How To Find The Perfect Blowdryer For YOU

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By now, we've figured out that all blowdryers are not created equal. What works just swell for a girl with short, fine hair may not be as great for someone with a long, thick mane (and vice versa). Plus, trying to find the hair-drying gadget of your dreams can be almost as daunting as going shopping for that perfect-fitting bra: a lot of time and money spent and just about zero fun.

To take the drama out of the process, we had three staffers with different hair lengths, types, and budgets test out some of the best reviewed dryers on the market. Find out which ones have earned their stellar reputations, ahead. Your morning blowout just got a whole lot easier.


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Who: Sydney Hass, designer
Blowdry contender: Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000
Hair type: "Lots and lots of very heavy, thick hair."

"Honestly, I most frequently use the blowdryer at Crunch Gym. It's pretty terrible and never really dries my hair. I just sort of point it at the top of my head and hope for the best...usually giving up 10 minutes in. I try to avoid blowdrying at all costs, since it takes me so long and usually creates a giant frizz ball."
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"However, the Harry Josh blowdryer is a whole new story. It is seriously magic. I approached my blowdry like any other, and just pointed it at my head and went to town. I used the little nozzle that comes with it, which I think kept it from frizzing. My hair was totally dry in 20 minutes, which is at least half the amount of time it normally takes me. Also, my hair was nice and straight, and not poufy at all. I think I'm falling more in love with it as I recall my experience. You should all start saving up now! Harry Josh, you are a miracle worker."
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Who: Venus Wong, living production assistant
Blowdry contender: Rusk W8Less Ceramic and Tourmaline 2000 Watt Dryer
Hair type: "According to my hairstylist, my hair type is medium and porosity is medium-to-high."

"I use a travel dryer I brought with me when I moved to the States five years ago. Switching to a proper dryer is probably better for my hair, but I adored the compact size and was too lazy to comparison-shop. My mum has always warned me that if I don't dry my hair immediately after getting out of the shower, I'd get serious migraines as a grown-up. That really stuck in my mind, and I always, always use a blowdryer when I wash my hair, which is about every other day. To make sure there's no residual moisture in my scalp, I typically hold the machine very close to my hair, which is probably not the best habit."
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"It was immediately apparent that the Rusk W8Less is nothing like the flimsy dryer I own. The label says that it's a professional salon dryer, and the drying power shows. Because of how concentrated the air is, I have to hold the dryer a lot further from my hair than I'm used to. It's nice to have three temperature settings and three wind settings, but getting to my desired strength and temperature took some fumbling around. The 'hot' setting was a bit too much for my taste, but I find the 'warm' setting more similar to what I'm used to.

"I have an asymmetrical haircut, so I usually bend down when I dry my hair in order to get more volume. It used to take me five minutes [with my old blowdryer] to get it completely dry, since I had to stop at intervals when my hair felt overheated. This new dryer cut that time in half. With my old dryer, my roots typically still felt a little bit damp when I was done — which is not the case with this one. It might be due to the infused ceramic and tourmaline gemstones in the product, which are advertised to spread infrared heat directly to the inner layers of the cuticle. The only complaint I have is that it almost gets the job done too quickly: I like to take my time when styling my side-swept bangs, and this blowdryer is a bit too efficient for that. (Ed. note: #FirstWorldProblems.)

"My hair feels a tad less coarse after repeated usage, and it appears smoother and shinier. Overall, I think this is a well-made product. If you often find yourself having to dry your hair quickly before heading out, I'd say this dryer is the way to go."
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Who: Chloe Daley, associate home editor
Blowdry contender: Conair Infiniti Pro 1875 Watt Dryer
Hair type: "Super fine and dry."

"After growing my hair out from a pixie cut for six years, I'd basically forgotten how to blowdry it. Total novice. And, as my blowdryer quit a week before, this shoot was serendipitous. Dry shampoo is my best friend, and I typically only wash my hair every five days, if I can get away with it."
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"After putting in some leave-in conditioner, I switched the dryer to 'cool' and got to work. Straight out of the shower, it only took seven minutes to be perfectly dry, which was awesome. And, my ends didn't feel totally coarse. Next time, I would put some root-styling spray in first because my hair was a little flat afterwards, but that was my own fault.

"The dryer was super easy to hold and not too heavy. It also came with lots of rad attachments (yes, I really am a novice). I'm an ultimate lazy girl — my go-to right now is wearing my hair in a man bun — so I was so happy the dryer cut down on my time in front of the mirror. A total keeper."
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