Best Hair Dryers for Fine Hair

Most hair experts agree—HEAT is the root of all kinds of hair evil, especially if you have fine hair and you're depending on those roots for lift and bounce. Fortunately, heat also has its good qualities. When teamed up with materials like ceramic and tourmaline, heat can help fine hair reach its fullest potential. If you have fine hair, here are some tips for finding the right hair dryer that will help your fine hair maintain curl, lift and bounce.

Three beautiful women with thin, fragile hair.

Why Blow-Dry Fine Hair?

If your hair is fine, you are probably familiar with the damage often caused by hair dryers and other styling tools. Fine hair, due to its genetically determined protein structure, is highly susceptible to heat damage. Too much heat will wick the moisture right out of the hair shaft, making it brittle and prone to breakage. Serums and sprays can protect your hair temporarily, but the long-term solution to a healthy head of fine hair that has bounce, body and shine, is hair that is handled with care. This starts with finding the right hair dryer for fine hair.

Fine hair can be a challenge. Flat, limp, and lifeless are all very common and very real complaints among those who have this hair type. Fine hair spans all hair colors, and can be straight or curly. But it's always frustrating in its frizz factor, contributing to more bad-hair-day complaints than any other type of hair. Despite its fussy reputation though, fine hair has every reason to shine—healthy, fine hair is naturally sleek and smooth. It responds well to heat styling and is able to hold its shape. Even waves and curls are possible. Good hair days for fine hair do happen with the right tools and techniques.

Conair dryers are suitable for all types of hair, but many models have certain characteristics that are more friendly to fine hair than others. If you have fine hair, here are some suggestions on features to look for when making your choice.

Best Features of Hair Dryers for Fine Hair

  • Ceramic or Tourmaline Ceramic Technology
  • Ionic Technology
  • Low to medium heat settings
  • Low speed settings
  • Moderate wattage (1600 – 1875)
  • Attachments
  • Concentrator nozzle (straight hair)
  • Diffuser (curly or wavy hair)

InfinitiPRO by Conair® Advanced Ceramic Dryer

InfinitiPRO by Conair®Advanced Ceramic Dryer

Technology: Ceramic, Ionic or Tourmaline for Fine Hair?

Ceramic and Tourmaline Ceramic are organic compounds with a wide range of thermal properties.

Ceramic technology provides even, uniform heat. A hair dryer using ceramics emits gentle infrared heat waves, creating warmth. You can't see the heat, but you will notice the difference.

When crushed tourmaline is added to the ceramics, you get the benefit of gentle heat along with ionic conditioning. Heated tourmaline naturally emits negative ions for very positive results. Negative ions help to smooth the hair's surface, adding a healthy-looking shine.

Some hair dryers step up the negative ions electronically, generating a significant increase in the number of ions available to your hair's surface. This ionic technology helps control frizz (sometimes up to 75% less frizz) for more manageable and shiny hair.

For fine hair, the ions that fight frizz are the same ions that may flatten your locks. Depending on the texture of your hair, this may or may not be the result you actually want. To eliminate frizz and tame your curls, bring on the ions. If bounce and body are your primary goals, consider using the naturally created ions of tourmaline ceramic (without electronic ion generation) or a ceramic-only hair dryer.

Conair® 1875 Watt Tourmaline Ceramic Hair Dryer

Conair® 1875 Watt Tourmaline Ceramic Hair Dryer

Hair Dryer Usage Recommendations for Fine Hair:

Low Heat/Low Speed for Temperature and Control

Like many of us, fine hair does best when not under stress. Pressure from increased air velocity, along with heat from a blow-dryer can create dread within locks that are already highly susceptible to damage. Fine hair responds best with cooler temperatures, so a dryer with variable cool-to-warm temperature settings, driven by no more than 1875 watts, can help finesse fine hair. 

Cool Shot Button to Set the Style in Place

Fine hair can use a blast of cool air at the final stage of drying to reduce frizz and set the style in place. The cool air seals the hair cuticle, the layer responsible for how your hair looks and feels, to make it shiny and smooth.

Concentrator Nozzle to Control Direction and Heat on Your Hair

The concentrator nozzle helps focus airflow directly onto the section of hair you're working on. Focus the nozzle at the roots to create volume.

InfinitiPRO by Conair® 3Q® HeatProtect Electronic Brushless Motor Styling Tool

InfinitiPRO by Conair® 3Q® HeatProtect Electronic Brushless Motor Styling Tool

Get the Best Hair Dryer for Fine Hair

Shopping for a hair dryer that meets the special needs of fine hair can be challenging. Handheld models found in drugstores and professional salons boast so many features, benefits and prices that narrowing your selection down to just one hair dryer can be either exciting or overwhelming. But even if you're limited by a budget, you'll find many great Conair hair dryers in your price range. Your hair will reward you with shine, lift and bounce when you find the dryer with features that work best for your hair type.

Take a look at the entire selection of hair dryers on the Hair Care page