How to pick the best hair dryer, according to a celebrity hair stylist
Look in any woman’s bathroom cabinet and you’re sure to find several universal items, one of which is undoubtedly a hair dryer.
A hardworking hair tool that creates voluminous or sleek hair at home, hair dryers are a non-negotiable addition to your hair styling artillery.
But with prices of hair dryers varying by hundreds of dollars, it can be difficult to know what to spend your money on. Anthony Nader, celebrity hair stylist and founder of Sydney salon Raw, says that once you have your budget sorted, there are several features to consider.
“Look out for one that has in-built ionic or tourmaline technology. This, in a nutshell, cuts down on the drying time so you’re not wasting precious time in the mornings and also works a treat for thick and frizzy hair textures for a smoother appearance,” Anthony tells.
“You want your hair dryer to have some power as well so aim for a minimum of 1500 watts. Hairdressers mainly use dryers from 2000 watts upwards, if that’s any indication of how we get the perfect blowout.”
When it comes to blow drying your hair at home, Anthony says there’s one error women should avoid.
“I would say the biggest mistake is not using the right brushes and running a brush through their hair that has plastic prongs that really have no purpose,” he explains.
“For ultra-luxe smooth results I always use larger round brushes that have short and long 100% boar bristles. These babies are key for my blow dry to give the ultimate salon worthy campaign finish.”
Yes, we’re starting with the cream of the crop here. Dyson’s Supersonic Hair Dryer boasts airflow of 105 miles/hour, which means your hair will be dry quick smart. Plus, a special mention must go to the acoustic motor tuning that means it’s the quietest hair dryer experience you’ll ever have.
Parlux Alyon 2250W in Jade, $325
The Parlux Alyson 2250W’s ionic technology means that your hair will dry speedily and minus the damage. With four temperature and speed settings and two included nozzles, you can pull off an array of different styles at home.
Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer, $309
Featuring ionic technology that banishes frizz and promotes shine while you dry, this Drybar hair dryer is a stellar option. Plus its powerful 1875 watt motor, nine-foot long cord and customised nozzles mean it’s super user-friendly.
ghd Helios Hairdryer in Ink Blue, $290
With airflow of 120 km/hour and ghd’s Aeroprecis technology, this hair dryer will not only dry your hair quickly, it’ll deliver shinier and smoother results. With a two year warranty, variable temperature and power controls and a contoured nozzle included, this is an brilliant option.
ghd Air Hair Dryer, $195 (down from $220)
With a 2100 watt motor, ionic technology to nix frizz and flyaways and several temperature settings, the ghd Air Hair Dryer is a do-it-all hair tool.
VS Sassoon Digital Sensor Dryer, $187 (down from $249.95)
With a digital sensor that maintains an optimal temperature of 70 degrees to ensure the hair fibre isn’t damaged and an airflow speed of 208 km/hour, this affordable hair dryer offers luxe effects for less.
Wahl Designer Hair Dryer in Pink, $89.95
This pretty in pink hair dryer will dry your hair rapidly with its 2000 watt motor, three heat settings and tourmaline technology to reduce frizz and flyaways.
Flair Hair Dryer, $79.95 (down from $99.95)
A 2400 watt motor, a cool shot button to instantly set styles and tame frizz and a three-metre cord make this hair dryer a winner.
O&M Pink Mini Travel Hair Dryers, $49.95
Small but mighty, this travel option boasts a 900 watt motor. An aesthetically pleasing hair dryer that dries hair speedily and fits easily in your travel case? Tick.
Remington Aero 2000 Hair Dryer, $17
With a concentrated nozzle that helps to smooth hair and reduce frizz and a powerful 2000 watt motor, this Remington hair dryer delivers bang for your buck.