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Parlux - pretty with power
Parlux is the brand many professionals use and is often quoted as the gold standard for salon-quality, sleek and shiny hair.
The Parlux Alyon Air Ionizer 2250, $289, is great for thick hair.
It's really powerful, dries fast and has a high-performance motor.
It has built-in technology to tackle fly-away hair and distributes heat evenly so all your hair dries at the same speed.
It has two nozzles for an ultra-sleek finish, four temperature settings and two speed settings.
A built-in cable holder prevents clutter in your bedroom or bathroom.
It comes in a range of colours, and you can purchase it with an extra diffuser attachment for $314 for perfect curls.
ghd has the goods
The whole range of ghd dryers gets good reviews, but the Air Hair Dryer, $188, comes out on top.
It gives a quick, sleek blow-dry and is suitable for all hair types.
It has a powerful 2100w motor and reduces frizz and fly-aways.
It has several speed and temperature settings, including a cool shot to set your hair at the end.
A three-metre cable lets you easily use it wherever suits, and it is easy to hold in left or right hands.
The Helios Professional Dryer, $236, is also very well regarded.
It's designed to be lighter, faster and deliver a concentrated airflow.
It has a contoured nozzle, is very quiet and gives salon-worthy results.
Dyson delivers shine
The Dyson Airwrap, $799, has gained cult status.
Although it's technically a styling tool rather than a dryer, it works best on damp hair, drying and styling it at the same time.
It uses airflow rather than heat to smooth, dry and style, without damaging your hair.
It has a pre-styling dryer attachment that takes hair from wet to damp, ready for styling.
It comes with curling barrels, a firm smoothing brush, two different brush attachments for smoother, straighter styles, a softer brush for a blow-dry finish and a round volumising brush.
If you're after a more straightforward dryer, the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, $549, is designed to protect hair from extreme heat damage.
It dries quickly and precisely, and has intelligent heat control, measuring air temperature more than 40 times per second, regulating heat to keep your hair shiny and safe.
It has several attachments, including one for fly-aways, a styling concentrator, a diffuser, a wide-tooth comb and a gentle air attachment.
The Revlon Pro Collection Salon One Step Hair Dryer and Styler, $67, has more than 3000 4-5 star reviews on Amazon and is hailed as a "game changer" for super-fast, sleek blowouts.
It dries and styles in one step, giving the power of a dryer and the precision of a styling tool.
It helps condition your hair with ionic technology, leaving your hair smooth and shiny.
There are two heat settings, plus a cool shot to finish your styling.
There's a swivel cord for ease of use, and it's super light to hold.
A great all-rounder for a great price.
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