The best hair dryers for every hair type and budget to give Kate Middleton a bouncy blow dryer. From Dyson to ghd, Cloud 9, Babyliss to T3 and more.
Regardless of your hair color, texture, or style, a hair dryer is the one tool we all need in our repertoire. Not only do they dry hair and eliminate frizz, but they can also be used to add volume and bounce – Princess Kate Style.
We know that air drying is the healthiest choice for our hair, but it’s not always a contemporary option. Also, many hair dryers these days come with heat-regulating technology and are far gentler without compromising on results. After all, a great blow dry can transform your entire look.
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There are now so many hair dryers on the market that choosing has become a minefield. From professional salon favorites to affordable options, we’ve found the best hair dryers available for your healthiest, fastest, most bouncy blow-dry yet.
From the Dyson Supersonic™ to the ghd Air and the Babyliss Salon Pro, here are 12 of the most recommended, with one for every budget…
What hair dryers do professionals use?
Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer, £329.99, boots
Expensive but powerful, the Dyson Supersonic is loved by professional stylists. It works six times faster than other hair dryers and has a built-in thermometer that records the temperature 40 times per second, regulating the heat and preventing damage to your hair. It has multiple attachments and works well on any hair type.
ghd air hair dryer, £119, iconic beauty
When you think of hair tools used by salon professionals, ghd is probably the first brand that springs to mind. They outfit pretty much every swanky gym in London, too – and for good reason. The salon quality dryer works super fast and leaves your hair looking smooth and shiny.
Cloud 9 The Air Shot Hair Dryer, £119Selfridges
Developed by the founder of ghd, the Cloud 9 hair tools also offer a salon-worthy finish. Worried about damaging your hair with heat styling? The Air Shot Hair Dryer features ceramic heating elements enriched with tourmaline and vitamins to condition and protect while drying.
Zuvi Halo hair dryer£359, Selfridges
Dubbed the “Tesla of hairdryers,” the Zuvi Halo uses patented LightCare™ technology that mimics the natural rays of the sun to give you the healthiest blow-dry ever. It uses up to 60% less energy than a conventional dryer, and other benefits include moisture retention, reduced frizz and improved hair strength.
The best travel hair dryers
T3 Fit compact hairdryer, £130, Selfridges
The travel-sized version of the best-selling T3 Cura hair dryer is ideal for taking with you. It uses the same “IonAir” digital technology to leave your hair soft and frizz-free. Plus, it still has three different heat settings and two speeds.
Bio:Ionic Volcanic MX Speed Dryer, £139, looks fantastic
If you’re looking for ease in a hair dryer, Bio:Ionic has answered your prayers with the Volcanic MX Speed Dryer, weighing less than a pound! With its fast and powerful 1800W motor, it doesn’t compromise on speed either.
Mighty Mini Dryer, £45, Amika
Amika’s tiny travel hair dryer is not only lightweight, it also has true dual voltage so it works in any country. It heats hair from the inside out to prevent damage and is a favorite of hairstylists backstage at fashion shows.
The best hair dryers for curly hair
Panasonic EH-NA98, £89.99, boots
Specially designed for curly and afro hair, the Nanoe system in this Panasonic hair dryer moisturizes your hair and scalp to make them shiny and smooth. In addition to automatic temperature control, nano-sized water particles are injected directly into your hair as it dries, reducing static, frizz and split ends.
Glamoriser Ionic Touch Control Hair Dryer, £36FeelUnique
This hairdryer’s large standard professional diffuser is a curly hair’s dream, enhancing and defining your natural pattern while smoothing out any frizz. It comes with an impressive eight heat and six speed settings.
The best cheap hair dryers
BaByliss Salon Pro 2200 hair dryer, £28Looks fantastic
For a budget-friendly option, look no further than the Salon Pro 2200 Hair Dryer. It has a powerful motor for its price, as well as three heat settings, two speed settings, and a cool shot.
TRESemme 2000W Fast Hair Dryer, £14 Amazon
This Tresemme hair dryer has an efficient motor, good cord length and a great nozzle – and it’s only £14. With thousands of five-star reviews, it’s a proven budget buy.
Remington Coconut Smooth Hair Dryer, £32, argus
This clever hair dryer from Remmington features a unique conditioning ring enriched with coconut micro-conditioners for long-lasting soft and shiny hair. At £32 it’s cheaper than most, plus it comes in pink.
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