The Best Hair Drying Tools for All Hair Types
If you've ever tried to recreate a professional blowout from the comfort of your own home, only to be left with sore arms and limp hair, you're not alone. But what if we told you that attaining salon-grade strands is as easy as finding the right drying tools for your hair type and texture? While you might assume that any dryer or hot air brush will do, picking the option for your specific needs could mean the difference between frizzy or silky strands. What's more, investing in a quality styling tool can actually cut dry time in half, making your beauty routine a little more efficient and stress-free. But with so many devices on the market, it can quickly become overwhelming to comb through the endless iterations—which is why we did the work for you and assembled a list of several expert-approved hair drying tools for all hair types and budgets.
Arguably one of the most buzzed-about beauty tools on the market, this Dyson device not only dries locks six times faster than other hair dryer motors, but it's become the go-to option for celebrity hairstylists like Frédéric Fekkai. "My favorite tool is the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer because unlike traditional dryers, it protects hair from extreme heat damage which can break hair and make it feel and appear dry," says Fekkai.
Shop Now: Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, $399.99, dyson.com.
Searching for a smart blow dryer at a slightly more accessible price point? Put this model from Tineco on your radar. With built-in moisture sensors, the device ramps up the wind and heat when it detects wet strands and eases up when that section is dry. It's genius—literally.
Shop Now: Tineco Moda One Smart Ionic Hair Dryer, $299, amazon.com.
"I really like to use the Ultra-Light 1875W Pro hair dryer from my exclusive line at Walmart. It is very lightweight, dries your hair at the perfect temperature to avoid heat damage, and is very powerful. It is a professional-level blow dryer that is available to everyone to use at home," says celebrity hairstylist Kim Kimble. It also comes with a diffuser, making it a smart choice for those with wavy or curly hair types.
Shop Now: Kim Kimble Celebrity Series Ultra-Light 1875W Pro Hair Dryer, $39.97, walmart.com.
If your hair is fine and lacks volume, a hot air brush can give you the added lift and shape you're looking for. "This is my favorite and go-to hair drying tool: It dries the hair so quickly and styles it perfectly, leaving glamorous volume that lasts the whole day," says celebrity extensionist Priscilla Valles.
Shop Now: Glam Seamless Glam & Go Blowout Brush, $100.99, glamseamless.com.
Lightweight and comfortable this tool is a salon and at-home favorite. "Its ergonomic design also allows for optimal weight distribution and an easier blowout," says celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan. "I love how shiny the finish is thanks to its ionic technology. It delivers truly professional results."
Shop Now: GHD Helios Professional Hair Dryer, $249, sephora.com.
Celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa invented her line, Beachwaver Co., to help her clients achieve the surf-level waves at home—her newest device, the Midnight Rose Pro Dry, wrangles the pre-curl step. "It is extremely lightweight (only one pound!), making it very easy and comfortable to lift," she says, noting that it works well for thicker hair types. "It also has an adjustable scroll so you can easily control the wind speed and temperature. My favorite features, though, are the precision nozzle and cool shot button, which are super important to use to ensure hair remains healthy, voluminous, and frizz-free."
Shop Now: Beachwaver Co. Midnight Rose Pro Dry, $104.30, beachwaver.com.
The Infinitipro by Conair has roughly 22,000 five-star ratings on Amazon and it's easy to see why. This popular device is all about drying hair fast while bringing out the natural radiance and beauty of your strands. It also uses iconic conditioning to smooth and protect hair from frizz and damage.
Shop Now: Conair Infinitipro 1875, $24.94, amazon.com.
"I love having this brush as an additional hot tool in my kit and for personal use," says Marjan. "It controls frizz and adds shine to the hair without getting rid of volume. As an added bonus, the bristle feels gentle and soothing against my scalp—like a head massage."
Shop Now: GHD Glide Hot Brush, $169, sephora.com.
According to celebrity hairstylist Kristin Ess, the wind to heat ratio is the most important factor to focus on when you're shopping for a new blow dryer. "Some dryers use higher heat to dry the hair faster, but in the long term, that can cause excessive dryness or make the hair brittle," she explains. "This dryer has the perfect balance of wind and heat, so it dries strands quickly without causing that kind of damage."
Shop Now: Kristin Ess Iconic Style Professional Blow Dryer, $100, target.com.
Achieving a salon-grade blowout doesn't have to break the bank. This reasonably priced tool boasts a three heat, two-speed setting, and a cool shot allowing you to create customized settings based on your hair type and texture. It also comes complete with a narrow concentrator for precision styling, and a diffuser to enhance curls—what more could you want?
Shop Now: Remington Pro Professional Titanium Ceramic Hair Dryer, $25. 99, target.com.
If you're looking to recreate the same body and shine that you get at the salon, scoop up this hot brush, stat. From drying hair to detangling strands to improving volume, this efficient and effective tool truly does it all.
Shop Now: Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer, $55.99, target.com.