I have a confession to make.
I have, on several occasions, tried to replicate my hairstylist designs and skill. And the bad news is, I have terribly failed on all these tries.
Let’s face it. Achieving the same sleek outlook that your stylist delivers is not a walk in the park. You will have to sweat it out, watch tutorials and even have her teach you how to do it. Sometimes it works, sometimes it is a total fail.
But there is one secret that your hairstylist may have shared with you (at least some). Every hairstyle is unique, and you need the right hair dryer to pull out a sleek and shiny look.
Whether your hair is thick, fine, curly, or frizzy, you need the right hair dryer to get a perfect blowout, while maintaining your hair’s health. The right hair dryer also prevents damage to the hair follicles, which is important if you want to maintain a shiny look.
In this review, our editors researched, tested and reviewed 20 different hair dryers that work perfectly with the different hair types. Read through to see the best hair dryer for your specific hair type, and the features you should consider when buying a hairdryer.
Best Blow Dryers for Fine Hair: Top Picks
BaByliss has given us yet another option to work with. The BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Dryer is part of the BaByliss Nanotechnology that has greatly excelled especially with curlers and straighteners.
The BaBylissPRO has everything that you can possibly put or desire in a dryer for your delicate hair. For a start, the dryer exudes power thanks to the robust 1900-watt motor. The BaBylissPRO is synonymous with versatility as it sports 6 different heat and speed combination, which makes it suitable for all hair types.
Its signature feature lies within its name-Tourmaline-titanium. The Tourmaline-titanium technology on the dryer is beneficial to you double-wise. First, it ensures fast drying time through efficient conduction and even heat distribution.
More importantly, though, the Tourmaline-titanium technology helps your hair to retain its all-important moisture during the drying process, which in effect delivers a smooth, glossy, and frizz-free finish.
The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline-titanium Dryer works by using ionic technology, which heats your hair just enough to make it smooth and sleek, consequently removing any frizz and avoids any fly-aways.
Adding to what makes this dryer a valuable addition to your beauty accessories is the cool shot button that will help you avoid heat damage to your hair, but most importantly allow you to lock your hair.
Other auxiliary features on this product include soft rubberized finish, concentrator nozzle, and far infrared heat generation.
- 1900 watts of motor.
- Six different heat and speed settings and a cool shot button
- Utilize Tourmaline-titanium technology for even heat distribution and perfect finish.
- Uses ionic technology to lessen hair frizz.
- Uses far-infrared heat generation.
- Includes a concentrator nozzle and soft rubberized finish.
Styling is a time-intensive task, and for this reason, you need to use a dryer that is extremely light to avoid fatigue.
Featuring a feather-weight of only 1.1 pounds (half the weight of most of the styling tools), this dryer allows you to perform all your hair care while holding the dryer for literally 15 minutes without straining your wrist.
The lightness is not the only great thing about this tool. The RUSK Engineering W8less is packed with everything you need in a dryer for fine hair including an ion generator which emits millions of negative ions to eliminate any frizz on your hair.
As if it`s not enough, the ceramic dryer is infused with tourmaline and leverages on the far-infrared technology to penetrate deeply into each of your individual hair strands, therefore reducing the drying time, as well as improving the overall look and health of your hair.
What most fine hairs users like about this dryer, however, is the variation of the heat and speed settings. The different combination of heat and speed is handy as it will provide you with a greater control of how the dryer blows.
And when it comes to performance, the RUSK Engineering W8less does not skimp, thanks to the powerful 2000-watt motor and the cool shot button that helps with the frizz.
- Powerful 2000 watts.
- Super-light weighing just 1.1 pounds.
- Different heat and speed settings and a cool shot button.
- Uses ionic technology to eliminate hair frizz.
- Utilize far-infrared heat technology for fast drying.
The T3 Micro Cura hair dryer is a high-end model and a top choice for celebrity hairstylists as well as beauty aficionados. Sporting three heat and two speed settings, the T3 is designed for all types of fine hair, regardless of their texture, length or color.
Its signature feature is the T3`s Digital Ion Air Technology that not only controls the heat and dries your hair quickly, but also smoothens the hair cuticle as well as add an extra shine and gloss on your hair.
Like most of the blow dryers for fine hair, the T3 features a cool shot button that locks your hairstyle in place for a healthy, nice-looking frizz-free hair.
When it comes to handling the dryer, you will appreciate the lightweight design as well as the ergonomic handle that provides an effortless and comfortable hair styling experience.
What`s more? The dryer features cord with a wrap for maneuverability. Other auxiliary features that complement the value of this dryer include a drying concentrator, quiet operation, and a styling concentrator.
- Three heat and two speed settings and a cool shot button.
- Lightweight and ergonomic design.
- Cord that has a cord wrap.
- Uses T3 Digital Ion Air Technology for fast drying and great finish.
- Includes a drying and styling concentrator.
- Quiet operation.
The 6th Sense Professional Dryer is a masterpiece that is entirely handcrafted in France. According to the manufacturer, this dryer features legendary reliability and unparalleled quality that is going to last for years to come.
But that is the manufacturer. Let`s us look at what this dryer has to offer.
Like its name suggest, this dryer is a professional tool that features patented ergonomics that deliver a comfortable experience while easing the arm, wrist and shoulder strain.
The main highlight of this dryer, however, is the dual ion generator. The dryer comes with a button that turns on the ion generator, and once it`s turned on, it works amazingly well to deliver an insanely gorgeous finish.
On the other hand, turning the ion generator off builds more volume on your hair. In a nutshell, you get a two in one, or rather best of both worlds on a single tool.
Though it features a 1600-watt motor, which is less superior than what other dryers on our list offer, it flows a strong current, and therefore, despite its size, it`s no slouch.
Available in an extremely compact design, the dryer weighs at 12 ounces and sports an array of auxiliary features which include a professional heavy duty 10-foot cord with a circuit breaker.
- 1600 wattage.
- Lightweight - 12 ounces.
- Features a dual ion generator for a perfect finish and builds more hair volume.
- Features patented ergonomics for easy handling.
- Includes a 10 foot cord and a circuit breaker
Is your fine hair weak, and damaged due to over-styling? Or do you suffer from a combination of oily roots but a rough and dry body that you cannot use the conventional blow dryers? If so, the BIO IONIC dryer is your ideal option.
The dryer uses innovative ionic technology to deliver healthier, shinier hair in less time. What this technology does is that it releases Nanolonic minerals that break down the water clusters deep into the hair strands. This, in effect, infuses hydration on your hair, while giving your hair a silky and smooth feel.
Aside from the smooth feel it aides in styling your hair as it allows you to lock moisture inside the interior shaft, leaving your hair glowing, manageable and deeply conditioned.
The 1875-watt motor is gentle, and does not leave any damage to your hair, and translates to a faster drying time.
What`s more, the 500g weight plus the handle ergonomics deliver a comfortable styling experience.
Also, it features a generous 9-foot cord which allows for greater flexibility in your bathroom or salon.
- 1875 watts of motor.
- Super light weighing just 500 grams.
- Features ergonomic handle.
- Utilize innovative ionic technology for quick drying time and health, shinier hair.
- 9-foot cord for flexibility.
Best Hair Dryer for Thick Hair Reviews
Rusk Engineering is synonymous with reliability and quality, and the RUSK Speed Freak extends this legacy from Rusk hair styling.
The RUSK speed freak combines superior performance and modern technology to bring the best of your hair styling.
This 2000-watt dryer delivers the ultimate power you need to tame any kind, length, style or texture of hair you have. So regardless of your hair orientation, you can achieve a silky, and straight hair with this blower.
Power aside, this styling tool lives up to its name: it`s a speed freak, thanks to the heating technologies infused in the dryer.
The ceramic and tourmaline technology on the dryer is essential in rejuvenating and revivifying your hair. This in effect gives your hair a glossy shine while drastically reducing the drying time.
Unlike other dryers, the RUSK Speed Freak works by releasing natural ions and uses far-infrared heat which enhances the vitality of your hair, reduces your hair`s drying time and result to frizz-free, static-free shiny hair.
Sporting a dial switch, the dryer comes with 7 heat and speed setting for the ultimate convenience.
What`s more? The dryer comes with an ergonomic and comfortable grip.
The 1.9-pound weight is a major drawback of the dryer, though not a deal-breaker.
- 2000 watts of power
- Uses ceramic and tourmaline technology for quick drying and ultimate styling.
- Utilize far-infrared heat for fast drying
- 7 heat/speed settings.
- Ergonomic grip.
- A bit heavy-weight
Karmin G3 Pro is the maiden or rather ground-breaking hair dryer that was added to the Karmin Professional hair tools line, and it should not be a surprise that it surpasses regular blow dryers.
Just like the RUSK Speed Freak, the Karmin G3 sports a robust 2000 wattage motor that packs a punch while delivering amazingly fast drying results.
The major selling point of this dryer is the ceramic heating technology. The ceramic coils on the dryer generate negative ions which work to add shine, softness and improve the drying time. More importantly, though, the ceramic technology maintains a more even temperature for the perfect and healthier styling.
With this technology, you can say goodbye to hair feeling like straw and looking like giant frizz ball and welcome smooth, soft and shiny hair.
The diffuser on the dryer is simply amazing and is of great value especially to those with curly and thick hair as it is superb at adding more volume.
The two narrow nozzle attachment on this dryer are essential in underlining the versatility and value of this dryer. For a start, the nozzle provides easy hair styling and designing. More importantly, though, the nozzle enables you to make detailed styling by allowing you to concentrate on smaller sections of your hair.
One awesome feature of this dryer is that it features a three-way temperature setting rather than two and features a two-speed setting.
And when it comes to your health, you will appreciate the low EMF technology on the Karmin G3 Pro. The low EMF tech means that you can use the dryer as frequently as you want without fearing the effects of electromagnetic radiation.
- 2000 watts of power
- Three temperature/two speed settings.
- Utilizes ceramic technology.
- Low EMF technology.
- Include nozzle and diffuser attachments.
As far as hair dryers are concerned, not many companies are as reputable as Elchim. If you`re looking to purchase the best hair dryer for thick hair for professional use, the Elchim Classic 2001 Dryer is your ideal option.
The Elchim 2001 is a classic dryer that uses Italian engineering which creates the perfect balance between heat, airflow, and pressure.
Built for professional use, this dryer is housed in a poly carbon plastic that is not only shock and flame resistant but also built to handle heavy salon use. To underline the professional nature of the dryer is a 9-foot cord that gives you plenty of working room while allowing you to work without getting tangled up.
And like all the other best hair dryers we have reviewed, the Elchim Classic features a powerful 1875- watt motor for ultra-convenience.
The signature feature of this dryer is the narrow nose design. This narrow design is instrumental in channeling greater heat and air pressure, which results in a high-pressure blast super-hot air. This feature makes the dryer extremely handy for those with exceptionally thick, and unruly hair.
Aside from the 3-temperature setting, with 2 speed settings, which offer you the ultimate convenience, the dryer features a concentrator, which allows controlled hair styling.
- Powerful 2000 wattage.
- Three temperature/two speed settings
- Narrow nose design for greater heat & air pressure.
- Utilize Italian engineering maintaining a great balance of heat, pressure, and airflow.
- 9-feet cord.
The BaBylissPRO use the Nano Titanium Technology for the perfect hair styling. This medium sized but heavy-duty dryer has integrated an ion generator that helps in reducing hair frizz, thus leaving your hair silky and smooth.
Additionally, this technology yields maximum far-infrared heat, which is essential in faster drying of your hair as well as no-damage drying as it dries your hair from the inside out.
When it comes to performance, the BaBylissPRO is akin to the previously reviewed dryers as it sports a robust 2000-watt motor. The departure points on the performance, however, is the 2 speed and 3-heat settings. The speed and heat settings together with the cold blast offer you 6 different combinations of speed and heat.
Other notable features on the dryer include an electrical cord, which is long enough to use and offer plenty of space to maneuver. The removable filter plus the concentrator nozzle allows for easy cleaning as well as controlled hair drying.
- 2000 watts of power
- Uses Nano titanium technology for fast drying and ultimate styling
- Three heat/two speed settings and a cold shot button.
- Long electrical cord.
- Removable filter for easy cleaning and a concentrator nozzle.
The Panasonic EH-NA65-K is not your regular dryer. This dryer takes the ionic technology to the next level, thanks to the revolutionary ‘Nanoe™ ionic’ technology.
The beauty of the ‘Nanoe™ ionic’ technology is the ability to inject significant moisture droplets unlike other dryers using ionic technology. In effect, the addition of moisture adds more fluff and relative volume to the hair.
Consequently, with added fluff and more hair volume, you can experience reduced frizz as well as significantly less hair damage because of hair brushing. This technology makes the dryer an ideal choice for those with overly dry, thick hair and those who are sensitive to blow drying.
Nanoe technology aside, you will appreciate the 1875-watt power that can generate extreme heat and stream.
When it comes to versatility, the EH-NA65-K is second to none as it features 3 different temperature settings and 2 different speed settings.
What we like most about the dryer is the low 87-decibel-the lowest you can get with thick hair dryers. The low noise makes the dryer more pleasing to work with, whether at home or in the salon.
To enhance the value of the dryer, the manufacturer has incorporated a plethora of little but handy add-ons such as the cool shot button, and a longer 9-foot power cord.
- 1875 watts of power.
- Utilize Nanoe™ ionic’ technology.
- Three temperature/two speed settings and a cool shot button.
- Very low noise - 87 decibels.
- Nine-feet long cord.
Best Hair Dryer for Frizzy Hair Review
11. Philips BHD006 Hair Dryer
It`s not a surprise that the BHD006 tops our list of the best dryers for frizzy hair. Phillips has always been the traditional choice for many who are looking for reliable and quality electronics. The Phillips BHD006 dryer extends this legacy with its superior performance and quality.
Designed for quieter drying, this 1600 -watt dryer has the power you need to generate the optimum level of airflow and gentle drying power for stunningly gorgeous results.
And since it leverages on ionic technology, the dryer is suitable for closing the cuticle as well as removing moisture from your hair, which, in turn, results to a polished and glossy hair.
What you will like most about this product is the dual voltage circuit system that allows for worldwide use. Underlining the versatility of the dryer is the 3 pre-selected heat/ speed settings that allow you to achieve your desired hairstyle while expanding your scope of hair you can work with.
Like all the professional hair dryers, the Phillips BHD006 features a cool shot that provides a burst of cold air for the perfect setting and finishing of hairstyle.
The ThermoProtect temperature feature on the dryer is essential in optimal drying or rather faster drying as well as protection of your hair against extreme hot temperatures.
Other features that compliment the value of this dryer include a 1.8-meter cord that allows greater flexibility as well as a foldable handle for portability and storage.
- 1600 watts of power.
- Uses ionic technology.
- Features a cool shot button,
- Foldable handle.
- Three heat/speed settings
- Dual voltage circuit system.
- Thermos protect temperature for faster drying and protection against extreme temperatures.
12. Panasonic EH-ND13V Hair Dryer (Violet)
Like Phillips, Panasonic is a leading brand in the electronic domain. The first thing you shall notice on the Panasonic EH-ND13V is the striking violet shading. The dryer is not only super cute and stylish, but it`s also much effective in its performance.
Beauty aside, it`s also a low budget dryer that is certainly going to fit in your pocket and provide you with the performance features of the high-end dryers.
Its signature feature, however, is the quick dry nozzle that allows you to focus on the airflow or rather fasten the drying process.
The cool air selection helps in the reduction of frizz on your hair while holding your hairstyle in place.
And like many of the best hair dryers for frizzy hair, the Panasonic EH-ND13V features multiple heat and speed settings (three speed and three heat settings). These settings improve on the versatility and allow you to use the dryer on a variety of hair types to suit the need of the day.
Finally, you will love the compact design, and the ergonomic handle that makes the dryer extremely comfortable to use and carry.
If you are a travel enthusiast, you are probably aware that there`s nothing worse than being stuck with a flimsy and low-performance hotel dryer in the name of avoiding an extra weight of your cargo.
Tailor-made for travelers, this dryer is a modest and lightweight hair care tool approximately 1.19 pounds, that offers stunningly good results and leaves your hair feeling smooth and silky. You wouldn’t have to worry about storage as it features a folding handle for easy storage.
Although it has a 1400-watt motor, it packs a powerful punch and offers slightly more power than many travel dryers.
To add to the fantastic aspect of this dryer, it comes with a dual voltage. This is to mean that you will only need to carry a lightweight plug adapter for the perfect blow-dried look when in transit.
Another exciting feature on this dryer includes a 2-speed and 2-heat settings that boost the versatility of the dryer.
What we like most about this dryer is that you can use it with a concentrator to dry individual sections of your hair such as bangs for the perfect hair styling.
- 1400 watts of power.
- Dual voltage
- Two speed/heat settings.
- Lightweight and compact handle for easy storage.
- Features a concentrator for ultimate styling.
14. Philips HP8100/06 Hair Dryer
Available at a modest price, this dryer is another quality offering from Phillips. This dryer comes with a modest power of 1000 watts, which is more than enough to get the job done. The dryer moderately works well with your hair frizz and delivers a stunning look.
Like many of the Phillips products, the Philips HP8100/06 Hair Dryer is extremely sleek, and compact, allowing you to easily pack it in your backpack.
When it comes to performance, this quality dryer does not skimp either: the Philips HP8100/06 Hair Dryer features two speed and temperature settings, which allows you to customize your hairstyle according to your needs.
The concentrator attachment on the head allows you to make detailed styling and gives you the ultimate control over the dryer and your desired style. What`s more? The concentrator uses advanced concentrator technology with quick-head-an instant element heating, which will provide you with hot air in the long run.
For extended flexibility, you will appreciate the 1.5-meter power cord and easy storage hook or hanging.
- 1000 watts
- Two speed settings
- 1.5 metre power cord for flexibility.
- Compact design
- Features advanced concentrator technology.
15. Vega Pro-Touch 1800-2000 (VHDP-02)
Health experts are against using a blow dryer with hot air regularly as it increases frizz, but with this brand, you can use it as regularly and frequently as you like.
Featuring a cool shot button and sturdy coolant fans with automatic cut-off dispense cool air, it allows you to create your desired hairstyles with ease.
The major selling point of this dryer, however, is the ceramic coated tourmaline grille which maintains a constant temperature that is essential in drying your hair faster as well as preventing over-drying. What the ceramic coating does is that it evenly spreads hot air over your hair, which protects your hair from drying and causing frizz.
The Vega Pro-touch 1800-2000 watt features an AC motor with faster airflow or faster drying of your hair in less time.
- 2-speed settings
- Noise proof mechanism
- 2 concentrator nozzles
- Heat resistance
- Removable cap for easy cleaning.
Best Hair Dryer for Curly Hair Review
Conair 1875 Hair dryer is a budget-friendly hair dryer whose quality has not been compromised by its pricing.
With 1875 watt of power and tourmaline ceramic technology, heat is regulated and distributed evenly cutting your drying time substantially. What’s more, Conair 1875 has a high torque DC motor that speeds its drying.
The other feature you will fall in love with is the ionic technology that protects your curly hair from heat damage by lessening frizzing leaving your hair healthy, smooth and shiny.
You would not have to worry about storage since the dryer features a retractable cord that enhances its portability making it convenient for travel.
Other incredible features include three heat settings and two speed settings and cool a shot button that keeps your hairstyle intact. The dryer comes with two attachments that are, a diffuser and a concentrator for great styling of your curly hair.
Most customers loved this dryer for its affordability yet high quality performance. However, some users reported that the retractable cord did not work well and also slow drying.
- 1875 watts of power
- Ionic and tourmaline ceramic technology.
- 3 heat/2 speed settings
- Concentrator nozzle and diffuser
- High-torque DC motor for fast drying.
- Retractable cord for easy storage and portability.
Deva brand creates hair dryers specifically designed for curly and wavy hair and Devacurl DevaDryer and DevaFuser is no exception.
The 1600 watt dryer uses ionic technology preventing heat damage on your hair by lessening frizz. The dryer also features an ergonomic design hand diffuser that releases 360 degrees airflow up to the roots of your hair thus speeding its drying time.
What I like most about this hair dryer is its special, hand-shaped diffuser coupled with a concentrator nozzle. The two attachments work by lifting your hair increasing its volume while enhancing your hair’s natural curls and waves.
Most users loved how this specially designed hairdryer straightened and worked on their curly hairstyles whose end result is beautiful, frizz-free curls.
Conversely, some clients registered their dissatisfaction with the diffuser breaking after a while. Those with short curly hair also complained of the poor performance of the hand-shaped diffuser on their hair.
- Hand-shaped diffuser and concentrator nozzle.
- 1600 watt of power.
- Ionic technology enhances frizz-free curly hair.
- Ergonomic design diffuser releasing 360 degrees airflow.
MHU salon grade 1875w is arguably a must-have blow dryer if you have curly hair.
If you detest blow-drying your hair due to the long time spent, then you need to try this dryer. You will enjoy a fifty percent cut of drying time thanks to the far infrared technology and the 1875 watts of power. What’s more, you need not worry about getting burnt as the drier emits cooler heat while drying.
The dryer boasts of negative ion technology that prevents hair frizzing by allowing maintenance of moisture and your hair remains healthy.
A unique feature about this device is the volumizing diffuser attachment that increases your hair volume right from the hair roots. With two speeds and three heat settings, you can control the amount of heat getting into your hair.
Other incredible features include a cool shot button, concentrator attachment, and removable lint filter for easy clean-up and maintenance of your hair dryer. The dryer is also quiet compared to other brands.
Suitable for straightening curly hair. Some clients complained that it is quite heavy.
- 1875 watts
- Far-infrared heat waves for quick hair drying.
- Negative ion technology
- Volumizing diffuser attachment
- Two speed and three heat settings.
Factors to Consider When Buying a Hair Dryer for Thick, Curly, Fine or Frizzy Hair
Different types of hair take varying amounts of time to dry. As such, you would want to consider a lightweight hair dryer with an ergonomic design that you can comfortably use without much strain. You would also want a dryer with a long cord for easier movement as you dry your hair.
The different hair types have varying textures and thickness that would require varying heating settings to dry completely. Therefore, you need to choose a hair dryer with multiple heat and speed settings to suit your hair’s needs.
For example, curly hair requires medium to high speeds to dry well and hot air flow to create style. At the very least consider a dryer with two heat and two speed settings. Most high-end dryers feature at least three heat settings.
Far infrared heat
Using unregulated levels of heat can easily damage your hair, and this is where infrared heat comes in. Far infrared heat dries and styles your hair gently by drying it from the inside out leaving healthy, shiny and smooth hair. As such, consider a blow dryer with this feature.
Ionic, ceramic and titanium technology
Ionic technology comes in handy protecting your hair from heat damage during drying and styling process. This is made possible through the emission of negative ions that protects hair cuticles from damage, lessens hair frizzing and prevents split ends. Also, it helps retain moisture in your hair ultimately leaving healthy and shiny hair.
Titanium heater coatings work by heating up your hair dryer quickly thus speeding up the process of drying and styling your hair. Conversely, the ceramic heater coating distributes heat evenly and is often combined with ionic or titanium technology.
Power in a hairdryer helps you dry and style your hair effectively by producing high heat as well as generating air flow. On average, hair dryers range from 600 - 2000 wattage. Buy a hair dryer that has the right wattage for your type of hair.
The more accessories a hair dryer comes with, the more flexible you can style your hair. Most high-end dryers feature several accessories but the most important accessory is the diffuser. It helps you set your hairstyle as well as use an even airflow, to set and keep your hair in shape.
The other vital attachment is the concentrator that focuses extra heat on a particular part of your hair and can be very effective in obtaining your preferred look.