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How to Choose a Hairdryer

A great hairstyle is the result of a good haircut, good hair products and the best equipment for your hairstyle and type. If you are using a hair dryer that doesn’t make your hair look the way you want it to, it may be time to buy a new hair dryer. But with so many different styles to choose from, how do you know which is the best hair dryer for you? The following tips will help you choose the best hair dryer to fit your hair needs.


The wattage is an important factor in choosing a hair dryer. The higher the wattage is on a hair dryer, the more powerful the air flow and the heat will be. For thin hair, the dryer should be at least 1750 watts. For thick hair, the dryer should be at least 1900 watts.


The best hair dryer is one with adjustable speeds and temperature settings to help reduce damage to your hair and decrease dry time. The more settings available, the more flexibility you will have when it comes to styling. For example, a hair dryer with a cool shot setting will help to set the finished hairstyle. But if your hair tends to frizz when dried with a hair dryer, the best dryer would be an ionic hair dryer. Ionic blow dryers cause the moisture in your hair to bead up and leaves hair cuticles soft.


Many good hair dryers usually come with, or are compatible with various attachments like a nozzle or a diffuser. A nozzle is designed to concentrate the air to specific areas of the hair, especially if you want to straighten hair. To prevent fly away hairs, a nozzle can also be used to help the hair remain in the direction you are aiming the air. A diffuser is also a great attachment to invest in if you have curly hair as it helps to lessen frizz.


Hair dryers are typically made with ceramic or tourmaline coils. Ceramic hair dryers are popular choices because they heat quickly and evenly, so that hair dries faster without causing damage. Tourmaline hair dryer coils are made from a precious stone and are able to emit excessive amounts of negative ions which help to reduce the amount of static and frizz. Tourmaline dryers also break molecules down faster causing the hair to absorb the water, resulting in softer, sleeker hair.

When shopping for a new hair dryer, it is important to read the manufacturers recommendations and be sure to keep your personal preferences and hair type in mind. 

Description: Barb Quinn is also known as Hairstyle Blog

Guest author Barb Quinn has been a professional hairstylist for over 30 years and has established herself as a nationally recognized hair designer, educator, and freelance writer. Barb has been chosen by her peers to serve on the advisory panel of Cosmos C International the global hairstylist network and is the Men's Hair Category Expert for Thousands of women each day follow Barb's hairstyling wit and wisdom on her highly successful blogs Hairstyle Blog and Visual Makeover.

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