For anyone with curly hair, the most painful part of a beauty routine has to be hair washing. Even if we invest in the best hair dryer on the market, they might not be exactly what we need to tame curly and frizz-prone hair.
After all the deep-conditioning, finger-combing and slathering on of gels and curl creams, we need something that won’t undo all our hard work. Curly hair benefits from a hair dryer that is powerful but not going to inflict heat damage, and of course has a diffuser attachment to make the process a little bit less painful.
So, if you’ve got curly hair, there are a few hair dryers you need to know of, which come with clever features that’ll get even the heaviest of manes under control.
Unsurprisingly, the Dyson Supersonic tops the list of best hair dryers for curly hair; with its powerful motor and clever attachments, the diffuser concentrates air to give you the style you want. We also love the snazzy T3 Cura Luxe, which not only looks more glam than most other dryers we’ve seen but comes with five temperature settings to give you more control.
How to choose the best hair dryer for curly hair
When it comes to choosing the best hair dryer for curly hair, it’s all about what can give you the smoothest finish at a low temperature in the shortest time.
A powerful motor is essential for getting textured hair dried as quickly as possible. But picking something that comes with a range of speeds and heat settings is also important, so that you can style hair in different ways and ensure that it turns out frizz-free.
“Always try to choose a hair dryer that has a wider end, as they are able to disperse the air more than a streamlined end, which is better for curly hair,” advises Craig Taylor, creative director at Hari’s Hairdressers.
“Something that is powerful is a must, but it also should have different speeds, so that you can do more controlled drying if needed, and a lot of speed for when working with thick hair,” he explains.
“Look for something that is diffuser-capable, too, as this is a must-have for curly hair,” he adds. “Always choose a hair dryer that has a low speed setting, so that you can dry the hair gently and delicately to avoid frizz.”
The best hair dryers for curly hair you can buy right now
Quiet, smooth and dripping with Dyson style
Whether it’s a slick cordless vacuum, a futuristic-looking air-purifying fan or one of their sunlight-tracking lamps, for many of us Dyson is always our first choice when it comes to deciding where to spend our rainy-day funds.
So, ever since the industry-leading brand ventured into haircare back in 2016 with their Supersonic hair dryer, beauty fans have been scrambling to get in on the action – and there are so many reasons why it’s worth the hype.
Firstly, we come to the unique neat and compact shape, which allows the user to twist and turn to their heart’s content, blow drying whatever style they want. We also love the sharp little lights that signify the tool’s speed and heat setting, unlike the dials and switches you would usually see on standard dryers.
But the most outstanding aspect of the dryer is its strong motor, which – unsurprisingly, as it hails from Dyson – is six times faster than other motors on the market. It also features intelligent heat control that checks the temperature 20 times per second, so that your ends won’t be singed and your lengths are left soft and shiny.
Plus, the handy attachments (which also come with a snazzy magnetic function) mean that you can direct the air to smooth your lengths, comb through coarse hair or make the most of your natural curls with the diffuser attachment.
Next-generation features and a stylish colour scheme make this a luxe pick
As soon as you set your eyes on this dryer, you can tell it’s going to be something special. Its rounded barrel dryer casually sits upon the curved handle, while hints of rose-gold trim catch the eye and the word ‘luxe’ jumps out from alongside the chic T3 logo. It also features an ergonomic handle to make the long styling sessions necessary for curly hair more comfortable, aided by its lightweight feel and comfortable smooth handle.
Plus, the gorgeous dryer comes with a whole load of high-tech features that also help to make it worth its premium label. The first one that jumped out at us was the number of heat settings on the dryer, with five different temperatures to choose from, unlike most other hair dryers that tend to have a maximum of three.
It also has a volume booster button that allows you to create more volume and texture in your look should you wish to and a snazzy auto pause sensor that will turn the machine off if your hand is no longer around the handle. And T3’s Digital IonAir technology assures fast and caring drying with its internal microchip that ensures consistent heat and delivers frizz-free results.
Ticks all of the boxes with its luxe look, quality results and purse-friendly price
With a look similar to the T3 Cura Luxe, on first appearance you wouldn’t pick this one out as a budget one. Its smooth black body and touches of rose gold will bring a classy look to most dressing tables and it doesn’t compromise on styling quality, either.
Its powerful motor makes for fast drying and the slim concentrator nozzle is perfect for taming curls and achieving a frizz-free look. The hair finish is not as sleek as other, more expensive options on the market, but it still cuts styling time and leaves you with a lovely natural look.
One niggle we do have is that it doesn’t come with a diffuser attachment, as that addition is a must-have for anyone who wants to make the most of their natural curls. However, we’ve included it because you could purchase a universal diffuser separately and it is a good, affordable option.
Humble but brilliant – just like the professionals…
Not only does this look exactly like what you would expect to find as soon as you walk into your local hair salon, but it acts like it, too. Taking after its very apt name, it delivers a strong concentrated shot of air through its contoured nozzle, to give you more control over your styling.
Those curly-haired types who like to try to emulate a salon finish at home will be able to do exactly that with The Airshot’s powerful heating elements, while the anti-static technology works to reduce negatively charged particles to nix frizz and flyaways.
What’s more, to leave hair with a professional-like shine to it, the heating element is infused with healing minerals tourmaline and sericite, which lock the hair cuticle and seal in moisture. You’ll have your friends lining up for an at-home blow dry after using this one…
This one is all about caring for your scalp, skin and hair
Curly hair doesn’t always mean an oily scalp, so if you suffer from dandruff or a dry scalp then the Nanoe & Double Mineral Advanced is everything you would want or need in a hair dryer. First and foremost, the power that comes from the dryer is immense. Measure it up against more renowned or more expensive competitors on the market, and you wouldn’t be able to tell a difference in heat and power quality. If anything, the Nanoe dried our locks a bit quicker than certain others on the market.
But what we love most is the patented Nanoe technology, which takes micro droplets of moisture from the atmosphere and disperses them into even smaller particles into your hair and scalp to lock moisture into your hair cuticle and stop your skin (and hair) from drying out. On top of the impressive technology, it also has a different setting to care for your scalp where it maintains a low temperature to dry your hair without leaving it damaged.
And if you’re someone who suffers from dry skin as well as a dry scalp, the dryer has a skin function, which takes the benefits of the Nanoe tech and applies them to your skin if you aim the air at your face. Utterly revolutionary!