As mentioned earlier, the purchase of a new dryer can be quite inexpensive or very expensive depending on the one that you choose. While, choosing a hair dryer because it is dirt cheap is never a good option, you can cut your costs by choosing one that has only the options that you will really use. In order to aid you in your quest, I have separated, according to cost, the different types of dryers that you will likely see on your next shopping trip.
- Inexpensive hair dryers ($5 – $20) can be found in almost any store. While inexpensive models may not cost a lot when you first purchase them, they can cost you a great deal when it comes to hair damage. Since most inexpensive dryers only come equipped with one temperature setting, you can literally blast your tresses to death with the unchecked heat from one of these babies. The only time an inexpensive dryer is a good idea is if you hardly ever use one, if your hair is extremely short or if you only use a hair dryer briefly to set your gel.
- Moderately expensive hair dryers ($20 – $50) come equipped with most of the settings that you will need for daily use. Most feature multiple temperature settings and a cool blast button for drying brittle hair or for setting in curl. Most often this is the type of dryer that is perfect for everyone.
- Professional hair dryers ($50 – $100+) can only be purchased at a beauty supply store or through a professional catalogue. While these items are geared toward repeated use by professionals, they can be beneficial to use at home if you are willing to pay the price. Many of these dryers are ultra quiet and feature new drying technologies such as ionic energy to cut your hair drying time in half. They infuse moisture and only cause very minimal damage.
As with all thermal styling tools, dryers cause damage to the hair shaft. Incorrect or repeated, high-temperature use of a hair dryer can leave your hair looking dull and frizzy. To make sure that this does not happen to you, always keep the dryer 10″ from your hair and point the stream of air down the hair shaft. Failure to do so can result in heat bubbles forming on the hair shaft or a blown cuticle, which causes dullness and frizz.