Do you hate drying your hair? You’re not alone. Spending twenty minutes straining to hold a heavy device above your head, switching between heat settings that are too hot or don’t feel like they’re doing anything… it’s no fun. Factor in wrangling a round brush and being disappointed that your at-home blowout looks nothing like the one from the salon, and you’ll be ready to swear off blow-drying your hair completely.
I could go on: the loud motor that drowns out any attempt at conversation, or the heat damage that’s inevitable after daily use. But you have to do it—that, or turn up to work with wet hair in the morning, and that’s not a good look.
The solution to all these problems is right in front of you: it’s your hairdryer itself. No, seriously. That $25 dryer you picked up at the drugstore ten years ago might be causing you more trouble than it’s worth. A bad hairdryer is one of the most common causes of fluffy, frizzy hair.
Lightweight and balanced
Buying a professional grade hairdryer costs a little more up front, but the investment is worth it. The first thing you’ll notice when you pick one up is how lightweight it is. Professional hairstylists have their arms in the air all day, every day, so every ounce counts. You won’t be complaining after holding a pro hairdryer over your head each morning. Some weigh little more than a pound!
On top of the weight difference, pro dryers are more balanced. The careful development that goes into the motor placement means that wrist strain is a thing of the past.
Dial up the wattage
They might be lighter, but professional hairdryers are more powerful. Forget your 1000 watt version, pro dryers can have up to twice that wattage. The difference is significant—a higher wattage means the dryer works hotter, and faster. And as well as getting you out of the door quicker in the morning, it’s safer for your hair, too. The less time your hair is exposed to the heat, the less opportunity there is for it to get damaged.
Advanced ionic technology
The talk about ions might be confusing, but ionic technology is one of the biggest factors in getting a good result from your blow-dry. Ion technology means that the hairdryer is generating negative ions as well as heat. Negative ions interact with the water in your hair at a molecular level. They can help you hair dry faster and smooth the hair’s cuticle.
The result? Hair that’s smooth, sleek and shiny, with no frizz in sight.
A pro hairdryer will have multiple settings, in both speed and heat. If you’re used to dialing up your dryer to hot and high just to get your hair done faster, a pro dryer with more settings will change your world. Finer, thinner hair doesn’t need to be blasted on full—using the setting best suited for your hair will keep it looking its best. And that cold shot button is essential for cooling and setting your style once you’re done drying (it also sets curls perfectly!)
Another feature you’ll find in a professional hairdryer is a longer cable. It sounds simple, but it’s all the difference between being anchored to your tiny bathroom mirror and awkwardly maneuvering your arms around to get an even dry across your whole head.
Ceramic and tourmaline
Most heating elements in cheap hairdryers are metal or plastic. These can give off uneven heat, and burn at high temperatures. Look for a pro dryer with ceramic-plated and tourmaline-treated heating elements. They’ll heat evenly and tourmaline is shown to produce more negative ions—leaving you with smoother, sleeker hair.
It’s clear that upgrading your hairdryer to a professional model is the smart thing to do to keep your hair in tip-top shape. Talk to us at your next visit to Salon Bogar about which professional hairdryer model is right for you.