When it comes to hot tools, blow dryers are essential. Unless you plan on rocking the air-dried style through fall and winter, you’re going to need one. But before you stop by your local drugstore and buy the cheapest one on sale, keep in mind that not all blow dryers are created equal. In fact, you may want to shell out some serious cash to ensure that yours not only works well but is top-notch and won’t damage your strands.
“A pricier, professional blow dryer will give you higher quality technology, equipment, and parts, which when well-taken care of can mean your dryer lasts a lifetime,” says Kendall Dorsey, a celebrity hairstylist. “Lower-end dryers also tend to lack the temperature control — high, medium, low or even a temperature dial — that you would find on a higher-end one, and that could end up frying your hair.”
Such features are key when it comes to choosing the blow dryer. In addition to ensuring that it has heat control, hairstylist Andrew Fitzsimons, who works with the Kardashians among several other celeb clients, recommends looking for options that are at least 1500 Watts (meaning it has a strong motor). Beyond that, he says it really comes down to personal preference. Is it shaped in a way that is easy to maneuver? Is it powerful enough for your hair type?
If you’re wondering what blow dryers on the market today are worth the splurge, just check in with one of these celebrity hairstylists who make selecting the highest-quality hot tools part of their business model. Here are the best blow dryers, according to the pros.
Daniel Koye, celebrity stylist and wig expert, can’t get enough of this blow dryer, which he loves for its lightweight hold and ability to get really hot without damaging. “It’s not too loud and really smooths the hair — plus, you can add some bling to it, which I love,” he adds.
- Dries hair up to 40% faster
- Produces moist heat
- Promotes moisture and shine in the hair
- Reduces frizz and static electricity
- Low EMF
- Ergonomically designed
- Two speed settings
- Cold shot button