You may think that bonnet hair dryers are strictly found in the corners of hairdressing salons, but you would be wrong. These hair dryers have become more and more versatile as time goes on and are now available to purchase for use at home. They can create the perfect hairstyle you’ve always dreamed of – without spending small fortune at the salon.
A bonnet hair dryer works by gently allowing warm air to flow around your head, drying your hair gently, allowing you to relax, and even read a book or magazine at the same time. A far cry from frantically waving a hand held hairdryer around and getting an aching arm. There are two main types on the market, and choosing one to use at home can be rather a daunting prospect until you know a little more about them.
Types of Bonnet Hair Dryers
There are two types of bonnet hair dryer, these being soft and hard. The ‘hard’ type is the type that you will most probably have seen in hairdressing salons. They are the industrial one of the two and are usually attached to or over a chair so you simply sit down and position the dryer over your head. This type allows air to circulate evenly around the whole head, thus drying the whole head at the same time.
The soft type is more like a hat with hoses attached through which the warm air travels, so great for putting on over treatments and products that need heat to work. If you curl or style your hair using rollers and get fed up having to wait for your hair to dry naturally, the Soft Bonnet Hairdryer would be ideal for you, although you will need to towel dry your hair before using this type of dryer. The first step to choosing the right Bonnet Hair Dryer for you is deciding which of these would suit you best.
Factors to consider when buying a Bonnet Hair Dryer:
- Cost – These range from extremely expensive to cheap and whilst going for the cheapest option is not recommended you really don’t have to spend a fortune. Soft Bonnet Hair Dryers on the most part tend to be cheaper than their hard counterparts.
- How much room you have – Some of the Hard Bonnet hair Dryers are quite large so if you are limited on space then a Soft type may be better for you.
- Portability – Soft types can be portable so if you haven’t got the time to sit down and wait for your hair to dry, this may be the one for you.
- Straight or curly hair? If you have curly hair prone to frizz, a dryer with ionic technology may be the one for you as it replaces lost moisture helping to reduce frizz.
- Do you use a lot of conditioning treatments and other products? If you do, then a soft bonnet type may be best for you.
Top 3 Recommendations
Many very well known salon names such as Revlon, Vidal Sassoon, and Conair manufacture both the hard and soft type of bonnet hair dryers. Here are our top 3 recommendations, all available on the Internet and specialist retailers.
The Revlon Amber Waves Hard Bonnet Dryer is great for people with hair prone to frizz as due to its ionic technology it makes the size of the water droplets in your hair shrink and then releases them gently back into your hair, replacing the moisture and helping your hair stay smooth, whether straight or curly. The height and angle of the bonnet can be made lower or higher to suit, which is also helpful when it comes to storing it back away. It has two settings for warmth and speed, and a light comes and stays on when the dryer is turned on. The ionizer can be turned on or off depending on your needs. The Revlon Amber Waves is also very light, making it easy to move around and store away. The only downfall of this bonnet dryer seems to be that it is very noisy but for smooth, sleek straight hair or curls, you can certainly withstand a few minutes of noise.
The Conair Collapsable Bonnet Hair Dryer gently directs its airflow around the head, ensuring a uniform drying effect. Easy to store, this bonnet hairdryer has an extra large hood to store rollers and only measures 6” in height. The electrical cord neatly coils back into the base. With its adjustable height and heat settings, this bonnet hair dryer certainly has it all.
The Tourmaline Tools High Heat Portable Salon Dryer appears to have it all, it is lightweight, portable, and dries hair extremely quickly. It also has the ionic technology so moisturizes as it dries, leaving hair shining and frizz free. If you use large rollers which have prevented you using other Bonnet hair dryers you can adjust the bonnet and front visor on the Professional Tourmaline Ionic 1875 Watt High Heat Portable Salon Dryer so no matter how big your rollers, it will always be a comfortable fit. Boasting two speeds and four heat settings there is something for everyone. The legs even detach from its base for easy storage.
The Last Word
The bonnet hair dryer has made it out of the salon and into the average household, allowing us all to have perfect hair even when we haven’t just stepped out of the salon. T here is a Bonnet Hair Dryer for everyone at varying price points but do your research and you are sure to find one that is perfect for you at a price that you want to pay. The type you’ll need depends on a number of factors as outlined above, such as hair type, space, lifestyle etc. There is a wide range of these bonnet hair dryers available from specialist retailers and online.