Today’s tale is an educational tale. I believe knowledge is power so today I am spreadin’ the word about Professional Hair Dryers. Before you ask, yes, there is a difference between what you find under the “blue light special” and what you can purchase from a Salon. Professional Salon Hair Dryers, or Blow Dryers if you prefer have a stronger motor and blow the air faster and hotter.
The following is a break down of the differences between AC/DC…motors people…not the band.
AC Motor Hair Dryers
– larger/heavier motor
– slower rpm’s – 1500/2000
– a little more durable- motor can last between 700-1200 hours – depending on quantity of use.
– less noisy
– extra powerful airflow = faster drying
– tend to be more expensive
DC Motor Hair Dryers
– smaller/lighter motor
– faster rpm’s – 5000/6000
– usually lasts between 400-700 hours (depending on usage)
– are a little noisier than the AC motor but still quieter than your department store brands
– air flow is not as powerful as AC motor but still does a great job in drying the hair quickly
– less expensive
*by less noisy than department store brands, I mean that you won’t get that high pitch hum/squeal sound emanating from behind the bathroom door frightening the cat.
Oh yes…by the way…WATTAGE has nothing to do with the volume of airflow nor does it reflect the heat output. Wattage = Power Consumption, plain and simple. The greater the wattage, the greater the power consumption and the greater the speed the fan rotates. So, just because the box may state 2000 Watts of Power! doesn’t necessarily mean it is a better Hair Dryer than the 1700 Watt beauty right beside it.
When purchasing a Professional Hair Dryer, you want to look for the following;
– Does it come with a directional nozzle (for styling)
– If you have curls you want to be sure it comes with a diffuser. * Diffusers are not a universal fit. Your old diffuser may not fit onto your new dryer.
– What is the warranty? Do you need to keep the receipt and the box?
– How many air flow/heat settings are available?
– Price. A higher price does not always mean a better product….sometimes the price is higher because of the name, yeah…I said it.
So there you go. A little more knowledge for you and the next time you go to purchase a Hair Dryer you will know if the sales person is helping you find the right dryer for you or just blowing hot air.