Choosing the Best Blow Dryer for Your Hair
Is a $200 blow dryer always better than a $25 blow dryer? Does the material of the blow dryer actually matter? Do quiet blow dryers still dry the hair quickly? The answers to these questions may surprise you!
The disadvantage to most lower-end, more affordable blow dryers is that most of them are made out of plastic or metal. These materials will literally burn the hair, cooking the water right out of it. Although they can be a little more pricey, ceramic hair dryers are more protectant while still drying the hair. Ceramic hair tools are the safer way to go for maintaining soft, healthy hair.
"Ionic" hair drying is a wise choice to eliminate frizz. Cheaper hair dryers often are made of materials that are ionically charged, causing the cuticle covering the hair to dry out and open up, creating frizz. Blow dryers that come with multiple speed settings benefit the issue of time. You can sleep in a few more minutes in the morning with a quicker hair dryer, but even more importantly, less drying time means less brittle hair. Drying the hair for a short time only will protect the hair more than leaving heat on it for a long period of time. Also, be sure to pick a blow dryer with a high wattage (about 1300 or up). This will also help to speed up your drying time.
If youíre looking for a blow dryer that will dry and style, choose one that comes with a diffuser or concentrator, allowing you to curl or straighten your hair while drying it all at once!
Donít just pick the cheapest or fanciest blow dryer next time you need a replacement. Think about your aims in blow drying your hair and what will best protect your hairís softness and health.