First of all, prepare yourself for a shock. There’s a serious chance that your hairdryer is more intelligent than you are. “What? How? I don’t get it,” I hear you say! Well, the latest-gen hairdryers have been designed to enhance your hair health, reduce the chances of heat damage, and also helps with hair colour fading from regular use while delivering shiny frizz-free results. YAS really!
But before we get to the latest and greatest in hairdryers, let’s take this opportunity to discover what hairdryers do in general and what features you should be looking for! Because not all hairdryers are created equal. And not all hot air is the same!
This is important because you need to know which hairdryers are worth spending your hard-earned money! We’ll touch on what a hair dryer is made of, what you use with your hairdryer are and share a helpful video on how to blow dry your hair.
We’re going to talk about the technology of a hairdryer. This is important so you can make an informed decision when it comes to purchasing your hairdryer. Knowing what makes up a blow dryer will help you understand what it will do and how it will dry your hair.
When checking out hairdryers, always look to see what kind of motor it uses; AC, DC or EC.
These are used in the majority of budget-priced dryers. They typically produce slower airspeed and pressure, making them slower to do the job. This could expose your hair to more heat damage over time.
But if you dry your hair infrequently or have fine hair this is an affordable choice but not the best option for thick or long hair types. The DC dryer has an average motor life of up to 250 hours so won’t last as long as other dryer options.
AC motors are designed for faster drying results. It’s traditionally been the choice of hairdressing salons for professional use. It’s long lasting heavy duty motor and salon performance makes it more expensive than a DC dryer. An AC dryer has an average motor life of up to 1,000 hours.
EC dryer motors or ‘digital’ dryer motors is the newest technology in hairdryers. Do you have thick, long hair? Or is hair protection and reduced frizz number one on your priority list? Than a digital dryer motor is a great investment for a healthy hair regimen.
An ultra long-life of up to 10,000 hours and more lightweight, it produces amazing high-velocity airspeed/pressure delivering the most efficient blow dry results to date. It also uses less heat, which means less hair damage.
In the past we’ve been looking at wattage on hairdryers to deem how good they are – the higher the wattage the higher the heat. To get a frizz-free smooth finish, hairdryers normally rely on high heat (up to 100º C) but even if you have thick hair, this can be too hot!
It’s best to look for a dryer with digital sensor intelligence, that maintains a constant and hair safe 70º C airflow (so not too hot) AND with speeds of up to 208km/h! This will help you fight frizz and protect against colour fade while achieving the fastest dry on all hair types without heat damage.
Heat relaxes the hair cuticle bonds to allow it to be styled and shaped, straightened or curled. Using a cold blast of air after completing styling, locks the hair bonds in place to hold your style longer.
To get this true cold blast, again, look for an AC or EC Digital Dryer as DC motor hairdryers can only reduce the air temperature to a ‘cool’ lower temperature instead of a true blast of cold air to set that style.
To help guard against hair damage look for a dryer with ionic technology. Ionic dryers are great for blowing gentle heat so your hair can shine on! They also help dry hair faster because the ions help evaporate water faster from your locks. This also results in a shorter drying time.
Ionic dryers produce millions of negatively charged ions, which break down the positively charged water molecules to help fight frizz when styling. Negative ions don’t open up the hair shafts, so the hair remains smooth and sleek. You can also use a lower temperature to dry your hair and it keeps your curls intact if you have them.
Now we’re across the technology let’s look at the hardware – concentrators and diffusers are the main attachments for hairdryers.
A concentrator helps focus the airflow directly onto the hair you're working on, rather than blowing your strands all over the place. Make sure the concentrator follows up and out with your brush to create volume at the roots and then point it down the length of your hair for smoothness.
A diffuser attachment is designed to disperse and create a softer air flow to spread over a larger area. This makes it ideal for drying curly hair because the dispersed air doesn't disturb the hair's wave pattern or result in frizz when drying. Fingers on diffusers can help enhance volume at the roots. When using the diffuser, it’s always best to cup the hair in the diffuser for best results.
What if it’s too late and you’ve already damaged your hair? If you’re not sure, then check for any signs of hair damage. If the news is bad, get yourself to a hairdresser for a treatment as soon as you can.
Moving forward, always use a heat protectant product before drying and stay away from bleach-based colouring if you can. Even better get hold of a dryer with an EC Digital motor.
So now we are feeling a little smarter on the tech stuff it’s time to find out how to blow dry your hair for a perfect result – check out this tutorial from VS Sassoon Stylist Rob Reeves. We promise this will be the best spent two minutes of your life.
After getting your amazing blow out at home, you can get your Duchess on and we are talking Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton! Not either of the Fergies including the Grand Final no-show one we promise.
We know that sometimes you are not looking for that perfect blow dry but rather a ‘good enough’ blow dry to allow you to prep your hair for styling whether it’s to add curls or to put your hair up in a messy bun. Again Meghan Markle – Queen of the Messy Bun – WE ARE LOOKING AT YOU for the ultimate inspo!
Rob advises a rough dry “Get your hair dried to 80% before you introduce a round brush for the finish,” he advises. ”You won’t need to pull and add as much tension to hair when you are prep drying.
"Depending on how frizzy your hair is, you might not even need to use a round brush for a super finished look – in fact leaving some of your natural texture and movement it will add to the finished style,” he said.
Our range of dryers are made specifically for hair protection and easy styling in the comfort of your own home. Whether you’re looking for a sleek straight look or a beautiful voluminous blow out, our dryers can do it all!
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