You probably use a hair dryer to get your hair ready to go out and to make it hold the style you want. Hair dryers come in several types that can be used with different hair types. You can also use an attachment to get the look you want. Here are some tips to help you choose the right hair dryer and attachment for your hair.
Types of Hair Dryers
An ionic hair dryer creates millions of negative ions that break down water molecules to dry hair faster. Sometimes people who use an ionic hair dryer continue using it even after their hair is dry, especially around their faces, and over-dry their hair. Be careful not to use an ionic hair dryer for too long.
A ceramic hair dryer emits infrared heat. This dries hair gently to avoid causing heat damage.
A tourmaline hair dryer emits infrared heat and negative ions. It dries hair gently and makes it shiny and less frizzy. A tourmaline hair dryer also allows hair to withstand more heat without damage.
Hair Dryer Attachments
Depending on the type of hair you have, you may also want to use a diffuser. This attachment distributes heat and can give curly or wavy hair more body and bounce. Use a diffuser with a low heat setting to release a gentle stream of warm air that will not cause your hair to become tangled or frizzy.
Another attachment you can try is a concentrator. This directs and focuses air to control frizz and hold the style in place. Hold the concentrator a few inches away from your hair and pull your hair tightly with a rounded brush.
Choose the Right Heat Setting
The amount of heat you should use will depend on your hair type. High heat should only be used on very thick or coarse hair or hair that is very wet.
Keep the dryer moving and do not focus on one section of hair for too long because that can cause heat damage. Use a low heat setting if you have thin or fragile hair or if it is only damp, not wet.
A range of 1300 to 1875 watts is generally good for regular at-home use. If you only want to use a hair dryer to dry your bangs or set your curls, you can use a dryer with a lower wattage since you are not trying to cut down on the drying time.
Some hair dryers have a “cool shot” button. That seals the cuticle, sets the look, and makes hair shiny. Use the cool shot feature after your hair is 80 percent dry to finish drying it and protect it from heat damage. It can also be used to lock in curls or waves.
Always Use a Heat Protectant
No matter what kind of hair dryer and attachment you use for your hair, you should always apply a heat protectant product first. A serum, lotion, or spray can protect your hair from heat and prevent it from drying out and becoming frizzy.
Make an Appointment at The Beauty Bar
If you are thinking about changing your look for the new year, make an appointment at The Beauty Bar in Southington, Connecticut. We can help you choose the right haircut and color for your face and lifestyle and give you tips on how to style it at home to maintain your new look. Schedule an appointment at The Beauty Bar today.