Welcome to the Wellness Guide. If you are a hairdresser, you know the importance of investing in a professional hairdryer, don't you? Choosing the right equipment will optimise the performance of your work.
But even if you are not a beauty professional, you can also invest in a professional hair dryer, because the equipment will help you achieve good results in a considerably shorter time.
But before buying a professional model, you need to understand a little more about what you are buying. With that in mind, we have prepared this article with all the information you need to know about the product. Enjoy your reading!
- 1 Weekly newsletter with the best personal finance tips
- 2 First things first
- 3 The Best Professional Hair Dryer: Our Picks
- 4 Buying Guide
- 5 Buying Criteria: Factors for comparing professional hair dryers
First things first
- The professional hair dryer can feature the following technologies: ceramic, tourmaline, negative ions, infrared waves, LED and titanium/silver nanotechnology.
- To be classified as a professional hair dryer, the equipment must have from 2000 to 2600 watts of power. The appliance also needs to have temperature and speed control.
- The professional hairdryer has a professional AC motor, which lasts up to 10 times longer than the DC motor of a personal hairdryer.
The Best Professional Hair Dryer: Our Picks
If you are in search of a professional hair dryer, you must have noticed that there are numerous options available, with different technologies and features responsible for the equipment's performance.
But with so much variety, choosing the ideal model is more difficult. With that in mind, we have prepared this Buying Guide with relevant information about the professional hairdryer.
What are the features of a professional hair dryer?
The high power promotes efficiency and halves the time it takes to dry or style your hair. If you like to keep your hair always brushed, a professional hairdryer is an excellent investment.
Generally, a professional hairdryer has different styling nozzles (two concentrators in different sizes and a diffuser), which ensure versatility to the equipment.
Professional hairdryer: What are the advantages and disadvantages?
Temperature control: The professional hairdryer has temperature control, with three to six options suitable for different situations:
- Cold air: Helps to close the cuticles, helps to reduce frizz, promotes shine and softness. It also serves to finish brushing and styling, as it helps to fix the shape acquired by the hair.
- Warm air: Ideal for those who only want to dry their hair, because when the hair is wet the cuticles remain open and excessive heat can damage the internal structure.
- Hot air: This option is recommended for styling your hair, as the intense heat makes the keratin molecules malleable, allowing you to shape your hair in different ways.
- Extra hot air: The maximum level of heat is indicated for those who have thick and full strands. Use it to style dry hair at least 10cm away from the strand.
Motor: Unlike ordinary models, the professional hairdryer has a professional AC motor which lasts up to 10 times longer than the DC motor of an ordinary hairdryer.
Construction quality: The plastics used in the manufacture equipment are of excellent quality. Highlight for the material used in the lining of the handrest, which has thermal insulation.
Ease of cleaning: Another advantage of the professional hairdryer is the ease of cleaning, thanks to the removable back cover. Although it is a simple feature, the removable cover provides greater durability to the appliance.
Electrical voltage (voltage): Because of the higher power, the professional hair dryer is monovolt, i.e. it is sold in 110 or 220V versions, there is no bivolt option.
Cable: The cable of a professional hairdryer is thick, flat, with a rotating end and a length of up to three metres, which makes it possible to cover greater distances without having to change plugs or use extensions.
What are the technologies used in a professional hair dryer?
When the professional hairdryer with Tourmaline Technology is switched on, it charges the hair with negative charges that split large drops of water into smaller molecules that evaporate immediately.
An appliance with this technology dries the hair faster, preventing damage such as dryness, dullness and breakage and helping to maintain the hair's natural moisture and shine.
A professional ceramic hairdryer helps distribute the heat evenly, preventing overheating in any area of the hair during drying. Another benefit is reduced frizz.
Ceramics can be used in the body of the hair dryer, the heater or the lining of the internal parts.
The ionic professional hairdryer dries the hair faster as it releases negative ions which neutralize the positive charges on the strands, sealing the cuticles.
By sealing the cuticles, moisture is preserved within the strands, this helps to reduce static electricity in the strands and reduce the appearance of frizz. With regular use, you will notice your hair is healthier.
There is also the professional hair dryer with infrared rays, which penetrate the strands quickly, drying them faster and leaving hair looking healthy.
This model is an excellent option for those who brush more than three times a week, as the infrared rays reduce drying time and damage caused by high temperatures.
Nanotechnology, applied through silver or titanium microparticles, makes the air jet that comes out of the hair dryer cleaner, which reduces the action of fungi and bacteria and results in a hygienic drying.
Professional or personal hairdryer: Which one to choose?
But the professional hair dryer is recommended for beauty professionals or people who use to do a lot of brushing at home, if this is not your case, the investment in this equipment is not necessary.
|Professional hair dryer||Personal hair dryer|
|Power||2000 to 2600W||1000 to 1900W|
|Motor||Motor professional AC motor||DC motor standard|
|Temperature control||Five temperatures||Three temperatures|
|Speed control||Three speeds||Two speeds|
|Size||Larger and heavier||Traditional and compact version|
Buying Criteria: Factors for comparing professional hair dryers
Buying a professional hair dryer is not so simple in view of the variety of models available. However, it becomes easier if you know which features to analyse and compare.
- Voltage and consumption
We will explain each of the criteria throughout this section.
One of the main criteria for buying a professional hairdryer is the motor's power. The higher the power, the greater the amount of hot air being released and consequently the faster it will be to dry and style your hair.
Models from 2000 to 2100W reach 160ºC. Ideal for those who have voluminous, short or medium hair. Models with 2400W reach 180ºC. Ideal for thick, voluminous and long hair.
Voltage and consumption
When buying, analyze the voltage of the equipment, it can be 110 or 220V (it is rare to find bivolt models) and choose one that is compatible with the voltage of the place where you live.
The consumption in kW/h should also be taken seriously, as it impacts on the electricity bill at the end of the month. The models with ENCE seal in category A are the most economical.
It is also important to analyse the ergonomics of the appliance. This characteristic is related to how the hairdryer fits in your hand and how well it adheres to your fingers. It is important that the equipment allows you to perform the movements in a comfortable way.
Another important point to observe when buying is the weight of the dryer, because the heavier the tool is, the more tired your shoulders and arms will be during the drying process.
This fatigue can hinder the finishing of the brush and harm the result of your work. The best professional dryers tend to be lighter, something around 500g.
If you are going to buy a professional hair dryer, opt for a reliable brand model. The Brazilian Taiff is a reference in equipment for beauty professionals, so much so that it dominates the segment.
The Italian Parlux is a world reference in technology and manufacturing of professional hairdryers. Parlux combines technology, high performance and durability. Also from Italy, Ga.Ma Italy manufactures models for all tastes and pockets.
Generally, the professional hairdryer comes with some accessories that help drying and styling your locks, such as concentrators (in two sizes), diffuser and carrying case.
The concentrator directs the dryer's air. It is available in two sizes: The narrow nozzle is ideal for detailed work such as fringe and quiff styling. The wide nozzle is for brushing people with thick hair.
The diffuser helps to lift and separate wavy and curly hair, accentuating curls, giving softness and reducing frizz.
Although it does not influence the functionality of the equipment, it is worth choosing a model with a sophisticated design, especially if you are going to use the dryer in the beauty salon.
Some models have coloured details, while others are entirely coloured. This can help you differentiate your hairdryer from the others in a beauty salon.
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