The hair dryer is an essential beauty tool, and in the following post, Salon & Spa De Crist does a deep dive into the evolution of the beauty tool almost everyone can’t live without. Not only do we discuss the history of the hairdryer, but we give our top favorite hairdryers as well. 

The number of versions of the infamous beauty tool and how the tool has evolved until this century is profounding. Keep reading to learn more about the first type of hairdryer and how the tool has become what it is today.

The History of the Hair Dryer

The first type of hair dryer ever noticed was due to the efforts of Alexander Godefroy, a French stylist, during the year 1890. The item was a vast machine composed of a bonnet fitted on a chimney, a gas passage. The device was heavy and fixed in his salon. Clients who wished to dry their hair had to sit under the massive device.

The lack of flexibility became an issue, and it pushed people to come up with better ideas. The second version came up in America from the tireless efforts of Gabriel Kazanjian. Its popularity and exceptional results caused an uproar in the market, as each renowned stylist wanted to have a piece of the pie. Ten years later, there were a couple of versions of the hair dryer. Some were handheld while others were fixed. However, one predicament that arose when using these driers was their lack of flexibility. The machines were bulky and weighed about 2 pounds. It required so much effort to carry around. Additionally, the mode of drying hair was standard, and this posed risks since hair come in different textures, thus requiring varying attention. As time passed, more versions came, and currently, there are over a thousand types from very many manufacturers.

evolution of the hairdryer

What Makes a Great Hair Dryer

With the increasing numbers of hair dryers in the market, it is vital to understand what makes a great hairdryer. With our help, you will make an investment in the right hair dryer for your hair. Below are some of the key features you should use to ensure you get an efficient beauty tool.

Understanding Your Hair Type

Before purchasing any type of beauty tool, the first step is to understand your hair type. From curly and thick to fine and straight and then all the different textures in between, you want something that will work suitably with your specific hair type. Once you understand your type of hair, it is time to purchase the best hair dryer for you. 


The recommended wattage for hairdryers ranges between 1800 to 2000watts. However, you can choose a type with a higher wattage if your hair type requires. The wattage plays a considerable role in influencing how much time your hair requires before it dries. If the wattage is low, then you have to invest more time and energy. Consequently, higher wattage means a shorter period for you to get on with your day.

Heat Settings

The best version of hair dryers come with multiple heat settings. You can regulate the heat depending on the desired capacity and type of hair. Whether you are purchasing it for home use or your salon, this factor is critical. The benefit of multiple heat settings is that you do not expose your hair to excessive heat but rather the exact required amount. Additionally, ensure the hair dryer also has a cooling provision.

finding the best hairdryer for your hair specifically

Production Material

For hair to dry effectively, it requires heat. As you proceed with finding the best hair dryer, we recommend checking the material the hairdryer is made of. Some materials are excellent conductors of heat while others you risk getting burnt or electrocuted. Suitable materials like ceramic or tourmaline are the best when it comes to the heated beauty tool. 

As discussed above, hair dryers come in different versions and depending on your type of hair, there are certain hairdryers more suitable than others. Experts in the beauty industry have found their favorites, and Salon & Spa De Crist wants to share some of our favorite hairdryers with you. Below are some of the best products in the market. 

Our 6 Favorite Hair Dryers

Dyson Supersonic By Bed Bath & Beyond

The Dyson Supersonic by Bed Bath & Beyond tops the list of our favorite hair dryers. The appealing and unique hairdryer is lightweight and balanced. Engineered for many different hair types, the Dyson Supersonic has four-speed settings, and the heat can be adjusted to three different stages. Additional attachments include a smoothing nozzle, a concentrate, and a diffuser. 

Price: $399.99.

list of the best brands of hairdryers

Ionic Gold Fusion Pro Hair Dryer

Delivering super-fast drying at an affordable price, the Ionic Gold Fusion Pro Hair Dryer by Formawell Beauty X Kendall Jenner is the quietest and lightest of all dryers in the market. The airflow is strong and consistent. It has three heat settings and two variations of speed.

Price: $63.74

GrapheneMX Brushless Professional Hair Dryer

If you want to avoid feeling the burning sensation, then this should be your go-to hairdryer. This brushless dryer is efficient and mild on the hair strands and your scalp. Perfect for hair textures of fine, medium, and thick, this professional hair dryer has up to three heating modes and comes with a ten-year warranty. 

Price: $299.00

1875W Compact Travel Hair Dryer by Revlon

If you’re a girl (or guy) on the go, this compact travel hair dryer is the one for you. Going for only $17.99, it is the ideal type of travel hairdryer. Dual voltage, advanced ionic technology, a cold shot button, and two heat settings are all included in the hairdryer you can take anywhere.

Price: $17.99

Light Professional Ionic Blow Dryer by Sam Villa

Save your shoulders with this lightweight, quiet, but powerful, blow dryer. You can achieve dry hair within a short period with this in hand, and with 3 heat settings, you’re getting the quality your hair needs. 

Price: $130.00

Nano Titanium Hair Dryer

Last, but not least, the Nano titanium is a professional hairdryer that works perfectly to eliminate and straighten hair within a short period. The dryer is powerful and leaves hair silky and smooth. With 6 speed settings, this titanium hairdryer is hard to beat. 

Price: $79.99

With the above information, we hope you have a better understanding of the common beauty tool. There are so many different hair dryers on the market, so make sure you’re choosing the right one for your hair. Salon & Spa De Crist is here for all other hair and beauty questions, advice, and services. Call us today to schedule an appointment!