Okay, let’s talk. You may or may not know about the importance of investing in proper hair products that don’t contain SLS and parabens. However have you ever thought about your hair dryer? There’s a reason why you walk out of the salon with a glorious, cat-walk worthy blow dry: it’s because your stylist uses a professional hair dryer.
And now, more than ever, being confined to our homes means we have to invest in things that make us feel good. Whether it’s just for a personal glam-session or that all important Zoom meeting, a great blow dry can make or break your final look.
Here are some of the issues that I found with low quality blow dryers:
These $50 blow dryers never lasted longer than a year
It took forever to properly dry my hair
They easily overheated, especially when using the highest function
My hair looked dull and damaged after blow drying, which is why I also used straighteners and/or curlers
First things first, heat doesn’t necessarily damage your hair
Heat seals the cuticle of your hair and allows for smoother texture and shine. “Less heat is always better in the long run but for polished looks, a blow-dry will be necessary,” says Nicole Marcotte, hairstylist in the Oakville region. “Especially when you have texture you want to tame.” Additionally, it also adds body to the hair.
Flat and fine hair will get greasier faster because it’s left resting on the scalp to collect oils. My fine hair gets oily the day following a wash. This is why I have to ensure I blow-dry my hair to avoid that unwanted slick and heavy feel.
“Try to limit the use of flat or curling irons and use a lesser heat setting for fine and damaged hair to minimize heat damage,” Nicole said.
Benefits of investing in a professional blow dryer
Spend less time drying your hair
The right dryer can be a game changer for your hair. There’s a lot of “trash” hair dryers out on the market. Choosing the wrong one can seriously damage your hair. Nicole says it’s absolutely important to keep the heat, motor power and longevity in mind when deciding on a new hair dryer. The goal is to spend less time blow drying your hair (which also means less heat) in order to achieve that polished result.
You get a more powerful machine with the latest technology
A professional blow dryer will use the latest technology that’s most beneficial for your hair. It has stronger and more sustained power – also providing you the freedom to choose the level of intensity.
Most of the time, the good hair dryers use ionic technology and market is as such Dyson. It diffuses negative ions, which, in turn, neutralize their positive counterparts to close the hair cuticles to create a smooth and frizz-free look.
You want a lot of power for a smooth blow dry but also a low enough motor setting for those who have curly hair. If you’re using too powerful of a motor speed on curly hair it will cause frizz from the disruption of the curl. If you’re using too slow of a motor speed on smooth/fine hair it can take forever to dry.
Side effects of using a low-quality hair dryer
Besides damaging your hair, using a low-quality hair dryer can also make your color fade faster. Additionally, if it’s not hot enough or your hair dries too slow, you won’t get the smooth and shiny look you’re going for.
High end blow dryers save you money over time
Let’s be real. Would you rather spend $50-75 every 1.5 years and potentially damage your hair? Or could you justify spending a little more on a proper, professional blow dryer that can last you for years? If you invest in proper heat protectors, why not invest in the right hair tools? Both of these go hand-in-hand.
Proper heat protectors create a barrier
The most important thing to consider in conjunction with your blow dryer is the use of a good heat protector. If you do, it’s definitely safe to blow dry.
Heat protectors create a barrier between your hair and your styling tool, which results in less split ends and breakage. They also add moisture, allowing for a longer lasting blow dry, softer hair, and promote easier detangling.
Even if you DON’T dry your hair, a heat protector can be very beneficial if you use it as a leave-in conditioner.
Professional Hair dryer recommendations
I found this amazing brand by complete chance at Winners – and for a great deal for a bundle, I might say. This blow dryer has an outstanding motor speed and actually cut my dry time in half. It also adds a great shine that my previous (ahem, shitty) blow dryer just didn’t do.
Bonus: you can buy this blow dryer in a travel size (cheaper and great for travel) and it has a long and convenient nine-foot-long cord.
This is Nicole’s favourite blow dryer. It holds a lot of power and can dry hair in less than 10 minutes, all while using 75% less energy, according to Bio Ionic.
It’s ideal for curly hair since it uses moisturizing heat that helps hair remain hydrated for a healthy, frizz-free and shiny finish.
As an added plus, it also comes with a 10-year warranty, which makes the price definitely worth it. Nicole does mention that the Bio Ionic does emit a lot of heat, so be mindful.
For those of you who are still looking for a lower cost hair tool, Nicole recommends this one by Revlon.
She convincingly states that it’s “amazing and definitely worth the hype, since it gives a great salon-looking blowout at home.” It’s great for beginners, as well as those who love extra volume.
This product can get very hot as well, so be sure to use an appropriate heat protector that is well suited for your hair.
As much as I love finding a good deal, I did learn the importance of investing in the proper hair care the hard way. Nobody likes their hair breaking off and having to start from scratch with short hair. Consider the amount of money and time we generally spend on our hair, it is imperative to protect our investment.
Do your research and find the right tools that will give you that salon look and feel from the comfort of your own home.
Have a favourite blow dryer or heat protector that you swear by? Drop me a line and let me know in the comments. Let’s take our hair back, one strand at a time!
Until next time!