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Do You Really Need to Splurge on a Blow-Dryer?
Choosing a blow-dryer can definitely be a little daunting. Do youreallyneed to spend hundreds of dollars just to dry your hair every day (or every few days)? The answer is…definitely not. While top dryers offer lots of heat settings and controls to help you create a frizz-free look, lower-priced options will still get the job done. But you can certainly invest in one of the top dryers, if you so choose. (After all, you'll use it almost every day.)
“I have been noticing in recent years that many of my clients are getting quite good at doing their own blowouts,” says Chad Kenyon, celebrity hairstylist at Salon Benjamin in West Hollywood, California. “Nevertheless, a self-blowout lacks the control and precision that a professional stylist provides you, so a lightweight yet powerful blow-dryer is in order.”
Here are a few of our top picks, all of which follow Kenyon’s top qualities: lightweight and powerful.
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Beauty editors swear by this super-affordable option. It has ionic technology, which helps break down water molecules, for up to 75 percent less frizz (sweet!). It also dries strands up to 50 percent faster than your regular ol' heat tool. Plus, you really can’t beat 30 bucks (one blowout from Drybar costs to , to put things in perspective).
This baby (pun intended) provides 2,000 watts of power and extremely gentle ceramic technology. It generates infrared heat to dry hair from the inside out, smooth the hair’s cuticle, and seal in moisture and shine.
So, this one is getting up there in price—BUT, it has a pretty freakin’ cool touch screen that allows you to easily adjust the dials for speed, temperature, and ion control. (How very Back To The Future, right?). It also has a hands-free function (the back of the dryer can be used as a stand on a flat surface) that makes it really easy to target that impossible-to-get area in the back of your head.
Every celebrity, hairstylist, and runway model covets this professional-grade dryer, for good reason. The dual ion functionality lets you choose between a sleek or voluminous blowout. And, it’s definitely the most powerful dryer in its class, hands-down. The 135 volts allow for an 80+ mile per hour blow-dry, cutting drying time in half for most women. Of course, the design is lightweight and ergonomic to fit perfectly into your hand. The super-cute mint green color doesn’t hurt, either.
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This brand new (and groundbreaking, BTW) dryer is super-quiet and features special air technology that allows for a controlled, precise blowout.
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