Let’s face it, not all those who travel go to the swankiest locations all the time. Business conferences may not always be held in the snow capped mountains of Gstaad in Switzerland but near the desserts of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Given that, you may find that having your own travel hair dryer is one of the best investments that you can make in your career.
It may sound trivial, but if a dryer is an essential part of your daily outfit (read that as hair) and you don’t have it handy, then you will find it difficult to go out of your hotel room looking fresh, clean, neat, and professional. And while buying one may also sound easy, there are several things that you should consider before taking out your passport again and hopping on the next plane for Tashkent.
A travel dryer with diffuser weighing two pounds, or less depending on the dryer’s brand, is the ideal kind to purchase. It won’t take up a lot of space in your luggage and will not put too much strain on your neck, shoulder, and arm muscles when you use it. Choose one equipped with a folding handle and a packing case or pouch for mobility. Here are some of the good brands for your consideration:
X5 Superlite 1875W Nano Tourmaline Hair Dryer
The 1875W Ceramic-Ionic Nano Tourmaline Blow Dryer by X5 Superlite has been described as super quiet and super light. Despite its size, users find this model can dry hair quite fast. Designed with nano tourmaline, ceramic, and ionic technologies to give triple strength, it emits negative ions important in retaining moisture in hair follicles after they have been blow dried.
It comes with both round and flat nozzle diffusers. Users love that it helps keep hair frizz-free and super soft and shiny. With multiple heat settings (cool, warm and hot) and fan speed, it’s perfect to use on thin or fine hair! If you have curls, the cool shot button is a great feature, and you wouldn’t have to hold it the entire time.
Hot Tools Professional Ht1044 Folding Travel Dryer with Diffuser
The Ht1044 by Hot Tools has ionic technology that works directly on hair to dry it 40% faster than other brands in its class, reducing frizz and increasing the shine and softness of hair. Although it has reliable qualities such as two settings for speed and heat, an end cap for cool shot, plus a concentrator, the Ht1044’s main feature is its finger diffuser.
This small yet powerful handheld dryer has a folding handle which makes it easier to store in your luggage. The fact that it’s dual voltage makes it a no-brainer choice if you’re planning to travel to Europe. There’s a switch on the handle where you choice the voltage. Just use a universal plug adapter and you’re good to go.
Revlon RVDR5001 Fast Dry Travel Speed Styler
It isn’t surprising to know that the RVDR5001 has a soft finger diffuser, cold shot mechanism, a powerful concentrator, and 1875 watt capacity for heat mainly because it is from Revlon, a name long associated with excellence in the cosmetics, beauty, and skincare industries.
What sets the RVDR5001 apart is its tourmaline, ionic, and triple-baked ceramic technologies and its folding handle for mobility especially for travel. Like the Hot Tools, this Revlon Styler is also dual voltage. Just remember to switch the voltage before using it in a different country to prevent damage due to voltage differences.
Pro Beauty Tools PBDR5886 Professional Travel Blowdryer
Compact and lightweight, the Pro Beauty has a concentrator and a narrowed nozzle for better and focused airflow. With ionic and ceramic technologies, the Pro Beauty provides maximum hair shine, frizz elimination, faster hair drying time, and prevention against hair damage.
It has two settings for speed and three for heat, a quiet motor, a nine-foot cord with hanging ring, removable end cap for easy cleaning, and a diffuser. With true worldwide dual voltage, it can be used anywhere as long as you bring a plug adapter with you.
Finding the Best Travel Hair Dryer with Diffuser
The best blow dryer you can bring with you in your trips would be one with a diffuser. But even before you take out your wallet, you have to be aware of what kind of texture your hair has. Those with thin hair need a blower with a wattage of around 1500 and you also have to set it at the lowest speed when you use it to dry your hair, meaning you have to buy a model with more than one setting for speed.
Accessories for the dryer may also required such as a diffuser to help control the dryer’s heat intensity. This controlled heat will give your hair a fuller, shinier, and smoother look. You should also consider that as a traveler, you need to pack with as many important items as your luggage can accommodate, including a travel blow dryer that should be compact-sized so as not to occupy too much space.
Do you really need a blow dryer diffuser?
A travel hairdryer with a diffuser is highly recommended to take with you when travelling, whether in Europe or anywhere else. A diffuser will help enhance your hair’s natural texture by separating the strands and then lifting them while you dry your hair. A diffuser can actually dry your hair faster without disrupting its natural texture or blowing out a hairstyle, especially if your hair is thick, coarse, curly or wavy.
Choose a travel blow dryer that comes with a diffuser to save time from buying it separately or buying it and finding out that it doesn’t fit your dryer or, worse, perform poorly. It will reduce the shipping and handling charges as well.
Are there any “special” features that should be considered when buying a one with a diffuser?
Most travelers find that a model infused with ions performs better.
An ion-infused travel blowdryer with multi-speed settings will also provide you with more options to choose from when it comes to the variety of hairstyles you can create. You can increase your dryer’s speed, for instance, if what you want is straight hair or reduce its speed if you want curls. A cool shot button can also help dry the hair with a shiny and smooth finish.