Once upon a time, hairdryers dried hair. The End. Fast forward a few decades and drying hair is simply not good enough. These days hairdryers have to come with several different heat settings, not to mention an array of attachments and gizmos to go with them. And don’t get me started on the ones that give you a blast of negative ions for healthier looking hair, and what about that one with no blades?
With all this choice, if you are looking to purchase a new hairdryer, your best bet is to start off by looking at your own hair and your lifestyle. What type of hair do you have and what do you require from your hairdryer?
Do you want one that dries your hair quickly so that you can get out of the house, or are you more interested in taming frizz and static build-up? Would you like one that adds shine, if so consider one that uses negatively charged ions. If styling is important then opt for a hairdryer with a cold shot button.
Best for: Drying thick hair quickly
Good all-rounder from Remington that dries even thick hair quickly. A nice solid weight in the hairdryer that feels sturdy and well made.
Best for: Adding volume without heat
Usually to get volume you have to blast hair with heat, this hairdryer uses medium heat to dry quickly and keeps the volume locked in. Comes with diffusers and curlers and has a nice long cord.
Best for: preventing frizz and static build-up
A hefty hairdryer here but it is very good at stopping static build up and really calms down frizz. Leaves hair super shiny and glossy and adds volume.
Best for: Drying wavy and curly hair
A hair salon favourite, if you want to keep your curls and waves, this is the best hairdryer to use. It is quiet, despite its power, which is why a lot of hairdressers use it, and it leaves your hair glossy and shiny.
Best for: Adding moisture
The Panasonic claims to add 1,000 times more moisture into hair than other ion hair dryer. It is great for reducing frizz, static build-up and adds volume too. Leaves your hair looking healthy and glossy.
Best for: Styling
You get three heat settings with the Cloud Nine Airshot which makes styling easy. There is also an LED temperature indicator and the hairdryer has balanced weight distribution so no aching arms when holding it for long periods. Also features a cool shot button that rapidly cools your hair to set your style quickly.
Best for: Quiet and lightweight
The lightest of all our hairdryers and the quietest too, but with a powerful motor. You get a nice fast airflow that gives great drying results and leaves hair super smooth.
Best for: Precision styling
This hairdryer from ghd features a focused air stream which means you can direct the jet of heated air onto one section without touching the surrounding hair. Dries in double fast time and tames frizz and controls static build-up.
Best for: Adding shine
For those ladies who, like myself, quickly rough-dry their hair and don’t really style it, this hairdryer is a godsend. It adds shine to even half-dried hair and makes you look like you’ve just stepped out of a hair-dressers.
Best for: Everything
If you can afford it, and let’s face it, most people will be asking for this on birthdays or Christmas, this is the top dog of hairdryers. It has no blades, dries in minutes, it adds shine and gloss, cuts down on frizz and reduces static, adds volume and improves the look of your hair. It is super-quiet and lightweight too.