This piece on StyleList reminded us that when deciding on a hair regimen, it is easy to overlook one of the tools that can have the most impact on how your hair looks AND feels: the blow dryer. As summer approaches and we start analyzing the best ways to style our hair, it seems like the perfect time to go blow dryer shopping.

Here are some things you want to keep in mind when buying a dryer:

  • Not all dryers are created equal. A $10 dryer and a $100 dryer ARE different and will affect your hair in different ways.
  • Make sure your dryer is at least 1800 watts. This should be standard.
  • Ionic and ceramic dryers are now the norm. Not only do they dry hair faster, they do less damage to the follicle.
  • Attachments are your friends. Nozzles and diffusers are a must for anyone with curly hair or for fine hair that could use extra oomph.

Check out our gallery to see some of our favorite dryers in a range of prices.

Blow dryer blow-out

Conair Pro Plimatic Gold Series Turbo Power DryerT-Studio Tourmaline Ceramic Professional AC Dryer - D2009Candy Apple Red Tourmaline Anti Static Ionic DryerT3 Featherweight Dryer