How to: Pick a New Blowdryer.

So you’ve finally decided to trash that old clunker of a blowdryer, eh?  Most people wait to replace their blowdryer until it either breaks, or sounds/smells/looks like it’s about to break.  But if you are trying to keep your hair from being cooked, a blowdryer should be replaced every three to five years depending on how often you use it.


The toughest part is deciding which new one to get.  Most of them seem to be using the same technological tag lines, and the only thing that’s differentiating them is the price.  You can’t help but wonder: Are they all created equally?  Maybe… Maybe not.  Manufacturers have gravitated towards key features, so let’s define and find out why they are important.

photo credit: andrea morales

photo credit: andrea morales


Wattage is power, and more power is a good thing.   A blow dyer’s wattage directly affects how powerful it is.  The faster the motor, the faster your hair dries.  While wattage varies among hair dryers, a general rule is sticking with 1800 watts and above will render the most efficient results.



Ceramic has the remarkable ability to conduct heat.  Unlike metal and plastic, ceramic allows heat to penetrate the hair shaft safely because it produces a gentle, far infrared heat to facilitate drying hair from the inside out.  Blowdryers without ceramic will heat the hair from the outside in, and actually boil the water off the hair, which over time causes brittleness and breakage.



Tourmaline was introduced to blowdryers because it has incredible capability to generate negative ions. A great, lasting blowout, has a lot to do with a blowdryer that puts out negative ions.   Negatively charged ions help evaporate the water from the hair strand as you’re drying, which means hair will dry up to 70% faster, and the end result will be sleeker and shinier than blowdrying with a tool that does not put out a significant amount of negative ions.

photo credit: andrea morales

photo credit: andrea morales

When you’re shopping for a blowdryer, you’ll see the contenders that offer a high wattage, ceramic blowdryer, with ionic technology.  So, what’s the difference between a $20 dryer and a $200 one?


I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but put your big-girl-pants on and get ready to fork over up to $200 for your next blowdryer.  The cost matters because none of those key features won’t be beneficial unless the manufacturer is using high quality parts, and as we all know: High quality costs money.


So, what’s the best blowdryer of 2014?  I have tried them all, and for the last six years I have loyally used a Super Solano ($140), and I adored it.  Recently, because of peer pressure mostly, I have jumped ship and I’m using One Styling’s Legacy Pro ($200).  So far, so good.  The Legacy Pro dries hair faster than the Solano, but the Solano has a better design for me.  It ultimately comes down to personal preference.