How To: Find The Right Hair Dryer For Your Hair Type

Not sure why tourmaline and ionic are important in a hair dryer? What is the cool shot button really for? 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.

That’s why we created this Hair Dryer Buying Guide to give you all the info you need to know in order to choose the very best dryer for your hair.

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. Keep in mind that the more often you use your hair dryer, the more important it is to have a high quality one. But ‘high quality’ can still come at an affordable price point, which is why we provided a few different options below.



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 or the 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. Ionic technology – found in dryers like the Sedu Revolution Pro Tourmaline Ionic 4000i 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.

Interested in checking out all of the hair dryers we offer? Click here for the full list.


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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!)

  22. Hi, I just turned 50yrs old and still have great thick med/dark brown hair. I have seen those weird mind of their own greys peeking through, and I do color and or highlight my hair with either a soft golden brown or med/dark brown. Anything lighter or darker just doesn’t work. When my best friend was in beautician school…in the 80’s… she would “use” my hair as her manikin. She always won first prize but imaging the a-symmetrical cut, spiky like, one very way too tight rods on a perm, and so many others so I don’t like to cut it different anymore, I stick with this same shoulder length cut, currently with bangs, they grow out fast! -YES I get teased… – Melody you look the same as you did in high school” but I like it. Just looking for different styles… like the wave and loose curl look. My stylist uses texturizing scissors to thin it out which gives it a much better look otherwise I would have the rosanna-rosanna-danna look. If I let it dry naturally, it’s very wavy but it’s too much and I have to pony tail it, barrettes or anything for a better groomed look. When I use a hair drier! Oh boy! Frizz City! I’ve done the round brush, the straight town with the end piece, the diffuser takes FOREVER! It Never looks the way I want & I usually end up straightening it which I’ve been doing several years. I’ve always wanted the “natural loose (med-large) wavy/curls and have learned a lot from reading your “tips and tricks” but would still appreciate your opinion as what drier and curling iron or maybe the Velcro/auto stick curlers to try. It takes a long time to get my hair to look decent compared to a quick blow dry and fly 10+ years ago. Thanks for your most appreciated help!

  23. Brittney says

    Hello! I’m half Black and half Egyptian, so my hair is thick and curly. It likes to curl into ringlets and is a bit past shoulder length. I’m looking for a blow dryer that is fast, doesn’t create too much frizz, and maintains my volume. Also, it would be great if this one came with a diffuser or fit a universal diffuser. Any price will do, just looking for the best :)

    • Natalie@Folica says

      Hi Brittney- I recommend the Sedu Revolution 4000i Hair Dryer! The dedicated Ion Generator switch allows styling versatility options not available in most ionic dryers. Use the huge output of negative ions for smooth sleek styles or turn off the Ion Generator to build maximum volume – this dryer works well with the Sedu Revolution Diffuser.

  24. Cindy Semones says

    Hello. I have chin-length thin, fine hair which I have colored to cover the gray. I use a round brush to style. I am looking to buy a hair dryer to give my hair volume and reduce frizz. I love the website but there is so much information I’m not sure which one would be best. I would appreciate any help!

    • Natalie@Folica says

      Hi Cindy- I typically like to recommend the Sedu Revolution 4000i Hair Dryer to those looking to reduce frizz and build volume. This dryer has a dedicated Ion Generator switch that allows styling versatility. Try turning the generator off at the roots and back on for a smooth look at the ends!

  25. I am 58 years old and my once-upon-a time thick, long, beautiful hair is now neck length, fine, dry, colored, with strands and ends breaking. I do have a few layers to help provide some life to my thinning, blah hair. I believe buying a new hairdryer might be a good place to begin! I like to style my hair with a round brush to give body and fullness. Sometimes I hold my head down and blow in hopes to get fullness. If possible, I would like to find a lighter-weight blowdryer that provides good health to my hair. If it packs well for travel, that is a plus. After reading about blow dryers, the words ionic, tourmaline, ceramic, infrared heat, nozzle, less wattage and voltage not higher than 1500-1800 seem best. Can you help point me in the right direction? I would welcome any suggestions on what hair blower works best for my hair. THANKS!

    • Natalie@Folica says

      Hi Cathy- The T3 Featherweight 2 Dryer meets all of your requirements for the perfect dryer. This is a professional, lightweight dryer with a tourmaline concentrator that helps retain moisture for healthy results. The Wattage is at 1800 and comes with a cool shot button for styling. I think that you will be please with your results.

  26. Donna says

    I am looking for a blow dryer for my daughter to take to college. She has long (to her lower back) colored treated hair (blonde). It is quite thick and takes a while to dry. She wants something that is lightweight and will dry her hair fast. I would rather not spend $200 on a dryer that she may lose at college. Anything that meets these requirements under $100? Or if you have something fantastic in mind, maybe just over $100.

  27. Denise says

    Is the Sedu 4000i the only dryer that has an ion switch? I like that feature, but I’m not ready to invest that much in a dryer.

    • Natalie@Folica says

      Hi Denise-

      The Sedu 4000i is the only one on our site with an on/off ionic generator switch. However, I would be happy to recommend ionic dryers at a lower price point if that interests you. Let me know!

  28. I’m looking for the best dryer for a 70 year old with thin, highlighted, fine, naturally curly, frizzy hair. I don’t know which of the many you mentioned would be best for me. Can you suggest 2?

    • Natalie@Folica says

      Hi Jan –

      Both the Conair Infiniti PRO and the Solia 1875W hair dryers are great options for you – they don’t exert TOO much power, so they are perfect for women with fine hair and they both run off of ionic technology to prevent frizz and fly-aways.

      • How do these compare to BaByliss Pro Carrera 2 that was mentioned in your blog?

  29. arty says

    I have long, fine hair, and a lot of it. Most dryers blow my hair all over the place and cause frizz, OR take forever to. dry.
    Please recommend the best dryer for my situation in different price ranges.
    Thanks in advance!

    • 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!

  30. I have long, wavy, layered, color treated hair. It’s average in thickness (it used to be super thick, but seems to be thinning as I get older). After washing, I use some curl enhancing mousse, flip my head over, scrunch with my fingers and blow dry. I find that I get volume and nice waves this way, but I also get frizz. Do I need an ionic dryer or will that just make my hair limp? What dryer do you recommend?


    • Natalie@Folica says

      Hi Janet- An ionic dryer allows moisture to penetrate deeper so that while your dry your hair, you’re still maintaining the moisture inside – so it will definitely help reduce the amount of frizz you are seeing and the added moisture helps keep your hair healthy and strong all year long. Below I have recommended some of our favorite ionic dryers.
      Solia 1875W Thermal Ionic Hair Dryer
      Sedu Revolution 4000i Hair Dryer

  31. Richelle says

    I have 3A/B hair and have recently been thinking about switching over to a hooded dryer. The information out there seems to be conflicting, and customer reviews seem to be all over the place. Any recommendations for a hooded hair dryer for personal use? Thanks!

    • Natalie@Folica says

      Hi Richelle – Unfortunately, we do not carry hooded hair dryers. Let me know if you need any further recommendations.

  32. I’m looking for a good dryer for my 13 year old daughter. She has shoulder length fairly thick wavy (bordering on curly) hair. Lately she has grown to dislike her curls and wants to straighten it most of the time. Can you recommend a good dryer for her type of hair? Also we live in Houston so frizz is always a problem.


    • Natalie@Folica says

      It’s helpful to look for dryers with ionic technology when looking to reduce frizz. An ionic dryer allows moisture to penetrate deeper so that while your dry your hair, you’re still maintaining the moisture inside. The Solia 1875W Thermal Ionic Hair Dryer would be a great option for your daughter (and it’s currently on sale).

  33. I am black I have relaxer and my hair is fine. I have a short hair style. Which dryer would you recommend.
    I would prefer a dryer that reduce damage and frizz.

    • Natalie@Folica says

      Hi D – As I’ve mentioned previously, ionic dryer allows moisture to penetrate deep so that while your dry your hair, you’re still keeping it hydrated. Not only will these options eliminate frizz, but they will also help break down water molecules and allow your hair to dry faster. Try either the Solia 1875W Thermal Ionic Hair Dryer or the Sedu Revolution 4000i Hair Dryer for frizz free, healthy locks.

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