Fine to medium hair
“The general rule of thumb is the thicker and more coarse your natural texture is, the higher wattage you’ll need, and if you have more fine hair, you can look for dryers that have a lower wattage,” noted Taylor.
When Murphy wants to dry hair quickly and achieve a glass-like shine to damaged medium-to-fine hair, he opts for the Dyson Supersonic — the most popular hair dryer among the hair pros we consulted — which has 1,600 watts of drying power.
He advised looking for a blow dryer with a long neck to add bounce or curl to your hair. “I can use the neck of the dryer to rest the hair on top so I can adjust my brush work midsection to get maximum root lift and extra bounce,” he said.
The hair experts also advised that you always use a heat protectant as a barrier between your healthy hair and your hot tools of choice. However, applying heat to your hair, even if you use a protectant, will “cause cumulative stress on your strands over time,” noted Taylor. “When the water that’s in your hair strands heats up too quickly, it can cause bubbles (like boiling water) that causes damage to your strands. The result is breakage, frizz, a more brittle texture,” she said. Taylor noted that the physical signs of heat damage are more split ends, breakage and frizz, less manageability and your strands will look dull.
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“A lot of stylists love the Dyson, and there’s a lot of reasons why,” said Andrew Fitzsimons, a celebrity hair stylist. “It’s super lightweight and compact, which makes it easy to use on long session days and easy to transport between jobs,” he continued. Hair stylist Courtney Foster called the Supersonic her “all-time favorite blow dryer” because “it prevents heat damage by regulating direct heat on the hair strands, eliminates frizz and provides high shine, which is crucial when it comes to getting the perfect blowout.” Stefan Bertin — celebrity hair stylist to Letitia Wright and Alessandro Ambrosio — said the shine it gives hair is “unbeatable,” and the quiet motor is another big draw for him. “I’m very softly spoken, so clients usually can’t hear me when I’m drying their hair, but the Supersonic is so, so quiet,” he said. Jhonatan Rendon — who styles Christian Siriano and Lindsay Lohan — also recommended the Dyson because the “hair dryer is engineered to protect hair from extreme heat damage.” Lastly, Kristen Shaw, a celebrity hair stylist, also “loves” the Dyson blow dryer because it is “lightweight, [heats up to] the perfect temperature, reduces blowdry time and is more energy-efficient,” she said.
Bertin — who also works with everyone from Katy Perry to Cara Delevingne — previously used the more affordable ghd air blow dryer. However, the new Helios hair dryer “outdoes it” because “it’s lightweight, so you have great control and your arms don’t ache after five minutes,” he said. Bertin noted it takes less…