If you have been using your old hair dryer for years, you might find that it takes forever to complete drying and your hair often turns out frizzy. Low-quality blow-dryers, especially those with metallic heating parts, can get too hot and leave your hair looking dry and frazzled. These hair dryers disperse positive ions when heated, which causes the hair cuticles to open, leading to dryness and frizz.
Your blow dryer plays a crucial role in your hair care routine, and modern blow dryers work better for frizzy hair than old models. The new generation of hair dryers is designed to cut down drying time and preserve the health and beauty of your hair. By investing in a quality appliance and learning the best drying techniques, you can minimize frizz and enjoy smooth and shiny locks.
Here’s a list of the most important features you should consider if you are in the market for a new blow dryer.
How does a Hair Dryer Help Reduce Frizz?
1. Tourmaline and Ceramic Components
Ceramic in heating element helps to distribute the heat more evenly than other materials. Ceramic components radiate non-damaging infrared heat and produce negative ions, resulting in faster drying and less heat damage to your hair. Healthy hair has properly closed cuticles that resist atmospheric humidity keeping your locks smooth and shiny.
Tourmaline is a semiprecious stone that emits negatively-charged ions when heated. When tourmaline powder is infused into the internal parts of a blow-dryer, it accelerates the drying process and seals the cuticles to eliminate static and create a smooth, frizz-free finish.
The gentlest heat is produced when tourmaline powder is combined with ceramic heating element.
Suggested Brands: 1875w Ceramic Tourmaline Hair Dryer by JIEUSDIRECT, RUSK Engineering Super Freak Professional 2000 Watt Dryer, Asavea Vigor Hair Dryer Pro AC Motor Ionic, Ceramic Fast 1875W Blow Dryer by AsaVea.
2. Frizz Fighting Hair Dryer Attachments
A dryer for frizzy hair should come with an airflow concentrator attachment. Without the nozzle, hot air will just blow around, causing a frizzy mess. A narrow concentrator nozzle produces a faster and more concentrated airflow, resulting in a sleek and polished finish. This attachment is suitable if you want straighter, smoother hair.
Hair Dryer Diffuser
A hair diffuser is crucial if you have curly or wavy hair. A diffuser attachment softens the airflow, keeping the blow dryer from frizzing your hair. It helps to create softer, fuller, and more defined curls.
Look for a diffuser with a concave shape and a lot of holes. The high number of holes helps to distribute the airflow more evenly and blow away the frizz.
3. Frizz Defense Technologies
Ionic conditioning technology helps to seal the hair cuticle to lock in moisture and leave your hair smooth and sleek. Ceramic parts and tourmaline coating produce negatively charged ions to neutralize positive charges for increased softness and a frizz-free finish.
Although great for combating frizz, negative ions can leave fine and straight hair limp and without volume. Some hair dryers offer an optional ionic function.
Suggested Brands: Conair 1875 Watt Ionic Ceramic Hair Dryer, 1875W Ionic Hair Dryer by XDM, Professional Hair Dryer with Anti-Frizz Ionic Conditioning by Asani, Revlon 1875W Smooth and Quick Blowouts Hair Dryer
Hair dryers that are powered by SoftAire Technology generate a wide airflow enriched with negative ions to dry large sections of hair quickly and gently. This technology helps to neutralize static, reduce frizz, and increase your hair’s shine.
Suggested brand: T3 Featherweight Luxe 2I Dryer
3D Airflow Technology
3D airflow technology helps to produce evenly heated and constant airflow, letting you dry and style your hair fast with minimal heat damage. Your hair feels healthy and smooth and your style lasts longer.
Suggested brand: Remington AIR 3D Hair Dryer
Nano Technology for Smoother, Shinier Hair
Nano heating technology draws moisture from the air to hydrate your hair as it dries. This technology helps close the cuticle to minimize frizz and enhance hair smoothness and shine.
Suggested brand: Panasonic Compact Hair Dryer with Nano Technology
4. The Other Features that Help Tame Frizz
Multiple Heat Settings
Blow-dryers with multiple heat and speed settings allow you to customize the drying speed and heat to suit your hair type. If your hair is prone to frizz, stick with the low and medium heat settings.
Cool Shot Button
A cool shot button is another must-have if your hair is prone to frizz. Using a burst of cool air helps lock in your style and keeps frizz to a minimum.
Blow-Drying Tips for Reducing Frizz
In addition to choosing a good dryer, here are some tips for drying your hair in order to achieve a long-lasting style and a frizz-free finish.
- Pat dry gently with a towel to soak up excess water; twisting and rubbing your hair with a towel can cause frizziness.
- Let your hair air dry until it is about 80% dry. Blow-drying dripping wet hair can cause damage and frizziness.
- Apply the heat protection and hair smoothing products of your choice and evenly distribute them through your hair before blow-drying. AVEDA Light Elements Smoothing Fluid protects the hair from heat, helps tame flyaways, and prevents the appearance of frizz.
- Using the highest heat setting may harm your hair and leave it looking frizzy. Use moderate heat to dry your locks, and finish drying with a blast of cool air to create the shiny and silky finish.
- Holding the dryer in one place can cause heat damage, making hair more prone to frizz. In order to evenly disperse the air and heat, constantly move your blow-dryer in circular motions.
- Point the nozzle downward when you blow-dry your hair. When the nozzle is pointed down, the airflow creates a smoother and shinier appearance, keeping the frizz at bay.
- Use normally sized blow-dryers whenever you can. Travel size hair dryers don’t have enough power to dry your hair efficiently and gently.