Do men really blow dry their hair? If not, should they?

As a barber, I often have men ask me in hushed tones if they should use a hairdryer. Because men feel less than manly for even considering to use a hair dryer, that has led me to write this article on the best men’s hair dryers.

I want to clear the air and say that men should absolutely use a blow dryer. If you have a beard then you should also use that hair dryer on your beard!

We will get into the reasons that men should use a hairdryer as well as a handy guide on how to blow dry your hair yourself in a second.

First, I will point out that the hair dryer I use in the barbershop is the Berta Ionic hair dryer on Amazon.com. I’ll get into all the details in the review further down the page, but for now, I’ll say that it is a good option for guys as it is easy to use and lasts a long time.

If you don’t have time to read the full reviews, here is a table with the best blow dryers for men.

Budget
  • BERTA 1875W Ceramic Tourmaline Hair Dryer
  • Best for:
    Guys who like no frills while still expecting quality.
  • Power Rating
    ★★★★★
  • Ease of Use
    ★★★★★
  • Attachments Included
    ★★★
  • Price: $$
Ferrari
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  • Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
  • Best for:
    Guys who like the finer things in life and don’t mind spending to get them.
  • Power Rating
    ★★★★★
  • Ease of Use
    ★★★★★
  • Attachments included
    ★★★★
  • Price: $$$$$
For Beard
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  • Andis 1875-Watt Ceramic Ionic Styling Hair Dryer
  • Best for:
    Guys who have beards that love to maintain them.
  • Power Rating
    ★★★
  • Ease of Use
    ★★★★★
  • Attachments included
    ★★★★
  • Price: $
Manly
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  • MANGROOMER 1680XL-6 Professional Ionic Hair Dryer for Men
  • Best for:
    The guy who wants a hair dryer to look masculine while still doing a great job.
  • Power Rating
    ★★★★★
  • Ease of Use
    ★★★★
  • Attachments included
    ★★★
  • Price: $$
Quietest
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  • Centrix Quiet Ceramic Hair Dryer
  • Best for:
    Anybody who wants a quiet hair drying session and doesn’t need loads of bells and whistles.
  • Power Rating
    ★★★★
  • Ease of Use
    ★★★★
  • Attachments included
    ★★★
  • Price: $$$

Does a Hair Dryer Damage the Hair?

Cheap hair dryers damage hair. People who use too high heat on the hair dryer damage hair.

A good blow dryer, on the other hand, not only doesn’t damage hair but can actually improve hair health. Especially in the hands of somebody who knows how to use one. (Don’t worry, it is easy and after reading this article you will know how to dry your hair the right way at home)

Cheap hair dryers often use metal coils to heat the air to dry the hair. This is usually way too hot and that causes the hair to get dry and split in the worst cases. Even in the best case scenario, it makes the hair frizzy.

To avoid drying out or damaging your hair read on for a guide on how to pick the right hair dryer.

How to Pick the Right Hair Dryer for Men

Modern hair dryers use the latest technology to make sure that your hair is as healthy and good looking after blow drying as it was before.

So what are the things to look for in a good hair dryer?

Power

The more power a hair dryer has, the faster it can dry your hair. The faster your hair gets dried, the less likely it will be to get too dry and split.

Look for a hair dryer in the 1300W to 1850W range for fast drying. Since we’re mostly talking about guys with shorter hair and without complicated styles, then anything within this range will be fine, even if it is on the lower end. Keep in mind, though that the lower the wattage the shorter its lifespan.

Temperature control

Most hair dryers have at least a cool and a hot setting, but it’s best to have a third setting for medium. High heat will dry the hair fast, but depending on the thickness of your hair, it may get dried out. Too cool and it will take longer to dry. Medium heat is going to be best for most men’s hair types.

Cold shot button

This is a relatively new feature to hair dryers. It is a dedicated button that blasts the hair with cold air. Do this when your hair is dried and styled to set the style. This is especially handy if you are using any hair products like pomade or wax when you don’t want it to look shiny.

Ceramic coils

Coils made out of ceramic as opposed to metal will heat evenly and not overheat. This is essential in keeping your hair from getting fried. Any decent hair dryer these days comes with ceramic coils, but keep an eye out for what the coils are made from just to be sure.

Tourmaline or Ionic

Ionic hair dryers will give a blast of negative ions to your hair keeping it protected from the heat of the dryer. In essence, it works like a conditioner, which means fuller, shinier and softer hair. It sounds a little new agey, but I can confirm that there is a big difference in hair that is dried with ionic hair dryers than those without the feature.

How to Blow Dry Your Hair | Tips for Men

Besides the fact that not blow drying your hair correctly can actually do damage, it is also making it more difficult to get your hair looking good.

Do these simple steps to get the most out of your hair dryer.

Towel dry

Your hair should be damp, but not wet. Towel dry it enough so it is not only not dripping, but probably wouldn’t soak your pillow if you were to lie down.

Too wet hair takes too long to dry which could lead to it getting dried out, and can also make it more difficult to style.

Damp hair will dry quickly and retain its moisture.

Manage the heat

Start out with a low power setting and cool air. This will get the excess moisture out of your hair to begin with. Then go up to medium heat and medium power if it has that option. If it doesn’t have a medium power option, then keep the fan on low with the heat on medium. After a minute on low power, you can blast it to high power, but still, keep the heat to medium. If it feels like it is too hot at high power, then lower the heat to cool.

Work methodically

Try to resist just blasting air all over your head with no system. Yes, this will dry it, but it will take longer to dry and longer to style.

Start low on the side, then follow the same path around the bottom of the hairline. Once you have made a complete pass around the head, go up a couple of inches and repeat. When you get to the top of the head, start in the front and work your way towards the back.

Start at the roots

If you’re only working the tips of your hair, it may seem like it is dry when you are ready to style, but it isn’t. If you put product in now, it won’t be able to keep the style as the moisture underneath will work its way to the surface. Give your hair a thorough dry.

Use tools

Many hair dryers come with a diffuser to put over the nozzle to dry more area more gently and tone down the frizziness.. If your hair dryer doesn’t come with a diffuser then look for one that can fit on any hair dryer.

To keep your hair in place when drying to make it easier to style, use a vented brush with good bristles. A boar’s bristle brush like this one from Amazon.com will allow the air to pass through the vents and the natural bristles won’t damage the hair.

The brush or a wide toothed comb will keep the hair in the right direction while you dry.

Keep your distance

It’s tempting to just put the nozzle right up to the hair to get it dry quickly. This will overheat your hair and make it brittle. Not only that, but you are likely to have a wild head of hair that is difficult to style after.

Keep the hair dryer around six inches away from the head and avoid keeping it in one spot too long.

Products

If you are still nervous about damaging your hair when hair drying, then hedge your bets by using a hair protectant product for blow drying from Amazon.com. A quick spray and comb through while it is still damp will protect your hair from drying out.

That’s all there is to it. It should only take around 10 minutes or so on short hair to dry it. Maybe add a couple more minutes if you have a complicated style.

If you are usually frustrated that you can’t get your hair to look like it did when you left the barbershop, then the answer is to give yourself a professional looking hair drying at home.

Our List of the Best Men’s Hair Dryers

BERTA 1875W Ceramic Tourmaline Hair Dryer

For an easy, no-frills experience in drying your hair, then this hair dryer fits the bill perfectly.

It has all the power needed to quickly dry your hair. It uses ionic technology to protect your hair and leave it soft. And it has three temperature settings. It does exactly what you need it to do and at a fair price.

The 1875W motor supplies more power than most guys need, so elevated airflow means faster drying hair.

It has two power settings, low and high and three heat settings, cool, warm and hot. The lo power setting plus medium heat is probably going to get the job done on most guy’s hair. For those that style, the cool lock button will seal the hair in place while locking in your hair’s moisture.

Ceramic coils and tourmaline ionic infused heat seals the deal here.

The only thing missing is more attachments. It does come with a concentrator nozzle, but if you’re looking for a diffuser or comb attachment then you will need to order separately.

It has everything I look for in a hair dryer for the shop. The price is right and the solid construction means it will last a long time.

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  • Great price
  • Doesn’t come with diffuser
  • Ionic infused heating
  • Long lasting

  • Powerful motor

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

Almost $500. Yes, it costs that much money. This hair dryer costs over $400. I am not joking.

Is the Dyson hair dryer worth the money?

Yes, it is totally worth it. If you have money to burn you could spend it on worse things.

If you have it in your budget, this is easily the best hair dryer around and definitely the best you will have ever owned.

What makes the Dyson hair dryer the best?

For starters, there is an internal temperature gauge that reads the temperature of the air to keep it from getting too hot. Other hair dryers just shut off and you have to wait for them to cool down to turn it back on. Which adds way more time to drying your hair.

It is insanely quiet. You can hardly even tell it is going when you have it near your head. Nevermind that you don’t need to shout to be heard when talking to somebody sitting right next to you.

It has four heat settings, three airflow settings, a cold shot button and alerts you to when the filter needs to be changed.

It dries your hair incredibly fast and supercharges the follicles with negative ions.

The motor of the blow dryer is in the handle, which makes it perfectly balanced and easy to maneuver.

There are three attachments that come included. Two are concentrated airflow nozzles and the other is a diffuser. They attach sturdily with magnets.

If you’re looking for the Ferrari of hair dryers then this is definitely it.

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  • Very powerful
  • The price
  • Dries hair fast
  • High tech temperature control

  • Ionic infusion technology
  • Whisper quiet
  • Magnetically attached accessories

Andis 1875-Watt Tourmaline Ceramic Ionic Styling Hair Dryer

On the exact opposite of the spectrum from the Dyson is the Andis blow dryer.

It is as budget-friendly as they come. At less then $20 you get a very good hair dryer. In fact the Andis is the best hair dryer for beards that I have found.

The unique shape makes it easy to use on your head or beard. The included boars bristle brush attachment makes it ideal to use on beards. It can dry the beard quickly, helping to style it and does not damage the beard hair with plastic bristles.

The motor is a powerful 1875 Watts, but I have to say the airflow does not come out super fast. In fact, there is no power adjustment so it stays at a single speed. In this way, it is a good thing that it isn’t too fast an airflow.

The coils are ceramic and it has ionic infusion heating.

There are three heat settings and the ubiquitous cool shot button.

It even works great as a travel hair dryer as it has a very small profile and dual voltage for use overseas.

Also included are a fine tooth comb attachment as well as a wide tooth version.

You'll love it for theseBut you won't like these
  • Great price
  • No separate power button
  • Ergonomic shape
  • Best beard blow dryer

  • Dual voltage for international travel
  • Convenient comb attachments

MANGROOMER 1680XL-6 Professional Ionic Hair Dryer for Men

You could use your wife or girlfriends hair dryer, but why not have one that looks good in the hands of a man?

The Mangroomer has a decidedly masculine aesthetic while also providing excellent results for men’s hair.

Mangroomer boasts a 40% higher airflow rate than its peers. This makes for a very quick hair drying session for busy guys. It also protects your hair from over-drying.

It has a button to turn on or off the ionic infusion heating, which kind of perplexes me. I don’t see any reason to keep it turned off. Using it every time to dry your hair can only benefit you. Maybe they just think guys like to have buttons to press.

In any case, the ionic infusion keeps the hair hydrated and healthy.

It has three heat settings and two power settings plus the cold blast button.

Knowing that guys are not the gentlest creatures, the filter screen is made of stainless steel to keep from getting bent. It also easily screws off for quick cleaning of the filter.

For the price, it really cannot be beaten. It is a salon level hair dryer that any professional would be happy to use while being designed with the average man in mind.

The only thing missing is a diffuser attachment, though it does come with a concentrated airflow attachment.

You'll love it for theseBut you won't like these
  • 40% better airflow than the competition
  • Does not come with diffuser attachment
  • Looks manly
  • Lots of settings

  • Great price

Centrix Quiet Ceramic Hair Dryer

Try to ignore the fuschia accents and concentrate on how quiet this hair dryer it. Besides the high priced Dyson this the quietest hair dryer around.

It doesn’t trade other features for the quiet, however. It still has ionic infusion heating, ceramic coils, two-speed settings and a cold blast button.

The downside is that it does not have temperature settings. If your hair is short, it should not be an issue as it does not run super hot.

It has a 1875W motor so it has the power to quickly dry your hair.

If you are a barber or stylist looking for a quiet hair dryer for your shop then this is a great idea. It may not have as many settings as you like, but the sound of hair dryers in a salon or barbershop is pretty annoying so this fits the bill even with those shortcomings.

You'll love it for theseBut you won't like these
  • The quietest blow dryer
  • Only two speeds and no temperature control
  • Ionic infusion
  • No diffuser included
  • Works to dry hair quickly

  • Good price

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