the case. Most dryers made for traveling don’t come with nozzle or diffuser attachments. The nozzle helps direct air and heat in the spot where you need it most, without messing up other areas. Diffusers are best for drying curls without disrupting them.
Ionic vs. A Regular Hair Dryer
If you are using your hair dryer as a hair styling tool, with a round brush to curl or with a flat brush to straighten the hair, you might want to consider an ionic hair dryer. When my hair dryer died, I decided to try a new ionic hair dryer. Ionic is a fairly new technology in the hair styling industry. Very few hairdressers can describe how the technology works. But I don’t have to know how the air and gas are compressed in my engine in order to drive the grocery store either, so to cut to the chase. . . It will make a major difference in your hair and hairstyles. I could feel the difference in my hair the first time I used an ionic hair dryer.
The good: your hair will feel more conditioned, reduced frizz, reduced static electricity and more hair shine.
The bad: flatter hair, won’t hold as much curl. (That could be a positive for some of you)
So if you have trouble with dry hair, frizzy hair, or static electricity, an ionic hair dryer will help. Just realize you may be giving up the ability to get a lot of oomph and style-ability into your hairstyles.
What did I buy? After reading the reviews at Consumer Reports and the hair dryer reviews at Folica I decided on a CHI hair dryer.
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