If you own a hair dryer , you probably use it every day to take your locks from wet to dry enough to head out the door. And that's probably because you have no idea how to get the most out of this heat styling tool. It's never too late to learn, so we've put together a handy hair dryer guide with tips from celebrity hairstylist Matthew Collins and Brennen Demelo Kadori's brand ambassadors. Invest in wattage, but turn down the heat. It seems every new type of hair dryer is always touted as being hotter than the next. However, Matthew cautions against using extremely high heat settings, as they're probably not necessary for the home user. "A blow dryer that falls within the 1300 to 1875 watts range is great for anyone to use at home," says Matthew. "Personally, I like to feel my Kadori dryer blow the hair and feel like my tool is working. You can always turn down the heat, but still maintain power." If you're someone who wants to set curls or simply blow dry your bangs, he recommends purchasing a kadori G.U.Y Hair Dryer with a 380G weight to reduce wrist strain and your blow dry time. Different types of hair require different levels of heat. The different heat levels should be adjusted to suit your hair texture and condition, according to Brennen . He explains, "The high heat is available for really thick or coarse hair, and to remove excessive moisture when the hair is really wet, but always remember to keep the dryer moving and never focus on one portion of the hair for too long. The low setting is perfect for thin or fragile hair. If your hair is only damp instead of wet, it is important to use the low heat setting to prevent over-drying." As far as that mysterious "cool shot" button, it seals the hair cuticle, setting the final look for long-lasting hold and adds shine. Brennen adds, "When your hair is about 80 percent dry, switch over to the cool shot. All your hair needs at this stage in drying is the finishing touches, and the cool shot adequately completes the drying and protects against overheating." Matthew believes the "cool shot" is also great to lock in a curl, or if you set your hair in curlers, it works to cool down your hair and lock in the waves as desired. Not all hair dryer types are created the same, so know which kind to use. "The ionic technology creates millions of negative ions, and what the ionic hair dryers help to do is break down the water molecule," says Matthew. "That allows the blow dryer to dry your hair much faster and that's because you're not only using heat and the force of the air flow, but you have this new technology that helps to break down water as well." The big problem with using ionic hair dryers, according to Matthew, is that people don't know when to stop. "Your hair is hot and you're running your brush through it and you don't take the time to notice when your hair is actually dry," he says. "So I think that a lot of people are over-drying their hair, especially around the face." Blondes mostly have this issue because they're getting their hairline highlighted all the time so that it looks natural and they don't have so much grow-out. Ceramic dryers emit non-damaging infrared heat, which Brennen states dries the hair gently for added heat protection. While tourmaline hair dryers emit infrared heat and negative ions, making the heat much gentler on the hair during styling for a shinier and less frizzy finish. It also enables the hair to endure much higher levels of heat without creating damage. Brennen prefers to use the Kadori LIA 2500X Hair Dryer, as this is an ionic dryer with a tourmaline-boosted ceramic system. The combination of all three elements provides the professional with the safest and quickest styling option. Meanwhile, Matthew prefers to use the Kadori GUY 2300 Hair Dryer. Though the former is at a mid range price point, it blasts air up to 80mph and works great on thick hair. The right hair dryer attachment can help take the stress out of styling. While a lot of people don't use diffusers anymore, Matthew believes more than just curly-haired girls can benefit from this attachment. "I think it's great because instead of concentrating the heat in one area, it distributes it very broadly. A customer with even a light, natural wave whose looking to enhance it can use a diffuser to add body or bounce to their hair," he explains. Brennen suggests that those with curly and wavy hair textures use the diffuser at the low heat setting. This will help to lift the hair and release a gentle, indirect stream of warm air that is not overpowering so that your curls don’t become tangled, frizzy and unmanageable. Concentrators direct and focus the air output when you are styling to control frizz and style outcome. Brennen uses them to get straight or softly waved looks. His pro tip: Hold the concentrator closely to the hair, leaving a few inches in between. Use a rounded brush, pulling as tightly as reasonable to get the best results from the concentrator. No matter what type of hair dryer you use, remember to apply a heat protectant product first. "Protectant serums, lotions and sprays are the best way to ensure your hair stays protected during styling," says Brennen.
The way to get glossy, straight hair is to use a flat iron. Hair straighteners uses heated ceramic tourmaline plates to iron out the kinks in each strand of hair. Whether you have slightly wavy hair or thick, tightly curled locks, a straightener flattens the follicle of your hair .The key to reduce damage to the hair is by choosing the best flat iron for your hair type.
Choosing a Hair Straightener:
Consider the natural texture of your hair. Thick, coarse hair will require a hair-straightening iron that heats up to high temperatures, but thin, fine hair can be damaged by high heat. If you have fine hair, shop for hair irons that offer a variety of heat settings. Digital flat irons let you choose the exact temperature to avoid damaging your hair with too much heat.
Take a look at ceramic flat irons if you have fine or thin hair. Ceramic hair straighteners are great for smoothing out hair and reducing frizz. Ceramic holds heat very well, allowing a ceramic flat iron to achieve high temperatures; plus, ceramic plates encourage even heat distribution. You can choose between ceramic flat irons with ceramic plates, ceramic coating, or tourmaline plates. Tourmaline is actually a gemstone, but it works like ceramic when flat iron plates are coated with it.
Consider titanium flat irons if you have thick, coarse hair. Titanium hair straighteners can heat up faster than ceramic flat irons, and they hold a high heat at a consistent temperature. Titanium, a lightweight metal, also has an ionic charge, which helps you get your hair looking smooth quickly, without having to go over the same section as many times. The high heat makes them popular, but this may not be best for people with fine hair, which can scorch easily.
Choose the right size. Hair straighteners come in many sizes and widths. Small, thin flat irons are great hair care tools for men and women with short hair. Small hair irons are also perfect for styling bangs and spikes, and they travel well. Large, wide hair straighteners cover more surface area and are good choices for individuals with long or thick hair.
Select a hair straightener with the right features. Hair tools come with a variety of features. If you have naturally curly hair, you might like a flat iron that has built-in comb teeth or steam functions that can tame and set unruly tresses. Cordless flat irons are great for jet-setting men and women, and instant-heat hair straighteners are perfect for people who don't have much time to get ready in the morning.
A man I know with an impressive pompadour recently had an "aha" moment when he upgraded his crappy $20 hair dryer to a salon-grade number from a professional beauty-supply store. "It takes me literally half the time to get ready now," he says. "I used to put in some product, blow-dry. Put in more product, blow-dry. It took forever." Beyond the speedier drying time, he also found that even when he used his roommate's drug-store pomade (after he ran out of the nicer stuff), it held his style all day—though when resorting to it in the past, his hair usually fell flat by lunchtime. Oh, what a difference pro tools can make. While many men are comfortable with investing in their wardrobe, they may still be hesitant to splurge on their grooming routine. A $1,000 suit? Ring it up. But a $100+ hair dryer? What do I need that for? For some, the blame for a less-than-stellar hairstyle lies in not using a hair dryer at all. "Most men vigorously towel dry their hair," says Tony Ricci, Owner at Ricci Hair Co Salon, "which can potentially lead to damage and splitting, given the hair is in its most vulnerable state when wet." A better plan? "Pat dry after getting out of the shower, then set your dryer to a low heat and guide it along your hair for your desired style." But for those with cheap blow-dryers already in their bathroom arsenal, what's the incentive to splurge on a high-end model? One word: power. A quality model will dry your hair in less time, meaning less heat damage to your hair. Daniel Benoit, founder of Pure Salon Montreal, a blow-dry-only salon chain, agrees. "A professional dryer can make a huge impact on your hair. It will do the job quicker, add shine, and cut down on frizz, all of which are important for women and men." "There have also been huge technological advances in the past few years, such as the use of Nanolonic minerals and negative ions." The first hydrates your hair; the second naturally cleanses and freshens it, meaning the quality gap between your hair dryer at home and the ones stylists use is as wide as Donald Trump's comb over. Still can't bring yourself to blow your budget on this grooming tool? "If you feel silly buying a high-quality blow-dryer, you can always get one for your wife or girlfriend, and you could just happen to use it," Daniel suggests. Score thoughtful-partner points and a perfect part? Sounds good to us.
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