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Find the Best Blow Dryer for Your Hair Type

Find the best blow dryer for your hair type

Just about everyone uses a blow dryer but making the right choice of dryer for your hair type can be hard to do. There are certain things to look for when choosing a blow dryer that depend on your hair type such as thickness, straight or curly, and what type of style you are trying to achieve.

Blow Dryer Wattage: Unless you want to spend 30 to 40 minutes drying your hair and doing so much damage to it in the process, you should look for a hair dryer with at least 1750 watts of power. If you have thicker hair up to 2000 watts may be the power you need. The higher the wattage the more air flow and heat will be provided allowing for shorter drying time and hair damage.

Materials: Each blow dryer is made of different material types such as ceramic, ionic and tourmaline. For straighter hair it is said to use a ceramic heating dryer while people with curly hair should use an ionic or tourmaline dryer that will help control frizz and fly-away hair.

Attachments: If you have curly hair the diffuser attachment will help reduce the frizz. While straight hair may not need an attachment, they may help with the fly-aways.

Heat and Speed Control: Different heat settings are good for different reasons, high heat and air flow helps cut down on drying time when the hair is totally wet but this would not be a good setting to use when you’re just setting your hair style, the cool shot setting would be good for this or the lowest heat and air flow setting. Also thin or long hair can be damaged from high heat so this is another good time for the low setting.

Do you travel a lot? Having a smaller version of a good dryer can be handy for travelers. Some travel size dryers may not have the same wattage as a normal size dryer and this will mean more time drying. Some may offer removable attachments or a retractable cord or even a foldable handle, these are all good options to look for. If you travel to other countries voltage is another necessary component, having 110v or even 220v may be standard in some countries because the wiring is different.

Price: The one thing that most people look at first, while it is a factor in buying almost anything, the old adage rings true, “You Get What You Pay For.” While we may not be able to spend hundreds on a blow dryer and you may ask why should I spend so much just to dry my hair; in time you will find that spending just that little extra on a good quality dryer will save you not only time but will keep you from having to replace your hair dryer more than say three times in a five year period because of wear or the fact that it ends up not working well with your hair type. You can buy a dryer for around $20, but think of the time and damage it may do to your hair if you are to use it more than two or three times a week. Spending $50 to $100 on a good quality dryer that will save you time and hair damage that ends up costing you more in the long run, as well as save on replacement costs, may be the better choice for your money. 

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