Reviewers Recommend These 10 Hair Dryers For Frizz-Free, Smooth Locks
In the summer it’s parred for the course to leave the house with wet or damp hair, trusting the warm breezes to dry (and ideally tousle) your tresses. Well, seasons change and constantly leaving the house with damp locks can come to equal damage and breakage. We’re also now well into 2019, which means it’s high time to round up the top hair and beauty products of the year. Up today? The top hair dryers of 2019, of course. To make our picks we used our algorithm, totally unique to Rank & Style, which combs through all the products out there to bring you the best according to sales, user reviews, editorial mentions, and social buzz. Cut down on your drying time, ensure the elements won’t damage or break your locks, infuse shine, and more with the 10 best hair dryers of the year. We’re not just full of hot air—we promise.
Different types of hair dryers:
So you’re in the market to step up your hair styling game. Where do you start? We recommend seeking out the best blow dryer for your budget and hair type. You don’t have to spring for a professional-grade blow dryer if you understand what to look for. Ceramic, porcelain, ionic, or titanium? Let us break it down quickly. If you have fine or dry hair, you might want to consider a ceramic or porcelain hair dryer that uses far infrared heat to distribute gentle, even heat to your delicate strands. An ionic blow dryer uses ionic technology to reduce hair’s surface tension, boosting the shiny luster of your locks. A tourmaline dryer takes that ionic tech and ups the ante. The internal parts of a tourmaline dryer are made from or coated with the mineral. As for titanium, a dryer made from the material is lighter weight and will get hot quite fast to speed up the time spent drying.
Healthy ways to dry your hair:
Even if you’ve owned a variety of blow dryers in your life and feel comfortable wielding the hot tool, you still could be making some damaging mistakes. First, always squeeze excess water out of your hair before you take a hair dryer to it. If you really want to prevent heat damage, you can wait until it’s nearly naturally dried from the air but still a tad damp. We also recommend using a microfiber towel to soak up as much moisture as possible; there are even microfiber brushes if you don’t like wrapping your head in a towel. It’s also helpful to section your hair out into clips so you can concentrate on one area at a time and risk far fewer tangles. Finally, when shopping for hair dryers, it’s smart to consider the wattage. Look for dryers that have more wattage, meaning the air blows faster resulting in less time spent under the dryer and reducing the opportunity for heat damage.
Products to pair when drying your hair:
The most important thing you can do for yourself when regularly using a hair dryer is to invest in the proper tools, whether combs and brushes or heat protectants. Even the best professional blow dryer can’t save you from poor execution. You can find a brush designed for wet hair for very reasonable prices; using these will not only help you detangle without pain but will ensure even distribution of product sprayed into your wet locks. Always use a pre-blowout spray to protect yourself from heat damage. Some sprays even aid the styling process, making it easier for hair to hold its shape. If you’re a super regular dryer, make sure that you’re using a moisture-rich shampoo and conditioner to nourish your hair between blowouts. Finally, if you have curly hair, a dryer that includes a diffuser attachment with a variety of temperature and air-speed settings is essential.
Hair drying hacks:
Much to our multi-tasking hearts’ delight, the newly recommended hair dryers that follow can do much more than dry your hair. Have you ever selected the cool setting on your dryer to blast freshly painted nails? You can also use the same setting to speed up the drying process of your self-tanner. And this one was a revelation to us: break in leather shoes by putting them on and hitting them with the heat from your dryer. Stickers and wax on windows and furniture won’t stand a chance when you blow warm air on them from your blow dryer and remove them. If you have glasses or sunglasses that are inexpensive, heating them with the hairdryer will help you effortlessly reshape and reset them. And if you’re in a pinch while traveling without an iron, use a hair dryer to remove wrinkles from a garment. The uses are nearly endless, which just may help you justify buying a professional hair dryer for a few more bucks.
How we found the best hair dryers:
The Top 10 best hair dryers are brought to you by the Rank & Style data-driven algorithm, but of course. We created this methodology so our readers can confidently peruse the internet and trust the products in which they invest their money. Not only do we look deeply into the product’s rating, but we read all knock-out user reviews and take into account editorial mentions and awards, as well as social buzz around the web. If finding the perfect hair dryer is on your to-do list, look no further than the following beloved and trusted favorites.