What to look for in a hair dryer

Hi all,

I am currently searching for a new hair dryer and I am not 100% sure what the look for. I have 2C type of hair. First I dry my hair by scrunching with a micro viber towel and after that I dry my hair just a little with the hair dryer so that the curls are sort of fixed and I have some volume in my hair. The other 50% I let dry normally.

My husband tries to get me in to the Jose Eber Infrared Hair Dryer but I have been researching and I think it is not really a hair dryer for curly hair. The infrared sounds okay, but that does not really go with a diffuser as that will block the infrared light (in my opinion). And I also heard that the air stream is very heavy. Also, when I see reviews I only find reviews of women with straight hair. So, I am not convinced that this is the right hair dryer.

What are important things, besides the diffuser and cool air, that I should take in to account? Do you have a hair dryer you can advise and why?

Thanks!
This thread might help.Anybody have an expensive hair dryer? I find that my expensive dryer is MUCH better then the cheap dryer I keep at my vacation home.

As far as infrared dryers go, they are fabulous. Only problem is that the infrared function is the first thing to break. That's the only reason I wouldn't buy it. Looked at some reviews. You may want to do that, too, before committing to that particular dryer.
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I have an Infiniti one that came with diffuser. It's supposed to be ionic. Got it at Costco as I recall. Maybe $30 or so.
I can't see spending over $100 for a hairdryer. Just my opinion; I haven't tried any of the expensive ones. One of the reasons I think hairdressers pay a lot for the dryers they use is they use them so much they wear out. I only wash my hair twice a week so my dryers last for years. I almost can't kill them. I have one for travel mainly because I wanted to try a new one, making the old one a spare.

My old travel dryer is lighter weight and probably cheaper but I don't see much difference in results when I use it.
I have this one http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

though I didn't buy it at that price, maybe it was on sale when I purchased it. I find it much much better than regular cheap hair dryers. It doesn't blow as much air at your hair, so you can dry without unclumping/creating more frizz. I use the diffuser attachment on high heat with enough distance from my hair as to not burn it and moving it around.
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I got a high end dryer when my old Revlon dryer fizzled out, and haven't regretted it. The one I chose is the SuperSolano 3500 Lite Professional Hair Dryer, which I got from Folica.com for significantly less, paired with a folding, silicone diffuser like this one. The key features of the dryer IMO were the tourmaline ceramic heater for far infra-red, ionic heat, low noise factor (there is no annoying whine), and balanced, low weight. Although it doesn't get as hot as many other dryers (even high heat isn't too hot for skin comfort, so I'd call it very warm, rather than hot), it dries faster than cheap dryers, presumably because of the far infra-red heat, which is said to dry from the inside out. I just blow dry until my hair begins to feel dry to touch while the dryer is on, though it still feels a bit damp once it cools completely, and let it air dry the rest of the way.
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I have a relatively new hair dryer that has a weird diffuser on it (seems to work okay) but I recently ordered but have not yet received this one:



The reviews from curly girls seem to be pretty good.

http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/prod...mpprod11441089

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


I'm definitely a "curly" 2c. Sometimes curly and sometimes just wavy upper layer with a ringlety under layer. My hair has been thick and coarse since birth. Strawberry blonde in color that can and does change depending on the type and amount of light.


All in all, I'm happy with my hair type but almost for sure think yours is prettier.

Last edited by AngelaE8654; 01-04-2015 at 05:39 PM.
Thank you all for responding. Interesting to see that there are other infrared hairdryers. Somehow in my country, The Netherlands, they are not really for sale. Or it least not in the mainstream shops. I think Americans are more in to their hair drying than the Dutchies :-) Here for example it is kind of normal to go out with wet hair. My English husband cannot believe we do that without even blushing, haha.

Reading your replies and from my own research I come to the following requirements for my hair dryer:
Must haves
- Diffuser
- Ionic feature
- Different heat and air settings
- Cool button
- Ceramic
- Positive reviews by women with curly hair (most reviews I find online are by women who want their hair straight)
- Voltage!!!! We have 220V here, so a hair dryer needs to support that.
Nice to have
- Infrared setting
- World Wide warranty (as I do not live in America). This becomes more important when the hair dryer gets more expensive.

I am intrigued by the Salano and the Bed Head Curlipops. Both I will investigate further. The other mentioned are not too different from my current hair dryer which still functions okay-ish. If anybody has other tips, please let me know.

BTW, thanks for referring to the other thread. However, the information on that form is already 4 years old, and I was looking for something more up-to-date as technology does change over the years and I like my gadgets

Last edited by 4BeautyandLife; 01-05-2015 at 04:25 AM.
Thank you all for responding. Interesting to see that there are other infrared hairdryers. Somehow in my country, The Netherlands, they are not really for sale. Or it least not in the mainstream shops. I think Americans are more in to their hair drying than the Dutchies :-) Here for example it is kind of normal to go out with wet hair. My English husband cannot believe we do that without even blushing, haha.

Reading your replies and from my own research I come to the following requirements for my hair dryer:
Must haves
- Diffuser
- Ionic feature
- Different heat and air settings
- Cool button
- Ceramic
- Positive reviews by women with curly hair (most reviews I find online are by women who want their hair straight)
- Voltage!!!! We have 220V here, so a hair dryer needs to support that.
Nice to have
- Infrared setting
- World Wide warranty (as I do not live in America). This becomes more important when the hair dryer gets more expensive.

I am intrigued by the Salano and the Bed Head Curlipops. Both I will investigate further. The other mentioned are not too different from my current hair dryer which still functions okay-ish. If anybody has other tips, please let me know.

BTW, thanks for referring to the other thread. However, the information on that form is already 4 years old, and I was looking for something more up-to-date as technology does change over the years and I like my gadgets
Originally Posted by 4BeautyandLife
Interesting that you say in the Netherlands people don't use hairdryers that much. I just read an online article that claimed French women don't use hairdryers and don't go out with wet hair. According to this writer, they go to bed with damp hair. I'm pretty sure that's a generalization. I'll bet some French women do use hairdryers. But I think most Americans wash their hair more often than necessary.
I have a relatively new hair dryer that has a weird diffuser on it (seems to work okay) but I recently ordered but have not yet received this one:



The reviews from curly girls seem to be pretty good.

Bed Head Curly Pop Diffuser Dryer Ulta.com - Cosmetics, Fragrance, Salon and Beauty Gifts

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Originally Posted by AngelaE8654
Would love to know how the diffuser works with getting curls to sit on the top where the "tines" are, without hair getting eaten in the opening holes. I have the old version of that dryer but I'm afraid to put my hair on the flat "pancake" area.
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Me too.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008
For your information: I have decided to stick with my current hairdryer. At the moment I have not found the perfect replacement yet and mine still performs well enough.
Well dear, when you need to buy a hair dryer, first thing need to check its weight and comfort. I had bought two sedu hair dryers, one for me and other for my friend. I really found it light in weight and so I can carry it anywhere.

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