When I was younger, any blow dryer would get the job done. I’d use my hand instead of brush and just messy blowout my long hair before throwing it in a ponytail and running out of the house. Nowadays? Not so much. I need a powerhouse blow dryer that is going to dry my ultra-thick hair as fast as possible, in a manner that is gentle on my precious tresses.
To be honest, the thought of being stuck with a crappy hotel room hair dryer on vacation gives me anxiety. When traveling I bring my own with me, simply because I can’t handle the idea of spending 45 minutes drying hair that will ultimately look like a ball of frizz.
Once you become accustomed a high-performing hair dryer, there is simply no going back to the basics of years past. Unfortunately these topnotch options aren’t cheap—but neither is your time. So, yes, you can certainly find dryers at your drugstore that are less of an investment, but not only will you be spending double the amount of time drying your hair, you’ll also be causing your strands more stress (Read: Fly aways, burnt strands, and dead ends)
Almost like pieces of art, these are the five best hair dryers currently worth spending your money on. Your super smooth, silky hair will thank you for the investment.
1. Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer
Designed by the pros behind famous blowout chain Drybar, this buttercup-yellow dryer dries hair 20-percent faster than standard dryers, and ionic technology works to actually improve the quality of your tresses.
2. Harry Josh Pro Hair Dryer 2000
Another product from another pro, this dryer has received critical acclaim—and cult status among consumers—thanks to its 80 miles per hour blowout speed. The soothing mint green color is just the icing on the cake.
3. Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
We’ve told you before that the Dyson is a thing of beauty and rightly deserves a spot on your Christmas wish list. Lots of hype surrounded this model when it came to market over the summer, and with good reason—lighter than most dryers, the digital motor is quiet and the airflow increases shine in your hair.
4. T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i
There’s no denying how fast the T3 dries hair—and leaves it feeling smooth and shiny. Despite being three years old, it remains in the mix of the best on the market today because it continues to deliver one of the fastest, safest blowouts on the market.
5. BabyBlissPRO Nano Titanium Dryer
The cheapest on our list, the Nano is a sure-bet, mainly because you can’t go wrong with a BaBylissPro. As good as you’d find in a salon, this dryer minimizes static electricity and combines ceramic and ionic technology to deliver smooth tresses in a super gentle manner.
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