How to Buy the Right Hair Dryer

No matter what your hair type, a good dryer goes a long way. But which one is right for your thick/fine/flat/curly locks? Find out here.

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Frizz. Heat damage. Flyaways. Your hair dryer can either fight these things...or cause them. The right hair tool isn’t always the most expensive one—it just needs to have the power, tech and features to fit your hair needs. Let us help you find your perfect pick.

Revlon 1875W Damage Protection Infrared Hair Dryer with Hair Clips

Revlon 1875W Damage Protection Infrared Hair Dryer with Hair Clips
This dryer has triple ceramic coating specifically for reducing possible heat damageAmazon

If frizz is the bane of your existence, look for a dryer with ceramic or tourmaline ionic technology to smooth things out and give your hair lots of shine. A dryer with a cool shot button, like this one, is also a big help: A blast of cool air at the end seals the hair follicle to keep it smooth.

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush, Black

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush, Black
There’s literally nothing easier than a brush-dryer combo.Amazon

When you get your hair professionally done, your stylist has the luxury of using two hands—one for the dryer and the other for the brush. Which is why it’s so tough to replicate that “out of the salon” look on yourself. Hot brush-and-dryer combos like this one dry, detangle and smooth while giving you volume.

Hair Dryer, slopehill Professional Salon Negative Ions Hair Blow Dryer

Hair Dryer, slopehill Professional Salon Negative Ions Hair Blow Dryer
A lightweight blower is key for thick hair that takes forever to dry.Amazon

If your crazy-thick locks take forever to dry and style, you need a dryer that doesn’t weigh a ton. (No more sore arms!) Look for something powerful but lightweight—this pick has 18 fan blades and an ultra-strong magnet motor meant to cut down on drying time.