A while back, my hair dryer decided to give up on life. I don’t blame it – I’ve had that darn thing since college (thanks, Mom!). So, I thought I would just pop online and order up a new one and that would be it. Boy was I wrong. There isn’t just one type of hair dryer out there – nope. There are different types and different features and all kinds of things like that. So, I have to put on my nerd hat and do a little research before buying one – and now I’m going to share what I’ve learned with you dear readers.

glad I didn’t have to buy one of these!

For many decades, the hair dryer has been the appliance of choice for men and women everywhere looking to go from freshly showered wet locks to dry, styled hair. Despite the hair dryer’s popularity in households across the globe, the appliance is still often misused by consumers everywhere. Luckily for you, I have gathered all the hair dryer facts I could find to teach you more about how to properly use this common household item.

Wattage vs. Heat

When purchasing a hair dryer, there are two things you should take note of: its wattage, and its temperature settings. Despite new hair dryers boasting their hotter and hotter settings, we believe it’s wattage that really counts. Dryers with between 1300 and 1875 watts are considered good for personal use. However, searching for a dryer with high heat settings is not necessary for home use, as it can damage your locks if used improperly.

Different Types of Hair Dryers

On the market today, there are hundreds of different hair dryers available for personal and commercial use, and while hair dryers may seem simple, they are actually being designed with better, more advanced technology to provide you with healthier, easier hair care.

Ionic hair dryers are one of the biggest advances in the hair care world. Using millions of tiny, negative ions, these types of hair dryers not only do their job by using heat and force to dry your hair, but they produce these ions which help to break down the water molecule. (Spoiler alert: I bought one of these and can say that I have the best ionic hair dryer to replace my dead old one and I love it!) However, be sure not to misuse the product, as with ionic hair dryers, they do not need to be used for long periods of time. Due to their nature of drying hair, overuse of the device can actually cause more harm to your hair than help.

Another advancement in hair dryers comes in the way of ceramic dryers. Ceramic dryers work by emit infrared heat, which is non-damaging to human hair. If you would like the technology of an ionic dryer combined with the technology of a ceramic dryer, a tourmaline hair dryer may be your best choice: tourmaline dryers produce infrared heat as well as negative ions, giving you a very fast, gentle dry with minimal damage to your hair.

Hair Dryer Attachments

Although hair dryer attachments such as diffusers used to be popular years ago, today very few people tend to use them. However, they are still very useful for all types of hair, not just curly or wavy. Diffusers work to distribute the heat over a larger area, reducing the heat concentrated in a single area, which in turn reduces the damage done to your hair.

Concentrators are also important attachments to your hair dryer. Concentrators allow focused air output on a single area, which allows you to control frizz levels, and helps with styling parts of your hair.

The Importance of Protectants

No matter what kind of hair dryer you choose to use, it is always important to include hair protectants in your daily hair drying routine. All hair dryers cause damage over extended use, but the use of protectants, such as serums, sprays, and lotions, can reduce the damage significantly.

Using the information above, you should be well-equipped to pick the right hair dryer for your needs, as well as keep your hair in healthy condition for years to come.