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You Will Need
- Multiple settings
- Latest technology
- Appropriate weight
Look at wattage
Look for a dryer with at least 1,800 watts. If your hair is thick, buy a dryer that has closer to 2,000 watts.
Consider a dryer with multiple speed and heat settings. A blow dryer with a cool shot button will seal the cuticle and lock in your style.
Take advantage of technology
Take advantage of dryer technology, such as ionic, ceramic, and tourmaline dryers, all of which promise silky, frizz-free strands in a fraction of normal drying time.
Look for attachments
Look for dryer attachments for curly or straight hair. A concentrator attachment will yield straight strands while a large, circular diffuser attachment will keep curls intact and add body.
Think about weight
Think about the weight of the dryer. Weights range from half a pound to 3 pounds. Opt for a lighter model if you have long or thick hair or if you dry your hair frequently.
Compare prices. Moderately expensive dryers in the $20 to $80 range have a variety of settings, and many offer ionic and ceramic technology. Consider a professional dryer, costing $100 or more, which will last longer if you straighten your hair on a regular basis. Inexpensive models in the $5 to $20 range are best if you rarely use a dryer or have very short hair.