Ice cream with no calories, top marks with no revising: we always want what we can’t have. Never has this been truer than when it comes to our hair and its natural texture. Those with gorgeous curly hair strands hair want sleek straight locks, and those with smooth fine hair yearn for voluminous curls, or at least a tiny bit of lift. Such is the way of the world.
We are constantly on the hunt for the one miracle cream, shampoo, or brush that will give our hair the texture, shape, and style that we feel we are missing (or that our best friend/celebrity crush has). I for one have a cupboard full of discarded products that I thought would save my limp, locks but just left me disappointed; and not everyone can visit the salon for a blowdry every day.
Unfortunately, the general consensus among professional hairstylists is that whatever the next miracle product currently being advertised on our TV sets or on our Facebook feeds, we can’t change the type of hair we are born with. But we can try to work with it and make sure we have the right tools at our disposal to create something we finally fall in love with and get plenty of compliments for.
Punch “blow dryer” into a search bar or walk into a department store and you’ll be overwhelmed with choice and a lot of jargon. So, to take the headache out of looking after your hair, here we are showcasing the best blow dryers for thin hair currently available, before settling on our (and hopefully your) new best friend!
Best Blow Dryers for Thin Hair Reviews
1. Revlon 1875W Infrared Heat Hair Dryer
A household name, the Revlon Infrared Heat hairdryer uses infrared technology which heats the hair from the inside out, preventing overdrying and damage, and drying your hair quicker than conventional blow dryers. This is great for adding volume to thin hair, while the diffuser attachment is particularly useful for adding body.
- Infrared heat technology
- 2 heat and speed settings
- Lightweight but powerful
- Concentrator and diffuser attachments
What We Like About Revlon 1875W Infrared Heat Hair Dryer
Lightweight but surprisingly powerful for its size, this hairdryer is super speedy. You’ll be ready to leave the house in minutes, as using infrared heat cuts down drying time significantly.
For those with thin hair, the diffuser attachment adds volume without adding frizz. This blow dryer uses Ionic technology which keeps the surface of your hair negatively charged – ensuring a smooth and conditioned style. It’s at a great price point too, especially for its power.
What We Don’t Like About Revlon 1875W Infrared Heat Hair Dryer
The lightweight feel of the blow dryer is down to its plastic casing, which can make it feel a bit cheap. It’s also possible you might not notice a huge difference between the 2 heat settings on the dryer, meaning the touted responsiveness is missing.
Also, the cool shot button’s placement means that there’s a risk you’ll accidentally press it while you’re just gripping the handle – leading to an unexpected chilly effect!
- Impressive drying speed
- Reasonable price
- Ionic technology adds volume whilst beating frizz
- Cheap-feeling casing
- Awkward button placement
2. Jinri 1875w Professional Tourmaline Hair Dryer
The Jinri 1875W blow dryer uses ionic technology which seals the cuticle to get that sleek, conditioned finish you’re after, the ceramic plates protect the hair from dryer damage, while the professional salon level motor delivers power with not much noise at all! It also comes with a diffuser attachment to add more body.
- Ergonomic handle and soft-touch casing
- Professional salon motor
- Ceramic technology
- Diffuser and Concentrator attachments
What We Like About Jinri 1875w Professional Tourmaline Hair Dryer
How quiet it is! Whilst still packing a salon-standard punch in the drying department, this blow dryer isn’t going to wake the neighbors! With three heat settings and two-speed settings, it’s even more responsive to your drying needs. And all this in such a small and ergonomic package!
What We Don’t Like About Jinri 1875w Professional Tourmaline Hair Dryer
For all its high points, there seems to be a real issue with the attachments that come with this blow dryer. Both the diffuser and the concentrator fall off quite easily when bumped against your hair during drying. Obviously, this could be pretty annoying, so it’s worth considering before you commit.
- Quiet motor
- Lightweight but quality feel
- Fast drying
- Small enough to travel with
- Attachments prone to falling off
- A bit small if you prefer something more substantial
3. Sam Villa Light Professional IONIC Blow Dryer
Coming in at 1750 W, with slightly lower wattage than our previous two offerings, the Sam Villa Light blow dryer delivers much in a significantly smaller package. At 7 inches long and weighing less than a pound, it still features ionic drying technology for a smooth style without damaging your hair. The rather clever, and very useful removable filter means you can keep your blow dryer clean and safe without an engineering degree.
- Lightweight and quiet
- Professional quality
- Removable and cleanable filter
- Ionic drying technology
What We Like About Sam Villa Light Professional IONIC Blow Dryer
We love the removable filter on this blow dryer, meaning you can keep it free of fluff and extend its useful life. We also love its size and the ergonomic handle – you can definitely tell that it’s a top-quality product.
Its “Evolution Turbo Compression Motor” means you can have your salon-quality blowouts in the comfort of your own home, adding precious volume to your hair whenever you need it.
What We Don’t Like About Sam Villa Light Professional IONIC Blow Dryer
As wonderful as it is, this blow dryer is pretty expensive. If you blow-dry your hair daily and want top quality, then this may be worth it for you. Also, rather annoyingly, especially for the price point of this dryer, the diffuser attachment doesn’t come with it and is sold separately.
- Salon quality motor
- Super quiet
- Removable filter
- Ergonomic design
- This dryer is pricey
- Doesn’t come with the diffuser attachment
4. Revlon 1875W Volume Boosting Hair Dryer
Back in the 1875W power range, this blow dryer is at the opposite end of the price range! Housed in a funky green casing, this dryer comes with both diffuser and concentrator attachments, three heat settings, and two-speed settings. It boasts ionic technology to make sure that you don’t end up with a head full of flyaways, and a cool shot button to lock in your style. Versatile and cute!
- Ionic drying technology
- Removable filter
- Fast drying
- Quiet motor
What We Like About Revlon 1875W Volume Boosting Hair Dryer
We’re not going to lie: we love the color of this cheerful blow dryer! At such a low price this is great if you want something that delivers great drying power without breaking the bank, or if you want a second blow dryer to take on holiday with you and not worry too much about. Being able to clean the filter is a bonus. Basically, it just makes us smile, and who can argue with that?!
What We Don’t Like About Revlon 1875W Volume Boosting Hair Dryer
Cheap has implications. The attachments have a tendency to fall off every now and again, which is annoying. And, as cheerful as the casing is, it looks worn after a short space of time. This is a great entry-level model, but you might end up having to replace it sooner than you hoped.
- Great price point
- Funky color casing
- Comes with necessary attachments
- Fast drying
- 6-foot power cord
- Attachments often fall off
- Problems with the quality of the casing.
5. Bellforno Professional Ionic Salon Hair Dryer
Sitting in the middle of our blow dryers in terms of price, the Bellforno blow dryer has the highest power output of all our choices. With a tourmaline ceramic grill to protect your hair from the heat, ionic technology to give you the sheen you’ve been looking for and a well-designed casing, this is the perfect middle ground. If your thin hair needs a consistent boost, but you don’t have $100 plus to spend, then this is your guy.
- tourmaline ceramic grill
- ionic heat technology
- high-quality design
- powerful motor
What We Like About Bellforno Professional Ionic Salon Hair Dryer
We love the striking design of this blow dryer and the ergonomic handle. You’d feel proud to have it hanging by your dressing table. It features a removable filter, and an extra-long cord so it doesn’t matter where your sockets are, you can still look in the mirror while you’re styling. It also comes with a diffuser, two different sized concentrator nozzles, and a cute little travel bag to put it all in!
What We Don’t Like About Bellforno Professional Ionic Salon Hair Dryer
The powerful motor and long cord, along with the solid design mean that the dryer is quite heavy. If you’re holding it up to your head for a long time you may find it pretty tiring.
- Great design
- Fast-drying, powerful motor
- Good choice of attachments
- Removable filter
- Long, flexible cord
- Quite heavy
- The more masculine design isn’t for everyone
6. SRI Salon Dry Pro Hair Dryer
Again, at the higher end of the market, the SRI Salon Dry Pro uses Infrared technology to dry your hair from the inside out, reducing the damage done to both the hair and cuticle. You end up with with hair with a smooth and shiny finish and smooth and shiny hair with minimal heat damage. It too uses ionic technology to lock in hair moisture, reducing the frizz you might usually get from a home blow-dry. It claims that its powerful salon-quality motor lasts twice as long as commercial hair dryers, which would represent better value for money.
- 9-foot cord
- Infrared technology
- powerful motor
- Ceramic air outlet
What We Like About SRI Salon Dry Pro
We love the speed at which this blow dryer works its magic! You can tell that it uses the same motors as you’d find in-salon blow dryers. It gives a great sheen to your hair, and the 3 different attachments which are included mean you can pick and choose to suit your needs. The diffuser is great for adding more body to thin or fine hair.
What We Don’t Like About SRI Salon Dry Pro
The price. We can’t shake the feeling that the price is a lot for a hairdryer. Even if it’s in your budget, it is quite a heavy piece of kit, so you’d better make sure you swap arms halfway through to even out your growing biceps. But at least it would save arm day at the gym!
- Fast drying
- Powerful motor
- Useful attachments
- Adaptive temperatures
- Very pricey
- Fairly heavy
7. BabylissPRO Nano Titanium Hair Dryer
The most adaptable dryer in terms of speed and heat settings with 6 options, the BabylissPRO Nano Titanium has a 2000W output and nano titanium technology which releases thousands of negative ions, leading to a greater shine from your blow dryer. The blow dryer also features a removable filter, and looks pretty cool whilst doing all of this!
- A powerful 2000W motor
- Nano titanium technology to reduce frizz
- Removable filter
- 6 heat and speed settings
What We Like About BabylissPRO Nano Titanium Hair Dryer
We love the ice blue casing to this dryer – it looks pretty special. We also like that it’s so lightweight, meaning you’re less likely to have to take a break in the middle of styling while the feeling comes back to your arms! It’s super-fast due to the powerful motor, has even airflow, and is quieter than you would expect for the motor size. An effective, salon standard tool.
What We Don’t Like About BabylissPRO Nano Titanium Hair Dryer
Again, as with so many of these blow dryers, there are problems with low flying attachments! These fly off in all directions, which is really disappointing.
- Great design and colors
- Lightweight and easy to maneuver
- Fast dryings
- Reduces frizzs
- Attachments tend to fly off
- The hottest settings can feel pretty intense
8. MIROCOO 1800 Watt Ionic Hair Dryer
Coming in with a very different look, the MIROCOO Professional Ionic hairdryer uses an interesting U-shaped heating unit. This has the benefit of increasing the heating area by 200%. It features ionic technology, as you’d expect from the name, and has a 1800W power output. It’s lightweight and easy to maneuver and would be great for traveling as well as normal home use.
- U-shaped heating unit
- Lightweight and compact design
- Ionic technology
- 3 temperature and 2-speed settings
What We Like About MIROCOO Professional Ionic Hair Dryer
We love the funky and different designs which also gives the benefit of decreased drying time. It’s particularly great for thin, frizzy hair when you really need to get volume and increased smooth shine.
Being so lightweight means it would be easy to throw in a suitcase, and it’s really quiet. Perfect for those mornings when you don’t want to wake up the rest of the house while you’re getting ready.
What We Don’t Like About MIROCOO Professional Ionic Hair Dryer
It’s not quite as portable as an actual travel hairdryer, as the handle doesn’t fold down. Although it’s efficient, it doesn’t get really hot, so if you’re used to a very hot dryer then this might not be your cup of tea.
- Cute design
- Great for thin or frizzy hair
- Doesn’t get really hot
- Quite small
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Choosing the Best Blow Dryer for Thin Hair
Looking at the long list of choices available, you will quickly realize that not all blow dryers are created equally. And for a good reason. After all, there are also different types of hair, not only based on length but also thickness, hair porosity, and texture.
For example, you must pick a blow dryer that doesn’t fry up your fine locks if you have thin hair. To help you get your hands on the right model, here’s what you have to keep in mind when looking for a premium hair dryer:
Type of Hair Dryer
You will need different types of hair dryers for different types of hair. Generally speaking, you will find blow dryers tagged as either ionic or ceramic.
Basically, ionic heat technology uses negative ions to break down water molecules to dry wet hair quickly. The problem with using an ionic dryer on fine hair is that it can quickly over-dry it. This can result in hair looking limp or cause damage.
This is where ceramic hair dryers come in. This type of blow dryer offers quick drying time and less damage by efficiently using heat.
Using ceramic hair dryers on thin hair will help add thickness and volume. Not only will your fragile hair strands thank you for their lower heat, but you’d also be able to create lift when styling.
How quickly a blow dryer dries your hair will depend on its inner mechanisms. What determines the hottest temperature setting is the device’s wattage. A blow dryer with a wattage rating of approximately 1,400 should be enough for those with curly hair and fine hair types. You can use such not only for drying hair but also for creating a hairstyle.
Heat and Speed Settings
Of all the hair types, fine hair soaks in heat faster than others. Pick a blow dryer with variable heat settings to have control over how much heat you expose your hair.
The goal is to dry damp hair quickly using as little heat as possible. For fine hair, it would be best to increase airflow speed instead of the heat.
Is the device’s weight really important consideration when choosing the best blow dryer? If you have thick hair, it definitely is. You will have to spend more time blow drying thick hair compared to fine hair.
In that case, a lightweight blow dryer is ideal. Otherwise, your arms could end up hurting even before your thick hair has had enough time to dry.
Lightweight build and faster drying times are not the only factors to consider. You should look for a blow dryer with a Cold Shot function to achieve the best results.
This feature shoots cool air to help seal the hair shaft’s cuticle. In turn, moisture is locked in, and your hair gets a soft and shiny finish. This is particularly helpful for dry and brittle hair, as it can help with coarseness.
Do you often end up with frizzy hair after blow-drying? This happens if you dry your hair without a concentrated nozzle attachment. Since hot air blows in all directions, the hair cuticles get pushed up, causing frizz.
For precise drying, look for a hairdryer that comes with a nozzle attachment. It will let you have total control over where to direct the airflow, making it easier to achieve specific hairstyles. That said, do not forget to use a generous amount of heat protectant before blow-drying to protect the hair from potential heat damage.
There are so many options on the market that it can be almost impossible to pick what’s right for you. For those of us with thin, fine or frizzy hair, making sure you pick something with Ionic technology can be a life-changer. Along with having the right attachments to add the much-needed body, this sort of cuticle smoothing is key to a shiny finish and luscious mane.
So, after weighing up the many many options that are available, we have to firmly put our weight behind the stylish Bellforno Professional Ionic Salon Dryer. We love the striking design, the ergonomic handle, the value for the money price point. The ceramic grill and ionic heating technology ensure our hair is protected while we play around with it as much as we like. We’re also quite taken by the extra powerful motor, delivering shine and volume with impressive speed. And the cute little travel bag is an added bonus.
If you want to add life to your fine, flyaway hair then this is a great option to keep by your dresser. You’ll bathe in compliments all day and your partner will start to worry that you’re spending all your money on daily salon blow-drys rather than just getting it all done in the comfort of your own home!