It’s time to prolong that salon-style blowout and get shiny, bouncy hair on demand.
Hair dryers have recently been a hot topic within the beauty world, with big-name brands such as Dyson and ghd competing for the top spot when it comes to efficiency, style and performance. Now more than ever before we have unlimited access to a huge variety of dryers that claim to add volume and gloss to all hair types. But which brand truly boasts the best hair dryer design?
Whether you’re after sleek Kimmy K tresses or a Kate Middleton-style blowout, we’ve got you covered. Having tried and tested multiple devices over the years, we’ve collated a list of the best hair dryers for every hair type to ensure that you find your perfect match. Prepare to get blown away by some of the industry’s most powerful devices!
Best overall hair dryer:
Luxury meets innovation. The ghd Air Hair Dryer has won our vote as one of the best and most dynamic hair dryers, quickly drying our strands in just minutes whilst imparting a glossy finish. Ionic technology puts you in the driver’s seat, allowing you to tame frizz, add shine and increase volume. Better still, it comes with adjustable temperature and power controls, plus the option of two styling nozzles!
Best hair dryer for coiled/afro hair:
Free yourself from frizz and excess dryness with this powerful hair dryer from Remington. Featuring intelligent OPTIheat technology and a unique Style Shot feature, this PROluxe dryer utilises an adjustable heat control to shape, sculpt, and lock down your look whilst smoothing out unwanted frizz. The device also boasts an innovative styling concentrator shape that has been designed specifically to enhance airflow and heat distribution.
Best hair dryer for curly hair:
Tame those unruly strands with a styling device that truly cares for your hair. This fast-acting piece of kit cuts your drying time in half whilst still effectively smoothing down frizz and adding volume to your style. The Dyson HD03 Supersonic Hair Dryer features a smoothing nozzle to simultaneously dry and style your hair, as well as a styling concentrator that focuses on specific sections.
The kit also contains a diffuser to reduce frizz and a gentle hair attachment that works perfectly on sensitive scalps.
Best hair dryer for fine hair:
We love the BaByliss PRO Keratin Lustre Hair Dryer for adding volume and shine to our ‘do. This powerful device helps to efficiently dry the hair whilst keratin and ionic frizz control technology work together on smoothing down flyaways and frizz. It’s the perfect device for adding volume whilst keeping dry, frizzy strands at bay!
Read our guide on How to Thicken Hair at Home for the best volumising tips!
Best hair dryer for thick hair:
The Glamoriser Salon Results Touch Hair Dryer efficiently and effectively dries thicker hair types for a streamlined drying experience that doesn’t leave you feeling flustered. Recreate that salon-like style within the comfort of your own home with the dryer’s Black Diamond Oil Shine System. This state-of-the-art piece of technology helps to promote a shiny finish paired with a touchably soft feel.
Best budget hair dryer:
If you’re after a wallet-friendly dryer that doesn’t damage your hair, we recommend trying out the Wahl Hair Dryers Powerpik 3000w. This cost-effective device provides a powerful performance that quickly dries the hair for salon-worthy styles in a flash. The hair dryer contains three heat and two speed settings, as well as a cold shot to set your style. The best part? It also arrives with multiple attachments to deliver a customisable drying experience that works for your hair type.
Best professional hair dryer:
This award-winning hair dryer is the perfect solution for those that lust after a salon-quality style with minimal fuss. The Parlux Advance Light Ceramic Ionic Hair Dryer features a K-Advance motor that gives a superior performance with even more power and a longer lifespan. This particular hair dryer has been made with extensive technological research in mind, aiming to meet the requirements of professional hairdressers while also reducing energy consumption.
Best hair dryer brush:
Designed with professionals in mind, this easy styler helps women everywhere to attain bouncy, voluminous curls within seconds. The ceramic coated barrel heats up quickly to deliver a fast and even styling session that produces glossy results every time. We recommend this Hot Brush for shaping, curling and adding volume to mid-length hair styles.
Want to explore more options when it comes to investing in a hot brush? Check out our guide on the Best Hot Air Brushes for Easy Styling.
Best speedy hair dryer:
Loved for its varied heat and speed settings, this speedy dryer works quickly and effectively to style the hair without causing heat damage. Digital IonAir technology provides a gentle yet fast-working action that dries the hair whilst enhancing the look of gloss and volume. The device also features a built-in ion generator that smooths the hair cuticle for soft, frizz-free results.
Better still, the device features a Volume Booster switch that allows you to deactivate the ionizer which in turn boosts texture and volume.
Best portable hair dryer:
Jetting off abroad doesn’t mean you have to compromise your style, not with the ghd Flight & Case Set at least!
This portable hair dryer arrives in a compact size that boasts an ultra-lightweight design, making it the perfect holiday companion that keeps your ‘do looking effortlessly styled. The small-but-mighty device has a variable temperature setting and a removable nozzle to give you complete control over your style, allowing you to choose between sleek ‘n’ straight tresses or voluptuous loose curls.
We hope you've found your perfect match! As an additional step, we also recommend indulging in a hair mask prior to drying to keep those locks looking their shiniest all year round. Give our guide to The Best Hair Masks for All Hair Types a read to get started!
Written by Ellie Child
With five years’ experience under her belt, Ellie has worked alongside a range of highly regarded makeup artists, giving her a real insight into what consumers should be spending their money on.