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If you ever went with your mom to her beauty salon, you certainly remember those sit under hair dryers that looked like space helmets.  All I could remember is that women used to st under them, grab a magazine and wait for their hair to get done.

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Since you’re reading about them, you’ve certainly discovered how wonderful and reliable they are.

Now you can buy a hooded hair dryer for your own home or business use. They’re not all the gigantic space craft looking things that I remember, either. There are a variety of styles for you to choose from now that will help you create the perfect look you’re hoping to achieve.

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Make your home a personal beauty salon with a professional hooded hair dryer. They are small enough to store in your bathroom or any room of your home or business. The first kind of hooded hair dryer available is a dryer that is attached to a hose and box. This is frequently known as a bonnet hair dryer.

Simply style your hair, put your curlers in or towel dry your hair and slide the bonnet pouch on over your hair. A hose attaches the bonnet to the dryer box which is plugged into the electric outlet. There are speed and temperature controls so that you can be comfortable and get things done within close range of your dryer. You won’t have to worry about over drying with today’s dryers, either.

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Sit Back And Relax Under Your Hair Dryer 

You can grab a magazine or book and sit back and relax during your beauty regimen. The bonnets lena dunham judd apatoware large; they allow for the use of large rollers on a full head of long hair or let you style your short hair style as well. Soft and stretchy, the bonnets are perfect for anyone and let you get things done while you create a dream look. After all, we’re all multitasking these days, aren’t we? When you want to get that right out of the salon look, a hooded hair dryer will definitely make sit possible.

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The other types of hooded dryers look like miniature versions of the older, larger salon dryers. They come with their own storage and travel boxes so that you can use them at home and close them up and put them away or take them on the road to see clients, get ready for pageants or events or any other needs you may have.

They fit comfortably over your head, completely unobtrusively. They will let you dry with curlers or color treatments or just to complete a fresh salon look. Easy to use and store in your home or office, they are the perfect complement to your beauty corner. They plug into a standard electrical outlet and operate efficiently and quickly. Need to dry slowly? Not a problem. This type of hooded hair dryer comes with multiple heat and speed settings, as well.

How to Choose Your Hard Hat Hair Dryer

You have surely gone for protein treatments or other treatments which completely immersed your hair and your hairstylist asked you to go under a standing hair dryer, aka a bonnet hair dryer. As you know, this kind of hair tool is as essential in hair salons as other hair tools. Some might think these standing hair dryers function far differently from handheld blow dryers. But the truth is that they both share the same decisive features without which they function poorly. Choosing an overhead hair dryer can be overwhelming because of all the options and technological advances in hair styling appliances. Don’t worry! We’ve done the job for you and come up with the features and specs you should take into account when trying to choose yours.

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Benefits of having a stand up hair dryer

  • Great for African-American super thick, kinky-curly hair / long, thick, frizzy naturally wavy/curly hair
  • Sit under it and pray, read, plan your day, put on your make-up, grab your laptop, check your e-mails, make a bowl of cereal …
  • Sit practically anywhere
  • If you hate holding a blow-dryer or a diffuser every morning, then this hair dryer is your solution
  • Your hair ends up smooth, shiny, and totally FRIZZ FREE!
  • Sit under hair dryers are quiet that your ears won’t ring after.

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Criteria to consider?

Placement and user-friendliness
Well Balanced Air Flow
Balance of air flow with power
Long cord
Multiple settings
Adjustable head pieces
Adjustable height
A timer so you won’t have to watch the clock constantly
Different sizes head wearer
Solid Joints
Wattage

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Balance Of Air Flow With Power

When you use your handheld hair dryer you are able to direct heat to the side of your head you feel need more heat. This is not the case with standing hair dryers as you cannot manually control the distribution of heat. That’s why it is of great importance your hair dryer features an intelligent heat blowing system that ensures each strand receives equal quantity of heat.

Solid Joints

Since these hair dryers are worn over the head, their joints in the supporting/connecting pillar have to be sturdy and easily flexible to prevent any sudden collapse.

Different Sizes Head Wearer (accommodate roller)

A lot of women just buy a hair dryer ignoring, or not knowing, that some of them have adjustable head space. Just imagine how big a “head” can be with rollers.

Long Cord

Make sure the hair dryer comes with a comfortably long cord. This will make your jib easier as you’ll be able to dry your hair wherever you feel suitable.

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Good Stand for Placement

A proper stand with rubber grips and ample weights included allow for reasonable overall stability.

Direct Heat

Direct exposure to heat is definitely not a good thing for your hair. Blow dryers, flt irons and hot rollers all function by exposing your hair to direct heat and this proves to be damaginf without the use of heat protectants.  Direct heat decreases moisture, destroys protein structure and causes dryness, split ends and hair loss.

Indirect Heat

They are great for hair treatments, hair styling (rollersets, straw sets, wraps …). They are known to dry the hair gently and evenly without damaging the hair and without causing frizz, split ends or fly-aways.

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Facts

  • Getting one’s hair professionally done at a salon is becoming money consuming. Accordingly, a lot of women have bought stand up hair dryers to cut down these costs as these tools will pay for themselves after 3 or 4 uses!!!
  • It’s far better than trying to dry your hair with a handheld hair dryer
  • Hooded hair dryers are excellent for treatments (deep conditioning …) as it helps them penetrate the hair and that makes a big difference)

Salon Sundry – Professional Bonnet Style Hood 1,000 Watt Salon Hair Dryer

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 Salon Sundry - Professional Bonnet Style Hood 1,000 Watt Salon Hair Dryer - Black

The Salon Sundry UNBOXED (jump to 3.00 min)

What reviewers say about it

Great for these types of hair

  • Natural / African American / Dominican / Relaxed
  • Coily / Curly / Wavy
  • Thick coarse hair
  • Frizzy
  • Fine
  • Chemically treated
  • Locked hair (Locks, Dreadlocks, Micro Locks, Braid Locks, Sister locks, Lock extensions, starter locks, twist locks …)

What it does

  • Dries hair (from root to tip) fast on a “medium” setting (no heat damage)
  • Will help you achieve salon-quality roller sets right at home
  • No more air drying, wet/damp spots, frizz, breakage, puffiness, shrinkage
  • Cuts down on drying time as heat evenly reaches all parts of the head, even the nape (uses convection heat transfer)
  • Twistouts dry in half the time, wash and go’s have less shrinkage
  • Leaves the hair silky, bouncy, shiny and smooth
  • Has adjustable heat controls: blue=cool, yellow=warm, red=hot (heat reaches 75 degrees Celsius / 167ºF)
  • Has a timer for up to 60 seconds (spares you the trouble of constantly watching the clock as the dryer turns off automatically)
  • Can dry the hair even without rollers
  • Does not require you wear a hair net
  • It’s fairly tall and its bonnet is very roomy (the largest rollers can fit in comfortably)

Specs and features

  • Is 110-120V -60Hz / 1000 watts (means a lot in terms of energy consumption)
  • Is much quieter than handheld hair dryers (you can have a phone conversation, watch tv …)
  • Its height is adjustable (just push it down or pull it up)
  • Is easy to assemble (no tools needed)
  • Its spring-loaded pedestal base is very wide (to better support the weight of the dryer)
  • Comes with a hinged front visor to open and close
  • It’s pretty sturdy, durable and would even be great for constant salon uses
  • Comes with a professional 3 prong socket 

Downside

  • The timer is a bit loud when it goes off
  • No locks on wheels
  • Instructions are not clear enough (but putting it together is a breeze)
  • Temperature controls are in Celsius (just click this “celcius to fahrenheit” Google converter)

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Tourmaline Tools by Hot Tools Professional Tourmaline Ionic 1875 Watt High Heat Portable Salon Dryer

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What reviewers say about it

Great for these types of hair

  • Natural / African American / Dominican
  • Coily / Curly / Wavy / Kinky
  • Thick coarse
  • Frizzy
  • Full relaxed/permed
  • Fine
  • Locked hair (Locks, Dreadlocks, Micro Locks, Braid Locks, Sister locks, Lock extensions, starter locks, twist locks …)
  • (reviewer) long thick curly hair (dries in 20-25 minutes)

Tourmaline Tools by Hot Tools

  • Settings: Ionic On Low, Ionic Off Low, Ionic On High, Ionic Off High / 2 speeds
  • Features the Ionic feature (on/off) that speeds up the drying process (even on low setting) and leaves the hair shiny, soft and healthy
  • No more frizz, tugging, weird fly-aways, breakage or burnt hair (gentler on hair)
  • Is great for multitasking (some reviewers do makeup or nails while others check emails, pay their bills, read a mag, or just relax)
  • Has great airflow that heat evenly reaches all parts of the hair
  • Does not require a hair net

Specs and features

  • Is 1875W – 125V, 60Hz
  • Gets salon hot which allow for super fast drying
  • Is super easy to assemble (5 minutes)
  • Has a telescope-like stand to adjust the height for adults and kids very easily
  • Is roomy and even huge jumbo rollers can fit in easily
  • Has an adjustable front visor
  • Has a 9ft cord
  • Has a removable lint filter for cleaning
  • Has two loackable wheels for better stability (an added bonus)
  • Its knobs are easy to reach without having to get up
  • Legs on the bottom of the stand are wide (an office chair is not a good option, so try a folding chair where the legs go straight down). Legs remove from base for convenient storage
  • Is sturdy, professional, light-weight and transportable
  • Comes with a 24-month warranty
  • Its parts are very easily recognizable in the instruction manual

Downside

  • Does not have a timer
  • Some of the reviews complain that the top helmet is too sturdy and has a tendency to break off, others complain about the smoky smell (goes away after the first uses)

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Best Choice Products® Beauty Salon Spa Equipment Hair Dryer with Stand Premium Quality

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What reviewers say about it

Great for these types of hair

  • Natural / African American / Dominican
  • Coily / Curly / Newly liberated curly hair / Wavy / Kinky
  • Thick coarse
  • Frizzy
  • Full relaxed/permed
  • Locked hair (Locks, Dreadlocks, Micro Locks, Braid Locks, Sister locks, Lock extensions, starter locks, twist locks …)
  • Fine
  • (reviewer) Very thick hair dries in about 20 minutes
  • (reviewer) Shoulder length thick wavy/curly dries in 10 minutes (after drying with a microfiber towel)

The Best Choice Hair Dryer

After reading all reviews from Amazon, 90% of the 4 or 3 stars are because of the timer’s “ding” sound and not the quality or efficiency of the tool

  • Has 3 knobs: heat (up to 176°F) air velocity and time up to 60 minutes (automatic shut off)
  • Gets hot (without being uncomfortably hot) enough and gets the job done quickly and evenly (literally cuts drying time in half)
  • Is great for coloring
  • Is a great an alternative to blow drying
  • Makes styles hold longer and ensures shinier, healthier and silky smooth results (just like the salon)
  • Its bonnet is so large and spacious that it easily and comfortably accomodates jumbo rollers underneath – with room to spare (does cuddle your neck)
  • Its visor is a great addition (no need to bend to remove your head from the dryer)
  • A hair net is optional
  • Has a spring loaded height adjustable pole (heavy duty aluminum / fits adults and kids)
  • Its 5 leg base makes it easy to roll all over the house
  • Is really durable (TERICA from Amazon said she’s had it for 5 years and still works like new) 

Specs and features

  • Is 800 watts – 120v/50-60Hz
  • Comes complete (all materials to assemble legs/wheels//head unit, screws and a wrench tool, book of instructions, 2 replacement fuses, and a 1 year warranty card)
  • Extremely easy to assemble. A reviewer says her 14 year-old son put it together easily
  • People watching Tv next to you can’t tell if the dryer is on or not
  • Is professional, sturdy and transportable

Downside

  • The timer’s “ding” sound is a bit on the loud side when it goes off

Babyliss Pro Ionic Rollabout Hard Hat Dryer

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The Babyliss Pro Ionic UNBOXED (unboxing 2:47 min)

What reviewers say about it

Great for these types of hair

  • Wavy / Curly (curls look fabulous)  /  Coily  / Kinky
  • Natural / African American / Dominican
  • Thick coarse
  • Fine
  • Frizzy
  • Unmanageable hair
  • Full relaxed/permed
  • Locked hair
  • Color treated 
  • Dry
  • (reviewer) long thick curly hair (dries in 20-25 minutes)
  • (reviewer) Thick coarse hair (dries in 15-20 minutes on the high setting)
  • (reviewer) Great for stretching relaxers

The Babyliss Pro Ionic Rollabout

  • Say goodbye to those days you had to go out with your hair still damp
  • Is one the best ionic hood dryers that ensures totally FRIZZ FREE results (much better than with the diffuser)
  • Has adjustable settings: Low fan/no heat – Low fan/high heat – High fan/high heat
  • Takes less time to dry the hair and dries the ends completely
  • Leaves the hair shinier, smoother and bouncier (better than a tranquilizer!)
  • Makes curls and waves smooth soft and last all day long
  • Is effective, convenient and reasonably quiet
  • Its height is fully adjustable thanks to its swivelling stand (kids fit beautifully)
  • Is gentler on the hair and does not fry it

Specs and features

  • Is 1600W – 125V, 60Hz (powerful)
  • Is sturdy and durable: a stylist says he uses it all day 5 days a week and it lasts at least a year for how much they use it
  • Is incredibly easy to set up (no tools needed)
  • Its 5 leg base makes it stable, secure and easy to roll around the house

Note!!!

  • You need to put the visor down to get it to turn on, and lift it to shut the dryer off

Downside

  • Does not accommodate large rollers (medium sized rollers fit comfortably)

 

BR Beauty Meredith Professional 880W Salon Hair Dryer with Casters

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BR Beauty Meredith Professional 880W Salon Hair Dryer with Casterss

What reviewers say about it

Great for these types of hair

  • Natural / African American / Dominican
  • Coily / Curly / Wavy / Kinky
  • Thick coarse
  • Frizzy
  • Full relaxed/permed
  • Locked hair
  • Fine
  • (reviewer) Thick hair (dries in about 15 min)
  • (reviewer) thick curly (dries in 20 minutes max)

The BR Beauty Meredith

  • You’ll be able to finally replicate the lovely, formed curls you get in the salon
  • Gets hot enough and guarantees an even distribution of heat
  • A stylist says his clients call it the master blaster as it dries their hair fast
  • Makes the hair glossy, neat, moisturized and soft
  • Is efficient and offers a great temperature and speed control: “low, med, high”
  • A reviewer said she uses it to process permanent color faster (reds are WAY more vivid, gray is completely covered)

Specs and features

  • Is 800 watts – 120v/50-60Hz (reviewers are surprised at how fast it gets the job done without damaging the hair)
  • Has a timer up to 60 minutes (an added value)
  • Is quiet (people right next to you can happily watch TV)
  • It is very spacious you can comfortably sit under it two packs (140) curlformers
  • Has a front visor lift
  • Its height adjusts easily
  • Is fast and easy to assemble 
  • Is convenient to move with its caster wheels (5 leg base)
  • Looks and feels so professional sturdy and strong
  • Comes with a 24-month warranty
  • Reviewers confirm that customer service is so accommodating

Downside

  • The bell on the timer dings very loudly
  • Some reviewers complain that the the screws that come with it are not compatible with the holes  (they used other screws)

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