When it comes to hair care products, you certainly receive what you pay for. Hair dryers are no exception. Professional blow dryers are designed to quickly dry your hair, increase your hair’s volume and give it style in a matter of minutes. However, blow dryers come with many different settings and styles, which can impact how the blow dryer affects your hair.
Professional blow dryers feature different types of technology. This technology affects the speed, moisture and heat while drying your hair. Ionic technology creates negative ions that break down the water molecule, allowing you to blow dry your hair quickly. However, the high heat can also quickly dry out hair and damage it. Ceramic technology uses non-damaging infrared heat, and tourmaline hair dryers use infrared heat and negative ions, making it gentle on all hair types. Our top three products, Elchim 3900 Healthy Ionic, Panasonic Nanoe and Centrix Q-Zone Quiet, use a variety of these types of technology. For more information, check out our articles on hair dryers.
When looking for the best hair dryer, you need to consider your particular hair type. You also need to think about where you will frequently dry your hair, as well as the type of accessories you need when drying. The following are the criteria we used when we evaluated these products.
One of the most important things to consider is the hair dryer’s power and strength. The higher the wattage, the more heat that is emitted. An ideal wattage for most individuals is 1,500 to 1,800. People with fine and thin hair require a hair dryer with low wattage and low heat. You can use higher wattage on thick or coarse hair. Many of the best blow dryers feature a cool air button to use when hair is almost dry. The cool air helps set a hair style and prevents overdrying and extensive damage to the hair.
The design of your blow dryer can enhance your overall experience with the device. You will want to consider the technology of the product whether it is ionic, tourmaline or ceramic. Furthermore, consider the location of where you will generally blow dry your hair. You want a blow dryer that offers a long cord to provide enough flexibility to prevent feeling tethered to the wall while drying. Furthermore, you will want to look for hair dryers that are lightweight, since you may be holding the product for an extended period of time.
Many professional hair dryers offer several accessories to help you get the hair style you desire. Many accessories can also enhance shine and prevent frizz. A diffuser is a popular accessory that is round with prongs. This attachment is ideal for curly or frizzy hair, as it helps enhance curls while limiting frizz. Concentrator nozzles are also popular. This accessory connects to the front of your blow dryer and is either wide or narrow. It allows you to direct the air from the dryer to a specific area of your hair.
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When looking for a hair dryer, you will want a dryer that offers an adequate warranty. Many individuals use their hair dryer every day, which can quickly wear the machine down. A long warranty proves the manufacturer is confident in its product and its performance. A good warranty for a blow dryer is at least two years, while the best is a lifetime warranty.
Hair dryers may have many similarities, but understanding the differences is what will help you maintain healthy, shiny and beautiful hair.