Hair Dryers for Fine Hair: Our Top Picks for Volume and Hold

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

When it comes to scouting out the best hair dryers for fine hair, it's important to remember that not all hair dryers are made equal, so you need to find something that won't frazzle your ends or leave you with wispy locks.

In our bid to find the best hair dryers for fine hair, we took into consideration several factors: drying/motor power, volumizing potential, and, of course, ease of use. For this, we tried and tested dozens of models on the marketand while the overall winner might not come out of left field, there are some unexpected surprises in the mix too. With some of the industry's best hair dryers and best straighteners under its belt, it's no surprise that longstanding hair styling titan topped our list with their newest creation, the GHD Helios, which is packed with power and comes in a gorgeous selection of colors. We also love the shiny finish we get from Cloud Nine's futuristic-looking Airshot Pro, while Dyson's pioneering Airwrap makes achieving a whole gamut of at-home, blow-dry looks a cinch.

How to choose the best hair dryers for fine hair

When trying to pick the best hair dryer for your hair type, it's always a great idea to pick a product with multiple heat and power functions. For fine hair, in particular, low speeds can give you more styling flexibilityespecially if you tend to opt for short hairstyles or bob hairstyleswhile a quick shot of power will help when you want to create volume. In addition, lower heat settings will stop too much damage, which is a good thing for finer, more delicate strands which is why a lot of the best hair dryers for fine hair offer lower settings to begin with.

With finer hair, you need to control the direction of the blow-dry so that you can stop it blowing out of the brusha low-speed button can help with this, so make sure your hair dryer has this, reiterates Craig Taylor, creative director at Hari's. Personally, I like a hair dryer that is simple (just a few heat settings and a cold button) and not with too much functionality, as I think they last longer and have better motors. I also like a cold button for when I'm trying to set movement into the hair or root; blowing cold air helps set the bend and body that you're trying to mimic in the hair. My favorite brand to work with is Parlux, as they are long- lasting, have a great motor, and come with a cold button, a few heat settings, and different speeds.

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