Before you invest in a hair dryer, you need to asses your beauty needs. Good hair dryers don’t come cheap, and cheap hair dryers aren’t worth it if you dry your hair often. Your hair type is also an important consideration as some dryers are more suited to a particular type of hair.
Before you make the purchase, ask yourself these questions:
What is your budget?
The cost of a blow dryer can range from $10 to more than $400 (yes, you read that right!). If you don’t dry your hair often, or don’t have a lot of money to spend, a cheaper dryer will do a perfectly good job. However, there are reasons for spending the extra money on a high quality hair dryer. The more expensive brands tend to be more energy efficient, and cause less damage to the hair through the use of new technologies.
What is your hair length and type?
Long hair is obviously going to take longer to dry than short hair. If you have long hair, you should take into account the cost of using a cheaper dryer in terms of power use. As heat damage will be more apparent on long locks, it will be worth spending a bit extra to get a dryer that is more gentle on your hair.
Curly hair is best dried on a low heat using a diffuser, to avoid the frizziness that comes from too much heat. Look out for a hair dryer that comes with attachments.
How often do you want to dry your hair?
If you intend to dry your hair more than a couple of times a week, you will need to invest more in your dryer. Look out for an energy efficient model that reduces heat damage. The Tourmaline technology is most likely to suit your needs. The extra money invested in the purchase will pay itself back by keeping your utilities bill down.
What wattage do you need?
The wattage of your hair dryer indicates how fast it can blow air out. Anywhere between 1000 and 2000 watts provides a gentle blow dry. Above 2000 watts is a powerful dryer, suitable for long, thick hair or for shorter hair when you have little time. Higher wattage hair dryers require greater amounts of electricity to operate. Most hair dryers will allow you to switch between cool and hot settings, and control the speed at which they blow air out.
How much time will have to dry your hair?
If your time will always be limited, go for a higher wattage hair dryer. That way you can dry your hair quickly at the roots, and leave the length to air dry if you run out of time. If you know you will tend to have plenty of time to dry, then choose a lower wattage dryer to ensure that you don’t cause heat damage over the longer drying time.
What other products will you need?
If you buy a hair dryer for home use, don’t forget to purchase a good quality heat protection product to protect your hair from heat damage. There are also shampoos and conditioners intended for use on hair that is regularly heat styled.
A good quality brush is vital to achieving a professional look at home. Ask your hairdresser for advice on which to purchase.
Do you need a professional hair dryer?
Consider how often you dry your hair, and for what purpose. If you need your hair to look perfect every day, then a professional hair dryer may be the answer. However, these machines are expensive and need to be used skillfully to achieve similar results to a salon. If you choose to buy a professional dryer, consider going to your hairdresser for a lesson in blow drying techniques.
- Do your research on price and capability. There are many review and comparison sites out there.
- Ask to test out the dryer before you buy it. You may decide it gets too hot or doesn’t have enough power.
- If you are still unsure, go for a mid-priced product, which will provide you with most of what you need.
- Don’t be swayed by pretty colours or sleek design – wattage and technology are the important factors.