The Best Hair Dryer Setting For Your Hair Type
Whether you’re blow drying your hair everyday or every few days it’s super important that you’re using the right settings. A blow dryer is one of the most damaging hair styling tools and that’s often because people switch to the highest heat when they don’t need to. To help you guys out we’re filling you in on each setting and the different hair types they work for. Here’s to salon worthy hair in no time…
Best For: Fine or damaged hair
Spending longer on your blowdry isn’t ideal but if you have fine or damaged hair this setting will be the best option. If your hair is fine or already damaged then you need to be as gentle as possible by sticking to the lowest speed. Hair is even weaker when it’s wet so using a higher setting could snap your strands which is why it's super important to keep things slow.
- When blow drying you want to direct the airflow down your hair to smooth the cuticles so that they lie flat. This will make your hair look really shiny and helps to tame flyaways for a really flawless finish.
Best For: Fine to medium hair that’s prone to frizz
This is the best speed to use as you can dry your hair in good time while still having control over your strands. It’s also the best setting for creating a classic blow dry and as the air flow isn’t too speedy it won’t encourage flyaways or frizz.
Best For: Thick hair
The highest speed setting is perfect for thick hair that really holds onto moisture. It might mean that you have less control of your strands but if you’re sick of spending hours on your blow dry then it’ll make a big difference. It’s also way healthier for your hair to up the speed rather than the temperature when you’re in a hurry.
Best For: Fine or damaged hair
Fragile or damaged strands are way more prone to heat damage and won’t be able to withstand the temperatures that thick hair will. Fine hair doesn’t take as long to dry though so realistically it won’t take that much longer anyway and it’s worth it to avoid damage.
- To prevent over drying your hair you can always start your blow dryer on a higher heat and keep switching it down as your hair gets drier. This will help to avoid damage and will stop your hair from getting frizzy once you’re done.
Best For: Fine to medium hair
This is the best setting if your hair is average in terms of thickness and relatively healthy. It’s also a safe bet if you’re not sure what to go for as it shouldn’t be too hot that you’re risking the integrity of your hair. A medium temperature will also make it easy for you to sculpt your strands, especially if you’re creating a classic blowdry.
- How quickly your hair dryer blow dries your hair has a lot to do with the wattage more than the temperature. You want to go for something that’s more than 1800 watts to get the most out of your blow dry. If you’re stuck for choice we’d highly recommend the T-3 Cora Luxe which is 1875W and was Allure’s Best Of Beauty winner last year.
Best For: Thick Hair
If your hair is really thick then using the highest setting will save you a lot of time and will help to pull your strands back into line. If you find that your hair is really unruly then using the hottest setting and a round brush will really smooth your strands.
- If the air coming out of the hair dryer is burning your scalp then it’s way too hot and you’re likely holding it way too close to your head. Turn down the temperature immediately and keep the hairdryer about 15cm away from your strands.
Best For: All hair types.
If you’re not using this then you’re literally wasting all of your hard work. Using the cool shot seals the cuticle to set your hair in place so that you can hold onto your blow dry for longer.
If you’re using a round brush you want to use the cool shot on each section once you’ve finished blow drying it before moving onto the next section. This will give your hair the best staying power and will prevent it from getting frizzy.
We hope that this quick post has helped to clear up a lot of your questions about hair dryer settings. Using the right one for your hair type will make such a big difference and will help you to get more out of your hard work. If you need some tips on blow drying your hair we’ve got a blog post here on how to do a salon worthy one at home that’s definitely worth a read.