Best Hair Dryer 2019 – Buyer’s Guide

The hairdryer you use can be the difference between a frizzy mess of despair and beautifully sleek and styled tresses.

Finding the right one for your specific hair-type can be difficult, especially with so many different models and brands to choose from. Many have different settings and fancy features that can make picking the right one confusing. But don’t be blown away because we are here to help.

Or maybe you’re looking for something a little smaller. We have all been there, heading away for a stunning holiday and then it hits us. What are we even going to pack? Trying to cram and push everything into our suitcases can become a frantic mission, with things like your hairdryer being ditched and left unwillingly behind.

The answer? A compact, travel hairdryer is the solution to all of your packing blues. They are lightweight and compact and fit easily into any suitcase or travel bag leaving you more room for luggage.

Whether you are looking for a salon-style hairdryer, something magically small or it’s your first time buying one, we have put together a review of the best hair dryers on the market at the moment.

We have done the work for you and put these models through their paces, judging them on variable heat settings, damage to hair, noise, and extra features.

The Best Hair Dryers – Our Top Picks

Best Professional Hair Dryers

HERSHESONS Ionic Professional Hair Dryer

With ionic technology to keep your hair soft, sleek and shiny, the Hershesons Professional is salon quality in your home. Ionic technology basically means that negative ions reduce the size of water drops on the hair so more water can be absorbed. This improves the moisture lock capabilities in your hair to make it softer and less likely to frizz out.

There are two speeds and temperatures, and cold boost will help set your style while keeping it in good condition. With two diffusers included, you have even more control over the style you create. There is also a little bag included to store it in when not in use, or to keep it safe when you’re taking it on holiday with you. And to save you a bit of time in the mornings or when the weather is too warm to be standing under a hairdryer for ages, it will dry hair in about half the time of a lot of the others on the market which will appeal to anybody.

We like

  • Quick drying time
  • Leaves hair in great condition
  • Clean white finish and design

We dislike

  • Tricky to remove the nozzle

Final Verdict

Whether you have tame, easy-to-dry hair or out of control flyaway hair, this dryer will make your styling easier and take the dread out of washing it

+ Specifications

  • Power: 2200W
  • Heat: 2 settings
  • Speed: 2 settings
  • Cable: 3m

Dyson Supersonic™ Hairdryer

Dyson is completely rethinking the appliances we have in our home, and their first hair dryer is no different. It is lightweight and super easy to use but doesn’t sacrifice on power or performance for this.

The significant difference between the Dyson Supersonic™ and an ordinary run of the mill hair dryer is that the motor is in the handle. This has given way for a complete redesign of the regular hair dryer shape and weight so that you can dry your hair for longer without any arm ache.

Despite the fact that the motor spins an incredible 110,000 times per minute, it does it at a low frequency, meaning there is no noise disruption to your routine.

There are three speed settings and four heat settings ranging between 28°C and 100°C, meaning you can cater the performance entirely dependent upon your needs. Hair dries lovely and soft, and a lot quicker than with other models.

In-built heat regulation technology monitors the temperature every 20 seconds, so there is no risk of the appliance overheating and consequently damaging your hair. The actual appliance will also remain cool, so you don’t have to worry about not touching the surface at any point.

Comes with smoothing nozzle, styling concentrator, diffuser, non-slip mat and storage hanger.

We like

  • Heat shielding technology
  • Ionic technology
  • Great choice of speeds and temperatures
  • Sleek design
  • Incredibly quiet

We dislike

  • Price is high, but you get what you pay for
  • Not as light as other dryers

Final Verdict

A revolutionary hair dryer which is worth the money if you care about your hair.

+ Specifications

  • 1600W
  • 41 litre per second airflow
  • 3 precise speed settings & 4 precise heat settings
  • 2.7m cable

+ Downloads

DYSON Supersonic Hairdryer user manual

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GHD® Air Hair Dryer

The ghd Air® is the first professional hair dryer from the industry leaders and gives you salon-style hair which was only once achievable from a quick cut and blow-dry in the salon from the comfort of your own home.

It leaves even the frizziest of hair smooth and controlled, reducing flyaways. Using the cool shot function gives you the ability to set your style, and keeps it tamed long after you originally dried your hair thanks to the advanced ionic temperature.

The long-lasting results make it likely that you will be spending less time with your straighteners, which is ideal for anybody who is cautious about the amount of heat they are using to style their hair on a regular basis. It also doesn’t heat up your hair, reducing the lasting damage and improving the condition.

The narrow nozzle gives you the ability to properly direct the heat just where you want it. It is on the very heavy side, however, so may not be the most ideal for people with long thick hair or anybody with wrist problems.

 

We like

  • Variable heat settings that can be changed by yourself
  • Extra frizz control to tame hair
  • Lightweight
  • Small yet robust

We dislike

  • It is noisy

Final Verdict

Expensive, but worth it for the salon results.

+ Specifications

  • An impressive 2100W motor
  • 3m power cable
  • Cool Shot button
  • Ionic technology

+ Downloads

ghd Air Hair Dryer user manual

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BaByliss 5665U 3Q Salon Hair Dryer

The 3Q from BaByliss has an amazing 2200W of power, making it high-performance and brilliant for those who like to dry their hair as quickly as possible without any fuss. It is a lot lighter than many of its competitors, so even if you have hair which takes quite a while to dry, your arms won’t start to ache with prolonged use.

There is a professional, long-lasting AC motor, which will extend the life of the appliance without reducing performance. The filter is also removable, so you can regularly clean it to keep it looking and performing as new.

The 3Q is powerful even on its lowest setting, but this doesn’t make it loud unlike some other models. With a 3m cord, you won’t be restricted as to where you can use it.

For those who couldn’t do without the cold boost on their device but hate having to press or hold the button down constantly, this BaByliss model is perfect. A switch operates the cool shot, so you can keep it on for as long as you like. This also makes it ideal for the warmer months when the thought of drying your hair with heat is unbearable.

We like

  • High power
  • Long cord length
  • Ionic conditioning controls frizz

We dislike

  • Could be one more speed setting for the price

Final Verdict

A high-performance appliance which feels professional and substantial to use

+ Specifications

  • Power: 2200W
  • Cord Length: 3m
  • Weight: 470g

+ Downloads

BaByliss 5665U 3Q Salon user manual

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Best Travel Hair Dryers

ghd Flight® Limited Edition Travel Hair Dryer

Harnessing the power and expertise of ghd’s vast range of hair care products, the ghd Flight® is lightweight and comfortable to use no matter where you are in the world.

Just like it’s larger Air® cousin, this model comes with advanced technology which locks in the moisture to your hair, reducing frizz and flyaway strands without any extra effort on your behalf.

There are two speeds to choose from and a maximum temperature of 65°C, so it is hot enough to do the job without making you even warmer if you are in a sunny climate. The 1.8m power cord may seem short but is generous for travel hair dryer models. With 1800W power, it packs a punch despite its size.

The nozzle is removable, and the handle is collapsible, meaning you can easily carry it in hand luggage or a suitcase. It even comes with a travel case so will not get damaged en route.

We like

  • Dual voltage
  • Travel case keeps it safe
  • Very lightweight

We dislike

  • Expensive if it wouldn’t be used regularly

Final Verdict

A small but mighty hair dryer with the same technology which makes ghd an industry favourite

+ Specifications

  • Power: 1800W
  • Cord Length: 1.8m
  • Weight: 420g

Lloytron H1010SV

The Lloytron H1010SV Travel dryer is a compact dryer with a low power consumption. It has dual voltage and is suitable to use in Europe, as long as you have an adapter plug at the ready. The Lloytron has two heat settings for versatility and comes with two-speed settings and a narrow nozzle for precision and styling.

This compact option is lightweight, weighing in at 0.42 kg however the cable length leaves much to be desired at only 1 meter. But as this is a travel hairdryer we expect a few cut back features like cable length or power so it is still really efficient.

Again the handle folds inwards making it small and easy to fit into any bag. This really is a minimal and straight to the point dryer that is great for traveling and does exactly what it says on the tin.

We like

  • Lightweight
  • Compact
  • Fold in handle
  • Dual voltage
  • Low power consumption

We dislike

  • Short power cable (around 1 meter)
  • Minimal

Final Verdict

This is a simplistic and no frills device and is great for traveling. Don’t expect huge results, though, it is just a simple design with minimal functions, cheap and cheerful.

+ Specifications

  • Compact design
  • Low power consumption
  • Two heat settings
  • Dimensions (folded flat): L200 W115 D190 mm.

+ Downloads

Lloytron H1010SV user manual

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TRESemmé Travel 2000 5549U Travel Hair Dryer

Small but uncompromising on power, the Salon 2000 from TRESemmé includes a mini paddle brush and concentrated nozzle, so you have all you need for your trip away.

The foldable handle makes both travelling and storage easy, and tourmaline-ceramic technology ensures your hair will not suffer from the usual heat damage that prolonged use of heat products can cause.

There are two speed settings, so you can rough dry your hair and then switch to the lower speed to style and add shine. We would have preferred a carry case rather than the brush as it doesn’t work well on thick hair anyway, but small bags are available.

We like

  • Dual voltage
  • Great price tag for how much it would be used

We dislike

  • No cool blow option

Final Verdict

A great, affordable product if you want something more powerful than basic hotel dryers

+ Specifications

  • Power: 2000W
  • Cord Length: 1.8m
  • Weight: 480g

Remington D2400 Travel

The Remington D2400 Travel option gives you great hair on the go, wherever you go. It has worldwide voltage so can be used anywhere in the world so you can have gorgeous hair anywhere. It is powerful with 1400 watts, 2 heat settings, and two-speed settings, drying your hair faster and letting you be in full control.

It comes with a concentrator nozzle for precise styling which is pretty handy, especially on the go. This is great for travel as it has a folding handle for compact storage and more space for your luggage. It is pretty lightweight, but it isn’t the most lightweight on this list, with the Lloytron H1010SV 1200 watt Travel being the lightest.

It still has a lot of power and has a 1.8-meter cord which is very good for a travel version. This means you can dry your tresses with ease and comfort, wherever you are. It also comes with a convenient hang loop at end of the handle to store it away.

We like

  • Folding handle
  • Sturdy nozzle attachment
  • Cheap
  • Medium sized cable (1.8 meters)
  • Powerful – even more so than most other travel dryers
  • Body and nozzle stayed cool in use

We dislike

  • Not the lightest of dryers on the list
  • Can be a little unsteady because of folding handle and doesn’t click into place

Final Verdict

Does what it says on the tin. Simple, cheap and cheerful little travel hairdryer. It can be a bit off balance in use because the handle doesn’t click into place and become secured in use. Overall this is a good little cheap and budget travel option that gets the job done

+ Specifications

  • 1400 W
  • Worldwide voltage
  • Folding handle for compact storage
  • Two heat/speed settings

+ Downloads

Remington D2400 user manual

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BaByliss 5344U Travel 2000 W

The Babyliss 5344U Travel dryer is lightweight, powerful and compact. It is a great hairdryer for your travels and is very effective on all hair types. It has 2 heat settings and 2 different speeds making styling easy. The Babyliss 5344U also comes with a concentrator nozzle for precision.

What makes this travel hairdryer great for travelling is its dual voltage and folding handle which is ideal for travelling and holidays. It can become compact and can fit into any bag easily. That being said, the Babyliss travel version doesn’t compromise power for its compact design. It is still powerful, drying your hair fast with no fuss.

The only downside to the Babyliss is that it is a little bigger than some other travel dryers and there is no mesh at the back, but its power is what made us put it at the top of our list.

We like

  • Fast drying
  • Compact
  • 3-year guarantee
  • Dual voltage

We dislike

  • Still a little bigger than other travel hairdryers
  • The back doesn’t have a protective mesh so hair can get sucked into it - be careful.
  • Because it folds, it can be a little unsteady

Final Verdict

Very powerful but it doesn’t have a mesh at the back so not very suitable for those with long hair. Still, we think that it is one of the best travel options out there and definitely worth the money.

+ Specifications

  • Fast drying performance
  • 2 heat/speed settings for styling control
  • Folding handle for compact storage
  • Dual voltage for use at home or abroad
  • Concentrator nozzle for precision styling

+ Downloads

BaByliss Travel 2000 W user manual

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Best Budget Hair Dryers

Vidal Sassoon Classic Dryer

A titan name in the world of hair care, this hairdryer combines Vidal Sassoon knowledge with simplicity, creating a basic yet powerful product.

It is lightweight, so easy to navigate around your head and hold for long periods of time – great if you have a lot of hair. There is a cool shot button, so you can add a boost of shine to your hair and set the style in place.

We liked the fact that it was controlled by rocker switches as opposed to sliding controls, which makes it easier and less hassle to switch while you are using it, getting the setting you need.

The filter on the back of the dryer can be removed with a simple click, so it is easier to keep clean and free of dust, prolonging its life.

For the price, it is a really flexible item with a lot more ability than similarly priced hair dryers.

We like

  • Basic and does the job
  • Cool shot ability
  • Easy to control and hold

We dislike

  • Does get a bit too hot on the scalp on the highest setting

Final Verdict

An effective hair dryer which does the job - cheap and cheerful, yet better performance that some of its similarly prices rivals

+ Specifications

  • Power: 2100W
  • Settings: 2 speed and 3 heat

+ Downloads

Vidal Sassoon Classic Dryer User Manual

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Parlux Advance Light

Parlux are without a doubt experts in professional haircare since the 1970s, providing quality products that reduce damage to your hair. They keep hair healthy and protect it from harsh styling damage and extensive heat.

The Parlux Advance Light comes in a variety of different colours and has variable heat settings giving you lots of control over styling. It has ionic and ceramic technology leaving your locks healthy, sleek and frizz-free.

The Parlux Advance comes with a long lasting motor with a heatproof body, protecting you and your surfaces from heat damage.

Another great feature of the Parlux Advance Light is it’s noise level. This is hands down the quietest hairdryer we have used. The components weight has been reduced meaning it is lightweight and very quiet which is great if you need to dry your hair in the early hours of the morning.

They have followed their older dryer design, and why not – it’s already perfect so why change it.

We like

  • Lightweight
  • Very quiet
  • Ionic and ceramic technology
  • Eco-friendly
  • Good placement of buttons

We dislike

  • Pretty expensive

Final Verdict

Good quality hairdryer. Parlux perfected their design with previous models and the Advance Light has followed suit. If it’s not broken then why fix it? They have definitely got it right with this hairdryer.

+ Specifications

  • Lightweight and Silent
  • Soft Touch Switches
  • Ionic & Ceramic® technology
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Equipped with 2 nozzles

+ Downloads

Parlux Advance Light user manual

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BaByliss 5116U Turbo Shine Hair Dryer

Incredibly powerful for its inexpensive price tag, the BaByliss 5116U releases a stream of balancing ions to keep your hair frizz-free and silky.

The lightest non-travel hair dryer we have reviewed, this model would be perfect for anybody who has incredibly thick hair which takes a long time to dry, or for anyone with weak wrists, as it isn’t cumbersome to hold for an extended period. It is also easy to control via a simple slider mechanism on the back of the handle.

There is a cool boost button for when you need to set your style once its dry, but unfortunately, there is no option to control the temperature, with only two speed settings.

There is also a very short power cable, just over half the length of most of its competitors, which isn’t ideal if you are very restricted with plug sockets and may require an extension lead.

We like

  • Incredibly lightweight
  • Simple controls
  • Brilliant price

We dislike

  • Only two speed/heat settings
  • Short power cable

Final Verdict

Only basic functionality, but an affordable hair dryer which does the job well.

+ Specifications

  • Power: 2000W
  • Cord Length: 1.8m
  • Weight: 443g

BABYLISS Salon Light AC Hair Dryer

With a super slim nozzle, the BaByliss Salon Light hair dryer directs airflow to exactly where you need it, making it easy to manage and cater the exact results to your needs. There’s also a long 3m lead, so you aren’t restricted to having to stand near a plug far away from any mirrors.

The heat-balancing ionic and ceramic technology gives your hair an added shine boost while keeping frizz and flyaway hairs under control.

With 2100W power, it will dry your hair quickly and efficiently, saving your arms from any unnecessary discomfort. You also have the option of a cold boost button, so you can set your style once you’re done.

The ergonomic handle will ensure you can hold it comfortably, and quickly change between settings without too much disruption. The filter is removable for easy cleaning, which will help prolong its life and effectiveness, along with its long-life AC motor.

We like

  • Long cable length
  • Fast drying times
  • Multi-temperature and speed

We dislike

  • Very heavy compared to competitors

Final Verdict

A powerful, budget-friendly hair dryer which will care for your locks for under £30

+ Specifications

  • Power: 2100W
  • Cord Length: 3m
  • Weight: 1065g

+ Downloads

BABYLISS Salon Light AC Hair Dryer user manual

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Best Diffuser Hair Dryers

Remington AC8006 Keratin Radiance Dryer

With a powerful 2200W motor and keratin and macadamia coated grille, this Remington hair dryer leaves your hair conditioned, shiny, and healthy. It comes with a diffuser attachment too, making it the best hair dryer for curly hair that we reviewed.

There are three heat settings and two speed settings, so the power you need is perfectly versatile. There is also a 7mm and 11mm concentrator nozzle included, so you can target specific areas of your hair or give it a quick blast before allowing it to settle naturally.

With a cool button, you can set any styled hairstyle quickly. The hairstyle also lasts throughout the day, reducing the need for any other heat or styling products.

We like

  • Great price for what you get
  • Bright lilac colour gives it a design edge

We dislike

  • On the heavy side

Final Verdict

A great, adaptable product for those who like their hair dryer to be fully versatile

+ Specifications

  • Power: 2200W
  • Cord Length: 2.5m
  • Weight: 843g

+ Downloads

Remington AC8006 Keratin Radiance Dryer user manual

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Best Brush Hair Dryers

Revlon Perfectionist 2-in-1

The Revlon Perfectionist 2-in-1 has a unique design, combining hairdryer with a brush. It has ionic conditioning technology to eliminate static from your hair and give you a smooth and sleek finish.

The Perfectionist 2-in-1 has two different heat settings including a cold setting, giving you more control over your hair styling and reduce damage. The massaging ball tips on the bristles are perfect for stimulating hair growth and detangle hair simultaneously.

We like

  • Brushes and dries hair simultaneously
  • Smooths and straightens hair
  • Dries quickly

We dislike

  • Handle is pretty thick so can be awkward to hold
  • Can make certain hair types frizzy

Final Verdict

The best part of this dryer is how easy it is to reach and dry the back of your hair. It’s good to dry, shape and style all in one.

+ Specifications

  • 2-in-1 dryer and styler with ionic conditioning ioniser to eliminate static and deliver a smooth finish
  • Two heat settings plus cool shot
  • Flexible tangle free bristles and massaging ball tips
  • Tangle free swivel cord
  • 3 year guarantee

+ Downloads

Revlon RVHA6475UK Perfectionist 2-in-1 user manual

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Hair Dryer Buying Guide

A good quality blowdryer is essential for styling unruly hair and keeping your tresses healthy. Scrimping on this essential hair care product can leave your hair begging for a bit more care.

Finding the right hair dryer for you all depends on your specific hair type. For curly or frizzy hair you need a dryer with low heat settings and special care technology, and for straight it can be a little hotter. Below we have put together a buying guide to help you make the right choice.

Noise

A noisy hair dryer can only be one thing – irritating to you and those around you. If you live with others and tend to dry your hair early in the morning or late at night, then it would be a good idea to opt for a quieter hair dryer like the Dyson Supersonic. Especially if your hair is thick and

Weight

No one wants a dead arm when they are trying to dry and style their hair. It just makes the whole process even longer and very uncomfortable. Try to keep your eyes peeled for a hair dryer that is lightweight and so you can use it without issue. This is especially important for those with long or really thick hair because otherwise drying your hair can become a painful ordeal.

Cable Length

Cable length is another important factor when buying a hair dryer. Of course it depends on your own personal needs – is your dressing table near a plug socket or do you travel a lot? Hair dryers with shorter cables are less versatile and so it might fall short when drying your hair. A hair dryer with a 2 meter cable should be enough but there are many models that have cables that are 3 meters or longer.

Power (Watts)

The higher the watts the more the heat and power that is produced from your hair dryer. This will make the hair dry faster but on the other hand it will do more damage to your hair. For most a wattage of between 1,500W and 1,800W will be totally fine and some professional hair dryers go up to 3000W. Just remember to check and to look after your hair when you use things like hair dryers – like use heat protector spray.

Styling Tools And Nozzles

Many hair dryers come with different attachments and nozzles so it is always good to decide what kind of things you want specifically for you and your hair type and style so you can get the right attachments and nozzles for you. Like if you have curly hair then it is a good idea to get a dryer with a diffuser.

The Best Hair Dryer For Your hair Type:

Straight

For those with straight hair or people who want to style it straight, look for a hair dryer that is powerful and produces a lot of heat. Blow dry from the crown of your head downwards to get that sleek look.

Curly

Notoriously difficult to style, and may be best left to air dry naturally to keep its shape. To speed up the process dry hair on a cool setting and use a diffuser for that beach hair look.

Fine/Thin

Use a concentrator to dry hair and try drying it upside down to add volume to give the effect of thick hair.

Dry/Frizzy

Again like with curly hair, try to avoid lots of heat and always blow dry your hair downwards to smooth strands and make hair sleek. A concentrator nozzle is good for this.

Features

Ionic

You may have come across this term a lot when looking into buying a new hair dryer. Ionic technology conditions hair using negatively charged ions, protecting against frizz, heat damage and static. Most professional hair dryers come with this feature so it is always good to check if this is something you are looking for.

Ceramic

As with ionic technology, you have probably seen the term ceramic technology floating around the specifications of many hair dryers these days. All this means is it helps to balance and distribute heat effectively from your hair dryer so it protects your hair from heat damage.

Concentrator Nozzles

This is usually a thin attachment that tends to come as standard with most hair dryers. It can be good to use for volume when used at the roots of your hair. But be aware that it can get pretty hot so move it often to avoid heat damage.

Cool Shot

Cool shot is a feature on the hair dryer itself whereby you can reduce the air temperature to reduce damage and set your hair after styling. Cool air sets hair better so this is a good feature to use.

Removable Filter

The filter is at the back of the hair dryer and prevents hair from getting sucked into the dryer and catches dust. It is a mesh attachment and should be cleaned regularly so airflow is not reduced which can lead to overheating and damage to hair.

Adjustable Temperature And Speed

To avoid heat damage, you may want to be able to change the fan speed (especially for fine or dry hair). It’s important to be able to alter the temperature when drying your hair, especially if you have dry or frizzy hair as cooler settings are more gentle on your hair and reduce heat damage when styling.

Dual Voltage

Good for those who travel a lot. Many travel hair dryers actually have dual or multi voltage in them already so you don’t have to worry. If you do travel a lot then it would be good to ensure you have this feature otherwise you might not be able to use your hairdryer because it is at the wrong voltage in that country.

Finding the right hair dryer can be a satisfying feeling. Knowing that you have a quality product means your hair will be healthy and the settings and features are useful for your everyday styling needs, cutting down time spend taming wild tresses.

FAQs

I Have Frizzy, Curly Hair. Can I Use A Hair Dryer?

Yes you can, but as mentioned above curly and frizzy hair is better air dried naturally. There is a chance you will be straightening it afterwards, and may be using serums or leave in conditioners to tame it a little. That being said, a hair dryer can speed up the process as long as you use it on a cooler setting to reduce over-drying hair and prevent heat damage.

Are Hair Dryers Expensive To Run?

Not particularly. They aren’t as powerful as large appliances, and there is a good chance you will only be using it for a few minutes here and there. Cooler settings could save a little bit of money though, as the fan would be spinning slower and the heat is low so less energy will be produced meaning less electricity will be used.

Can Hair Dryers Cause Severe Heat Damage To Hair?

Yes, hair dryers can produce significant heat damage to hair if used on the highest settings and every day. To avoid heat damage to your hair, invest in a good quality product and always use a heat protector spray or serum on hair. Avoid using a hair dryer on the highest setting every day to protect hair and keep it healthy.

What Is Ceramic Technology Good For?

Ceramic technology is very good for frizzy, dry and damaged hair and this includes those with curly hair. Though it is suited to damaged and dryer hair types, ceramic technology is equally effective for all hair types with good results.

What Is Ionic Technology Good For?

Its especially good for dry, frizzy and damaged hair because it protects it from further heat damage and conditions the strands. It is also good for coarse and thick hair that tends to be naturally dry.