Best Professional Hair Dryers for Salons in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 21, 2019
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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OUR VERDICT
Power
Heat/Speed Settings
Usability
Ionisation
Warranty
 
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 the 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, Removable Air Filter, 3-metre cable, 700 g

Ionisation

Yes

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Thanks to the combo of advanced Ceramic and Ionic technologies, this dryer will always leave your hair smooth, shiny and frizz-free.

CONS

You need to be careful since the filter comes off really easily.

OUR VERDICT

The BaByliss SpeedPro 2200 is a reliable professional styling tool that will help you achieve silky smooth blowouts in the comfort of your own home. Your hair will always look like you've just stepped out of a beauty salon.

detailed parameters
Power

2200 Watts

Heat/Speed Settings

3 heat settings, 2 speed settings, Cool shot

Usability

Concentrator nozzle, 3m length cord, Removable filter, Hanging loop, 800 g

Ionisation

Yes

Warranty

5 years

PROS

The Far infrared heat ensures quick and careful hair drying. It heats the hair evenly from the inside and protects it from excessive heat impact.

CONS

The device is a bit heavy.

OUR VERDICT

The JINRI Paris is a professional hair dryer with a soft touch exterior which can dry even long thick hair in about 3 minutes. Double safely removable lint filter prevents hair from getting in the motor and simplifies the cleaning of the device.

detailed parameters
Power

1800 Watts

Heat/Speed Settings

3 heat settings, 2 speed settings, Cold shot

Usability

Diffuser, Concentrator, Double safely removable lint filter, 2.65 m swivel cord with hang loop, 1100 g

Ionisation

Yes

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Apart from 3 functional attachments, you also get 2 hairbrushes: one for straightening and one for curling. You will get everything you need for easy hair styling.

CONS

Doesn't have a Cool shot.

OUR VERDICT

The PluieSoleil Professional Hair Dryer has a super powerful motor and comes with a CE certificate that makes it safe to use. It has an ergonomic well-balanced construction and will dry even long hair in no time. 

detailed parameters
Power

3000 Watts

Heat/Speed Settings

3 heat settings, 2 speed settings

Usability

Diffuser, Concentrator, Afro comb, Rat tail comb, Curler brush, Removable Air Filter, 2-meter swivel cord with hang loop, 1000 g

Ionisation

Yes

Warranty

18 month

PROS

Thanks to the high power of 2400 Watts, PRO+ Style shot mode and an intellectual OPTIheat technology, you can quickly dry and style your hair.

CONS

The light-coloured body is easily soiled.

OUR VERDICT

The Remington AC9140 professional hair dryer allows you to make a great style. Apart from a standard narrow concentrator and diffusor, the set includes an exclusive concentrator that directs air on the desired areas.

detailed parameters
Power

2400 W

Heat/Speed Settings

3 heat settings, 2 speed settings, Pro+ Style Shot setting, cool shot

Usability

Slim 7 mm concentrator, Styling concentrator, Diffuser, Hang loop, 3 m cord, 580 g weight

Ionisation

Yes

Warranty

5 years (+1 year if registered) 

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 to take with you 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 can 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 the 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. One of the biggest advantages 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 Professional Hairdryer

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 the necessary heat and speed settings. However, keep in mind that you’ll have to hold the hair tip with your fingers. So, in order not to burn yourself, using heat-resistant gloves is a sensible decision.

The Diva Ultima 5000 Pro Hair Dryer is a light ergonomic device that will give you salon-quality styling. It is comfortable to use and comes in 4 different colours.

Diva Professional Styling _Ultima 5000 PRO Professional Hairdryer in the use

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BaByliss Speed Pro 2200

Pro Results

If you don't have budget to buy the BaByliss 3Q, here's a brilliant alternative - the BaByliss Speed Pro 2200. Suitable for all hair types, it can find itself a place in the arsenal of anyone. The dryer delivers professional-grade performance, and is able to dry hair in sheer minutes allowing you to direct the targeted airflow to the areas where it is needed. Just like its expensive rivals, this blower uses advanced ionic technology that helps nourish hair by sealing moisture in, and makes sure you have frizz-free and silky smooth hair after drying. So while being cheaper than the BaByliss 3Q, this dryer is no slouch when it comes to performance and is able to deliver you fantastic results without drying out your hair.

Speaking of ergonomics and design, the BaByliss Speed Pro 2200 looks very much like the BaByliss 3Q. It is small in size and has a sleek, streamlined body with an ergnomic handle. To let you use it with greater convenience, BaByliss designed it with a long cord that swivels at the base giving you more freedom of movement. The handle is also convenient in use. It's not too small not too big and it feels great in hand.

Perhaps the only weak point of the BaByliss Speed Pro 2200 is that it doesn't include a diffuser nozzle. So if you have a curly hair that needs taming, it is better to look in the direction of models including a diffuser attachments (you can find at least a couple of these in this review). For all the rest though the BaByliss Speed Pro 2200 can be a very good option, especially for the price.

Review of BaByliss Speed Pro 2200 Hair Dryer

Robust Device

As for the actual performance, with the BaByliss Speed Pro 2200 dryer you get 3 heat and 2 speed settings, the standard and the maximum even a stylist may need. Also, it has a "Cool shot" button so you can fix your results for a long-lasting styling effect at the end. The weight of the dryer is 800 g, which is slightly heavier than some other options, yet not what it's usual with most dryers used in salons. One minor gripe: it does seem to produce quite some noise when in use, the only negative when it comes to performance.

The BaByliss Speed Pro 2200 dryer comes covered with a 5-year warranty, so you can be certain that it's of high-quality and will serve you a long time. Plus, it is offered with a removable filter. Cleaning it on a regularly basis will let you add a few more years to its service life.

In conclusion, the BaByliss Speed Pro 2200 is a very good product. It is reasonably priced and it dries hair extremely quickly. So if a bit noisy operation doesn't turn you off, you should definitely give this dryer a try.

BaByliss Speed Pro 2200 Hair Dryer in the use

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JINRI Paris Professional 108

Energy-Efficient Device

Ladies who seek a simple device that won’t damage their hair, will deeply appreciate the JINRI Paris Professional Hair Dryer. It is one of the best professional hair dryers that will surely be a worthy investment.

This hair dryer is very gentle on your hair. Thanks to the Far infrared heat, the drying process will be not only safe but also quick. It heats the hair evenly from the inside out and protects it from excessive heat impact. The manufacturer states that it can dry even long thick hair in just 3 minutes. Thanks to the ceramic working element and ionization feature that provides negative ions, this device doesn’t suck moisture from the hair, leaving it shiny and silky after the procedure.

This commercial device may not be the most powerful on the market since it works only on 1800 Watts. However, thanks to its lower power consumption, it is pretty energy-efficient and won’t make your bills rise even if you decide to use it daily.

The blow dryer from JINRI comes with 3 heat settings and works on 2 speeds. After you’re done styling your hair, you can use the cool shot button to lock the hairstyle in place. The control buttons are situated on the handles of the unit, so they will be right at your fingertips.

Review of JINRI Paris Professional 108 Hair Dryer with Diffuser Concentrator

Nice Exterior

This professional blow dryer comes complete in a nice body with a soft-touch exterior and is available in dark navy blue. The manufacturer provided the unit with a hanging loop for easy storing. Also, it has a swivel cord with a good length of 2.65 m. As for the attachments, the set of this device includes both a diffuser and a concentrator. That’s why it will suit ladies with either straight or curly hair.

This commercial tool also comes with a double safety lint filter. It is easy to remove, which allows you to clean the tool without extra effort. What is more, it prevents your hair from getting in the hair dryer.

The only disadvantage of this device is its weight - about 110 grammes. It is a bit heavier than the other models in our shortlist, so your hands may feel slightly tired if you use it for a long time. Also, if you need a hair dryer for travelling, you may want to consider buying other models.

All in all, if you need a device that will make your hair dry in a very short time, we recommend purchasing the JINRI Paris Professional Hair Dryer. This professional device can tackle both curly and straight hair and is safe to use on any hair type.

JINRI Paris Professional 108 Hair Dryer with Diffuser Concentrator in the use

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PluieSoleil Professional Ionic Hair Dryer

Ergonomic and Well-Balanced Design

If you have thick unruly hair and struggle to style it, you need to purchase a powerful device to make this process easier. The PluieSoleil Professional Hair Dryer with a 3000-Watt motor can tackle any hair type and provide you with a nice hairstyle for days.

This device, like most of the professional blow dryers, has an ionization feature, which makes it safe to use even on thin and damaged hair. Its IONITEC technology keeps the right moisture balance in your hair, prevents it from getting dry and makes it look smooth and silky. This appliance has 3 heat settings and works on 2 speeds. Unfortunately, there is no cool shot option that helps to keep the hairstyle in place for a few days. But we believe this won’t be a major problem for you, as you can always add some hairspray if necessary.

As for the design, this appliance comes complete in a black body with red and black switches that allow you to select the working speed and control the heat. A lot of users point out that this professional blow dryer has a very ergonomic design and is well-balanced, which makes its use more convenient. It will comfortably fit in your hand and you won’t feel any fatigue in your wrist after the procedure.

Review of PluieSoleil Professional Ionic Hair Dryer with Diffuser, Salon Women Hairdryer for Curly and Straight Hair

Rich Set with Useful Attachments

This hair dryer from PluieSoleil will suit both professionals who work in a salon and users that seek a functional device for home use. It comes with a rich set of attachments that includes everything you need for styling hair. You will get a diffuser, a rat tail comb, and a concentrator nozzle for drying straight and curly hair, plus you receive an afro comb and a curler brush that will help make your hair perfectly straight or create nice voluminous curls.

The next great thing is that this device comes with a power cord of good length (about 2 meters). It allows you to move freely near the mirror and style your or your client’s hair with comfort. The body of the unit is fitted with a hanging loop for horizontal storing. We would like to mention that this hair styling tool is CE certified which makes it safe to use.

And last but not least, you also get an 18-month warranty that proves it will serve you well for quite a while. This is a major plus considering that this hair dryer is on the pricier side of the professional devices.

To sum up, the PluieSoleil Professional Hair Dryer is a functional appliance with a powerful working element that will dry your hair quickly, efficiently and, most importantly, safely. It comes with all the necessary removable attachments you may need for perfect styling.

PluieSoleil Professional Ionic Hair Dryer with Diffuser, Salon Women Hairdryer for Curly and Straight Hair in the use

 

Remington AC9140

The Hair Dryer That Doesn't Damage Hair

The Remington AC9140 Proluxe Hair Dryer is perhaps the best solution for users with long and thick hair who'd like to blow-dry their hair quickly. In its price segment, this model is one of the most powerful with its professional 2400-Watt motor. With such power under its hood, this dryer will allow you to not only blow-dry your hair in less than 10 minutes but also achieve fantastic salon-quality results. The dryer has the intellectual OPTIheat technology which allows you to focus heat on areas where it's needed and, as a result, get a better shape of your hairstyle. Plus, it has the Style Shot feature with the help of which you can lock in your style.

Things that customers find especially great about the Remington AC9140 Proluxe Hair Dryer are 1) it effectively handles frizz, 2) it's extremely powerful yet lightweight, and 3) it shapes hair so that you can enjoy the end result for almost all day (some users say that the hairstyle holds for up to 24 hours!).

So the advantages to purchasing the AC9140 Proluxe Hair Dryer are numerous. The dryer looks great, has all the needed settings for quick and comfortable styling, comes with a long cord, and produces ions to help you reduce frizz and make your hair shine and look healthy.
Review of Remington AC9140 Proluxe Ionic Hairdryer

Best Value

Let's say a few words about its design. The dryer has a nice rose gold body and comes with a long cord so you can comfortably dry and style your hair within its length. The item is not bulky and feels nice in the hand. The included attachments are easy to put in place and remove after use. The concentrator nozzle is narrow and slightly enlarged in the center which makes it perfect for styling. Also included is a diffuser attachment that will come in handy if you have wavy or curly hair.

As for controls, the Remington AC9140 has three buttons. The top one is used for switching between cold and hot operation modes, the second one in the middle is used for adjusting the heat temperature, and the third one is used for adjusting the airflow speed. Both the main nozzle and the rear part have a protective screen. The screen in the rear is removable and houses a detachable filter, so you can clean it regularly to prolong the service life of the dryer.

In all, the Remington AC9140 is one of the best professional hair dryers. Perhaps the only tiny flaw of this model is that it's light coloured, meaning it will be easier to spot dirt on it. That said, many customers go for it because of it being that colour, not the boring black, sold everywhere. If you love stylish things, you will love it indeed. More importantly though is that the Remington AC9140 delivers the very exact performance you'd expect from a pro-grade appliance - it dries hair quickly, doesn't cause damage, and makes sure your hair looks as if you've just stepped out of a salon. Plus, the Remington AC9140 is less expensive than most other professional dryers, which makes it a real bargain.
Remington AC9140 Proluxe Ionic Hairdryer in the use

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What Is a Professional Hair Dryer?

Do you wish to have salon-level hair every day? This is possible with a professional hair dryer. A professional hair dryer is a universal tool that will help create a gorgeous hairstyle both for women and for men. It can not only dry your hair quickly but also you can use it to straighten your hair, make curls, and create beautiful volume without fear of causing damage to your tresses. There are a few things that distinguish professional models from regular hair dryers. One of them is power. Unlike usual dryers, these come packed with forceful motors able to spin at very high speeds. Another thing - and perhaps the most important one - is a set of additional attachments included. It is the attachments and their variety that will let you experiment with your hair, vary its texture, define curls, and eliminate frizz. So, if you want to wear beautiful hairstyle every day or you need a dryer for pro-level blow-outs in a salon, you should be able to find your best pick among this selection.

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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

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 models with up to 1800 – 2200-Watts of power. Appliances this powerful can provide fast drying that is very important when you have a lot of clients every day. The devices that work on 3000-Watts will be a perfect choice for the salon. Thanks to the powerful working element, they can tackle hair of any length and in any amount of time. However, they may not be suitable for home use because of the high energy consumption.

Heat and speed settings

Heat and speed settings are other features you need to be aware of when choosing a professional hair dryer. When working in a salon, you have to handle different hair types – straight and curly, thin and thick, healthy and damaged, which all demand different types of 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. Use it after you finish the styling process and it will lock everything in place.

Usability

Last but not least, one other feature to consider is the 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. Some of the more advanced models can also include a rat tail nozzle in a set or provide you with some extra combs and brushes for styling. A long swivel power cord won't tangle and will allow you to do your job without discomfort while a hanging loop provides convenient storage right at your working place. Take note 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 the 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