Attachment Issues

The Most Important Hair Dryer Attachments

If you’re new to drying with a blower, you might think all you need to do is pick one you like the look of, and buy it. However, there is an awful lot more to these hair appliances than you might think. I’ve found it doesn’t hurt to take a look at the added extras you can get, and attachments play a big part in how your style turns out.

A powerful dryer isn’t enough to get the right kind of control so you end up with perfect curls, waves or straight hair. Instead, it’s just enough to get the hair dry. The attachment is what sets the style.

Spread The Love (And Heat)

Hair dryers are really effective when you’re trying to set spirals, but using the dryer without an attachment can make a huge mess of your natural curls (or the curls you’re trying to set). Instead, many dryers either come with (or have available) diffuser attachments which make a huge difference to the styling process.

Diffusers are wide connections that take the air coming out of the dryer and spread it across your head. They usually have a flat surface or a surface with “fingers” coming out of it, like you see in the image above. Either way, the heat source is not going to touch your head, and only very large diffusers will actually touch the hair.

They redirect the hair to make sure that in essence, it does not relax too much while you’re drying it. This allows you to keep the curls you’ve created. Blowers like the Vidal Sassoon VS547 I reviewed here come with a diffuser,

Pay Attention

Or concentrate! The concentrator attachment on a hair dryer is probably the more common option if you go into a hair salon. Blow dryers in salons are most often used to smooth and straighten hair, and that’s where a concentrator comes in.

It does exactly what its name says. Just like a diffuser, a concentrator takes the air coming out of the dryer and directs it toward a small opening that is much tighter than the mouth of the blower. What this does is create pressure and steam so your hair straightens and relaxes. You can smooth your style with a brush and concentrator because the air is directed exactly where you need it. The moisture in your hair is trapped in while the dampness is removed. The Remington Ac2015 Tstudio Salon Collection Dryer comes with concentrators.

Other Attachments

You can get attachments that go beyond the two I’ve mentioned above, but they’re rarer and have different purposes. For the most part, they have combs or picks on the end and they actually go through the hair while you’re drying. They should come on or only be used for dryers with excellent covers for the back side of the device.

If you don’t have a protective covering on this part of your dryer, it can suck your hair in which is the last thing anyone needs when they’re in the middle of styling. One great option I have come across with alternative attachments is the Infiniti Pro 3-in-1 Hair Dryer.

Get Attached – It’s Totally Worth It

If you’re ready to dive in and get great style from a brand new dryer, make sure it either comes with or has attachments available that will help push you to the next style level. Trust me when I say that if you want extra control out of the end of your dryer, you’re going to need an attachment or two. They come in all sizes depending on the precision you need, so there is no reason why you can’t find one that works for you.