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The 8 best luxury hair dryers for a salon-standard blow-dry

Harper's Bazaar (UK) Logo By Stacey Smith, Products tested by Jasmine Lim of Harper's Bazaar (UK) | Slide 1 of 9: Not so long ago, a glossy, bouncing blow-dry was only achievable in the salon – but now, thanks to an influx of innovative new technology, recreating your stylist’s signature blow-dry at home is an easier feat.Today, there’s a hairdryer to suit every need, whether you’re hoping to enhance tumbling waves or diffuse a curly crop. After all, the days of the one-size fits all approach are long gone. Waking up to our varied needs, brands are offering a more diverse line-up of machines with a range of attachments, catering for every hair type and texture. Which hairdryer is the least damaging?The big blowout debate these days is ionic vs ceramic. If your main priorities are straightening and smoothing, a ceramic hairdryer will suffice, but ionic models undoubtedly offer something more. These innovative dryers work by producing millions of negatively charged ions, which in turn stop water from settling on your strands. They're particularly useful for those with very thick or curly hair, as you can dry your lengths faster at a lower temperature, all while eliminating frizz. How we testedTo ensure we were catering for as many hair types as possible, we rounded-up a robust panel of 250 women - testing on fine, frizzy and thick hair as well as wavy to curly (2A-3C curl types) and afro hair (4A-4C curl types). Giving them 55 different hair dryers they got to work, judging each machine on styling time, usability and weight. We measured the temperature of the airflow (extreme heat will only disperse shine) and tested the nozzle attachments. Below, see our verdict on the very best 8 hairdryers to ensure every day is a good hair day...

Not so long ago, a glossy, bouncing blow-dry was only achievable in the salon – but now, thanks to an influx of innovative new technology, recreating your stylist’s signature blow-dry at home is an easier feat.

Today, there’s a hairdryer to suit every need, whether you’re hoping to enhance tumbling waves or diffuse a curly crop. After all, the days of the one-size fits all approach are long gone. Waking up to our varied needs, brands are offering a more diverse line-up of machines with a range of attachments, catering for every hair type and texture.

Which hairdryer is the least damaging?

The big blowout debate these days is ionic vs ceramic. If your main priorities are straightening and smoothing, a ceramic hairdryer will suffice, but ionic models undoubtedly offer something more. These innovative dryers work by producing millions of negatively charged ions, which in turn stop water from settling on your strands. They're particularly useful for those with very thick or curly hair, as you can dry your lengths faster at a lower temperature, all while eliminating frizz.

How we tested

To ensure we were catering for as many hair types as possible, we rounded-up a robust panel of 250 women - testing on fine, frizzy and thick hair as well as wavy to curly (2A-3C curl types) and afro hair (4A-4C curl types). Giving them 55 different hair dryers they got to work, judging each machine on styling time, usability and weight. We measured the temperature of the airflow (extreme heat will only disperse shine) and tested the nozzle attachments.

Below, see our verdict on the very best 8 hairdryers to ensure every day is a good hair day...

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