Reviewed & fact checked: August 30, 2023 by Jamie Wilson BA
Managing curly hair can feel like wrangling a wild beast, but with the right blow dryer, you can tame even the most stubborn curls. Whether you’re going for a long-haired rockstar vibe, a laid-back shag, or a casual bedhead look, your natural curls can be an asset rather than a hassle.
The quest for the perfect blow dryer isn’t just about hot air; it’s about finding the machine that tackles frizz, minimizes heat damage, and respects the natural curl pattern. There’s a ton to consider—settings, attachments, and even the latest tech innovations in hair care. So sit back and relax; we’ve cut through the noise to bring you a guide to the 11 best blow dryers designed specifically for men with curly hair. Trust us, your locks will thank you.
Jinri – 1800W Hair Dryer
This tourmaline hair dryer from Jinri is a great basic dryer for men who want a no fuss solution to drying their curls. This dryer has three heat settings and two air speed settings so you can adapt it based on your hair type and the look you want. If you have dryer hair, it’s better to opt for a lower heat setting to keep frizz at bay and avoid heat damage.
This dryer has ionic technology, which works by emitting negative ions which penetrate the hair fibres and dry them from the inside out. It breaks down the water particles in your hair to keep it smooth and shiny. Ionic dryers dry hair more quickly on a lower heat setting, which is great for keeping your curls healthy. It also comes with a detachable diffuser which helps to fight frizz and maintains your natural wave or curl pattern.
Dyson Hair Dryer, Iron/Fuchsia, 1200W
The Dyson Supersonic is one of the best known hair dryers in the game, and it definitely lives up to its name. It comes at a higher price point than most hair dryers on the market, but it’s an investment you won’t regret. While it was a surprising move from Dyson’s usual vacuum cleaner products, their foray into the haircare world has been extremely successful as they have been able to draw on years of expertise with small motors.
The powerful Dyson motor produces air at a higher velocity than most dryers for curly hair, which means you can dry your hair much faster. It has four heat settings and three speed settings so you can choose between a gentler dry and fast dry for when you’re getting ready in a hurry. It also has ionic technology to keep your curls frizz free and reduce static. Plus, it’s completely silent and cold to the touch, which you’ll only get with the Dyson supersonic.
Abody Professional Hair Dryer
This is another amazing hair dryer with ionic technology that will give you smooth, sleek curls all day. The best thing about this hair dryer are the attachments. As well as the usual diffuser and directional attachments, this also has a comb attachment. While a diffuser will keep your natural curl pattern, a comb attachment will help to straighten your hair. This is ideal if you want a slick, pulled back look or if you want to avoid your curls getting tangled throughout the day.
Most of the dryers for curly hair on this list will have a few heat settings, but one feature you should look out for is a cool shot button, which you get with the Abody dryer. If you’re styling your hair during the blow dry, the cool shot enables you to give your curls a quick blast of cold air which will hold the style in place. You need this if you want to change your parting, keep it pushed back or just minimise the amount of hairspray or gel you need for the style to hold.
CHJPRO Professional Hair Dryer
If you’re looking for a powerful dryer for hair that’s thick or coarse, this product is ideal. It’s motor is 2300 watts, which is significantly higher than the standard 1800 wattage of most hair dryers. This will ensure you can dry your hair far quicker than with an average hair dryer.
This model still includes a built-in negative ionic generator to give you a frizz free look all day long. It also includes ceramic technology which will help you avoid heat damage to your curls. Ceramic technology works by distributing the heat more evenly and emitting infrared heat which is less damaging for your hair. It’s definitely a feature to look out for if you have curlier hair, which can be more easily damaged.
It’s time to get back to basics. If you’re looking for something simple, portable and great value for money, this Revlon hair dryer is the one for you. This is a great option if you travel regularly as it is lightweight and small enough to pop in your suitcase so you can keep your curls tamed while you’re away from home.
It still has three heat settings and two speed settings, so you have control over your blow dry. Plus, it also has a cold shot button so you can lock in your style and keep your curls healthy and frizz free. This is a great product on its own, or as an extra portable dryer for travelling.
This dryer is the best if you want to style while you dry your hair. It comes with three different attachments which will help you dry your hair in several different styles, depending on the look you want to achieve with your curls.
The styling comb will give you a straight and sleek style, which is far more efficient than using a flat iron to straighten your hair separately, and will avoid that extra heat damage. The bristle brush will give you volume and waves, if you want to embrace and pump up your natural curls. The detangling comb is perfect for coarse curls that you want to tame and avoid frizz. This product also has a cool shot button to lock in whichever style you choose. Plus, it’s dual voltage which makes it a great hair dryer to take travelling with you.
This stylish hair dryer will give you everything you want from a great blow-dry. It has four heat settings and three-speed settings for ultimate control over your curls. Plus, the cool shot button will lock in your style. It comes with a diffuser for more textured styles and a concentrator for smooth, straighter hair. It releases negative ions to defeat frizz and dry your hair quickly with less heat damage.
It also uses Panasonic’s nanoe technology which maximises moisture retention in your hair to keep it curly, smooth and shiny, and keep your scalp healthy too.
JINRI 2000W Professional Negative Ionic Hair Dryer
Another hairdryer from Jinri, this is a powerful, efficient blow dryer that will get your hair looking its best with ease. Most hair dryers have an AC motor, which are quieter so work well for people with roommates or who often blow dry their hair in the early morning or late at night. This dryer on the other hand uses a DC motor. They are much lighter weight than AC motors, so they make the drying process easier and more comfortable for those with longer or thicker hair.
This dryer has ionic technology which will keep frizz and heat damage at bay, and will retain the natural moisture in curly hair. It also comes with a diffuser and concentrator so it works with a range of different styles and hair dryers.
Remington is well known as one of the best blow dryer brands out there. This particular model combines the ceramic, ionic and tourmaline technologies used by many of the other products on this list. This will minimise frizz and keep your give you smooth, soft hair without sacrificing efficiency. Remington’s advanced coating technology also boasts triple the heat protection of other tourmaline dryers, so you can be sure you’ll beat the frizz.
What’s really exciting about this product is that it comes with micro-conditioner technology which will make curly hair healthier and less susceptible to heat damage that causes frizz. If your hair is on the dryer side, this is a great feature that you won’t regret trying.
If you’re looking for something a little different to your traditional blow dryer, this is the perfect product. It’s a blow dryer, a hair brush and a volumiser all in one handy instrument. It still has the ionic technology of other hair dryers to reduce frizz and keep your hair looking and feeling healthy, but in a brush form that will smooth and style hair at the same time. It distributes heat evenly to avoid heat damage and comes with a rotating temperature styling control.
This dryer brush looks really expensive, with its limited edition black gold coating, but still comes at a lower price point than the Dyson supersonic dryer. It even has charcoal-infused bristles which will leave your hair feeling silky smooth. It won’t work so well for tightly curled looks, but if you straighten your hair often, this is a more efficient option that is healthier for your hair. It’s a highly professional product that also comes with a seven-year warranty, if you’re worried about trying a completely new type of dryer. But trust us – for sleek, straight looks, the results will speak for themselves.
We have another entry for Remington! It’s one of the best brands out there when it comes to great hair dryers and this product is no different. Another ionic dryer, this one uses an anti-static ceramic grille to avoid damage to your hair, reduce frizz and keep your curls soft and luscious. The reviews all maintain that this hair dryer will reduce your blow drying time with its great airflow and retains the moisture in your hair. It also comes at a great price for such a professional hair brand.
This dryer also comes with an eco setting, so you can nourish your curly hair while saving energy, which is great for your wallet and the planet.
Travel-Friendly Options and Tips for Men with Curly Hair
Let’s talk travel. When you’re jetting off on a business trip or enjoying a well-deserved vacation, you don’t want to compromise on your hair game. Just as you wouldn’t forget to pack your favorite cologne or razor, your hair dryer should be no exception. So, what should you look for in a travel-friendly hair dryer, and how do you pack it without it turning into a bulky mess? Let’s get into it.
Size Does Matter
First off, size is everything when you’re packing light. Look for compact hair dryers that either fold or have a detachable nozzle. Brands like BaByliss and T3 offer some great compact options without sacrificing power. I once made the mistake of packing a full-sized dryer for a weekend getaway; let’s just say I had to sacrifice bringing an extra pair of shoes. Lesson learned.
Dual Voltage is Your Best Friend
Not all countries operate on the same voltage, and the last thing you want is to fry your high-end hair dryer—or worse, cause a power outage in your hotel. Dual voltage hair dryers automatically adjust to the local voltage, so you’re good to go whether you’re in London or Tokyo. I had a colleague who was in Berlin for a conference. He plugged in his standard U.S. hair dryer, and well, let’s just say he had a memorable experience presenting with half-styled hair.
Protect Your Investment
Consider a carrying case specifically designed for your hair dryer. These usually have compartments for the cord, nozzle, and even some hair products. You’re investing in a quality hair dryer, so it makes sense to protect it. Before I got a case, I used to wrap my hair dryer in a t-shirt, thinking it would protect it. Spoiler: it didn’t, and the nozzle got cracked.
Packing Hair Care Essentials
You’ve got your compact, dual voltage hair dryer and a nifty carrying case, but what about other hair care essentials? Travel-size hair products are a no-brainer. But also consider a microfiber towel for quick drying before you even get to the blow-drying stage. These are light, super absorbent, and can be a game-changer for managing curly hair on the go.
Quick Drying Techniques for On-the-Go
Being on the road doesn’t mean you have all the time in the world to dry your hair. A section on quick drying techniques, perhaps using the cool shot button or specific heat settings, can save time and keep your hair looking great. I’ve found that using a microfiber towel to blot out excess water can cut down my hair drying time by almost half.
Conclusion: The Final Take on Taming Your Curls
So there you have it, gents—your ultimate guide to finding the perfect blow dryer to help you manage those rebellious curls. Whether you’re looking for something simple and portable like the Revlon RVDR5823UK1 or you’re ready to go all-in with Dyson’s high-tech Supersonic, there’s a hair dryer out there that’s just right for you. The key? Ionic technology for frizz control, ceramic elements for heat protection, and adjustable settings for styling versatility. Trust me, I’ve been through my fair share of crappy blow dryers, and nothing beats investing in a quality tool that caters to your hair type.
If I had to pick just one, I’d say go for the Dyson Supersonic. Sure, it’s a bit of a splurge, but think of it as an investment in your personal grooming arsenal. I remember the first time I used it, and man, it’s like your hair gets the VIP treatment. It’s quiet, it’s quick, and most importantly, it does wonders on curly hair. And let’s be real, if you’re in a rush in the mornings or getting ready for a night out, you don’t want to waste time fiddling with a subpar dryer. You want something that gets the job done and makes you look damn good.
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