Shopping for a blow dryer, no clue what to look for.

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So, after several very cold mornings of going to work with cold hair I have decided to give drying my curls with a diffuser a try. The only problem is I haven't even so much as touched a blow dryer since I was 12... If someone threatens to use a dryer on my curls I flee as though they are brandishing a blowtorch. So, I have no clue what I'm even supposed to be looking for, and it is all a bit overwhelming. I know a bowl diffuser is a good choice, but what makes ionic dryers different, and does ceramic offer any special benefits?
I was about to post the same thing!

I have a blowdryer I've had for many, many years, and a big bold diffuser that I got from some unethical means (I stole it from the gym locker room in my early 20's. Please don't send me to jail). I use it just so I don't have to spend the day with we hair--a little more frizz than air drying, but worth it to cut down on drying time.

I was at an Ulta and I asked, and the woman was completely and utterly useless. The only thing she could tell me was that she recommended Hot Tools brand, and that if you spend more money you can get one that's lighter. I explained I don't care how heavy it is, because I just sit there with my hair in the diffuser for like 5 minutes. But she couldn't tell me anything about the other options!

Ionic? Ceramic? What kind of diffuser--bowl, the kind that's like flat with the little pegs sticking out, or the crazy Deva hand-shaped thing?

I will spend more money if it actually dries my hair faster and less frizzy!
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I was told by a hairstylists to get a dryer with at least 1750 watts. You also want it to have heat setting (low, med, high) instead of just 'off' and 'on'. 'Cool shot' is nice to have but I never used it. I'd also like to add that I received this advice while seeking to straighten so it may or may not be of use.
I got a ceramic and ionic - yes, i believe it does help keep frizz down. You can google to find information on what each does, why, how, and if it matters to you. Tourmaline is another option. Definitely find one with separate controls for fan speed and temp. And you want at least two temp settings. Cool shot is useful if you find the temp is getting to hot even on low (I dry my hair in sections for two minutes each...by the third or fourth section it is running hotter so I use cool shot more then) and it can also help set the curls if used for a few seconds at the end of your drying time. I found a dryer at target with a big bowl diffuser and bought it mainly because of that (it also had the other options noted above). The controls are on the back of the handle and it took a while to get used to that. The diffuser also doesn't lock on like my old one did and I miss that. But, overall I am happy with it - the size of diffuser is great.

Eta: lower wattages are actually better because its less heat damage. But I found they all had the same wattage, at least within my price point of $30-ish and available locally.
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Last edited by Ml001; 11-29-2012 at 12:37 PM.
Thanks for the advice MI001. I was bored during my lunch break and did some googling and found a helpful site that gives a quick rundown of the benefits and recommendations for different features. Worth a quick glance if you are confused about what to look for, like I am!
I'm shopping for one too. I usually use my hooded dryer but I like to have a hand held for emergencies. I was in Sally's today and they have a GVP dryer on sale for $35. PlUs i have a $5 off coupon starting next month. it's says as good as a Chi. Sally's is giving a free mini flat iron that goes to 410 degrees with purchase. I haven't decided if I will buy it. Still looking around.
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Also, take into account if you care about how noisy it is and/or how heavy it is. I want quiet and lightweight - which may mean it doesn't dry as fast or costs more, I'm not sure.
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i am so glad this was posted! ive been thinking for some time that my next pay check that i wanna get a good hair dryer, that one we have is good enough for the guys short thin hair but not my curly thick wild hair! how much would you be looking at?

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Thanks for the advice MI001. I was bored during my lunch break and did some googling and found a helpful site that gives a quick rundown of the benefits and recommendations for different features. Worth a quick glance if you are confused about what to look for, like I am!
Originally Posted by ZuperElf
What's the website?
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I use the t3 featherweight when i diffuse. Its lightweight, pretty quiet and supposed to be healthier for the hair. I forgot exactly why though lol. I have had the dryer at least 5 years, but i dont blow dry too often. Just sometimes in winter when it is too cold to go out wet

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Thanks for the advice MI001. I was bored during my lunch break and did some googling and found a helpful site that gives a quick rundown of the benefits and recommendations for different features. Worth a quick glance if you are confused about what to look for, like I am!
Originally Posted by ZuperElf
What's the website?
Originally Posted by Who Me?
*facepalm* can't believe I forgot the link. Here it is, sorry. http://www.folica.com/hair-101/buyin...ir-dryer-guide
I love Folica! For anyone thinking of getting a new blow dryer, they also do a recycle program. If you send in your old blow dryer, you get $40 off your new one. You can send in any old blow dryer (I sent in a cheap CVS one I had for a million years). Also, you don't have to send in the old dryer until 7 days after receiving the new one, so you don't have to be blow dryerless!

This might be old news, but I thought I'd share just in case! Details here: Folica.com - Recycle Program
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