Some of us like the little foldaway
travel-style blow dryers and some of us prefer to pull out the monstrous,
tangle-ridden bump and fall to the ground blow dryers. Sound familiar? Well its
time to inspect what you have been using and or hiding away in your vanity.
Anything that plugs in can
start a fire. You should inspect the cord
periodically and never wrap it up like a puzzle for storage next to your sink.
Heat is a great enemy to your hair. That means hair
dryers must be used with great care and on a moderate setting. A blow dryer on its
hottest setting will reach temperatures above that at which water boils. This can
be disastrous on the hair.
The best choices for Blow Dryers and their care:
It seems the ION hair dryer includes all the bells the
offers technologies separately or together, with ionic only, ionic and
ceramic, and ceramic only settings. A full complement of features includes several
heat settings and speeds, a quiet motor, concentrator attachment and a hinged filer
for cleaning. Your best bet for one of these would be Tourmaline, BaByliss, and
There is a huge price difference between professional
and home hair dryers. You get a longer duty cycle for the
Professional hair dryers are supposed to last for 1200 hours where as the more
inexpensive blow dryer lasts about 500 hours. Professional hair dyers are also
generally larger and generate more airflow than consumer blow dryers.
For an inexpensive, professional hair dryer, we found
the Tourmaline has rave reviews. This dryer is different from other blow dryers
because of its crushed tourmaline jewels, which generate more negative ions than
any other mineral. The jewels are injected into all the dryer compartments. It the
only dryer with a true ceramic heater coil. It weighs only 13 ounces and packs a
whopping 1800-watt motor.
If you're looking for a travel dryer with the same power
as a full sized model, the CONAIR ION Shine Folding Handle Blow Dryer has 1875
watts with ionic technology to reduce frizz and offers two heat/speed settings. It
has a concentrator, removable filer and a cool-shot button with a quiet tone
The most important feature of a blow dryer, airflow,
depends on its motor. However, unless you buy your dryer from a beauty-supply store
that lets you test it first, there's really no way to determine motor quality
before you plunk down your money. Powerful motors reduce drying time, but some also
sound an awful lot like jets taking off in your bathroom. Blow-dryer manufacturers
are addressing this by developing quieter motors. For example, several of the
CONAIR Ion Shine hair dryers feature a Quiet-Tone motor.
I say the best blow dryers should have the following
Power of 1200 - 1500 watts for fine/damaged hair, and
1875 watts for thick, wavy hair.
Two or three heat settings.
Automatic shut-off if the dryer overheats.
A cool setting for a cool-shot button to set your
A removable air intake grill/lint filter.
I wish you happy heating, curling, waving, and styling.
And remember to check out your existing hair dryer and keep it safe, clean and
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