Finding the right blow dryer for your natural hair toolkit, as I like to call it, is essential no matter your hair texture or how you wear your curls. Hey, regardless of what you do with them, those curls are your signature and need their fair share of TLC. While some naturals prefer heatless styling, many of us don't mind stretching our hair—as long as our curls snap back without any heat damage.
Despite taking great pains to avoid it, inadvertently exposing our precious locks to excess or prolonged heat is easier than we think, and may come down to the tools we use. This means irons or dryers. And despite clever marketing, not all dryers are created equal, so we reached out to hairstylists to find out their faves.
We conducted hours of research to find the best blow dryers for natural hair on the market, evaluating top options based on their ability to stretch curly hair without wreaking havoc on natural textures. We also considered extra features, such as heat settings, speed, and styling. After considering dozens of products, we landed on these high-quality picks.
Best for Stretching: RevAir Reverse-Air Dryer
You've probably seen this innovative hair dryer on your TikTok for you page or reviewed by your favorite natural hair YouTuber, and it's making waves for good reason. It promises to minimize damage with a patented technology that reverse-dries hair, which completely stretches out the tightest textures to create a smooth finish. It's a good choice if you need to stretch your curls for a protective style, or if you frequently blow-dry your hair and want to keep it healthy.
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