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Best Hair Dryer for Men: 5 Picks for When a Towel Won’t Cut It Anymore

Some men can get away with air-drying their hair since there isn’t a lot of hair to deal with during the styling process. But unless you have very short or fine hair you will probably need to use a hair dryer at least some of the time. Drying the hair with a towel can help to get out the sopping wetness of the hair, but it won’t take the hair to the place of tools and styling products that actually make the hair look done. If you don’t have time to air dry the hair completely in your styling routine, then you should be using a hair dryer so that you look ready and put together as soon as you walk out of the house.

The good news is that there are a lot of inexpensive and easy to use hairdryers out there. These days they tend to me made a lot quieter and lighter than they used to which means they’re less of a hassle as well. The biggest decisions to make regarding a hairdryer really have to do with your hair type and how often you’ll be using it. It’s generally a good idea to use some sort of a heat protective spray on the hair if you will be using a hairdryer often. Some styling products work better than others when it comes to making a smooth transition from wet to dry, and it’s always a good idea to have a quality comb or brush to assist in the process.

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Do I really need a hairdryer?

Probably, yes.  A hairdryer will exponentially speed up your drying time, which means that you’ll know what the end result of your hairdo looks like when you leave the house. You don’t want to be faced with any surprises when you arrive at your location and need to fix up your do. A hairdryer might also be an important tool to use depending on your styling products. Products like gel work great with wet hair, but pomades and pastes need to be used on dry hair to get the best effect.

If you have curly hair that you like to wear straight, a hair dryer is going to be your best friend. You can always comb down curly hair but it’s more likely to pop back up in curls if you simply air dry. If you’re trying to keep the curls, drying the hair with a diffuser attachment will help you style them in a way that looks good and frizz free. Overall using a hairdryer just offers you a lot more control over the outcome of your look.

Okay what kind of hairdryer do I need?

What type of hairdryer you need will depend somewhat on what your goals are.  If you aren’t sure, it’s hard to go wrong with a standard model. Many of the features that you would want come standard, such as having multiple heat and air speed options so that you’re free to switch things up. That being said, sometimes investing just a little bit more in a hairdryer will get you all kinds of good stuff that can take your styling to the next level. More advanced needs might include preferring a faster drying time, seeking a travel appropriate hairdryer, or even something to manage a more unruly head of hair. There are always going to be hair dryers that come with other extra features for more specific needs such as those. (Some of which are mentioned below!)

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Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer looks a bit different than the average hair dryer. It has a shorter nozzle design that is open like a tunnel. The shorter design of the nozzle makes it a little more natural to hold the dryer close to the head without having to bend your wrist around at unnatural angles.

This is a great dryer to use when you are trying to control frizzy or curly hair.  It contains a heat sensor that actually checks the temperature of the air every 20 seconds to make sure that it doesn’t overheat. This in turn cuts down on the potential of experiencing heat damage, without cooling the hair dryer down to the point that it’s no longer effective at drying the hair.

The airflow in this dryer is of the high velocity variety, which means that it should dry hair pretty quickly. The air flows through this dryer at speeds up to 150MPH. This dryer also comes with a few different attachments that can make the drying experience more specific. These attachments are magnetized to make it easy to take them on and off. One of the nozzles creates a wider airflow range, one makes a targeted one, and one creates a more natural air dry. Additionally, this hairdryer uses ionized technology to cut down on the frizz factor.

Pros:

  • Easy to clean with twist off filter
  • Long cable for convenience factor
  • Comes with a free case for travel and storage

Cons:

Nothing…except it’s almost $400.

Andis 1875-Watt Fold-N-Go Ionic Hair Dryer

The Andis Fold-N-Go Ionic Hair Dryer is a good option for the guy on the go…or just the one that wants to save as much space in the bathroom as possible. This dryer model is small as is and then it basically folds in half to capsize even more. Additionally, the cord can also be pulled up into dryer body so you don’t have to worry about winding it up when you store or pack it. All that, and it doesn’t take a hit in the effectiveness department.

This hair dryer has three different heat and air speeds, which means that there’s something for everyone. It’s another that uses the ionic power to smooth the hair as it dries, which means it dries without drying the hair out. It might not be quite as powerful as other dryers on the list, but if you have short hair it should get the job done just fine. This hair dryer comes in a black and silver model that looks sleek but still masculine. At $26.99 on Amazon, it’s also quite a bargain item. This hairdryer is a fully functional, basic model that will get the job done and then quietly wait for its next use.

Pros:

  • Small and folds up tidy for easy storage
  • Different heat and air speeds

Cons:

  • Might not be as powerful for quick drying of thick hair

T3 Featherweight Luxe 2I Dryer

The T3 Luxe 21 Dryer is about as sleek as they come. A solid black design makes it look powerful coming and going, and it lives up to its first impression. The dryer is made with T3 Tourmaline + Ceramic + SoftAire technology. What that means is that it is capable of shooting out high volumes of air at a low speed, which makes it gentler and less likely to feel scorching when compared to some of those other dryers out there. This makes this dryer a great option for anyone who has a full and thick of head of air. Less time spent drying the hair means less frizz and of course, a faster primp time.

For all that intensely focused drying power, this dryer is quite lightweight so it’s still easy to use and comfortable on the wrist. A long cord makes it easier to move around the bathroom while you use it. (Nothing is more annoying that pulling the cord taut in use or worse, knocking things over with the cord as it bounces around.)

It features two different speed settings, three different heat settings, and a cold shot button to seal the hair cuticle at the end of drying. The hair cuticle gets opened up when heat is applied, whether that’s while blow-drying or in the shower. When the cuticle is open that’s a good time to put conditioning product on it and the like, but it’s also more fragile and prone to breaking. Putting a cool shot on the end of the hair dry smoothens the cuticle down so that the hair is safer and it also looks shinier that way.

This dryer is a bit on the pricier side, but it’s also a salon quality dryer that is actually used at many salons. This one might be a case of you get what you pay for.

Pros:

  • Quiet and powerful
  • The lint filter is easy to remove and clean
  • It’s a salon quality product so you know it’s good
  • Works well with thick hair

Cons:

  • A bit more expensive than the average hair dryer

MHU Professional Salon Grade 1875w Low Noise Ionic Ceramic Ac Infrared Heat Hair Dryer

The MHU Professional dryer is a real heavy hitter without a heavy price tag.  It’s equipped with an 1875-watt AC motor, which means quiet drying that still happens quickly and efficiently. There’s really no reason to use a super loud hair dryer anymore, all the quiet ones seem to work better anyway. The more quiet a hair dryer is, the less vibration there can be as well. That just makes it feel better on the hands as you’re using it. That sound like a small detail, but if you dry your hair a lot you’ll be holding the hair dryer a lot, and the more comfortable the process can be, the better.

This dryer has two different speeds and three different heat settings. It uses infrared heat and negative ion technology to make sure and smooth the hair as it dries to cut down on the damage potential. This one comes with a bonus diffuser, which can be a really helpful tool if you have wavy or curly hair. While a tighter nozzle might flatten wavy hair, a diffuser and its little fingers allows for more diffused drying experience that actually supports curls. It helps to keep up the volume while keeping down the frizz. It’s available for less than $60 which makes it a good mid range choice.

Pros:

  • Comes with extra attachments that are super handy
  • Good for curly or thicker hair types
  • Keeps the hair nice and smooth through the drying process

Cons:

Not the most petite option for traveling

Wazor Hair Dryer Professional 1875W AC motor Negative Ionic Ceramic Blow Dryer 

The Wazer hair dryer certainly has a lot going for it. It’s basic but effective, and it comes with a one-year replacement, two-year warranty. If you’re hesitant to spend much money on a hair dryer this could be the perfect purchase for you. It’s guaranteed to work. (For a while that is.) Hair dryers usually last for a while, but they do run quite a lot of heat and occasionally start to wear down. In this case you’ll be protected in case something goes wrong.

This dryer is a good option for any hair type, including thicker hair. It has an 1875-watt professional AC motor, two different speeds, and three different heat settings. It also has one of those cool shot buttons, which is awesome for locking in the shine at the end. Like all of the other hairdryers on the list, this one also uses those negative ions that keep the hair looking as shiny and healthy as possible. This hair dryer is lightweight, not too loud, and dries the hair quickly and efficiently. At $36.89 it’s a reasonable priced item with very straightforward, convenient features.

Pros:

  • It comes with a good warranty in case something goes wrong
  • It’s popular…234 Amazon reviews leave it with a rating of five out of five stars.
  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • Pretty basic, not equipped with extra bells whistles if bells and whistles are what you’re looking for

About the author

Kate Ferguson

Kate Ferguson is a Los Angeles local and freelance writer, who utilizes as much wit and personal anecdote as possible across a variety of genres. When she’s not writing, the UC Davis graduate is focused on pursuits of the entertainment industry, spin class, and hot sauce. Keep up with her on her social media @KateFerg

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