Expensive and full-featured hair dryers
If you are in the market for a new hair dryer, you might be overwhelmed by the sheer number of hair dryers that you have to choose from. Fortunately, there are some general guidelines that you can follow when evaluating hair dryer options, so that you can choose the one that will work best for you.
Although there are some hair dryers that have more features than most people will ever need, there are also some basic features that most people do look for. These include the ability to set the hair dryer at multiple speeds and heat settings, in addition to a setting designed to blow cool air that can help your hair hold its style after it's been dried. Most people find that they prefer a hair dryer that has at least 1,800 watts of power, as anything under that is often inadequate for most people's needs. Although many people never use most of the attachments that come with hair dryers, a nozzle attachment for concentrating the drying power to a smaller area of hair is often a handy feature to have. If your hair happens to be curly, or if you have permed hair, another attachment that will come in handy is a diffuser.
Although most people don't need the most expensive and full-featured hair dryers that are on the market, you also don't want to choose an exceptionally inexpensive one. Just as with anything else you buy, you get what you pay for when you purchase a cheap hair dryer. Low-end hair dryers often have only one or two heat settings, and are generally too hot to be good for your hair, and as a result, you could scorch or damage your hair. Very cheap hair dryers also have a nasty habit of not having adequate protection for the fan, and so you risk getting your hair pulled into the fan, which will also damage it. Even if you have extremely short hair, and only use a hair dryer for a short period of time, it's often best to get a better model
Most people will find an adequate array of features if they look at medium-priced hair dryers. These of course are not as full-featured as the professional models, but they have a good array of settings that will satisfy the everyday needs of most people. Most will contain multiple heat and speed settings, along with the ability to blow cool air to set the hair. A lot of medium-priced hair dryers even have a lot of the features that are included in the higher-priced professional models as well.
If you have fragile or damaged hair, or if you straighten your hair on a regular basis, you might actually consider spending the extra money on a professional hair dryer. These hair dryers often use special technology to not only drastically shorten the amount of time it takes to dry your hair, but also use techniques that minimize the damage to the hair cuticle. They are certainly more expensive, but many people feel that they are worth it.