On the market there are constantly appearing new and improved hair dryers with new and newer technologies. But how to make sense of them? After reading our instructions you will have a great hair dryer at home. The one which you will love!
1) How strong hair dryer do I need?
Hair dryer engines of higher quality have high power which provides faster airflow and reduces drying time without having to expose your hair to excessive heat. Drying time can be reduced with a powerful dryer by one half. For most people power between 1400 W and 1800 W is sufficient. However, for hairdressers a hair dryer with minimal 1800 W is a necessity. But we recomend to buy rather a 2000 W or more powerful one.
If you have long or thick hair and it takes you forever until you dry your hair invest in high power. Ideal 1800 W and more.
However, if you have short, fine or weak hair it is not necessary to reduce the drying time. Therefore, even a hair dryer with lower power will suffice you. But, we don't recommend buying a hair dryer with power under 1400 W!
2) What is ionization?
Hair dryers with ionic functions include a ion generator, which inserts negative ions into the hair and close the hair cuticle. Due to ionization hair is better protected against heat. Thanks to ionization your hair will be more moisturized, shinier and healthier. And hydratation is the one that prevents frizz hair and helps to neutralize static electricity. Moreover negative ions clean hair and get rid of odor.
3) Ceramic, tourmaline or titanium?
Hair dryers containing ceramic, tourmaline or titanium are designed so that their heat flows equally and gently. These materials are usually used to cover the inside of the dryer, which is heated to higher temperatures, becomes active and produces natural ions. These materials will do the same job as the function of ionization (see above).
A hair dryer with a ceramic heater is more powerful and more suitable for those who use dryer more often. With tourmaline technology you will get more shine and hair drying will be much shorter than with a ceramic heater. Titan is lighter and it reduces overal weight of the hairdryer. This material is specially useful for professional hairdressers and stylists who use a hair dryer daily at work or for owners of long thick hair who spend hours by drying their hair. The disadvantage of these materials is their higher price.
4) How many temperature stages do I need? And what temperature should I choose?
A hair dryer should have at least 2 heat buttons and 2 airflow buttons. These setting options will offer you better adjustment of hair drying. Thanks to them you will reduce the risk of overdrying.
The temperature degree should be adjusted to suit your hair. Various types of hair require different levels of heat. The highest temperature degrees are sustaible for really thick, coarse and strong hair and for faster drying. But remember to avoid exposing one section of hair to heat for too long. Otherwise you will not avoid damage.
The low temperature setting is the best option for fine, thin and fragile hair which is more susceptible to damage.
Hairdressers will be very well served by this new type of dryer Elchim 8th Sense, which has 8 speeds and 3 heating levels. They can be set differently according to type of hair of their clients.
5) What is a cool shot button for?
The cool air shot is used to fix the hairstyle. Stylists recommend to press the cool shot button at the moment when your hair is about 90 % dry. Then the cold wave completes the drying process appropriately and hair is protected from overheating. This button is commonly included in hairdryers these days.
6) Do I need all types of attachments?
The basic equipment includes a diffuser and nozzles. The diffuser is perfect for owners of naturally wavy or curly hair - it supports their hair texture and creates a fluffy and wavy hairstyle. Narrow nozzles are sustailable to direct the flow of air and heat, for example to create volume from hair roots or to create different hairstyles. Some brands offer attachments individually.
7) With heat-resistant styling products or not?
Absolutely with them! Protective styling products are used to protect hair against heat during hair drying. They ensure that your hair will be protected during drying and also the hairstyle will be much nicer. For example, you can try our protective sprays. These sprays are the most popular among our customers L'Oréal, Kérastase and Kevin Murphy.
8) The more expensive the better?
Mostly yes. Professional stylists agree that a hair dryer is the one thing on which you should not save. This is usually correct: The more expensive hairdryer the better functions, material and technology. But altogether the most expensive and most powerful models are mainly designed for hairdressers who work with different types of hair and use it very often. If you buy a hairdryer for home use, it sufficient to buy a hair dryer from the medium price category from 65 € to 120 €.
9) What else shall I watch when choosing a hair dryer?
It is good to notice the weight of the hairdryer too. Professional hairdryers are usually heavier. They can have weigh up to 1000 g. It is because of heavier materials that withstand more. When it comes to lighter hair dryers the weight is about 500 g. If hair drying takes you forever you should rather look for a lighter model. A very light hair dryer is Wella Professionals Sahira Light, which has only 420 g or Elchim Dress Code with 480 g.
If you travel often, it is sustailable for you to choose a smaller size of a hair dryer. For example ghd Flight Travel Hairdryer.
Before first using, make sure that you reach comfortably on all the buttons and check if you can switch easily between them. The hairdryer should not slip of the hand and it should be well balanced so as it cannot fall to one side.
The lenght of the cable should not be less than 2 metres not to disturb your comfort durign using. And remember to never wrap the cord around the hair dryer. It could damage the internal wiring and cause a fire hazard.
Eyelet for hanging
This is completely only a practical aspect. You will make use of it if you are accustomed to hang your hair dryer.
Removable rear filter
The most hair dryers have removable rear filters for easy cleaning. This filter prevents hair from snapping into the engine. Each hair dryer should be cleanded regulerly. Otherwise the dirt could cause a reduction of airflow and the hair dryer could overheat. This is expecially important if you use a large amount of styling products which tend to clog the filter.
There are two basic types of buttons - sliding and lurching. The sliding buttons are set into the handle and they can be difficult to use if they are rigid. The lurching buttons are activated when you press the higher end of them. They are very easy to use but it can happen that you change the speed or heat during drying by mistake.
Do not use hair dryer immediately after washing. Leave your hair under a towel and then air dry until they will be on 80 % dry. After that use your hair dryer. With this procedure you will cause less damage to you hair. We care about your hair so much! :-)
The most popular hairdryers of our customers:
The favourite for home use is ghd AIR.
The hairdressers' favourite is Wella professionals sahira color.