I Promise: These Blow Dryers Won’t Fry Fine Hair

Tried and tested by yours truly.

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If you happen to be a part of the Fine Hair Club, you know that heat styling can be quite the slippery slope. Too much, too hot, too soon can result in fried ends and serious breakage. As such, preserving hair health is top priority and finding the best blow dryer is key. I am intimately acquainted with all of the above (fine hair girl, at your service), and have spent hours wielding a round brush and rocking damp hair in search of the most efficient, non-damaging hot tool. 

In the end, I’ve narrowed down the options to the best eight out there. The creme de le creme of blow dryers span price ranges, with some available at the drugstore and others with price tags well into the hundreds. There are different handles and heat settings, a seemingly never-ending assortment of attachments, and setting options that essentially make these tools customizable. The commonality between them all: They are fine-hair approved. To see my top picks and get styling advice straight from the pros, read ahead. 

What to Look For

Temperature Settings 

As a rule of thumb, you don’t want to exceed 400 degrees with any hot tool. If you have fine hair, you’ll want to exercise extra caution. “When blow drying fine hair you may want to lower the temperature to a more medium heat setting,” says celebrity hairstylist Clariss Rubenstein. “Fine hair doesn’t need to be worked and heated the same way thick or coarse hair does.” Look for a tool that has at least three different heat settings. 

Speed Settings

The same way you want to control heat output, you’ll want to keep an eye on the power exerted by your tool. Not only can too much power cause damage, but it might also affect the overall look of your style. “Too much power will actually deflate fine hair,” says Rubenstein. 


Whether you want a sleek, smooth blowout or a frizz-free diffused look, you should ensure that your blow dryer comes with attachments that can help funnel the air and save you from damage in the process. “Fine hair is prone to damage quicker than most, so depending on its damage, you should use a styling concentrator on medium air velocity and medium heat as fine hair smoothens and dries much quicker than thick hair,” says Dyson hairstylist Matthew Collins.

Styling Products 

“When blow drying fine hair you want to use body building products like RŌZ root lift spray and possibly RŌZ milk hair serum on mid lengths and ends to still protect and smooth,” says celebrity hairstylist Mara Roszak. “Lower the power settings to blow air softer, to maintain volume and height.” 

The Best Blow Dryers for Fine Hair

Meet the Experts

Clariss Rubenstein

Clariss Rubenstein is a Los Angeles based hairstylist. Born in Paris, she discovered her passion for art and style at an early age. She attended the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Los Angeles and later worked under top stylists at the renowned Chris McMillan Salon. Her talent and ambition paid off and she opened a boutique studio, Gloss, in Beverly Hills, where she currently works. Clariss’s clients include Jennifer Garner, Dakota Fanning, Mindy Kaling, Kaley Cuoco, Leighton Meester, Allison Williams and Alison Brie. Her work has been featured in editorials for Vanity FairJalouse and LadyGunn. Her advertising work includes James Perse, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Tommy Hilfiger.

Matthew Collins

Matthew Collins is a Los Angeles-based hairstylist. With a career spanning over 17 years, Collins has perfected skills such as barbering, cutting, color, and balayage, and now specializes in celebrity hairstyling for prestigious events, awards shows, runway shows, editorials, and beyond.

His work has been featured in publications such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle Canada, Elle Serbia, Harper’s Bazaar, and InStyle. Collins' celebrity clientele include Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Cindy Crawford, Kristen Stewart, Kristen Bell, Mandy Moore, Bryce Dallas Howard, Camilla Mendes, Sophia Bush, and Joey King.

Mara Roszak

At age 16, Mara Roszak enrolled in Marinello School of Beauty with her mother’s blessings, whose entrepreneurial spirit and background as a stone sculptor inspired Mara’s creativity and sculptural approach to hair styling. Shortly after graduating, she began working at Chris McMillan Salon as an assistant and since that point, her career has blossomed.

Featured in Vogue, W, ELLE, and Harper’s Bazaar and more, she has styled in campaigns for Dior, Gucci, Kenzo, Puma, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton and Revlon. Mara has collaborated with renowned photographers including Mario Sorrenti, Craig McDean, Juergen Teller and Annie Leibovitz, and her clients include Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Emma Stone, Michelle Yeoh, Cara Delevingne, Mila Kunis, and many more.

In 2016, Mara opened the doors to Mare Salon in Los Angeles, alongside her two co-founders, Alex Polillo and Denis De Souza. Then, after 20 years in the industry, Mara set out to develop a high-performing line of luxury hair products. With this expertise, she launched RŌZ, a sustainable hair care brand.

Samantha Holender
Beauty Editor

Samantha Holender is the Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, where she reports on the best new launches, dives into the science behind skincare, and keeps up with the latest trends in the beauty space. She has previously written for Us Weekly, Popsugar, Makeup.com, Skincare.com, and Philadelphia Wedding. Follow her on Instagram @samholender.