In our opinion and hair dryer buying guide, using a top-quality, high-performance hair dryer might be the absolute best thing you can do for your hair. It must not be overly heavy, but it most have the horsepower to get the job done. The best blow drivers are versatile and can be used with any kind of hair. Also, when utilized properly, an excellent blow dryer will actually increase the volume and shine of your hair, while at the same time reducing frizz factor.

Like any hair tools, there are features that distinguish and make one hair dryer a better choice than another for your hair. See the full explanation below at this hair dryer buying guide.

Ceramic & Tourmaline

The usage of infrared heat is very important in hair dryers. Both ceramic and tourmaline accomplish that end-goal.

Infrared heat technology creates electro-magnetic waves of energy that penetrate the hair shaft, drying the hair for the inside out. This results in increased moisture in the hair shaft and less damage to the hair

Ceramic and Tourmaline also produce a high volume of negative ions when combined with infrared heat. This salon-tested technology provides less damage to hair cuticles, creating a smoother, silky final finish to your hair.

Perfect for:
All hair types
Frizz and fly-aways
Hair susceptible to heat damage
Keratin-treated hair
Naturally curly hair

Negative Ion Technology

Negative ion technology emits atoms that can stop the growth of bacteria, resulting in healthier hair and scalp. Energy from Negative ions allows smaller water molecules to penetrate into the hair shaft and close the hair cuticle, which is very beneficial for the health and appearance of the hair.

Perfect for:
Thick hair
Frizz
Dry-Damaged hair

Power & Weight

You want maximum bang for your buck when purchasing a hair dryer, which means higher wattage. The best pro level hair dryers have quiet and powerful 1875 watt motors than gives optimum results while drying your hair up to 60% faster.

At the same time, you definitely don’t want a dryer that you will have to go to the gym to use! Ideally, it should be powerful, but also ultra lightweight as well. You can get very powerful hair dryers for under 2 lbs these days.

Perfect for:
All hair types

AC Motor

Hair dryers come with either AC or DC motors. DC motors are less powerful and do not have as long of a life expectancy as AC Motors. In our opinion, because AC motor-driven hair dryers are now so advanced, light weight, and economical, there is no reason to buy a hair dryer with a DC motor.

Make it an AC Motor. Easy Choice.
Perfect for:
All hair types

Temperature Control

This feature allows the stylist the ability to select the perfect temperature for the type of hair to minimize damage and enhance styling results. Use lower heat for styling your hair and higher temperatures when you need more powerful and quicker drying results.

Perfect for:
Getting maximum versatility from your hair dryer.

Dual Speed Settings

You can experiment with what gives you better results, depending on what exact you are trying to achieve. However mainly using the lower speed setting is usually better if you have fine hair.

Dual Voltage

A must if you are a jet-setter and don’t want to worry about carrying a converter with you.