The best way to dry your hair is with air, but sometimes a blowout is just better. In order to find the best hair dryer, I tested them on my frizz-prone hair for months.
Taking note of the sleekness of the packaging to the placement of the switches, as well as how long it took me to dry my hair from start to finish, I recorded everything.
|BaBylissPRO Ceramix Xtreme Hair Dryer|
|RUSK Engineering W8less Professional Dryer|
|Sam Villa Ionic Professional Hair Dryer|
|BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Hair Dryer|
|ghd Air 1600w Professional Hair Dryer|
1. BaBylissPRO Ceramix Xtreme Hair Dryer
As a hairstylist at Cutler Salon in the posh neighborhood of SoHo in New York, Melissa Parizot, raves about the BaBylissPRO ceramic dryer that keeps her hair at four different temperatures.
In over 4,000 Amazon reviews, nearly 4,000 people state, “I dried my hair in half the time! I love this dryer!”
People commend the speed with which the dryer dries their hair. In addition, it is fairly lightweight, weighing only 2.2 pounds.
2. RUSK Engineering W8less Professional Dryer
The Rusk hair dryer is lightweight, according to Savannah Fincher, a former corporate educator for Blo Blow Dry Bar. Additionally, the tool emits far-infrared heat, which dries hair faster without causing frizz.
Rusk’s W8less Professional 2000 Watt Dryer is one of the fastest and hottest dryers we tested, with an airflow of 55 mph and temperatures of over 245 degrees Fahrenheit.
Even when compared with dryers that cost hundreds of dollars, it offers the best combination of features we consider important – it weighs less than a pound, has an 8-foot cord (one of the longest we found), and is notably comfortable to hold.
3. Sam Villa Ionic Professional Hair Dryer
Sam Villa dryers are considered as “lightweight and powerful blow-dryers” which can produce sleeker results more quickly than their usual counterparts.
With the use of ceramic- and tourmaline-based ions, you will be able to dry, soften, and smooth any hair type with this hairdryer.
4. BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Hair Dryer
It might be a good idea to consider the BabyBlissPRO Nano Titanium dryer as an affordable option. The six-speed capability allows for the blow-drying of hair more efficiently than ever before while preventing frizz.
We have discovered that the BaBylissPro Nano Titanium Hair Dryer is producing a louder whining sound than other hair dryers currently available on the market.
5. ghd Air 1600w Professional Hair Dryer
This hair dryer has a sleek look and a lightweight feel that Scotty Cunha appreciates as a stylist at Andy LeCompte Salon. During a quick rough-dry, it leaves hair “super smooth and shiny even without using a brush.” This feature also makes it a standout.
“The brand’s Helios Advanced Professional Hair Dryer gets hair looking like it’s been polished by a professional without overcomplicating the style,” says Andy LeCompte Salon stylist Glenn Ellis.
Things to Consider Before Hair Dryer
It is essential to have multiple settings. Once you’ve dried your hair mostly, you needn’t keep blow-drying it on high, causing more damage.
In addition, hitting the cool-shot button once your hair is completely dry helps seal the cuticle, keeping your hair feeling smoother. In addition to feeling cool, the cool air has the added benefit of cooling off your head if it is hot.
When shopping for a hairdryer, be sure the cord goes from the outlet you intend to plug it into all the way to the spot where you intend to stand to dry your hair. It isn’t a big deal if the cord is short in bathrooms that have outlets near the mirror.
You cannot avoid choosing a dryer with a longer cord if your mirror is more than three steps from an outlet; it is unsafe to use an extension cord with a device as powerful as a hairdryer. By choosing a longer cord in the first place, you can avoid this issue. According to our testing, a minimum distance of 6 feet was most comfortable for us.
It is easier to hold a lighter dryer for longer periods of time. When we tested dryers, a weight difference as small as two-tenths of a pound made a significant difference in how the dryer felt overhead.