Hair Dryer for Hair Loss

Blow dry….WHAAAAAAA?????

You’ve heard me say NEVER BLOW DRY YOUR HAIR. Generally, these are words to live by for those of us with fragile, friable, shedding, vulnerable hair.

However, we also live in a world where sometimes:

  • It’s too damn cold to go outside with wet hair;
  • We’ve gotta have styled hair for work/dates/life; and
  • We’ve gotta have extra awesome hair for the holidays.

So, what’s a girl to do?

I have the answer. Buy a GOOD hair dryer with temperature control and a diffuser.

I’ve had a hair dryer with a diffuser for as long as I can remember. What’s a diffuser? Simply put, diffusers are attachments that go on the end nozzle of a hair dryer, and this lets the dryer disperse its heat over a wider area.

What does dispersed heat mean? Less intense focus of the heat at a smaller area of follicles, and broader air distribution. This means you get uniformly dry hair, not fried dried split frizz.

What’s a girl NOT to do?

DEFINITELY AVOID drying your hair in the typical salon fashion. You know what I’m talking about…those blow outs where the stylist brushes it super aggressively, strand by freaking strand, in order to get that glossy and perfectly straight look.

It might look good that day, but the cost is FAR too heavy to justify.

Why? Because blow drying while brushing or combing your hair while it’s wet is still BAD NEWS. Our hair is even MORE vulnerable when it’s wet and you should ALWAYS avoid brushing or combing it during this time, if you have concerns about hair loss or shedding.

If you doubt what I’m saying, I challenge you to look closely at your ends next time you get a blow out. You’ll see a difference. Or,  grab all of your hair like you’re pulling it into a ponytail, and feel the volume: it will feel WAY skinnier than normal. This is because the hair has been stripped of its natural oil as well as just plain stripped of HAIR!

Why use a hair dryer with a diffuser?

If I’m blow drying my hair, not only don’t I want my poor scalp and follicles to get too hot and fry, I also want to preserve some of my natural wave and curl so the final product looks more voluminous.

For those of us with thinning hair, having waves or curls can help give the illusion that we have MORE hair than we do.

Why use ionic hair dryers?

In addition to the diffuser, this particular hair dryer by John has a metric ton of built-in features to protect your hair while in action:

  • 2200-Watt Motor – The powerful motor produces strong, consistent airflow to dry even thick, wavy hair in no time! Salon Look Everyday!
  • Advanced Technology – We’ve packed a bunch of useful technology into this hair dryer! Negative ions reduce frizz, the ceramic-coated grill produces infrared heat for fast drying, and tourmaline technology protects the hair cuticle from over-heating
  • Micro-Conditioners – Get up to 5x more protection compared to other regular dryers. The grill is infused with micro-conditioners that release into the dryer¡¯s airflow and get transferred into your hair to help prevent damage and maximize shine
  • 3 Heat Settings + 2 Speed Settings – Find the right temperature and airflow for your hair with 3 heat and 2 speed settings. Start with high heat to remove excess moisture, then switch to low heat and speed when you¡¯re ready to style and perfect your look. Voltage: 120 Volts. Cool Shot – Lock in your style with the cool shot button that provides a blast of cold air to hold your look all day long.
  • Attachments – The narrow air concentrator is ideal for precision styling on straight, smooth hair and the wider for fast drying. (To gain volume and curls, clip on the air diffuser and move it quickly around your head)

Best of all, the JOHN 2200Watt Fast Drying Ceramic Ionic Tourmaline 5800 Professional Hair Dryer with Diffuser features a 5 Year Warranty. So, if it breaks or gets wonky, you can send it back and get the darn thing fixed or replaced, no worries.

I’m thrilled that the internet exists and gives us an alternative to waiting in those frigid lines and risking death by trampling on Black Friday. Like everyone else, I love getting something for nothing or nearly nothing, which is why…

Time is of the essence, ladies

At this moment, this fancypants ionic hairdryer with a diffuser is only $47.99 on, on sale from its usual price of $169.

That’s partly why I wanted to pass on the news and encourage you all to go snag one.

That, and it’s getting super freaking cold where I live (in the mountains of Arizona). I’ve been blow drying my hair sometimes rather than letting it air dry, and, so I don’t end up reversing all the time and expense of regrowing my hair, I’m doing it with a good dryer and a diffuser. Ya’ll should do the same!

Thoughts on drying your hair? Horror stories or success stories? I’m listening…leave a comment!



29 thoughts on “Hair Dryer for Hair Loss

  1. I enjoyed your article. I like you, never blow dry my hair because of hair loss. But, iI too, find it incredibly necessary to have a blow dryer in case of emergencies like cold, and it has to be really cold, and important events I need to attend. Currently, I do not own one but I like the one from Amazon the John 2200 and I will be purchasing that one later today.
    Thank you for your article. Very informative and necessary for women like me with hair issues.

    • Thanks for the great feedback, Deborah! I agree- it does need to be *really* cold to justify it but it’s so important to have the right tools on hand when we need them. Harm reduction!!

  2. You have written a lovely post and I really enjoyed reading it. I own a blowdryer because I cannot keep my hair wet for long because of health reasons. I have to get the water out as fast as possible to avoid a bad cold.
    I love the blow dryer you advertised, since mine is getting old I will look into the one you have here. Before I read your post I never thought a blowdryer would be helpful to someone with thin hair.

    Do you think the Blow-dryer without the diffuser is harmful to my hair?

    • It kinda depends on how strong your hair is. For anyone struggling with thin or weak hair, a blow dryer without a diffuser is almost certainly harmful. Some people with thick, strong hair don’t seem to be as negatively affected by the heat or the extra closeness of the blow dryer without the diffuser. I would suggest you look at your split ends or just test out its volume after you dry it, to determine whether your hair is damaged. thanks for the great question!

  3. Ur pic of the chic w/ the magnifying glass made me laugh. lol
    I’ve been waiting to do all my Christmas shopping for ….you guessed it…..bLaCk fRiDaY! And now you’ve helped me add another item to my “to get” list. Thanks for the awesome review (as well as what Amazon peeps said, too) and letting me know it’s on sale for the low low right now:)!

    • Hahahha, glad you appreciate the cheesy blog art. Gotta keep it interesting! And have fun shopping until you dropping this weekend, my own list is a little ridiculously long, too….but we’ve gotta get these deals!

  4. Great tips!I’m looking for a blow dryer for my girlfriend for Christmas, so this should help me to narrow my list 🙂

  5. hi Penelope,very informative and interesting post,i’m a man but I do blowdry my hair and will consider trying this one with a diffuser to help with my hair thinning.

  6. My girlfriend uses a blow dryer to dry to hair and it is hot! I cannot even put my hand in front of it for five seconds before it starts to hurt. I think a heat diffuser, like you recommend, will do the trick. It sounds like a good Christmas present for her. Thank you for giving me the idea!

    • Hey Alex – she and her hair will thank you. Very cool to have a boyfriend’s perspective here..and she doesn’t have to know just how much money you saved on this luxury model!

  7. I’m 100% with you on never blow drying hair. With naturally curly hair I quit heat tools almost 12 months ago. Along with shampoo. I conditioner only wash and dry with the ‘plop’ method. Occasionally I’ll diffuse on cool. My hair has never been better! Thanks for sharing this.

  8. Penelope what a great post, I would blow dry my hair while wet but my hair does fall out after I do that, it’s very thick so it’s not noticeable thank goodness but I never realised it was my hairdryer that was doing the damage, I just thought it was happening naturally, it all makes sense now!
    Will definitely be putting one of these hairdryers on my Santa list!



    • Hi Colleen – thanks for the feedback! Start with the blowdryer and if you’re still experiencing hair loss, come back here for more tips and ideas!

  9. Penelope the page on hair styles to cover up our bald spots was very informative. I am :thinking off. getting my hair cut into layers and see if it thickens out. Great site. I visit here.

  10. I’ve been looking for this type of hair dryer for my daughter. The one we have has no temp control and I always get complaints about the heat.
    Thanks Penelope for keeping me up to date with latest hair tech.

  11. Wow. I never heard of a hair dryer for hair loss. I thought they were all the same. I’m starting to bald. I’m going to give this a whirl. After all, what do I have to lose? No pun intended. Great article.

  12. this looks incredible! I’m sure every woman searching for a miracle hair dryer is singing your prayers now! It’s also rather affordable which is an added bonus. I’ll share this with my mum:)


  13. I’m always hesitant to use a hairdryer as my hair always feels less healthy afterwards. I have very dry skin and the feeling on my head of burning using a traditional hairdryer isn’t great. Do you think that this hairdryer would work for my dry skin and hair?

  14. The controversy, as a kid my parents always made me dry my hair with a hair dryer, back then it was one of those that could cook a steak with the heat…I sooooo hated that thing. But as I got older I got used to let it air dry and have done the same with my son, but just for Christmas I was gifted a very good Dryer with all, I think it might be very similar one to the one you mentioned, with difiser and all, who would have known I kept something very useful stored on my closet ?, I will really pay more attention to new inventions and really follow the tips you shared! Awesome info

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I totally know what you mean, some hair dryers back in the day were downright scary, especially when one of my hairs got caught in the back and the whole hting started stinking. Luckily a diffuser protects from scenarios like that. Air drying is best if you can help it, but in winter and for special events, it’s just not always practical.

      • I had to comeback and comment! I been using my dryer this past week and my hair feels so nice, and it truly helped to control the frizz. I regret not using it before, it left my hair nicer and softer than when I let it air dry, so thank you for getting rid of my misconceptions o had on hair dryers ?

        • Thanks for following up! I’m really happy to hear you experienced improvement using the dryer and the diffuser, and that you’re safely saying goodbye to the frizz!!!

  15. Funny thing is that my hair dryer came with a defuser and I immediately store it somewhere in the garage. I didn’t really saw the benefit of it until now. That hair dryer you recommended looks really good, seems to have many benefits. Will look into it. Thanks for the recommendation!

    • Hahaha, I bet you’re not the only person who’s done that with the diffuser attachment! Glad you know what it’s for now 🙂

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