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Conversely, those who have very fine hair, or very sparse hair, might want to stick with a lower wattage hair dryer that will do the job they need without overpowering their more fragile locks. In these cases, a 1250 to 1500 watt dryer may be all you need.
Feature: Ionic Function
Ionic hair dryers help to reduce the occurrence of static electricity by generating negative ions as part of its function. This helps the hair dryer faster with less heat, and gives a smoother finish with less frizz and volume. An ionic dryer is great for thick hair, curly hair and in any situation where you want to create smooth-looking finishes in the hair.
Ionic dryers can also be great for those who have very fine hair that is easily damaged by heat styling. Since the ionic dryers require less heat, and dry more quickly, they are perfect for the delicate fine hair types.
Feature: Ceramics and Composites
One problem with traditional hair dryer’s heating elements is that the level of heat generated could increase when the hair was exposed to a steady stream of airflow for an extended period of time. This means that you could actually damage the hair by trying to create bends and shape the hair as part of the drying process, since the heating elements generated heat unevenly.
With the ceramic and composite heating elements, the heat generated is more diffuse and evenly distributed. The heat is gentle, but still sufficient to style the hair as desired, and do it safely. These features are great for everyone, and are especially beneficial for those with fine hair and chemically damaged hair, since these individuals must be extra careful of potential damage.
Feature: Cool Shot
As we discussed above a “cool shot” button on a hairdryer is a wonderful thing. By allowing the user to interrupt the heat and cool a segment of hair, you can impart shine and set a bend or shape in the hair as you desire. This can allow you to create areas of lift at the scalp or hair line, as well as turn under the ends of the hair for a neatly finished bob. You can also turn out the ends of a layered style for the feathery, textured look popular in many cuts.
Feature: Adjustable Controls
It may seem to be common sense, but there are a surprising number of hair dryer models that don’t really offer much in the way of adjustable settings on their controls. They may have a hi-lo switch for airflow and temperature, but that may simply be it for variable settings.
Whenever possible, look for a model that offers you as many variations in control settings as possible. A hair dryer that lets you adjust the heat and airflow settings beyond a basic dual-stage configuration will offer you better control over the results you get. You can reduce the heat as your hair gets drier, or drop to minimal airflow and higher heat in order to set wave and shape to the hair and create the style you want.
The diffuser attachment for your hair dryer is that oddly-spaceship-shaped device that snaps on to the end of your hair dryer’s air nozzle. Its purpose is to break-up the force of the airflow from the dryer and allow you to dry curly and naturally wavy hair without a strong stream of air that would pull the curl out.
Obviously, diffusers are great for dealing with curly hair, but they are also a good tool for styling permed and chemically-damaged hair. By breaking up the airflow, you can avoid stressing the fragile hair ends and are more likely to help protect the hair while you treat the damaged portions.