The best hair dryers for curly hair to give you expert control over ringlets

Make at-home blow drying faster and easier with the best hair dryers for curly hair.

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For anyone with curly hair, the most painful part of a beauty routine is probably washing and drying. Just as with other hair textures, curly and frizz-prone hair requires different care, which means possibly having to invest in a hair dryer that specializes in caring for this hair type.

After all the deep-conditioning, finger-combing, and slathering on of gels and curl creams, the best hair dryers for curly hair won’t undo all that 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 define and enhance texture when needed.

So, if you’ve got curly hair, there are a few tools you need to know of that are up there with the best hair dryers on the market for their clever features that will help you work with even the heaviest of manes. 

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 also 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 to fit your needs, it’s all about what can give you a professional-grade finish at a low temperature—all in the shortest time. With curly hairstyles, in particular, that entails choosing a blow-dryer that can deliver both gentle drying and curl-defining features, oftentimes in one handy tool.

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 do your best to get rid of frizzy hair.

“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 as reviewed by our experts

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer


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1. Dyson Supersonic

The best hair dryer for curly hair for most people

Specifications
Weight: 659g
Power: 1600W
Speed settings: 3
Heat settings: 4
Cord length: 2.8m
warranty: 2-year
Available colours: Iron & fuschia, black & nickel
Extras: 4 styling attachments included, plus heat mat and wall hanger
Reasons to buy
+Fast and powerful+Soft and shiny results
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive

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 the Dyson 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 if you're well-versed in how to use a diffuser on curly hair.

See our full Dyson Supersonic hair dryer review

T3 Cura Luxe Hair Dryer

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2. T3 Cura Luxe

The best premium hair dryer for curly hair

Specifications
Weight: 709g
Power: 1875w
Speed settings: 2
Heat settings: 5
Cord length: 2.75m
Warranty: 2-year guarantee
Available colours:: White & rose gold, black & rose gold
Technology: Volume booster switch & auto pause sensor
Extras : 2 styling attachments included
Reasons to buy
+Five different heat settings for more control+Digital technology to dry quickly and eliminate frizz
Reasons to avoid
-Pricey for a mainstream hair dryer

As soon as you set your eyes on this dryer, you can tell the T3 Cura Luxe is 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 if you already know how to blow dry hair and want to try something a bit more exciting. And the snazzy auto pause sensor will turn the machine off if your hand is no longer around the handle - pretty neat. And T3’s Digital IonAir technology assures fast and careful drying with its internal microchip that ensures consistent heat and delivers frizz-free results.

Babyliss Super Power Pro 2400

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3. BaByliss Super Power Pro 2400

The best budget hair dryer for curly hair

Specifications
Weight: 950g
Power: 2400W
Speed settings: 2
Heat setting: 3
Cord length: 2.5m
Warranty : 5-year guarantee
Available colours: Black & rose gold
Reasons to buy
+High-quality look for cheap price+Fast results
Reasons to avoid
-No diffuser attachment-Not as sleek a finish as others

On first appearance you wouldn’t pick the BaByliss Super Power Pro 2400 out of our lineup as a budget pick. Its smooth black body and touches of rose gold will bring a classy look to most vanity 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 issue 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.

Cloud Nine The Airshot

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4. Cloud Nine Airshot

The best salon-worthy hair dryer for curly hair

Specifications
Weight: 810g
Power: 2000W
Speed settings: 2
Heat settings: 3
Cord length: 2.7m
Warranty: 1-year guarantee
Available colours: Black
Technology : Ceramic mineral-infused heating element
Reasons to buy
+Super powerful+Anti-static technology
Reasons to avoid
-Quite heavy

Not only does the Cloud Nine Airshot 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.

Panasonic Nanoe Double Mineral

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5. Panasonic Nanoe & Double Mineral

The best hair dryer for dry curly hair or a dry scalp

Specifications
Weight: 502g
Power: 1800W
Speed settings: 3
Heat settings: 4
Cord length: 2.7m
Warranty: 2 year warranty
Available colours: Black & rose gold
Technology: Intelligent temperature control for hair, scalp and skin
Reasons to buy
+Scalp rejuvenating technology+Powerful and fast drying
Reasons to avoid
-Low-budget look

Curly hair is typically one of the driest hair types, so if you suffer from dandruff or a dry scalp, then the Panasonic 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 a lot: 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, all to lock moisture into your hair cuticle and stop your skin (and hair) from drying out. On top of this 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. Genius!

See our full Panasonic Nanoe & Double Mineral hair dryer review