Choosing A Hair Dryer That Won’t Cause Damage
I’m a big proponent of letting your hair dry naturally, but many times that’s just not possible. Fortunately there are good quality hair dryers available that work with you to prevent heat damage. There are also useful methods for how you can blow dry your hair without damaging it, and I’ll talk about those later.
Since I don’t have all the time in the world to let my hair dry every time I wash it, I need to use a hair dryer sometimes. So, investing in a good hair dryer which doesn’t cause damage and can dry the hair quickly is an important investment for anyone who is trying to grow and maintain long hair that is healthy.
There are many different criteria that we should look out for when we purchase a hair dryer. The key things that you should look for are the following:
- At least 1800 watts and above.
- Has Ionic Technology
- You are able to use attachments
- Heat settings and Airflow settings
- Cool Shot Button
- Long cable
Remember that you’re investing in something that you are going to be using often and possibly for years. So think about that when deciding which one you want to go for. Choosing a quality product will always give better results.
I have listed below three different Hair Dryers that will dry and style your hair without causing hardly any heat damage (if any) in the process.
- Kadori Professional Blow Dryer (low-end professional hair dryer)
- The T3 Featherweight Luxe 21 Hair Dryer (mid-range professional hair dryer)
- Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer (high-end professional hair dryer)
1. Kadori professional blow dryer 2500 x ceramic with ionic technology
I’ve put this as the first choice because not only is it within the price range for most people, you get the most ‘bang for your buck’ as it has all the features that I’ve talked about here.
Features of the Kadori Professional Blow Dryer:
- High powered at 1875 watts (meeting our criteria above)
- Contains Ionic technology for retaining moisture in the hair and giving you shiner and healthier looking hair
- Ideal for all hair types
- Low weight
- Long cable
- Comes with a diffuser and concentrator
This hair dryer also has other features like wind speed power settings, 3 temperature settings and a cool shot button.
Why you should consider the Kadori Blow Dryer:
It’s affordability is reason enough to invest in this hair dryer. It is a more entry level professional hair dryer, but certainly doesn’t lack the quality that you’d expect from one in this category.
Using the L I A 2500 x-air technology, Kadori claims that its hair dryer can reduce time to trying by up to 70%, which means much less heat damage. Not bad for a lower priced, professional hair dryer.
To summarize the benefits:
2. The T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Hair Dryer
Some people report that they have seen their dry time reduced by 5 – 10 minutes compared to their previous (cheaper) hair dryer.
Features of the T3 Featherweight Luxe 21 Hair Dryer:
- This hair dryer has a patented process which causes it to emit negative irons, thus helping the hair dry faster and stay healthy
- The T3 featherweight has something called tourmaline SoftAire technology which speeds up the hair drying process because of even cone
- It’s ceramic, which means you’ll get a much faster drying time and it’l be healthier for your hair as the heat is spread more evenly and not concentrated in one area.
This hair dryer also contains many of the features that you would generally expect for a mid to high end hair dryer. It has 2 speed settings, 3 heat settings, a cool shot button to get that awesome finish, and a long chord.
Why you should consider the T3 Featherweight Hair Dryer:
This hair dryer is an excellent choice if you want a quality hair dryer which will cause minimum damage to your hair, and also not break the bank when it comes to cost.
To summarize the benefits:
- Fast drying time
- Increase shine, volume and body of the hair
- Helps ensure easy styling and style retention
3. The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer (high end)
This hair dryer meets all of our criteria and some more. It contains smart technology using it’s microprocessor to measure temperature of the air flow at 20 times per second, and intelligently adjusts the heating element as you dry your hair, which means that your hair never overheats and you don’t risk damaging your hair because it stays at a constant temperature. This will help you keep the natural shine to your hair, and avoid that dull look, which can occur with hair that has been damaged by heat.
The hair dryer comes with many features and accessories such as: 4 Heat Settings, 3 Airflow Settings, Cold Shot, Ionizer, Filters, Concentrator, Diffusor and more. So, you’re well equipped to style and do your hair however you want.
The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer is rather expensive, but this hair dryer would be my top pick. However, due to the price of it, unless you really just want top of the line, it’s probably not for the average person who just wants to get a decent blow dry.
Watch the video below to find out out the hair dryer works to prevent damage during blow drying.
You can find some of the key features on Dyson’s website.
How their technology helps prevent damage when blow drying.
What to look for when choosing a hair dryer
There are a few important things that you need to look out for if you want to buy the best hair dryer to keep your long hair looking healthy and attractive. Not investing in a good quality hair dryer will make it much more difficult to maintain long hair, unless you have your own schedule and aren’t ever leaving the house.
More power, less damage
Choose a hair dryer that has more power. I would recommend a hair dryer that is at least 1800 watts. If you have thick hair like me, you probably want to go for something a bit more powerful. The less time that you have the hair dryer heating your hair, the less damage there will be.
If you want to dry your hair fast, then look for an ionic function on the hair dryer. This will help evaporate moisture more quickly, and so you’ll spend less time blow drying your hair, which again means less damage.
To help diffuse or concentrate heat, many hair dryers come with attachments that will be useful depending on your hair type and how you want to style your hair.
Attachments like concentrators and diffusers are important for certain types of hair, different styles and protecting from concentrating too much heat in one area.
Has heat settings and cool shot button
You’ll want blow dryer that has various heat settings. This seems like a no-brainer, right? We need more speed and less heat. A cool shot button is also useful to prevent over-drying of the hair. When your hair is mostly dry, perhaps a little damp, just use the cool shot button and finish off.
Quality material and light
Many of the professional hair dryers are made with better quality materials and so they will last longer, and feel lighter than the cheaper models.
Having a longer power cord is important for a couple of reasons. One reason is that it’s safer and gives you more room to move around. If you’re drying someone else’s hair or your own, and the power socket isn’t near, then having a longer cord is useful. It’s also not recommended to use an extension cable to these devices either because of the power they draw.
How to dry your hair with minimal damage
If you’re drying your hair incorrectly, then you can easily damage your hair, making it look dull and dry. But I guess you probably know that by now.
There was a study that really surprised me when I read it a few years ago. It basically shows that not only can you dry your hair with very little damage, but drying your hair with a hair dryer is less damaging than air drying! Who would have thought?
As long as the temperature did not exceed 95 degrees C, and the hair dryer was held at a distance of approximately 15 cm with continuous motion, there was actually less damage than drying the hair naturally.
If you were to use the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer then these overheating issues won’t be a concern because their microprocessor enables the hair dryer to automatically adjust, so it remains at a constant temperature.
But if you’re using some of the cheaper options, like most of us, then this is good news because no longer do we have to worry so much about damaging our hair when using a hair dryer.
7 Great tips on how to blow dry your long hair by howcast.com
A good video from a professional stylist on how to properly blow dry your hair to make it look better and cause less damage. Enjoy! 🙂
Any questions, please comment below! 🙂