Let me give you a situation. Suppose you are to attend an evening party post office. After a hectic day at office, you go home, take a warm bath and you plan to get ready. But bam! How will you style your wet hair?
And here comes your savior – here comes professional hair dryer. Invest 10-15 minutes of your time and your hair is dry enough for styling.
What is hair dryer?
The first hair dryer was available in market in 1925. Since then, hair dryers have gone through a lot of changes. Hair dryer is an electrical device that helps you to dry your hair and style it. There’s a heating coil at the back of the device. The heating coil heats up when connected to electrical socket. A fan that is installed at the back blows the hot air through the nozzle.
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The warm air helps the water evaporate from your hair fast. There are different types of hair dryers available in the market now. While some of us depend on them, some don’t use them thinking about the damage it does to your hair. Hair dryers are also known as blow dryer as hot air blows through the nozzle.
Are you one of those who use them? Or do you avoid using a hair dryer dreading that it may damage your hair? Whatever it is, you need to take a look at the type of the professional hair dryers. There are hair dryers that can dry your hair without causing damage to it.
Types of hair dryer
There was a time when hair dryers used to blow out extremely hot air that would damage your hair. But there has been major improvement in terms of how hair dryers work now. Different types of hair dryers are available in the market so that you can take your pick depending on your hair type.
Let’s check out the types of blow dryers.
Ionic Hair Dryer
Let’s go back to our school day science class, shall we? We all know positive and negative charge. Our hair is both positively and negatively charged in parts of it. While you use conditioner, the positively charged concoction attaches itself with the negative parts of your hair. As a result, your hair becomes soft, smooth and shiny.
On the other hand, ions are negatively charged. The negatively charged ions emitted from the ionic dryer attach with the positively charged water or H2O in your hair. Consequently, the water molecules break down into smaller molecules. The smaller molecules of water evaporate from hair faster. You can understand that less heat means less damage.
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According to some people, the negative ion helps the positive conditioner or other hair care products to penetrate the hair shaft effectively. Hence, your hair care products offer better result.
Ionic hair dryers don’t dry out your hair. It helps seal the moisture in your hair making it silky smooth.
Like any product, ionic hair dryer also has some cons. First, you can’t style your hair with ionic hair dryer. The dryer dries hair faster and helps provide hydration. But if you are looking for bounce, using this dryer will not give you any volume.
Secondly, if you have thin hair, ionic dryers may not be suitable for you. Thin hair is prone to breakage. Now, if you use ionic dryer, your hair may retain more moisture than what it actually needs. It will make it weaker.
Third and most important fact is that ionic dryers are not suitable for everyday use. You don’t want to expose your hair to an electromagnetic charge regularly. It will not only over-dry your hair but may also cause harm to the roots of your hair.
Ion-based hair dryers are used by professionals because it offers fast drying. If you want a dryer that will cut down your hair drying time and cause less damage, we would suggest you invest in luxury brands such as T3 blow dryer.
Ceramic Hair Dryer
Unlike the ionic hair dryers, ceramic hair dryers are much gentler on your hair. The heating materials of this dryer is made of porcelain or ceramic clay. Even though ceramic hair dryers emit ions that are negatively charged, the heat is distributed evenly because of the ceramic used in it.
Apart from ions, ceramic dryers also release infrared heat. Hence, it is also known as infrared dryer. Let us explain what infrared heat is. Don’t you love to soak in the vitamin D in the sunlight during summers? The heat of the sun gets evenly distributed all over, right? This is infrared heat. The same technique is used in ceramic dryers. The heat is evenly dispersed all over your hair without concentrating on any particular area.
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On the one hand, negative ions break the water. On the other hand, infrared heat helps evaporate the water faster locking the moisture that your hair needs.
Most ceramic dryers come with blow dryer diffuser. The diffuser helps in spreading the heat evenly while the ion breaks the molecules.
No matter what type of hair you have, you can use ceramic hair dryers safely. Babyliss hair dryer offers you ceramic porcelain dryers that can be used on a regular basis. As the dryer dries hair faster by merging two different technologies, it dries hair faster and also provides volume. So, you can style your hair without frying it!
It also locks the moisture to make your hair look shiny and smooth. Your hair doesn’t become frizzy as well.
If you ask us the cons of ceramic hair dryers, there are some that you should keep in mind. Ceramic dryers can be expensive. These are also a bit heavier than other type of hair dryers.
Sometimes companies don’t mention that their ceramic dryers emit ions, which is confusing for you as a buyer. Besides, there are more advanced technologies to dry your hair nowadays as well.
Tourmaline hair dryer
Tourmaline is a semi-precious stone that is known to produce negative ions when it is heated. Just like the ionic hair dryers, tourmaline hair dryers also emits negative ion that breaks the water molecules and dries hair faster.
Since tourmaline is a gemstone, tourmaline hair dryers can be quite expensive. Babyliss hair dryer company offers a lot of tourmaline dryers to choose from. Now, you might be thinking if tourmaline dryer emits negative ions and ionic dryers do the same for lower price, why would you invest extra in tourmaline dryer, right? We have the answer to your question.
Yes, it’s true that tourmaline also releases negative ion. But the gemstone distributes the ionic energy evenly though your hair. Hence, the drying time is reduced significantly. It is noticed that tourmaline dryers can dry your hair up to 40% faster. It means less damage.
Apart from the fact that the negative ion provides shine to your hair, tourmaline is also known to provide luster to your hair. So, your hair becomes shiny, smooth and silky. Believe it or not, tourmaline dryers dry hair faster than any ionic dryer and ceramic dryer. It is best for girls who have thick coarse hair, which takes time to dry.
However, you have to understand how tourmaline has been used in a dryer. While some manufacturers use the gemstone to mold the internal part of the dryer, some companies may use the crushed powder to coat a few major parts of the dryer. Depending on how the stone has been used, price of the dryer can change.
Another disadvantage of tourmaline dryer is that it can make thin and oily hair look flat. Since the dryer makes the shaft of the hair smooth and silky, thin hair beauties may lack the bounce that they look for. Besides, the smooth shaft may be ideal for the natural oil of your scalp to slide through your hair and make it oilier.
Titanium hair dryer
Titanium is a light-weight yet durable metal. It is used in industries because of its resistance to corrosion. Titanium is used in hair dryers as well. The internal heating coil is made with this durable metal that can withstand high heat.
Most professional hair dryers are titanium dryers. The reason is simple. It is the fastest among the lot. The light weight of the metal makes sure that the hair dryers are also light in weight. Titanium hair dryers give you all the benefits of ionic hair dryer, ceramic hair dryer and tourmaline hair dryer together. It dries the hair within minutes giving your traces the much needed shine and volume.
But as we said before, everything comes with its pros and cons. So, there are a couple of disadvantages of titanium hair dryers as well. This is not at all suitable for fine or short hairs. Fine and short hair beauties may notice hair breakage if they use this high temperature drying tool.
You should not use titanium hair dryer daily either. The amount of heat that it produces may severely damage the hair shaft when used regularly. It is best suited for professional use or if you use hair dryer once in a while.
In some dryers, you will see that multiple technologies are combined to offer a better and faster drying experience. Most companies combine ceramic and ionic or ceramic and tourmaline technologies. Conair offers dryers that are integrated with both ceramic and titanium technologies. While ionic or tourmaline technology emits negative ion that provides shine and luster, ceramic technology ensures that the heat is distributed evenly without damaging the hair.
Remington dryer has all the three technologies for healthier hair that condition hair while drying.
How to use hair dryers?
Now that you know the types of hair dryers available in market, it is time to know how the dryers work. Sure you already know how it works since many of you have either used it or have seen others using it. But do you really know how to dry your mane without damaging them?
To start with, we would like to tell you that blow dryers should be used with attachments. If you purchase a standard hair dryer, you will get attachments along with it. In other cases, you may need to purchase the attachments separately.
So, what are these attachments and how do these actually work?
The nozzles of the hair dryers are generally wide. Wide nozzle diffuses the flow of hot air. While it is good for drying wet hair, it is not ideal when you want to style your hair. And here comes concentrator.
There’s no point for guessing that a concentrator concentrates the airflow in a particular direction. So, when you’re looking for a lift in your hair, using concentrator to blow dry the root of your hair can give you the desired volume.
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On the other hand, you can attach a concentrator with your dryer when you need the salon like smooth blowout. Attach the concentrator and glide the dryer along with the hair that is in your brush. Never brush against the natural flow of your hair. Brushing and blow drying together will reduce frizz by locking the moisture in the hair cuticles while drying your hair.
However, concentrator should be used on semi-dry hair. If you use concentrator on wet hair, your hair will neither dry uniformly nor is it safe to do. You may end up burning and frying your hair.
Diffuser is a large attachment that either comes with the blow dryer or you may need to purchase it separately. Whatever it is, the attachment is needed for curly hair beauties. Those of you who have curly hair will know that blow drying your hair changes the natural curl of your hair. While sometimes you want a blow dried finish, there are times when you want to embrace your natural curl or wave.
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That is when you need to use a diffuser hair dryer. A diffuser is a wide flat attachment that has “teeth” or “fingers” in it. The attachment has multiple holes through which the hot air gets diffused. You have to hold your hair on the flat surface instead of brushing your hair. Thus, the diffused hot air dries your hair slowly while retaining the curl.
It is better if you use low heat and low speed setting while using a diffuser. It will make sure that your hair looks natural after drying and it doesn’t lose its shine. You may use high heat only when it’s extremely necessary as the hair dryer, when used along the diffuser, is brought too close to the roots.
Does the power of your hair dryer have any importance?
Well, it does. The power of the hair dryer can have an impact on the drying time. As you can understand, less exposure to heat will mean that your hair does not get damaged. The wattage determines the power of your hair dryer. Generally a hair dryer will perform well if it is within 1500 to 2000 watts.
Professional hair dryers at salons are more than 3000 watts. But you don’t need that at home. Yes, it’s true that high wattage hair dryers will cost more. But again, it will cause less damage to your hair.
Do the heat and speed settings matter?
Most hair dryers come with multiple heat and speed settings. While you may choose a hair dryer that has a high heat, it is better not to use the extreme heat on your hair. Salon hair dryers normally have high heat settings. However, the professionals know how to handle the high heat so that your hair dries without being damaged.
But when you are using your hair dryer at home and on a regular basis, it is for your best interest that you avoid using high heat setting.
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The math is a little different when it comes to speed setting. If your hair dryer comes with a speed setting, you can use high speed or low depending on what hair style you’re aiming at. Suppose you want to style your bangs. Use low heat and low speed setting so that your bangs hold the shape.
You may have noticed that some hair dryers have ‘cool air’ option. When you press the button, the dryer releases cool air that helps seal the style you created. Besides, the cool air smoothen the cuticles of your hair. However, don’t get wrong idea. Cool air doesn’t mean that your hair dryer will chill you down. It means that the air won’t be hot, that’s it.
Is hair dryer safe to use?
There is no one word answer to this question. It’s a no-brainer that using heat on your hair and scalp every day is not a great thing to do. However, keeping your hair wet for longer can also lead to other issues. Wet scalp may encourage the growth of bacteria that may cause more harm than hair dryers. You may notice itchy scalp, dandruff, hair fall issues and a lot other problems.
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So, what is the way out? The ideal situation should be that you let your hair air dry. However, it’s not always possible. Yes, hair dryer comes to your rescue here. Make sure that you follow the right process of using the blow dryer.
Use heat protectant whenever you’re using any heating device. Maintain 12 to 15 inches of distance when using a dryer, which is a hand’s distance. You don’t want to fry your hair, do you? Using the dryer too close to your hair can damage the cuticles and make your hair appear brittle.
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If you want to retain the curl of your hair, use hair dryer diffuser. Use a concentrator nozzle to channelize the air in a concentrated area.
While there are blow dryers starting from $10, we don’t recommend using one that is low in price. If you don’t want to invest $200+ on your dryer, it’s completely fine. But invest in one that is priced around $50. The dryers that are moderately priced are not only safe to use but they will also last long. Besides, you will get more options in heat and speed settings.
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As long as you follow the right process of using a blow dryer, it is safe to use. When you’re using hair dryer on a regular basis, take proper care of your hair. Applying the right shampoo and conditioner is the first step towards protecting your hair. You should also oil your hair at least once a week. And we have already mentioned that you should use heat protectant every time you dry your hair with a dryer. To reduce the frequency of using hair dryer, you can stop washing your hair every day. Instead, wash your hair every other day or thrice a week.
What should you look while buying a hair dryer?
By now you may have got a fair idea about the types of hair dryers, the attachments, heat settings, wattage, and everything else about hair dryers. So, when you’re going to buy a dryer for your personal use, what the things are that you should look for?
Here’s a list of things that can help you in choosing the ideal dryer for your hair type:
- Runs in 1800-2000 watts power
- Has multiple heat and speed settings
- Comes with attachments such as concentrator and/or diffuser
- Has long cord (you need long cord so that you can change your position while drying your hair and can maintain a distance with the socket)
- Has swivel cord (swivel cord provides 360-degree rotation for better mobility)
So, what is your thought about purchasing a hair dryer? Are you purchasing a professional hair dryer for the first time or do you already own one? If you have been complaining that your hair dryer keeps sparking and dying, it’s time to stop this chain.
As we mentioned in the article above, invest in a good hair dryer. Yes, it will feel like a pinch. But you won’t regret your investment as the dryer will last much longer than your usual affordable blow dryers. As a result, you’ll be saving money instead of wasting it on cheap dryers.
Moreover, the expensive dryers are equipped with updated technology that dries your hair faster without making it dry. However, don’t forget to gear up yourself with heat protectant.