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Blow Me Over: Understanding Hair Dryers

October 1, 2008 by  

Most women (and some men) have a blow dryer in their bathroom. It’s one of those tools appliances that most people tend to take for granted. Everyday, you get out of the shower, your hair sopping wet and start blowing it dry.  But have you ever thought about your blow dryer and questioned whether you have the right one for your needs? Not many people do.

 

Because your blow dryer is one of the most frequently used hair tools you have. You owe it to yourself, and your hair, to give it a little bit of thought. Choosing the correct blow dryer will help you create the beautiful hair styles that you crave. But you have to do your research and find the right dryer for your needs.

 

So where do you begin? If you’re like most people, you haven’t given your blow dryer much consideration. Maybe you chose the dryer that was on sale, or the smallest one to fit in your drawer. Or maybe you have the same old hair dryer that you’ve had since you were in high school! However you chose your hair dryer, it’s time for you to start choosing for the all right reasons.

 

The first thing that you need to understand is wattage. Each blow dryer has a certain wattage which determines how strong it is and ultimately how much heat it puts out. If you are the type of person who is always in a hurry and you want to get your hair dry in a hurry, you will want a dryer with 2000 watts or higher. Going with something slightly less powerful, such as an 1800 watt dryer, will also get the job done in a reasonable time. If you have short or fine hair that doesn’t take long to dry, maybe wattage isn’t a big factor. However if you have long thick hair, this should be an important factor for you.

 

If it’s possible you should try out a hair dryer before you buy it. It isn’t always possible to try them before buying, but if it is, try to take advantage of it. It’s good to get a feel for the weight of a dryer, and how easy it is to maneuver and if the cord gets wrapped up and in your way. These details may seem small, but if you are making an investment, these are the little things that will make the difference.

 

You may think that hair dryers damage your hair because of the intense heat that they use, but this doesn’t have to be true. There are now negative ion dryers that utilize ionic technology. These dryers blow negative ions over the hair which not only dries your hair in half the time as a conventional dryer, but also help to keep your hair looking soft, shiny and healthy. Negative ion energy actually works by closing the hair shaft which protects the hair resulting in healthy, healthier hair.

 

Some people like to choose blow dryers that come with a great deal of attachments. For some – more is better. Be sure that whatever attachments a hair dryer comes with, they are useful for your type of hair. You will want a nozzle on your dryer as you can get a bit closer to your hair without damaging it. Some dryers come with a diffuser attachment. This type of attachment is great for professional hair stylists, or people with curly hair that need a diffused heat to dry their hair.

 

Ultimately when you choose a hair dryer, price will also be an issue for many people. However, when it comes to an investment that will last you for years remember that a quality dryer will save you time and money in the long run, not to mention that a quality dryer will protect the health of your hair as well!

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