How to Find the Right Hair Dryer

Not sure why tourmaline and ionic are important in a hair dryer? What the heck is the cool shot button for anyway? You might be surprised to learn how much hair dryers have evolved in recent years, and picking up a professional dryer can make all the difference in your styling routine. The Sedu Revolution Pro Tourmaline Ionic 4000i Hair Dryer reduces styling time with its powerful motor and ionic generation switch lets you choose if you want more volume. Professional hair dryers such as the SuperSolano The Original contain ceramic components which help to reduce frizz and leave hair smooth and shiny. In this guide, we’ve straightened out all the details you need to know in order to choose the very best dryer for your ‘do.

Why a Professional dryer?

Basically: the more often you use your hair dryer, the more important it is that you own a high quality one. Professional dryers like the BabylissPro Nano Titanium Portofino 6600 Hair Dryer is designed with ionic generator and quality titanium grill conditions hair for shiny, smooth results.

The difference a professional dryer makes is amazing. Dare we say it’ll blow you away? Watch our video to learn why. (In mere minutes, you’ll be a pro on pro hair dryers.)

The Right Hair Dryer for Your Hair Type

Everyone can benefit from a good quality hair dryer, and some hair types need special features too.

Features Benefits Folica Faves
ALL HAIR Ceramic Adds shine and protects hair from heat damage and frizz.
ALL HAIR Ionic Technology Creates negative ions, which smooth hair and lock in moisture while decreasing drying time.
ALL HAIR Tourmaline Magnifies the effects of the ionic technology for even faster drying and more shine.
ALL HAIR Cool Shot Button Sets the look for long-lasting hold, and adds shine.
THICK OR COARSE HAIR High Air Flow Dries thick hair quickly.
THICK OR COARSE HAIR Multiple Heat Settings Use lower settings for styling and higher ones for powerful drying.
CURLY HAIR Diffuser Creates bouncy, defined, frizz-free curls.
THIN OR FINE HAIR Multiple Heat and Speed Settings Lower settings are safest for fine hair.
THIN OR FINE HAIR Multiple Heat and Speed Settings Turn the ion generator off to create more volume.


The Right Hair Dryer for Your Hairstyle

How you ‘do may be the best way to determine which hair dryer is your new bff.

Sleek and Straight

Look for a dryer with an ionic generator, enhanced with tourmaline and ceramic elements that deliver infrared heat. This combination will deliver the smoothest, frizz free results while preventing over drying or moisture loss. Additionally, a dryer with a nozzle attachment will let your focus the air output as you straighten with a brush and prepare your hair for a flat iron.

Recommended Dryers

Sedu Revolution Pro Tourmaline Ionic 4000i Hair Dryer »Turbo Power MegaPower 4000 Professional Hair Dryer »


If you have naturally curly hair, a diffuser is a must for bringing out its best! Diffusers soften airflow, drying hair gently and reducing frizz.

Recommended Dryers

Babyliss Pro Ceramix Xtreme

If you’re using round brushes or curlers to achieve curly looks, the right dryer is one with ceramic, tourmaline and ionic technology that reduces frizz and saves moisture for best styling results.

Recommended Dryers

Sedu Revolution Pro Tourmaline Ionic GREEN 3600 Hair Dryer » Elchim 3900 Healthy Ionic Dryer»

Waves, Flips or Full Volume

You want a dryer with multiple heat and speed settings (plus a cold shot button). Lower heat and speed settings give you more styling control and the cold shot button will set your style in place.

Recommended Dryers

X5 Superlite Tourmaline Ionic Hair Dryer »SuperSolano 3500 Lite Professional Hair Dryer »

To boost fine hair, choose a dryer with an ionic switch that allows you to turn off the ionic generator. (Read more about ionic technology below.)

Recommended Dryers

Babyliss PRO 2800 Super Turbo Hair Dryer»  Sedu Revolution Pro Tourmaline Ionic 4000i Hair Dryer »

Hair Dryer Nuts & Bolts

Wattage, Power and Drying Time

TIP: Buying a dryer that includes an AC motor, ionic technology and that’s built withtourmaline and Ceramic can cut your drying time in half. That’s a lot more free time and much healthier hair.

Volts and wattage are one only part of your hair dryer’s power. The three main functions that work together in a hair dryer are air flow, heat and technology.

As a general rule, a dryer with 1875 watts of power will dry your hair well (especially thick air). The Solia 1875 Thermal Ionic dryer Solia 1875W Thermal Ionic Hair Dryer combines ionic technology with 1875 watts of power.

Hair dryers with less wattage are best suited for short or fine hair, or if you use a dryer only for small sections of your hair, like your bangs. The power will impact the air flow and the stronger the air flow, the quicker the drying time.

Heat is also important. Warm and hot temperatures dry hair quickly and cooler air is gentle on fine or frizz-prone hair. The best dryers (professional ones) such as the Parlux 3500 Super Compact Ceramic Ionic hair dryer Parlux 3500 Super Compact Ceramic & Ionic Edition Professional Hair Dryer use ceramic heaters and parts (or a ceramic coating on parts), which distribute heat evenly.

The last element that makes a great hair dryer is its technology. An ionic feature, such as the one found in the Sedu Revolution Pro 3600i Lightweight Ionic Styling Hair Dryer, produces negatively charged ions that have a super-smoothing affect on your hair, which also cause it to dry faster. Tourmaline magnifies the effects of ionic technology so the two together are a super duo for fast drying and shiny hair.

No matter the power level, the key to preventing damage is to keep your dryer moving. Don’t let it sit too long in any one spot or you’ll risk damage from over drying.

Wattage You Want, Based on Your Hair Type

No matter the power level, the key to preventing damage is to move the hair dryer back and forth over the section you are drying and not focus direct heat on one area. Follow this basic wattage guide based on your hair type.

Hair Type Wattage Tip
Fine, thin or damaged 1200-1500 If hair is fragile or damaged towel blot hair first to absorb excess water and then dry on the lowest setting.
Medium/normal straight or wavy 1300-1800 Most hair types will dry well with a variety of watt ranges, fewer watts will make your cuticles curl up!
Thick and curly 1600-2000 Get tough with a top wattage dryer, your stronger strands will dry faster!

Dual Voltage

Unless a hair dryer has a dual voltage option, it will only work in the US, Canada and countries that use 110/120 V. Dual voltage dryers convert from 110/120 V to 220/240 V with a standard adapter and then work almost anywhere in the world. Mini hair dryers and those with collapsible handles make great travel hair dryers because they’re lightweight and don’t take up precious suitcase space.

Heat Settings and the Cool Shot

“Think of the cool shot as freezing the look that you created so it stays all day!”
David Diguez, stylist at Blow NY, New York, NY

Warm and hot air create your style and remove excess moisture. Then, the cool shot sets your style in place. Cold air helps seal your hair shaft closed, preventing your hot style from wilting and adding super shine. Find style-setting dryers with cool shot buttons here.



Tourmaline is a semi-precious gemstone and the world’s best ionic and infrared generator. When heated, tourmaline hair dryers target negatively charged sections of hair, splitting large water droplets into smaller molecules that immediately evaporate. This dries hair quicker, preventing damage and sealing in moisture and shine.



Ceramic Hair Dryers distribute heat evenly, preventing any sections of your hair from overheating or drying out. Ceramic may be used in the dryer body, the heater or as a coating on internal parts. Check the product details to find out specifics for each dryer.



Ionic hair dryers create negative ions that neutralize hair’s positive charge and make it smooth. With regular use, ionic dryers can actually make your hair healthier and less frizzy. You’ll feel the silkiness and see the shine. They seal in moisture, help reduce static and work best for delivering super straight, sleek looks. And, by sealing the cuticle closed, ionic hair dryers drastically reduce drying time. Some models include a switch that lets you choose the level of ion output, or turn the ions on or off. When turned off, the charge changes for an effect that’s similar to teasing your hair. (Volume!)

TIP: To really make use of the benefits of ionic technology, try blowing drying your hair upside-down, with the ionic switch off for volume. Then, flip hair right-side-up and finish drying with the ionic switch on.



Infrared technology (also called “far-infrared”) is a heating method that delivers consistent heat that dries hair evenly and thoroughly. It prevents sections of your hair getting overheated or drying out (“hot spots”) and promotes healthier, shinier hair.

Characteristics & Accessories


A concentrator attachment helps you control the air that’s directed on your hair for more precise drying and styling. Many professional dryers come with a concentrator or two and you can also buy the accessories individually.

TIP: To help prevent frizz, point the nozzle downward toward the ends of your hair while drying. This seals the cuticle and creates smoothness and shine.


Diffusers help lift and separate the hair, enhancing your hair’s natural texture. Diffusers dry hair quickly without “blowing” out your style and disrupting the natural texture; accentuating curls, enhancing smoothness while preventing frizz and flyaways.

Dryer Brush

For super handy styling and drying, try a hair dryer with a built in brush. It doesn’t offer as much control as separate tools, but it’s a good option if you can’t quite nail the two-handed blowout.

Noise Level

Thanks to “quiet motor” technology, the noise level of the average dryer has been reduced to 60 decibels and under. (Ten years ago the average was 80 decibels.)


There are two basic nose shapes to choose from: nozzle or not. Some prefer the nozzle because it focuses air flow for more precise styling. Many professional stylists even hold the dryer by the nose when blowing out hair for styling control. Non-nozzle designs disperse air throughout hair for a fuller blowout. Shorter nosed dryers are more manageable (smaller) and lighter weight.

Removable Air Filter

It is important to have a removable air filter to help maintain the effectiveness of your hair dryer. The filter should be cleaned regularly to prevent the motor from overheating or causing hair damage.

Swivel Cord

A swivel at the end of the hair dryer handle allows the electrical cord to pivot, preventing the cord from tangling.


A hair dryer’s weight can be an important factor, especially if your hair is long or thick. If your dryer’s weight causes you to give up half way through styling, look for a lightweight model to prevent bicep burnout. If you’re always on the go you might want to try a lightweight, travel-friendly model so your dryer doesn’t weigh down your bag or take up precious packing room.


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    • Natalie@Folica says

      With so many different style hair tools out there right now, we know it’s tough to make the right pick. We’re glad you found this page helpful and hope that you were able to find the perfect hairdryer!

    • Natalie@Folica says

      I have provided a link that will take you to a wide variety of lightweight dryers with a broad range in pricing.

      We recommend the Elchim Healthy Dryer – this one is not only lightweight, but both quiet and powerful. Another great dryer to try out would be the Twin Turbo 3500. Turbo has a great reputation as a salon quality tool for the everyday consumer – so you are getting a quality product that leaves your hair silly and soft…just like when you leave the salon!

  2. Catherine Fuller says

    Hi, I have fine blond hair that I no longer bleach. Looks much better after going to tint but still too dull and flyaway. Hair is chin length.
    I need a hair dryer that meets the following specifications:

    Ionic on/off switch for no ions underneath and ions on the surface for full, shiny hair
    light weight
    at least 6 heat/air flow settings
    wattage of between 1250 and 1500 due to fine hair, too powerful and it just breaks it
    I have read lots of information on the different features I need but can’t seem to figure out which one is the best for my wimpy hair. Please make a recommendation that links all this together and that is in stock on your website. I love
    your webite and will definitely use over Amazon. Thanks!

  3. Kim says

    I have Thin Fine Wavy Hair that I straighten with a Blow Dryer. I work out every day so I wash daily. Lately I have noticed that my current Conair blow dryer is burning my hair a little and causing breakage. My problem is that most other blow dryers that I have tried are so strong that they blow my hair all over the place and it is impossible to style and also the the lower settings are then too low. Can you recommend a dryer that might help me in this situation? Possibly also lightweight and not too expensive but am willing to spend a little more if it will make a difference.

    • Natalie@Folica says

      A dryer worth trying out might be the Solano Turbo Ultra Lite Hair Dryer. This is a professional dryer that is lightweight and doesn’t have too high of a wattage for your hair type. I think that you’ll be able to see drastic improvements from your previous dryer!

  4. Deidra Mutschler says

    I have short fine hair and have used the Wahl Reflections II dryer for the last 15 years. It is no longer with me, it had very high heat (almost head burning heat) and a softer, not too strong blow. I now have a Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium and I HATE it. It doesn’t get hot enough and it blows my hair so hard even on the low setting I can hardly keep my hair in the round brush, and the cool shot is like I’m standing in a wind tunnel, way too strong, blows out any wave I put in. Please help.

    • Natalie@Folica says

      We love the Sedu Revolution 4000i Hair Dryer. It has up to 6 different speed/heat setting and an ion switch – which allows you to operate with or without an ionic generator. With so many different setting options, it’s tough not to get your desired look. This is the a great dryer that can help you to go from Jennifer Aniston during the day to JLo at night!

  5. Kristin Warner says

    I have really thick curly hair ( long) I don’t have the patients for a flat iron ,when using the flat iron it takes me 3 hours to straighten my hair. I’m looking for a blow dryer that I can blow it out straight, without frizz ,while still maintaining a smooth,silky look. Any recommendations, would greatly be appreciated.
    Thanks Kristin

    • Natalie@Folica says

      When you’re in the market for a new hair dryer that reduces frizz and leaves you with a sleek/polished look – it’s helpful to look for dryers with ionic technology. An ionic dryer allows moisture to penetrate deeper so that while your dry your hair, you’re still maintaining the moisture inside. I’ve listed a few of our favorites at different price points below:
      Solia 1875W Thermal Ionic Hair Dryer
      Sedu Revolution 4000i Hair Dryer
      BaByliss PRO 2800 Super Turbo Hair Dryer
      Not only will these options eliminate frizz, but they will also help break down water molecules and allow your hair to dry faster. Let us know what you think!

  6. Debra DeHaven says

    I am in search of the perfect hair dryer. I have short, naturally curly hair. About a year and a half ago I stopped coloring and highlighting my hair and went natural, which now means I have salt and pepper/gray hair. I have come to the realization that I need to spend a little more for a quality product that is a step above the hair dryers you get at Walmart/Target. Can you suggest a good dryer that will not break the bank?

    • Jackie says

      Hi Debra – You might want to try the Solia 1875W. It’s a good price point for a professional-grade hair dryer (most are about $200+). We’re running 20% off Solia until midnight tonight, which makes the price even better 😉

      Let us know if you’re looking for something that’s even less expensive and we can provide a few other suggestions for you. Hope this helps!

  7. Lydia Decourcy says

    I have curly and wavy and frizzy hair and I am mixed race. What is the best but cheapest hair dyer to get the most out of my curls and not leave them dry and afro-ie? :)

    • Natalie@Folica says

      Hi Lydia- A great option for you would be the Solia 1875W. It’s a professional dryer with ionic technology that will leave your hair with a sleeker, smoother texture because of it’s ability to reduce static and frizz. If you’re looking for a lower price point, then I would also suggest trying the BaByliss Pro Ceramix Xtreme or the Panasonic Nanoe Hair Dryer – this one is on sale and comes with a diffuser!

      Take a look through and let me know if you have any other questions.

        • Natalie@Folica says

          Hi Sam-
          Unfortunately, we do not have any dryers that shut off automatically as it overheats. Let me know if you have any other specifications and I can guide you in the right direction.

  8. Linda Edmiston says

    I have thin, slightly wavy hair that gets really frizzy & does not hold a style for very long. I’ve just moved from the north east to the south east & the humidity is compounding these problems. Can you recommend a dryer for me?
    My hair is naturally light brown & it is color treated to a blonde.

  9. name is Stacy and I have fine limp hair that is highlighted and can get static. . I need a dryer for volume. What do you recommend? Also what styling products do you recommend. Thank you so much.

  10. shaina says

    my hair r v v frizzy n thick…I bought revlon 1875…but it leaves my hair dry n more frizzy.
    I love it wen I get my hair blow dryed from a salon.
    pls suggest me d exact wattage n brand for my hair.

    • Natalie@Folica says

      Hi Shaina- Typically, I like to recommend a dryer with ionic technology for those who are looking to reduce frizz and enhance shine. Ionic technology keeps hair healthy and hydrated by preserving the natural oils in the hair shaft. The Solia 1875 is a professional ionic hair dryer that will leave hair soft and smooth.

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  12. Barbara says

    I have been in the market for a new dryer and want to make the right choice. I have been using the original bio ionic & know the correct dryer is a good investment. My hair is medium length, not thick or thin, mostly straight and colored. It can be wavy if not blow dried and looks frizzy even after drying it. After being blown in a salon it’s smooth & shiny for days. I do it myself & the sleekness is gone which I now attribute to my dryer. I have no idea what to select and am confused by all the choices. I am not good at styling (I flip my head over and use a nozzle) so I don’t need many options – unless I know how to use them. Just one that will keep my hair looking good. Please help! Thanks in advance!

    • Natalie@Folica says

      Hi Barbara – If you’re looking to achieve that post-salon look, you’ll definitely want to check out some of our professional hair dryers. The TwinTurbo 3200 or Sedu 4000i professional hair dryers are optimum choices among hairstylists and both make it super easy to get your desired look.

  13. Heidi says

    Hi! I’m hoping you can help me find a hair dryer. I have fine, shoulder length highlighted blonde hair. I use a very large round brush to create volume on the ends. I have been using the T3 for years because I heard it is good for the hair and would reduce the static electricity that I sometimes get in the Winter. I love that my hair looks healthy and shiny, and that the dryer is healthy for my hair but it doesn’t have a lot of body and the volume I do get doesn’t fully last. I feel like the older model T3 that I had did a better styling job. I am not sure if it is because it doesn’t get too hot? Anyways, if you could recommend a hair dryer, I would really appreciate it!

    • Natalie@Folica says

      Hi Heidi- The Elchim 2001 is professional hair dryer that could be a good option for your particular hair type – it is similar to the T3 in that it is lightweight, powerful and works to keep your hair feeling healthy. My personal favorite dryer for styling is the Sedu 4000i. It has an ionic generator switch that gives you the option of a sleek, polished look or a textured, tousled style. Be sure to check our out blog post on ionic hair dryers to learn how to achieve each look!

  14. Cora says

    Hello. I have thick, fine, wavy, curly, frizzy, sticky outy, long hair. I’ve never had a good dryer. I’m moving to Canada so I can’t bring my current dryer because of voltage and really want to invest in a good dryer. I love a salon curly blow dry but can’t do this weekly. I use a defuser sometimes, but it can go very frizzy. I would like to enhance my wave while banishing frizz. I’d love help if you can.

    • Natalie@Folica says

      Hi Cora- Based on the information you have provided about your hair type, I would definitely recommend the Solia 1875 Ionic Dryer (I know from experience that this dryer works super well on unruly hair). This is a professional dryer designed to keep your hair smooth and healthy, and the ionic technology allows moisture to permeate deep for maximum hydration.

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  16. Dear Natalie,

    As a musician, I need a very quiet hair dryer. And I need a light weight hair dryer, both for my own
    comfort, and for travel. Also converter for traveling in England. My hair is fine, and it is colored.

    Thank you.

    Mary Ann

    • Natalie@Folica says

      Hi Mary Ann- T3 dryers are known for their weight-balanced design and quiet operation. If you are looking for a travel dryer in particular the T3 Featherweight Journey Dryer is definitely your best bet – world voltage makes for the perfect travel companion. Check out other T3 options here!

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  18. Nancy says

    I have chin-length, layered, fine, very straight hair that I like to style using a round brush. My hair is much thinner on top than it used to be because of my age. I also have carpal tunnel. I want a dryer that is quiet, lightweight, good for styling and hair health, and affordable. Any suggestions?

    • Natalie@Folica says

      Hi Nancy- T3 dryers help retain moisture for healthy results and are known for their weight-balanced design and quiet operation. It is a bit pricy, but looking at your requirements- I think the T3 Featherweight 2 Dryer will be your best option. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  19. Michele says

    I need to buy a blow dryer I want one that has ceramic, ionic, infrared, tourmaline technology. I have long and very frizzy hair and colored . Thank you :-)

    • Natalie@Folica says

      Hi Michele, We’ve got just the hair dryer for you! The Sedu 4000i meets all of your requirements and is definitely one of our favorites! Let us know how it works out for you :)

  20. Priscilla says

    I am looking for a hair dryer. I have straight, fine, blonde hair styled in a short pixie cut. Most dryers take all the volume out of my hair what would be best for me?

  21. Trina says

    Love your blog, but still overwhelmed with the information!
    I’ve never owned a hair dryer and think it’s time to invest…I’m hoping to buy a hair dryer that is suitable for fine, coloured, long hair and I would like to be able to use it to make waves and curls. Also need it to be compact because I pretty much live out of a suitcase so the less room it takes the better, but, I don’t want to lose out to quality and efficiency! Thanks!

    • Natalie@Folica says

      Hi Trina – The Sedu 4000i is an awesome investment for a professional dryer and Its compact design will fit right into your suitcase (If you hurry, you can get it for 35% off today only!)

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