Every time I would head to the salon as a kid, the stylist would run their fingers through my hair and exclaim, "It's so thick!" Though I knew they were saying it as a compliment, I couldn't help but get frustrated with my big mane — it was so hard to air dry, and I hated how long blow drying took. Luckily, I discovered the best blow dryers for thick hair, the perfect tools for quickly and easily getting all those tresses dry and frizz-free, whether I want to wear my hair wavy, curled, or straight.
Don't get me wrong — thick hair definitely has it advantages. I have spent 13 years coloring my hair all sorts of shades, including a few times where I DIY'd it and was left with a whole lot of breakage, so having thick and dense strands disguised my mistakes. Still, even when it's at its healthiest, my hair can be very tedious to style in the morning. I only fully wash my hair once per week, a choice that I attribute to the fact that my strands are very dry (thanks, bleach!) and don't get greasy very easily. Of course, it's also because I'm super lazy about blow drying my hair so it looks smooth and not terribly dehydrated.
Finding the right blow dryer can make styling your hair infinitely easier, particularly if you have a trickier hair type to work with. Fortunately for us thick-haired folks, the following seriously powerful hair dryers are the perfect tool to let us get the perfect at-home blowout.
1ghd Air Professional Performance Hairdryer
As far as blow dryers and heat tools go, ghd is one of the biggest names in the biz. With its 1600-watt AC motor and ionic technology, the Air Professional Performance dryer promises to "a flawless salon finish up to two times faster," making it perfect for thicker hair. And customers are not disappointed: on top of having a nearly five-star rating on Sephora, reviewers are raving about it.
"I have very curly thick hair, which if nothing is done to it, gets very messy by the third day after washing," one customer explains. "I used to wash and then air dry and straighten which would leave my hair very flat but I recently just discovered this blow dryer and it gives me the same effect as straightening but with more volume and bounce! And better yet, it gets the job done in half the time!"
2Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
When Dyson's revolutionary blow dryer first debuted on the market in 2016, it had everyone talking. Not only does it look totally different than conventional hair dryers, it's also won numerous awards for its ability to blow hair approximately six times faster comparatively. It also promises to cut down on damage from heat styling — a common fear among those of us who use dryers, flat irons, and curling wands on a regular basis.
"I have very thick, coarse, color-treated hair that usually takes me 30-45 minutes to dry and style — which is why I don't do it often," one Sephora reviewer says. "However, since I have gotten this dryer, it only takes 10 minutes flat." And on top of all that, this was one of our editors' favorite products of the year!"
3Remington D3190A Damage Control Ceramic Hair Dryer
Remington D3190A Damage Control Ceramic Hair Dryer, $20, Amazon
If you've struggled with split ends, breakage, and damage due to heat styling, a dryer that is specifically designed to prevent further stress could be a good bet for your beauty routine. The 1875 watt motor allows you to dry your strands quickly, minimizing the amount of damage you do, while the concentrator nozzle and diffuser attachments allow you to achieve frizz-free smooth or curly hair, respectively.
This pick has nearly five stars on Amazon, with buyers complimenting it in reviews like N. Gregg's, which says, "It's hard to believe a hair dryer could make a big difference but this one absolutely DOES. I'm sooo thrilled with it! My kinky/curly fine/thin hair has dried much faster than usual (even though it's the same wattage as my previous dryer) and so smooth, soft, shiny and healthy looking (getting that without a flat iron also means that it gets to stay fluffier looking instead of flat and stringy)."
4Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer
As the biggest chain of blowout salons in America, Drybar made its name delivering great results to its clients, so it's only natural that founder Ali Webb would release a line of her own hair tools. This pretty blow dryer features three temperatures, two speed settings, and a 1875 watt motor for the level of super fast drying that Drybar itself offers.
This is the blowdryer I most frequently use after washing my hair, and I can honestly say that it's very quick. Plus, it doesn't bother my wrist to maneuver around my head thanks to its long cord and light weight (it's just over a pound!). On top of being powerful and effective, this bright yellow dryer also looks extremely cute on my vanity. Whose bathroom couldn't use a little burst of color, after all?
5xtava Pro Hair Dryer Ionic 2200 Watt
This salon-level dryer features a 2200 watt motor that takes your beauty routine to the next level, allowing you to get a sleek look in no time right from your own bathroom. It promises to cut your drying time by up to 80 percent and deliver healthy, shiny results via negative ion technology that seals your hair cuticle.
In addition to its whopping five-star rating on Amazon, this dryer is getting seriously good reviews. "My hair is long and thick so I bought a hair dryer with more power than my old one, [and] I love the results with the Xtava Pro Hair Dryer," says one of them. "It goes so much faster and with the different setting I get the perfect style." Another reviewer even noted its versatility for left-handed people who may have difficulty with typical blow dryers.
6Revlon Perfect Heat 1875W Fast Dry Dryer
Looking for a familiar brand name you can trust? Revlon's Perfect Heat blow dryer is definitely a great bet — and it comes at a super reasonable price point. It features triple baked ceramic that allows for more even heat distribution and a 1875 watt motor for a speedy blowout, plus concentrator and diffuser attachments for custom styling.
"This dryer (Revlon RV544) has easily cut my wife's drying time in half," raves reviewer IAMSLICK. "She has very thick and long hair, and the high heat setting makes quick work of it. It gets hot enough that I actually tone it down to warm for myself (I have short, thick hair) whenever I have to use the dryer." They add that it's a lightweight option that stores well in their bathroom drawers, so it's a good choice if you have a limited amount of space.
7WarmLife 2000W Professional Ionic Ceramic Hair Dryer
With three heat settings, two speeds, and a whopping 2000 watt motor, this blow dryer from WarmLife lives up to its name. Using blu-ray negative ions, it locks in moisture while quickly drying your strands, so you won't be left with an unhealthy or parched result.
Reviewer Kellie Hellis said, "It dried my super thick long hair fast," while customer EYL9886 noted, "The motor is very powerful and delivers very strong wind to cut down drying time." Priced at just 35 bucks, this is a strong buy that won't break the bank.
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