How to Buy a Hair Dryer

With so many hair dryers on the market, you need to find out which ones will give you, and your hairstyle, a head start on the competition.

You will need

  • Multiple settings
  • Latest technology
  • Attachments
  • Appropriate weight
  • Budget

Step 1 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.

Step 2 Consider settings 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.

Step 3 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.

Step 4 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.

Step 5 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.

Step 6 Compare price 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.