How To Pick Your Hair Dryer Soulmate

May 31, 2016 5:35 pm

Like selecting the perfect engagement ring or killer GNO ensemble, choosing your hair dryer is a decision that requires equal parts sensibility and style.

It is a long-term relationship, after all.

But how does one make sense of all the marketing slang, beauty industry buzz and seemingly endless varieties of dryers?

That’s where Xtava comes in. We know there’s one perfect hairstyling soulmate out there for everyone, and we’ve made it easy for you to sort through your options and land on the best match for you.

If you’ve got LONG, THICK hair that takes a significant time dedication to style.

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You require an ultra-powerful dryer with a higher wattage to get the job done quickly and thoroughly. Also look for a model with ionic heat technology, which is somewhat healthier for strands and contributes to a speedy styling session.

Product recommendation: Allure

+ The motor is super strong (salon-grade 2200 watts), which majorly cuts down on dry time.
+ Ionic heat technology adds extra ions to the drying process using a tiny generator, which breaks down water molecules faster and helps reduce heat damage.

If your LONG, THICK hair also happens to be CURLY

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You’ll need a powerful motor to reduce your dry time, but also adding a diffuser will enhance your curls and reduce heat damage, which means less frizz in the long run.

Product recommendation: Black Orchid diffuser and Allure.

+ The wide surface area and 3D prongs deliver the ultimate texture defining experience. It’s a favorite accessory of natural-hair bloggers!

If you are styling THIN, FINE hair

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A wattage on the lower end will preserve your delicate tresses and scalp. A dryer that comes with a concentrator nozzle is a bonus, as well – you’ll need one to further reduce the intensity of heat on your hair. Look for a model with several heat and air pressure settings, and opt for a medium to low heat, alternating between high pressure airflow and low to prevent breakage.

Product recommendation: Verona.

+ Slightly less powerful than our Allure means much gentler on delicate strands, leading to less breakage and heat damage.
+ A variety of heat and air pressure settings lets you customize your styling process depending on your personal hair health.

If your THIN hair is also CURLY

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Product recommendation: included diffuser that accompanies the Verona.

+ Smaller than our Orchid, the Verona diffuser is easy for fine-haired girls to use to get an added oomph of body.

If you have MEDIUM thickness hair or blow dry your hair on the DAILY

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Avoid extremely high-wattage hair dryers for daily use as to lessen heat damage. You’ll want a model with ionic heat as an added protection against frizz and breakage, and for convenience’s sake opt for a lightweight design. Daily blowdrying can be a workout!

Product recommendation: Peony
+ Weighing less than one pound with a 9-foot cord, the Peony was designed with convenience in mind.
+ At 1800 watts, it’s less powerful than our Allure but still extremely effective, making it healthier for daily use.
+ Ionic heat makes for a much speedier drying process.
+ Plus, it’s pink. Need I say more?

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