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Best Hair Dryers For Salon Quality Hair

Updated on February 28, 2013

There's nothing like investing in top hair dryers to help create salon perfect hair. Modern technology has helped to design some wonderfully good hair dryer models and if you love looking good and feeling great - a good place to start is with your hair.

Hair styling products are many - and though many of us (and my clients!) put a lot of thought into buying the perfect hair products for hair styling ... many often overlook what a great blow dryer can do.

Some are specially designed to add volume, work with dry hair - there's even salon professional models now available. Featured below are the best hair dryers on the market. They're all models I use or recommend to clients - and they're all great value for money.

Andis 75370 Tourmaline Ionic/Ceramic 1875 Watt Hair Dryer with Concentrator

This is one of the best hair dryers for salon perfect hair - without the hefty price tag. At a little under 15 dollars you're getting 1875 watts and ionic engineering packed into this sleek, black, compact dryer.

One aspect you should always look for in any model is a cool shot button - they're there for a reason. Once your hair begins to dry and you can begin styling it, a cool shot button should be used to set the hair - using your hair brush you dry the hair using a heat setting ... then blast it with cool air to 'hold' it. Beyond that you get three heat settings, 2 for air flow and an LED indicator for when the ionic technology is powered up. Awesome hairdryer - recommended.

Revlon RV544 1875 Watt Tourmaline Ionic Lightweight Dryer, Silver/Black

Another best selling and inexpensive hair dryer - the RV544 is another superior model for a surprisingly low price. Again you get the much need ionic technology and 1875 watts of drying power. With this one you only get two speed and heat settings but that's more than enough to create salon beautiful hair.

For the money and features the first one is the better choice - for the weight, size and shape - this one. The previous model comes with a concentrator model whereas this one includes both a concentrator and a diffuser. It's also relatively quiet and for some - the better choice. The loss of one heat setting is no big deal - so for the few extra bucks you're actually getting a tighter, more streamlined unit.

Vidal Sassoon VS547 Ion Select Full Size Dryer

This best selling hair dryer is almost identical to the previous Revlon model - with the exception that this one has the missing thrid heat setting. Otherwise the ionic technology, additional tools and power are about the same.

It's heavier, by a good half a pound and maybe that's what puts the Revlon as having the edge. For me Vidal Sassoon are a regularly used manufacture in the professional world of hair and beauty and the name alone is enough to let the buyer know that they're buying a quality product. A fully functioning hairdryer - all you need in one compact model - and I'm loving the color.

Vidal Sassoon VS433C Tangle-Free Hot Air Brush Styler and Dryer, 1 Inch

This is the best hair brush hair dryer - and another Vidal Sassoon product. Note: this type of dryer is for styling only - or for short, fine hair types/styles. They are not designed to become an alternative form of hairdrying. If you're expecting a small unit like this to dry your hair at speed - you're going to be disappointed.

They're largely underpowered - this one only puts out 250 watts - simply because they're more of an end-styling product. That said - it's a well designed model, 2 x heat/speed settings and and the brush itself rotates to prevent snarl-ups. If you have a style that needs some extra ooomph, or it's short to medium and you don't need a powerful dryer - this one's the best choice of those on the market.

BaByliss Tourmaline Titanium 1500 Ionic Mini Folding Dryer

This is the best travel hair dryer - and it packs some power for such a small unit. 1000 watts in a dryer that weighs less than a pound is pretty impressive - which is one of the reasons it makes for a great portable hairdryer.

It has all the good stuff we want in a travel dryer - ionic technology, an infrared heating system, 2 x speed/heat settings, and it's dual voltage. It also folds down into a more compact shape for travelling with and comes with a concentrator - plus it's surprisingly quiet. A small hair dryer that packs a mighty powerful punch.

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