I only use the word “investment” when referring to certain beauty products, because for things only meant to last a short while, that word can feel like a stretch. But for items that you use regularly that should last for years, the word “investment” definitely applies when it comes to hair dryers. And here’s the good news: A good dryer that works well and is pleasant to use is worth the money, and there are options all across the price spectrum.
If you have fine hair, most any dryer will do the job, and can do it well.But if your hair is on the medium to thicker side, you’ll want one that has higher wattage–which can translate to quicker drying times. My hair is thick, and all my dryers are around the 1600–1900-ish watts range.
While most hair dryers have adjustable heat settings–going from cool, to medium, to super hot–that doesn’t mean you have to turn up the heat all the way to get the benefit of a good blow dry.I use high heat, but always make sure to end each section with a cool shot. So that means dividing my hair into small sections–first using the high heat to dry (always make sure to point the dryer down the shaft of your hair, to prevent frizz!), and then ending with the cool shot to seal in the style.Bottom line? Make sure your dryer at least has a “cool shot” button, and use it. Even drug store dryers will have these, so you’re covered at every price point.
I have spent money on every single type of fancy hair dryer out there–from innovative air flow, to ionic technology, to ceramic–and I can say this confidently. While I enjoy them all for different reasons, I don’t see a noticeable difference in my blowout due to the technology of the hair dryer alone.
Something that does matter? Ergonomics.The way the hair dryer feels in your hand. The weight of it. Whether or not your arm gets tired when you hold it for an extended period of time.That being said, let me share some of the main characteristics of the dryers that I have and use!
This is one item on the list I haven’t personally tried, but I have bought and used another Kristin Ess heat styling tool, and it was incredible. With all the amazing reviews this line consistently gets, this would absolutely be worth a try.