The Best Hair Dryer for Curly Hair

A very common question is “what is the best hair dryer for curly hair?

The answer to that is simple, the air.

hair dryer


The Best Hair Dryer for Curly Hair is: The Air


Curly hair tends to be dehydrated, so using a hair dryer just makes the situation worse. A blow dryer actually makes water under the cuticles boil causing your hair to break and create unwanted split ends.

The best way to dry your hair without damage or causing frizz is to wrap your hair in a microfiber towel for 10 – 15 minutes and then allow it to air dry. If you’re someone who is always on the go and just need a quick way to dry your hair then I recommend you allow your hair to air dry partially before using a blow dryer.

microfiber towel

Always be sure to use a good heat protectant such as It’s a 10 Miracle Leave‑In Conditioner and try to avoid using high heat settings. Also, if you must use a blow dryer, be sure to get a diffuser attachment to spread out the heat and reduce damage.

 it's a 10 miracle leave in product


If you aren’t in a time-crunch, avoid the heat to save your curls. There are several methods to try before reaching for the worst tool for your hair. You could shower the night before and put your hair in a pineapple (flip your head upside down and put hair up with a scrunchie in a loose ponytail on the top of your head), wrap, or a loose braid to have nice curls in the morning. Just a quick spritz of water, a nice curl cream like Paul Mitchell Twirl Around Crunch-Free Curl Definer, and you’ll be good to start your day.

Paul Mitchell Twirl Around Crunch-Free Curl Definer


If you’re not a fan of showering the night before, you can try leaving the microfiber towel on for a longer period of time. A half hour would be long enough to absorb most moisture and get the process moving quicker.

Another option is to skip the shower and simply put your hair in a cute messy up-do. If you can, it would be a good idea to avoid the hair drying process altogether.

If you’re someone who uses a blow dryer often, it could lead to major damage and it’s best to avoid that.  So the conclusion is, when it comes down to the best hair dryer for curly hair, keep this article in mind.


curly hair


If you have any questions or comments, leave something for me below!


Writer: Angela Smith


13 thoughts on “The Best Hair Dryer for Curly Hair

  1. You have written a great article here! Curly hair can be very hard to manage and it’s always great to find new tips on how to deal with it. I’m definitely going to try the microfiber towel. Normal towels make my hair so frizzy. I also agree that keeping blow drying to a minimum is a good idea as it can really dry out your hair!

  2. I love your article on curly hair. I have not used perm or relaxer in my hair for some time. So any advice that I can get about the care of my hair is helpful. I will definitely try some of the products you mentioned, especially the towel and the leave in conditioner. Thanks for the information!

    • Theresa,

      Thank you, I’m happy you enjoyed the post! Give the towel and cream a try and feel free to come back and let me know how you like them.

  3. I try to take care of my hair as much as I can and now I know that using a hair dryer can dry it out. I actually have a few microfiber towels I use specifically for my hair, and they make a WORLD of difference compared to other towels that just make my hair frizzy and unappealing.

    Thanks for taking the time to share.

  4. Hi Angela, you are so right! I have somewhat curly/ wavy hair and if I blow dry it, it’s a complete mess.. I end up with a bush on top of my head.

    I do have one question: why microfiber towel? I usually use the normal that ok as well?

    • Hi Kat,

      Good question! Cotton towels cause a lot of friction which leads to breakage. Not only breakage but unwanted frizz too. Microfiber towels also dry you hair a lot faster than cotton towels. I recommend you switch and see the difference for yourself 🙂

  5. Get a diffuser attachment and hold it far away from your head. It still takes some time, but takes a lot of time off the air drying time. My hair takes literally hours to air dry, and the diffuser cuts down on that immensely without making it bushy or frizzy.

    • Hello Leigh,

      I hear they’re great but I never got around to getting one. I personally try to avoid all heat products. I’m glad it works for you though! Thanks for visiting the site and sharing your thoughts 🙂

  6. Great tips! I’m in the process of growing out my extra curly pixie cut. I’m dreading the whole process, but I’ve been wanting my hair long again for years, now. So, I’m holding these thoughts in my memory bank to use in about 4 more months! Thanks again!

  7. Hi Angela,

    What a nice article, I found it very interesting!

    I didn’t know that blow-drying can dry out curly hair.

    I don’t have curly hair, but my daughter does and she always dries her hair with a blow-dryer unfortunately. I have bookmarked your website so I can show this helpful article to my daughter hoping she will follow your suggestions.

    Thank you very much

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