I've Done the Research—These Are the Best Blow Dryers for Afro Hair


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For those of us blessed with kinky and coily hair, finding the right blow dryer to add to your toolkit—no matter your texture—can often feel overwhelming. Although some Afro-haired people prefer heatless styling, for certain styles, the added help of a great blow dryer is key. And when scoping out a new Afro hair–friendly blow dryer, prioritising its versatility and ability to work with Afro hair in all its iterations is a good place to start. For coiled and curled looks, this means a low and steady heat tool—perfect for providing an even dry—and one lightweight enough to stave off the dreaded washday dead arm. We've all been there, right?

Not all tools are created equal, however, with some dryers sporting easily accessible cool buttons (ideal for providing a chilled blast across lace lines in order to help wigs lie just a little flatter), or for the heat-averse, diffuser attachments allowing for smooth and accentuated coils with a satisfying spring. 


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So whether you want to try out a '90s-eques fringe ponytail or are looking to extend the life of a swishy silk press, a high-powered blow dryer with ultra-precise nozzles, not to mention trusty pik attachments, can be a perfect addition to your hair arsenal. Luckily, I've decided to do the hard work for you. When it comes to Afro hair blow dryers, I've tried them all, so from ceramic to paddled brush tools, this is my ultimate list of the best blow dryers for Afro and coily hair types. Scroll down to discover my favourites. 


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Shop the Best Blow Dryers for Afro and Coily Hair

1. The PATTERN Blow Dryer

2. Revlon Salon One-Step Combo Pack: One Volumiser and One Paddle Dryer

2. Wahl PowerPik 2 Hair Dryer

3. Shark FlexStyle Air Styler & Hair Dryer

4. Amika Round Blowdryer Brush

5. BaByliss Hydro Fusion 2100 Hair Dryer 

6. Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer 

7. GHD Helio Professional Hair Dryer 

8. Beauty Works Aeris Lightweight Digital Hair Dryer

9. Drybar Buttercup Blowdryer

Shop My Blowdryer essentials 



The key to a great, blowdried style is not only technique but also the tools to help minimise heat damage without having compromise on the finished look. Here are some of my favourite blowdryer toolkit additions.

1. Aquis Hair Turban Lisse Luxe 

2. Silke Hair Wrap the Kate 

3. Slip Pure Silk Skinny Scrunchies 

4. Felefi Bonnet Hairdryer Attachment 

5. Living Proof No Frizz Smooth Styling Serum

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