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Splurge or steal: Hair dryers

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Pick the right hair dryer

When styling your hair, no average tool will do. That’s especially true of hair dryers. Go with the wrong one, and your locks could look fried. And with so many things to consider -- wattage, price, weight and brand -- shopping your drugstore’s shelves can be downright overwhelming. So simplify the process by picking up one of our favorite blow dryer finds.

Wall-mounted hair dryers

Wall-mounted hair dryers

Steal: Conair Wall Mount Hair Dryer
Price: $34.99
This handy hair dryer is easy to wield, thanks to its plastic coating, and has enough wattage to dry even the wettest locks in record speed. What's more, it has two heat settings -- hot and warm -- so you can choose how to style your hair. It even has an LED nightlight and automatically shuts off when placed back in the mount.
Where to buy: Conair.com

Splurge: CHI Air Mini Wall Mount Ceramic Hair Dryer
Price: $49.99
This compact wall-mounted hair dryer is perfect for the bathroom that lacks space. It comes with two speeds and heat settings, and has a seven-foot cord for ultra flexibility when blow drying.
Where to buy: Amazon.com

Tourmaline hair dryers

 

Tourmaline hair dryers

Steal: Sunbeam Model 1637 Tourmaline Hairdryer
Price: $22.99
Featuring tourmaline technology, this inexpensive dryer works just as well as its bigger brand-name competitors. Not only will it dry your hair ultra-fast, it's also small enough to tote to the gym or on vacation. It's a guaranteed frizz buster.
Where to buy: Shopping.com

Splurge: T3 Featherweight
Price: $200
This award-winning tool is one of the best hair dryers on the market. Using tourmaline technology, the dryer works to evenly distribute ions across your hair's surface, drying it faster and leaving it smoother and silkier than other dryers can. Its handy heat settings even work to prevent breakage.
Where to buy: Sephora

Ionic hair dryers

Ionic hair dryers

Steal: Babyliss Pro Ionic Ceramic Hair Dryer
Price: $139.99
At 1750 watts, this ionic hair dryer provides enough negative ions to counteract all sorts of hair hazards: Frizz, flyaways, split ends. And because it provides three heat settings, you have the option of drying your hair at whatever rate you want.
Where to buy: FlatIronExperts.com

Splurge: Velecta Paramount Professional Ceramic Ionic Hair Dryer
Price: $209.99
Compact and completely portable, this powerful blow dryer uses ionic technology to give your locks an incredible shine. It even comes with two styling nozzles, two heat settings (plus a cool shot button) and an impressive 14-foot cord -- so if you feel like walking around while blow drying, you can.
Where to buy: FlatIronExperts.com

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