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How To Choose The Right Hair Dryer

February 20, 2023

Scissors are our thing, but who doesn't love accessories. A hairdresser is nothing without his or her scissors and hair dryer. Let us help you pick the best hair dryer for you!

Ionic, Tourmaline and Ceramic... OH MY!

Trying to understand and choose between these three types of blow dryers can be very confusing. We will break it down a bit for you.

Ionic hair dryers are designed to speed up the hair drying process. When hair is wet it has a positive ionic charge, because water is made from positive ions. The ionic hair dryer emits negative ions to help balance out the positive ions. The negative ions basically scatter the positive ones, and speeds up the drying process. The Ionic hair dryer is great for smoothing out thick frizzy hair and removing excess moisture. This hair dryer is not recommended for clients with thin or fine hair. It can over dry thin hair making it dull and limp.

Tourmaline hair dryers work similarly to ionic dryers, except they add a little extra to it. The parts of the dryer are coated in tourmaline. Tourmaline is a semi precious gemstone that is ground up into dust and then used to coat the inside of the dryer. It adds even more negative ions and infrared heat. The tourmaline hair dryer is a must have for frizzy, thick hair. Tourmaline dryers help to close the hair cuticle and keep the hair smooth.

Ceramic hair dryers or porcelain dryers are also a must have, or must consider for a hairdresser. Ceramic hair dryers mean the inside parts are made of ceramic coating. Ceramic heats up quickly and evenly. Ceramic technology does this all while still being gentle on the hair. The ceramic hair dryers make for a quicker blow dry with less damage.


A good hair dryer will come with different settings to help you give the best blow out. A quality hair dryer will have multiple heat settings. This is so you can control how hot or cold the air flow is. Hot air is great for drying and smoothing the hair. It is important to be able to have adjustable heat settings as not all hair is the same! Using too hot air on some clients may cause heat damage. For damage prone hair you will want to use the lowest heat setting.

You also want to make sure there is a cool shot button. This quick burst of cool air is important for helping you to lock in the style. 


The best hair dryers will come with the best and most important accessories. You will need a concentrator nozzle and a diffuser attachment.

The concentrator nozzle is there for directing the air into one spot. This nozzle is also known as the smoothing nozzle because it is a must have to achieve beautiful smooth, straight hair. The concentrator nozzle is also great for locking in styles as it directs the air to where it needs to be.

The diffuser attachment is a must have for curly or wavy hair. It is especially for clients who want to embrace their natural curls. The diffuser helps to distribute the air evenly. Using a regular nozzle or concentrator nozzle too much air can come out at once for curly hair. These nozzles will cause frizz. The diffuser will help prevent frizz in frizz prone hair when used correctly and with the right products. 

It is important to note the other accessories one needs to achieve the perfect blow dry! Make sure you have a good heat protectant to use on your clients before blow drying. Also make sure you have a round brush ( or five ). This brush will help smooth out the hair and style it accordingly.

The Perfect hair dryer

Is the one that works best for you! If you spend a lot of your day blow drying hair the right blow dryer for you will also be a lightweight and efficient hair dryer. Hopefully this article has helped you decide what you are looking for in your perfect hair dryer !! 

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