It’s a sad day when your favorite tool bites the dust, and it can be overwhelming to pick a new one! There are so many different factors to consider when picking out a new blow dryer we’re here to break it down for you.
Blow Dryer Material
Ceramic blow dryers conduct the heat evenly and not as harsh as other materials. These dryers are better for finer hair or hair that dries out easily. However, ceramic dryers work on all types, so they’re very versatile. Often, ceramic dryers also have infrared technology, which dries the hair from inside out for less damage to the hair cuticle. The usmooth Revolution Dryer has both ceramic heating element and infrared tech for a smooth finish. It also has two ionic charges: negative for smoothing and positive for adding volume.
Tourmaline is a semi-precious metal that gives off ionic particles. These dryers use ionic technology to help decrease drying time and seal the hair cuticle. They tend to work on hair that is thicker or frizzy. The Brazilian Blowout ProIonic Dryer contains tourmaline technology and can reduce drying time by up to 60%. Perfect if you’ve got all those clients back-to-back!
As a stylist, your clients will have different hair types, so it’s very important to choose a blow dryer with multiple heat settings. Lower heat is perfect for thinner or damaged hair, while coarser, thick textures require higher heat. It’s also important to have a cool blast option for finishing and setting. Use the cool blast when the hair is about 80% dry. The Paul Mitchell Express Ion Dry+ features five heat settings and an LCD display with temperature, airflow, and cool shot settings.
If you have a clunky, heavy blow dryer, you are guaranteed to have a cramped back or shoulder. The ideal weight is around 1 lb. or less. Since you’ll be using this dryer on every client, it’s crucial to find one that’s light but powerful. Clocking in 1.12 lbs., the Neuro Light Dryer delivers both. Its ergonomic design will keep you pain free!
Little extras always make things better. We’re, of course, talking about attachments. Attachments not only help personalize your dryer for your client’s needs, but they also increase functionality. Make sure the dryer you purchase has at least two attachments: a diffuser and a nozzle attachment. Many people think that diffusers are only for the curly-headed, but that’s just not the case. Diffusers can be used on clients with straight hair to add wave or to punch up volume at the roots. Nozzle attachments help smooth and create finished, polished looks by narrowing the air flow. The Keratin Complex Hydra Dry comes with both a nozzle and a diffuser as well as comb to straighten curly hair. It also has a locking mechanism for the attachments, so they’ll stay put while you work. There’s nothing worse than causing a racket in the salon because your diffuser decided to fall off!
Now you can get rid of that old dryer causing your arm to cramp or without enough heat settings! Find the dryer that works for you and start styling!