Hair dryers are designed to blow hot, cold or a combination of air temperatures through coils that are then forced over wet or damp hair to dry it and reduce frizz, add volume and help shape your blowout. They are available as handheld units or as wall-mounted units, which allow you to leave your hands free to do other chores while drying your strands.
If you have thick, long or wavy hair that tends to take forever to dry, look for a model with a high voltage, which offers more power for quick drying speed. It’s also a good idea to choose a dryer that includes a concentrator nozzle, which directs the stream of air in a smaller area, for smoothing out your strands. And a diffuser attachment is ideal for drying curly and kinky hair types, says stylist Adel Chabbi.
Thin, flat or limp hair can benefit from a dryer with an ionic generator that blasts negative ions into your strands, canceling out the positive ions found in wet hair and reducing frizz and flyaways. This is the technology that’s used in GH Beauty Lab’s top pick, the T3 Aireluxe, which also earned praise for its easy-to-navigate buttons and comfortable handle.
This super lightweight hair dryer from the pros at Harry Josh has a powerful motor and a star nozzle that delivers a high-velocity airflow. It was one of the best performers in GH Beauty Lab tests for its ability to cut drying time and was also a top performer in our sound evaluations, with testers calling it “comfortable, light weight, and quiet.” best hairdryers