Best Professional Hair Dryers for Salons in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 14, 2018
It might be quite challenging to find a good hair tool among the plethora of Professional Hair Dryers. Yet, let us help you make the right choice by representing the 5 best blow dryers that boast outstanding features and truly deserve to be called professional. ...Read more ...Read less
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CONS
OUR VERDICT
Power
Heat/Speed Settings
Usability
Ionisation
Warranty
 
PROS

The hair dryer weighs only 500 grammes, allowing you to use it for a long time without the wrist fatigue.

CONS

Some users find this model a bit overpriced. 

OUR VERDICT

The T3 Featherweight 2 will become an irreplaceable helper for any hair stylist. Ergonomic handle and long power cord will make it easy for you to use the dryer, while innovative technologies will leave your clients happy with styling results.

detailed parameters
Power

1800 Watts

Heat/Speed Settings

3 heat settings, 2 speed settings, Cool shot

Usability

Concentrator, Hang loop, 3-metre power cord

Ionisation

Yes

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The combination of 6 heat/speed settings and 2 nozzles of different sizes makes it possible to use this blow dryer on any hair type.

CONS

Rear rack can be clogged with lint and other small particles.

OUR VERDICT

In addition to great power, two attachments, and usability features, the Valera Turbo 8200 will please you with its durability. With a 5-year warranty on motor, you can be sure this dryer will last you a lifetime.

detailed parameters
Power

2000 Watts

Heat/Speed Settings

6 air flow/temperature settings, Cool shot

Usability

SuperFlex 3-metre cable, 2 ultra-slim concentrator nozzles (6 and 8 cm), Removable metallic filter

Ionisation

Yes

Warranty

24 months for personal use

6 months for professional or similar use

5 years on motor

PROS

Advanced brushless motor technology ensures that the dryer produces more controlled airflow and work much faster than most other models out there.

CONS

A concentrator doesn't fit the dryer very tightly.

OUR VERDICT

Not only will the improved Babyliss 3Q make hair drying a fast and convenient process for you, but it will also please you with its low noise levels and modern design. Choose functionality and style combined in one device.

detailed parameters
Power

2200 Watts

Heat/Speed Settings

3 heat settings, 2 speed settings, Cool shot

Usability

Ultra slim concentrator, Hang loop

Ionisation

Yes

Warranty

12 months

10 years on motor

PROS

The dryer comes with 2 nozzles and a wand attachment for making curls, which adds much to the functionality of the appliance.

CONS

It might be difficult to switch between settings at first. 

OUR VERDICT

Powerful, lightweight, and ergonomic, the Diva Ultima 5000 will become your irreplaceable assistant both in a salon and at home. And thanks to UK/EU plug adaptor, you can enjoy salon-quality styling even on trips.

detailed parameters
Power

2200 Watts

Heat/Speed Settings

4 heat settings, 2 speed settings, Cold shot

Usability

2 slim concentrator nozzles, Air Styling Wand, 3-metre cable

Ionisation

Yes

Warranty

12 months

PROS

The Turbodryer 2000 has a shock-resistant casing that protects both outer and inner parts of the appliance if you accidentally drop it.

CONS

The dryer is less powerful than other professional models. 

OUR VERDICT

The Turbodryer 2000 from ETI Ltd is a great model for novice hair stylists or those who are looking for a pro blow dryer to use at home. The model is available in more than 10 colour patterns.

detailed parameters
Power

1500 Watts

Heat/Speed Settings

4 heat settings, 2 speed settings

Usability

Ultra Slim concentrator, Removable rear filter, 3.6-metre cord

Ionisation

No

Warranty

1 year

T3 Featherweight 2

Newest Technologies for Better Results

If you’re looking for a Professional Hair Dryer that would be easy to use and that could provide great results for your clients, the Featherweight 2 model is what you need. Being the Total Beauty Award winner, this appliance is the combination of functionality and usability. As you might guess from its name, this hairdryer can boast one of the most lightweight designs at the weight of only 500 grammes. Thanks to this feature, you won’t feel tired even if you use the dryer for a very long time. And ergonomic handle adds to the usability, preventing wrist strain. One more thing you’ll definitely like about this model is its whisper-soft operation. Also, don’t overlook a 3-metre power cord that provides you with the freedom of movement when styling your clients and a hang loop that ensures convenient storage near your working area when the dryer is not in use.

Speaking of the functionality, we’d like to focus on some of the technologies that have been used in the Featherweight 2. Using the air enriched with ionic particles, T3 Tourmaline SoftAire™ technology provides fast hair styling, making it possible to completely dry even large locks of hair in a short amount of time, while the ionic molecules allow reducing the frizz in the hair making it look very smooth and shiny. The ceramic technology allows hairstyle to last very long even if you do not use a fixing spray. Thanks to this set of technologies, as well as the power of 1800 Watts, the Featherweight 2 is well suitable for just about any hair types. That being said, the manufacturer strongly recommends that the hairdryer is applied mostly to normal hair warning that exposing brittle and weak hair to the hot airflow on a regular basis may easily result in hair damage. So keep this in mind, especially if you're buying the dryer for salon use. As for the settings, the Featherweight 2 has a pretty standard set you'd expect from a professional styling tool: 3 heat and 2 speed settings and a Cool Shot to maximize the styling effect. Considering all the said above, in our opinion, it won't be an exaggeration to say that the Featherweight 2 is easily one of the best Professional Hair Dryers the market can offer for salon use.

Review of T3 Featherweight 2 Hair Dryer

Useful Tips

Using the T3 Featherweight 2 dryer is as easy as anything thanks to its intuitively simple controls. On the handle, you’ll find two switches and one button. The lower switch is a power switch that turns the device on and allows you to choose one of two speeds. The upper one helps you choose one of three temperature settings. The button below, which is labelled "cool", stands for Cool Shot function. To make hair drying fast and effective, the manufacturer offers you to follow these steps:

  • Divide hair into 3-4 sections. When drying each section, hold hair taut.
  • Dry each section separately until 70%-90% is dry. Aim the hair dryer downwards. Using additional tools like brushes isn’t necessary at this stage.
  • Now it’s time to style your hair by combing it and drying simultaneously.
  • When the hairstyle is ready, use Cool Shot to make the effect last longer.
T3 Featherweight 2 Hair Dryer in the use

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Valera Turbo 8200

Durable Assistant

Are you looking for a powerful, functional, and easy-to-use appliance that will serve you a lifetime? Then, the Valera Professional Hair Dryer is worth your consideration. Boasting the power of 2000 Watts, this appliance ensures fast and effective drying of different hair types. Moreover, you can switch between 3 temperature and 2 speed settings to choose proper care for thin, thick, healthy, dried, natural, or dyed hair. Don’t overlook a cold air button that adds to the functionality of the Valera appliance greatly. One more thing we’d like to point out is that this model comes with two nozzles of 6 and 8 cm that you can change depending on the thickness of hair sections you dry. With these specifications and package, the Valera blow dryer will become your irreplaceable assistant in handling your daily salon tasks. But functionality isn’t the only thing you’ll like about this model since it also boasts great usability. The dryer weighs only 580 grammes so that you could use it for a long time without the wrist fatigue or strain. Fitted with the 360°C RotoCord, using the dryer is even more convenient since it doesn’t tangle and provides you with the freedom of movement. The manufacturer has equipped this dryer with a removable metallic filter to make not only using but also cleaning of the appliance a hassle-free process. The last but not the least thing about the Valera pro blow dryer you might be interested in is its durable motor. The manufacturer gives a 5-year warranty on the motor, so you can be sure this appliance will serve you for years to come.

Review of Valera Turbo 8200 Ionic Tourmaline Hairdryer 2000W

Ions Work Magic

The Swiss Turbo 8200 from Valera is an ionic hair dryer that makes it a preferable model among a great number of beauty experts. So, what makes the ionic technology so special and demandable when it comes to choosing tools for hair care? Here are some positive effects it has on your hair:

  • Ionized airflow maintains proper water balance inside your hair by drying out moisture only on the outside;
  • Using a dryer with an ionic technology has a conditioning effect on your hair that makes its combing easier;
  • Ionic particles remove frizz and eliminate static effect to make your hair look smooth, healthy, and beautiful.

Moreover, ionic particles are beneficial even to your health. The thing is that negatively charged ions produced during the dryer’s operation make the particles that pollute the air heavy so they disappear by falling down to the ground. Choose the Valera professional blow dryer to take care of your hair as well as your overall health.

Valera Turbo 8200 Ionic Tourmaline Hairdryer 2000W in the use

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BaByliss 3Q

The Choice of Professionals

Having been on the beauty market for about 50 years, BaByliss knows for sure what its customers need. Not surprising that after having produced hundreds of thousands of high-quality, functional, convenient-to-use and stylish beauty tools, the company has come up with one of the most powerful hairdryers for professional use, the BaByliss 3Q. This model has all the features you'd expect from a pro blow dryer. The powerful 2200-Watt motor is designed in an innovative way - it is made in accordance with advanced brushless technology that provides 40% higher air pressure and 20% faster air speed in comparison with the previous models created by the manufacturer. One more advantage of the improved motor of this model is its 10-year guarantee. In addition to being one of the most powerful hairdryers represented on the market, the BaByliss 3Q model can also boast reduced noise levels thanks to a specially designed air intake filter. Moreover, the dryer has the light weight of 567 grammes, so handling it even for long periods of time will be as easy as anything. Also, don’t overlook the ionic technology of this hair dryer that not only works as a great hair conditioner that eliminates frizz but also adds shine to your hair making it look healthier. All in all, the 3Q model is an improved version of all previous hair dryers manufactured by the company. You can be sure it won’t fall short of your expectations.

Review of BaByliss 3Q Professional Hair Dryer

Elaborate Design

BaByliss takes care not only of the quality of its beauty tools but of their design as well. Thus, the 3Q blow dryer is both ergonomic and nice. Once you take a look at this appliance, you’ll notice how stylish it is. The black matte body is perfect for everyday use since it doesn’t catch your footprints, while golden decorative elements add elegance to the dryer’s design. What’s more important, this model is also very convenient to use. All controls (3 heat, 2 speed settings, and a Cool Shot button) are located on the same side of the handle to be right at your fingers when you need them. What we liked about the controls of this model is a lockable Cool Shot button. Now you don't need to hold a button to generate constant cold air - just switch to the ON mode and enjoy effortless styling. Another thing that makes the BaByliss professional hair dryer more convenient to use is a hang loop by means of which you can hang it to a wall to keep it within easy reach. Don’t hesitate to choose this BaByliss model to get a powerful appliance in a classy housing.

BaByliss 3Q Professional Hair Dryer in the use

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Diva Professional Styling Ultima 5000 PRO

All Benefits in One Device

Whether you’re looking for a hairdryer to use at home, in a salon, or take it on vacation, the Diva professional hair dryer will meet your needs. Being quite a powerful model that has a 2200-Watt motor, it can heat the air up to 112°C to tame even extremely unruly hair. Of course, using the hottest setting all the time isn’t beneficial to the hair and isn’t suitable for all hair types (for example, thin or dry hair will suffer from high temperatures). For this very reason, the manufacturer of the Diva Ultima 5000 has equipped it with 4 heat and 2 speed settings so that you could adjust them according to the peculiarities of your (or your clients’) hair. The cold shot button is another advantage that is a must for those who want to enjoy a beautiful hairstyle longer. In addition to being suitable for different hair types, this blow dryer has a built-in ionic generator and ceramic-and-tourmaline front grill to provide healthy styling. Thus, ionic particles ensure less frizz, while the combination of ceramic and tourmaline materials keeps natural moisture of your hair and seals cuticles to smoothen your hair. We’d also like to draw your attention to the usability of the Ultima 5000 model. The dryer is equipped with a 3-metre cable that is more than enough for both home and salon use. The biggest advantage of the Diva appliance, however, is that it comes with a UK/EU adaptor, meaning you will be able to use it in any European country.  The dryer also features a noise reduction system that makes its use effective as well as pleasant, well, at least, not irritating. The removable rear grille will help you clean your dryer effortlessly and in no time. Finally, the motor of the Diva hair dryer is aimed at 1000+ working hours, so buying this model, you can be sure it will serve you well for many years to come. 

Review of Diva Professional Styling Ultima 5000 PRO Black Rubberised Hairdryer with Wand

More Than a Hair Dryer

The Diva Ultima 5000 pro hair dryer comes with two nozzles. You can change them depending on the hair type and its thickness. Thus, a smaller nozzle will come in handy when you are going to handle thin hair and divide it into small sections. The bigger one is what you need to dry larger volumes of hair in one go. However, the manufacturer of this model has done more than its rivals and provided the dryer with one more attachment – a styling wand. So, if you want to make voluminous curls for a special event, this attachment is exactly what you need. Just replace a concentrator nozzle with a styling wand, twist a small hair section around the wand, and choose necessary heat and speed settings. However, keep in mind that you’ll have to hold a hair tip with your fingers. So, in order not to burn yourself, using heat-resistant gloves is a sensible decision.

Diva Professional Styling Ultima 5000 PRO Black Rubberised Hairdryer with Wand in the use

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ETI Ltd Turbodryer 2000

Great Choice for Beginners

If you’re at the beginning of your hairdresser’s career, you might not want to spend a fortune on buying an expensive pro dryer. Or if you are seeking an appliance with professional characteristics to use at home, the Turbodryer 2000 from ETI Ltd might interest you. Being an Italian model, this appliance combines great functionality, usability, and stylish, durable design for a reasonable price. Although it has less powerful motor than other professional hair dryers, it still can handle different hair types effectively. It has become possible thanks to 2 speed and 4 heat settings.

One more thing that adds to hassle-free and convenient styling with the ETI Turbodryer 2000 is a concentrator nozzle that comes in the box. Using this attachment, you’ll not only be able to protect your hair from excessive heat but also make hair drying a faster and more precise process. Even if you have long hair and it takes you a lot of time to style it, you won’t experience fatigue in your arms while using this dryer thanks to its light weight of 510 grammes. When creating the Turbodryer 2000, the manufacturer has also taken care of its durability. This model has a shock-resistant casing that prevents its external and internal parts from damage if you suddenly drop it. Finally, take notice of a great variety of colour patterns offered by the manufacturer. You can choose your Turbodryer 2000 in one of more than 10 vibrant colours.

Review of ETI Ltd Turbodryer 2000 Salon Professional Hair Dryer

Remember About Safe Use

Whatever electrical appliance you use at home, you need to use it carefully in order to provide your safety as well as the long service life of an appliance. Here are the main rules the manufacturer of this professional hair dryer recommends to follow:

  • Don’t leave a hair dryer unattended when it is plugged in. It’s better to unplug it every time if it’s not in use.
  • An appliance should be used according to its intended purpose and only with the attachments recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Never use a blow dryer if it is damaged or has a damaged cord as this may lead to electrocution and even injuries. Do not wrap the cord around the dryer to store it away - this may result in the cord damaging. If you dropped a dryer or noticed that it has some signs of damage, make sure to take it to a service centre first before you use it again. 
  • Air openings of a hair dryer shouldn’t be blocked. Don’t cover them and clean air filters regularly.
ETI Ltd Turbodryer 2000 Salon Professional Hair Dryer in the use

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What Is a Professional Hair Dryer?

No need to mention, that professional hair tools, be it a curling iron, a straightener, or a hair dryer, are associated with salon use. That’s why we often expect them to be a way more sophisticated and elaborate in order to be capable of handling great workloads flawlessly and on a regular basis. Professional blow dryers boast innovative technologies, for example, tourmaline ceramic, ion, far-infrared, or all of the above, not only to dry damp hair in the twinkling of an eye but also make it smoother and shinier. With the user (as a rule, an experienced hair stylist) in mind, the manufacturers of Professional Hair Dryers provide their devices with fantastic usability features. Ergonomic handle, light weight, long cord, and storage hook can simplify the use of a pro hair dryer dramatically. Of course, the price of such hair tools is twice or even three times higher in comparison to unprofessional units, yet, the quality and reliability you get are worth investing in.

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What Features to Compare

Taking into account the fact that Professional Hair Dryers are supposed to be used every day, operate several hours a day, and work with different hair types without causing damage, you should pay attention to the features that make your hairdryer both reliable and convenient to use.

Power is the first and foremost characteristic to be considered when you’re looking for a pro hair dryer. As a rule, professional models boast greater power than those we use at home. When it comes to deciding on how powerful a hair dryer for salon use should be, beauty experts advise considering the models with 1800 – 2200-Watt power. The appliances these powerful can provide fast drying that is very important when you have a lot of clients every day.

Heat and speed settings are other features you need to be aware of when choosing a Professional Hair Dryer. The thing is that working in a salon, you have to handle different hair types – straight and curly, thin and thick, healthy and damaged, which demands different care. For this very purpose, you need a hair dryer that can produce both warm and hot air at different speeds. In general, hair dryers are equipped with 2 speed settings, while heat options might vary from 3 to 5. In most cases, 2 speed and 3 heat settings are enough for professional use. The Cool Shot button is also an important option a professional model should have since it helps you prolong the styling effect.

The last but not the least feature to consider is usability of a pro blow dryer. When buying a dryer for work, check whether it comes with attachments like a concentrator and a diffuser. Although we don’t often use diffusers when styling hair at home, it might come in handy for professionals. Long swivel power cord doesn’t tangle and allows you to do your job without discomfort while a hang loop provides convenient storage right at your working place. Take notice of a removable filter, too. Since professional dryers are used much more often than those for home use, you’ll need to clean them more frequently. The removable filter ensures fast and effortless cleaning to maintain a great working condition of your professional helper.

Did you know?

A modern hairdryer hasn’t changed much since the first appliance of the type was created.

By saying “hasn’t changed” we mean the design of this appliance. However, its power and functions have improved a lot. The first handheld hair dryer invented in 1915 had 100 Watts of power and weighed about 900 grammes. Can you imagine how slow and inconvenient the process of hair drying was? Moreover, the first models often overheated and caused electrocution. For this reason, engineers worked harder on improving specifications of hair dryers to achieve better performance. Not only did the power of these appliances become higher (the power of modern ones varies from 1500 to 2200 Watts), a heavy material was also changed to plastic. Thanks to the years of improvement, modern hairdryers (both for home and professional use) are functional, lightweight, and easy to use.

Drying hair with a hair dryer has its advantages.

Although we often hear that heat treatment, be it hair dryer or curling iron, is destructive to our hair, it isn’t the case. Modern hair dryers boast a great number of technologies including ceramic, ionic, and tourmaline that provide the maximum healthy hair treatment. However, if you use your hair dryer in a wrong way, destroying your hair is inevitable. That’s why it’s recommended to follow simple rules in order to use a hair dryer profitably.
- Don’t use the highest temperature setting when drying your hair. Yes, by choosing the 1st or the 2nd heat option, you’ll spend more time on hair styling but you won’t dehydrate it.
- Keep a hair dryer at a distance if you don’t want your hair to be overdried.
- Using thermal protection solutions like thermal spray is a sensible decision.
- Change the position of a hair dryer, don’t let an air flow to be directed at one point all the time.

The first hair dryers were dangerous to use.

The very first appliance used for hair drying was a stationary machine that consisted of a seat and a bonnet that was powered by a chimney pipe of a gas stove. This construction itself sounds dangerous. However, even after a century of constant improvement of hair dryers, they were still hazardous. During the last years of the 20th century, hundreds of people all over the world were electrocuted with these appliances because of the contact with water. After these cases, hair dryer safety standards were established. The manufacturers were demanded to improve the safety of hair dryers they produced. The bonnet hair dryers had to stop the flow of electricity immediately if they touched the water. Nowadays, luckily, the manufacturers of professional hair dryers pay a lot of attention to safety features of the appliances they sell. However, not everything depends on a manufacturer, and you should follow safety rules every time you use a hairdryer.

FAQ:

Q: How do I maintain proper condition of my professional hair dryer?
A: Clean your blow dryer from time to time when you see it becomes less powerful or you feel the strange smell. For your convenience, a lot of manufacturers equip hair dryers with a removable rack for effortless cleaning. To remove dust from the front and rear racks, you can use a small brush, while a dryer’s casing can be wiped with a soft damp cloth. Proper storage is also important. Before removing your dryer back in a box, let it cool down. Don’t wrap a power cord around the dryer’s body since it can lead to damaged wires and as a result, dryer’s malfunction.

Q: What blow dryer for salon use is better to choose - ionic, ceramic, or tourmaline?
A: This choice is up to you since each of these innovative technologies has its own advantages. Ionic hair dryers produce negative ions that provide faster drying and eliminate frizz, making your hair shine. Ceramic used in a dryer’s rack or heating element creates far-infrared light that dries outer layer of hair, preserving its inner moisture. Blow dryers with tourmaline coating provide 40% faster drying than those without this technology. Luckily, modern professional hair dryers often boast a combination of two or even three technologies, so you can buy one appliance and use all the benefits of innovation.

Q: If my hair dryer comes without attachments, can I buy a concentrator nozzle or a diffuser from another manufacturer?
A: Manufacturers of hair dryers don’t recommend using attachments from other manufacturers since they might not fit your appliance. Moreover, combining parts from different blow dryers can lead to their malfunction or damage. If you buy an appliance without a nozzle or concentrator, you can buy it separately from the same manufacturer. However, now you can hardly find a hair dryer that comes without accessories. As a rule, at least one or even two nozzles come included in the box.

Q: Do professional hair dryers have a dual voltage option?
A: Usually, the manufacturers of pro blow dryers don’t stuff them with this option. The thing is that dual voltage hair dryers are supposed to be often transported from one place to another, from one country to another. For this very reason, the dryers with this option are made more lightweight and less powerful. However, if you need a dual voltage blow dryer with the functions of a professional model, you can find some models on the market that can meet your needs. You’ll hardly find a portable 2000-Watt dryer but you’ll be able to find an appliance with innovative technologies and great usability features.

Q: What accessories are usually supplied with a pro blow dryer? Is there a storage pouch in the box?
A: As a rule, the manufacturers of professional hair dryers sell them with attachments like concentrator nozzles (usually one or two in a box) and sometimes with a diffuser. Since blow dryers for salon use are supposed to be operated all the time in one place only, a storage pouch isn’t an essential accessory.

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Publish Date: 2018-01-23 13:24:00