If you have curly or wavy hair, a hair dryer equipped with a diffuser is a must. A diffuser will spread the heat evenly, preventing your hair from frizzing and helping it keep its natural wave or curl. Whatever your budget, there are many hair dryers on the market that come with a diffuser attachment either as standard or as an extra accessory. But which one should you go for? If you’re struggling to find the hair dryer of your dreams, we’re here to help. In this article we discuss several of our favourite models and present our choice of the best of the bunch.
Our choice: Wazor Professional Ionic Ceramic Tourmaline Blow Dryer
This salon quality hair dryer comes with three blow dry attachments as standard, including a diffuser. It’s built to last, with a powerful, durable 1875W engine.
Using ionic ceramic technology, the Wazor hair dryer is designed to keep help healthy and soft, with less of the static usually associated with blow dried hair. Cuticles are protected from excessive heat during the styling process, as the ionic technology allows hair to dry twice as fast than standard hair dryers. To top things off, the Wazor uses far infrared heat, which unlike conventional heat penetrates directly into the hair cuticles, heating each hair from the inside out. Together with the diffuser, it’s the perfect choice for thick, curly hair, as well as African American hair. It will dry your hair fast and with minimum frizz.
As you’d expect from a quality hair dryer, the Wazor Professional comes with several settings. It has three heat settings and two speed settings, making it a versatile choice for all your styling needs. The medium setting is often missing from consumer grade hair dryers, but is very handy to have. It can be used in conjunction with other settings to keep your roots healthy while drying the rest of the hair fast on the higher setting. A nice extra touch is the addition of a “cool shot” button, which you can use to seal in your style once you are done treating and styling your hair to perfection.
- Dries hair fast
- Ionic tourmaline technology protects hair
- Comes with three attachments as standard
- Attachments come off easily
- Unintuitive placement of cool button
- Somewhat heavy
This stylish and professional hair dryer from Wazor is an extremely popular choice and rightly so. It’s an affordable option if you are looking for a diffuser blow dryer that protects your hair as you style. The Wazor will actually save you time so you can get on with the rest of your day, rather than spend hours in front of a mirror. The ceramic, ionic tech is a nice touch, especially for those with curly hair who want to avoid frizz while cutting down drying time. It’s a durable, trusty machine that offers everything you could ever want for blow drying and styling all types of hair.
First runner up: Revlon RVDR5001 1875 Watt Ionic Ceramic Dryer
This handy travel hair dryer from hair giants Revlon comes with a diffuser attachment as standard, as well as a concentrator attachment. Do not be fooled by the fact that it’s a travel hair dryer. This is a powerful dryer, built to deliver quality styling. That said, it’s ultimately a simple, straightforward machine without too many frills. You get two speed settings, as well a two heat settings, plus a cold shot button to seal in your style. Like the Wazor, the Revlon RVDR5001 comes with a powerful 1875W engine, as well as ionic ceramic technology to protect your hair. Designed to be easily packed and stored, it has a folding handle, making it the perfect travelling companion if you want to ensure you always have a good hair day, no matter where you are.
Second Runner up: JINRI Hair Dryer Professional Infrared Salon Blow Dryer
The salon grade JINRI hair dryer comes with several attachments, including the all-important diffuser. It offers a 50% faster drying time, a long, 9 foot power cord for convenience and ceramic ionic technology to protect your hair as it styles. The simple, elegant design would certainly look at home in any hair salon and the three heat / two speed setting range and cold shot button mean you can enjoy a variety of stylish options. This hair dryer also comes with far infrared technology for equal distribution of heat. JINRI got it right with the attachments on this hair dryer. While the diffuser does not “click in” as you may expect, it does stay put as you style, so you don’t need to fiddle with it while drying your hair.
Third runner up: Conair 1875 Watt Soft Touch Tourmaline Ceramic 2-in-1 Styler and Hair Dryer
This stylish grey/black model from Conair, is popular for a reason. Equipped with a large diffuser attachment as standard, it offers very similar features to the above, with two speed / three heat settings and frizz-reducing ionic technology. It also offers the ever popular cool shot option. The Conair styler is designed for ease of use, with a comfortable grip, plus a hinged filter for easy cleaning. It can be used on all hair types and lengths and protects the hair as it styles.
While there are many great diffuser hair dryers to choose from, we went for the Wazor professional ceramic dryer because of its durability, versatility and sturdy, stylish design. This model is built for long-term use, fast drying times and protecting your hair from heat damage. If you have curly or wavy hair and are looking for a hair dryer that will last and that comes with a diffuser attachment as standard (and therefore included in the initial price you pay), the Wazor is the hair dryer you’ve been looking for. It’s suitable for all hair types, including African American hair.