This Is The Most Worth-It Beauty Editor Hair Splurge

The humble blowdryer is the unsung hero of your winter hair routine. Sure, softening shampoo, hydrating conditioner, and a good curl mousse can help in styling. But if your dryer is heavy and wheezing and you lost the diffuser attachment, a blowout can feel like a painful bicep workout — and you're tempted to just skip it and step out with dripping-wet hair to run the risk of a rough hair day and possible pneumonia.

See, that whole narrative changes when you invest in a nice blowdryer; one that's lightweight, speedy, and leaves your hair so warm and shiny that you actually semi-enjoy the process of blowing out your hair. Ahead, a few of Refinery29's resident beauty editors break down the hair dryers they can't live without, all of which make a worth-it splurge this winter if you like soft hair, faster blowouts, and, if nothing else, bone-dry hair during flu season.

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ghd Air Hair Dryer

"I am utterly hopeless when it comes to styling my own long, wavy hair, but earlier this year I got a fringe that needs to be blowdried after every wash or else I look like a brunette Nick Carter circa 1999. This dryer is perfect for my one and only need, which is to successfully dry my hair without leaving it dry or frizzy. I've also dropped it a fair few times and it still works and looks great!" — Rachel Krause, senior beauty editor

Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000

"I will sacrifice shoes and outfits to fit this blowdryer in my carryon when I travel. Nothing dries my thick, waist-length hair faster, and I rarely have to follow up with an iron for smoothness or shine. It has cut my drying time in half — which means more exploring, and less bathroom time, on vacation." — Cat Quinn, beauty director
Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000$249.00 $169.00 Buy

CHI For ULTA Beauty Gorgeous Blowout Kit

"Usually I’m an 'air dry and sleep on it' kind of girl, but once the winter chill hits, I like to do a quick little blow dry to speed up the process. This one by Chi For Ulta has all the settings and attachments I need to achieve a silky blowout without the heat damage. I’ve been using it for about a year, and I have no doubt I’ll be using it for the next two or three more." — Hannah Bullion, Associate Social Media Editor, Beauty and Fashion
Chi CHI For ULTA Beauty Gorgeous Blowout Kit$99.99 Buy

T3 Cura Luxe

"I have been loyal to T3 blowdryers since my mom got me one for Christmas when I was 19 years old. It was a splurge then and, to be honest, it's still a splurge now, but I can't imagine using anything else. It gets my hair dry without frizz or arm pain, but the best part is that it leaves my hair healthy and smooth without any damage, which is all I really care about when it comes to my long, bleached hair." — Lexy Lebsack, senior beauty editor
T3 T3 Cura Luxe Hair Dryer$285.00 Buy

Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer

"Technically, this is a blowout brush as opposed to a regular dryer with a nozzle attachment, but I love it because it cuts out my need for the whole bulky rigmarole. I use it when my hair is damp and thoroughly towel-dried, and the openings in the ceramic barrel blow hot air, so my hair dries while it's being smoothed and detangled by the bristles. Because it's only $39, I've convinced all my friends to buy one (including the ones who are too cheap to upgrade out of their middle-school flat irons)." — Megan Decker, beauty writer
Revlon One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer$59.99 $39.99 Buy

Dyson Supersonic

"As editors, we have access to some of the best products and tools, but I never allowed myself to sip the Dyson Supersonic Kool-Aid, because multiple hundreds of dollars on a blowdryer seemed like a stretch to me. That was until a hairstylist recommended it to me for my curly hair journey and, well, now I’m sipping hard. While I prefer to air-dry my curls, sometimes I don’t have the time to wait, and the Supersonic dries my hair faster than I ever could've imagined and leaves me with zero frizz. The diffuser attachment sticks to the dryer magnetically, so I don’t have to worry about it slipping off or having to adjust it mid-drying. This is definitely an investment, but a worthy one." — Thatiana Diaz, beauty writer
Dyson Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer$399.00 Buy

Dyson Airwrap

"Yes, it is freaking expensive — but I'll be damned if it isn't worth every penny. The Airwrap has completely changed my hair-styling abilities, especially in between washes. With the multi-tool capabilities from OG dryer to heated round brush, smoothing brushes, and dual-size curling wands, I come out of my bathroom after just ten minutes looking like I just waltzed out of a Drybar. (Even my boyfriend noticed the difference, gasp.) Taking into account the money I will save for the rest of my life on shampoo — I can now go over four days without washing — and professional blowouts, I will more than break even on this miracle machine." – Elizabeth Buxton, Lifestyle Market Editor
Dyson Airwrap Volume + Shape Styler-For Fine, Flat Hair$499.99 Buy

NuMe Signature Hair Dryer

"After a sweaty workout, I need a blowdryer that gets super hot fast so I can dry my roots and be out of the door. This one gets the job done — plus it's cute!" — Aimee Simeon, beauty writer
NuMe Signature Hair Dryer, Turquoise$88.00 Buy

Drybar Baby Buttercup Travel Blow Dryer

"Drybar's travel version of its Buttercup blow dryer is a total must-have tool for me whenever I'm traveling. While it's not equally as powerful as the full-size, it still quickly gets the job done when I'm DIY-ing my blowout. Plus, the foldable design takes up minimal room in my luggage, and compared to hotel room dryers? Well, there's no comparison." — Karina Hoshikawa, beauty and wellness market writer
DryBar Baby Buttercup Travel Blow Dryer$135.00 Buy
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