Though I didn't buy my dryer at Ulta, the staff was awesome and very helpful. They showed me their best sellers at the low and high price ends. They also brought out their head stylist to walk me through some of the better dryers they sell. He asked me if I relaxed my hair or was natural and straightened it, how often I used direct heat, and how often I was planning to use the dryer. Based on that information he walked me through some of his recommendations and provided me with a few tips:
- The best type of dryer is one that is ionic tourmaline. The emitted heat is less harsh and these types of dryers take less time to dry the hair
- Stay away from Revlon dryers. They don't last long and don't dry quickly
- Conair dryers are ok for being in the lower price range, but they have just trace amounts of ceramic that tend to burn off after a few uses
- On the lower end, Hot Tools is your best bet. They last a long time and a built well. The two he had used and said were his favorites are The Gold Touch Turbo Ionic Dryer and Ionic Anti-Static 1875 Watt Salon Dryer. They are about $45; more than I was looking to spend
- Remington dryers are decent
- Dryers that tout being infused with argan oil dryers aren't worth the money. He didn't see how argan oil in a dryer can do anything for your hair. Argan oil in a flat iron yes, blow dryer no. I echo his sentiment
Since I'm not looking to use the dryer every week and see it as a back up to air drying and my hooded dryer, I held off on purchasing at Ulta and went next door to Sally's to see what they had in stock. I ended up purchasing the Helen Of Troy Hot Shot Tools Turbo Ionic Dryer Ceramic Tourmaline dryer at Sally's on sale for $39.99. I've used it once now and so far so good. I'm hoping I made a good purchase. If it starts to fail, I'll be going back to Ulta for one of the Hot Tools dryers.
What blow dryer do you use and how often?