The humble hair dryer — like our favourite politicians, it’s just a tool for blowing out hot air right? Wrong. These days, the hair dryer has become a high-tech thing of beauty, with as many variations, functions and settings to suit your hair type as there are shampoos. With high-wattage, low-wattage, ionic, mini and travel dryers all on offer, how are we supposed to know which one we need?
For the Girl on the Go
The first thing it’s important to note about hair dryers is that they all come with different levels of power. A small travel hair dryer of 800W might fit in your walk-on luggage but it’s not going to dry your hair anywhere near as fast as a 2000W whopper. Choosing a hair dryer with high wattage means it will be hotter and faster, which means you can dry your hair quicker (ideal for grabbing a few extra Zs in the morning). It’s not just time that’s saved either; the faster you dry your hair, the less time it has to dry naturally and the less frizz you’ll see when you’re finished. Opt for anything between a 1800W hairdryer and a 2000W hairdryer and you should see super-fast results.
For the Frizz Fighter
Of course if frizz is a real problem for you, a quick blowout isn’t going to last and you’ll need a little helping hand if you want your locks to stay silky all day. This is where ionic hair dryers come to the rescue. A miracle for those of you with a gloriously bushy barnet, ionic hair dryers employ negatively charged atoms that speed up the way water evaporates from your hair. Not only does this get rid of frizz-causing moisture, it also means your hair will dry up to 70% faster than it would with a normal hair dryer — and all without parching your locks.
For the Perfectly Polished Princess
Some of us aren’t satisfied with simply being frizz-free. If you like to be pampered, polished and looking nothing short of magazine cover-ready, you’ll need an ionic hair dryer with a little added extra. Take the Diva Radiant Shine Dynamica 4000 Sunrise, for example. As well as providing the luxuriant conditioning of a standard ionic hair dryer, this gloss-making tool also features a grille that has been coated in macadamia oil, argan oil and keratin. This means that, every time you blow dry, your mane is being caressed by smoothing natural ingredients that will leave it looking bouncier, shinier and healthier than ever.