When styling our hair, we want to choose the most suitable technique and tools to achieve the best possible results with minimal damage. But of course, this isn’t as easily done as said. For centuries, women have been using hair dryers to pull off numerous vintage, modern, classic looks for their hair. The two most popular dryers used to achieve an at-home-salon look are the bonnet dryer and hooded dryer.
This is a dryer that connects to an iron infused airflow with a cap at the end which is placed over your head. The best feature of a bonnet dryer is the convenience it allows because of its portability which makes it easier to store at home or travel with. You won’t have to worry about sitting in one tiresome position for an hour and waste valuable getting-ready time. This soft bonnet allows you to move freely so you can carry on with your day while your hair is being done. Unlike the traditional dryers, bonnet dryers are constructed with ionic technology which prevents frizz and decreases chances of overheating the scalp. It is less damaging to your hair than the typical tools people use. This technique of drying generates a lot of moisture in your hair leaving it bouncy and voluminous with a great deal of shine. One major advantage the bonnet dryer has over the hooded dryer is that the heat is applied evenly all throughout the hair instead of centering it on one section, which ensures best results and minimal damage to hair.
This type of dryer is comprised of a stand (either table-top or grounded) with a hard dome that is placed over your head which produces heat. It gradually applies heat all around your head instead of directly shooting heat through a nozzle in one area. The bonnet dryer was initially inspired by the hooded dryer in the early 60s and eventually outshone the hooded dryer. So, they essentially have the same operating mechanics except the hooded dryer is not as portable and requires sitting in one position. Overall, it delivers the same luscious results but in a shorter period of time due to the higher wattage, which is the biggest pro of this tool. A 2-hour bonnet dryer job may only take 45 minutes for a hooded dryer. Since these have a hard body these are more durable and are likely to last longer than bonnet dryers. Nonetheless, they are comparatively pricier, but it’s an investment worth making if you’re obsessed with salon-like hairdo’s but are always on a busy schedule.
If you are concerned for the well-being of your hair but still want to get that trendy look I would highly recommend either of these two dryers over the traditional hair dryer even if it is a bit costlier. After all, you can’t put a price on the health of one of your most prized-possessions, can you? Ultimately, the decision over which one is better all depends on you and which one is better fitting with your lifestyle.
- Straight Hair Club, Everything You Need To Know About Portable Bonnet Hair Dryers
- Kae Lartey, Why Every Vixen Should Own a Bonnet Dryer, September 1, 2011