Why I chose a 1800 watts hair dryer?

Panasonic hair dryer

While it may not seem that apparent, but I’m very particular about my hair. While I may leave home without a trace of makeup, I would never leave home without first styling my hair. In fact, a hair dryer to me is very important and I always ensure I have a backup at home just in case, since I have to blow dry my hair on a daily basis. And not just any hair dryer will do the job for me.

Higher power causes less damage to hair
I’m very particular about the power and would only go for hair dryers using 1800 watts and above. I discovered, while scrutinizing how my hair was styled at the salon, that the higher the power, the stronger the wind for quick drying. This is important because firstly, it would allow my fine, thin hair to achieve better volume and secondly, the quick drying means my hair would not be damaged due to excessive exposure to heat on a frequent basis.

Ion hair dryer for gentle drying and ionic conditioning
So over the weekend, I finally purchased my new hair dryer – a Panasonic Ion Hair Dryer – that comes with two external ION outlets that effectively direct negative ions towards hair.  Actually I don’t know what that means but in simpler terms, I think it means the outlets allow infusion of moisture to our hair and provides our hair with a silky, shiny feel.  It’s more fanciful than my old Philips hair dryer as it comes with three heat settings and three speed settings. The heat, I noticed, is a lot cooler too. Although I quite like it but I think I miss my old dryer more. Unfortunately, that model is no longer available.

Frequent blow drying is not bad for hair
Blow drying your hair regularly is not bad. In fact, I wrote about this in my entry asking is blow drying bad for your hair?  You just need to do it right and use the right thermal styling tools.   If you go for a lousy hair dryer, your hair may turn out all frizzy and dry with repeated usage.   

Invest in a good hair dryer with professional power
So if you blow dry your hair daily like me, you might want to take some time to find a suitable hair dryer for your needs. There are lots of brands and models around and their prices vary with fanciful features for some. However, my experience tells me that it’s better to invest in a hair dryer with higher watts of at least 1600 if you’re particular about the way your hair is styled. Even for 1600 watts, some brands do not give you the desired power so you need to test and ask around.


  1. Dee says:

    I’m still looking for that “right” hair dryer as my hair is curly and it tends be be on the drier side. I’ve never tried ION dryers but I have tried ION straighteners and they work pretty well. maybe I might look into this dryer too. Nice post Sesame.

  2. Muta says:

    I use Panasonic Ionity but only the 1200 watt.

    It got 3 settings, 1 cool, 2 hot, 3 quick drying.

    I notice that if I use setting number 3 I only need under 5 minutes to dry my short hair and I got a lot of volume but my hair become coarse.

    Instead setting number 1 took a really loooong time to dry, but leave my hair much smoother.

  3. sesame says:

    Yes, perhaps the Ion feature may help cos it’s suppose to provide some shine.

  4. sesame says:

    I know what you mean…if you set to the maximum, the speed is too strong and may mess up the hair. I like to keep to number 2.

  5. pf1123 says:

    I got a puny pansonic hair dryer. Hahaha…it takes 10 to 15mins to blow dry. But I never blow till completely dry. Just semi dry.

  6. pf1123 says:

    Maybe I shld buy a more powerful one. So I can dry my hair faster and sleep faster. ?

  7. Blovet Beauty says:

    u really enlighten me with this post… i’ve always thought that a hair dryer was just a hair dryer and that there was nothing more to it… hehe.. thks babes, nxt time i go hair dryer shopping, I know exactly what to look out for!

  8. sesame says:

    I think most hair experts suggest that we should nott dry our hair completely so what you’re doing is right.

  9. sesame says:

    Hehe…this came from years of obsessing over my hair…

  10. Bill says:

    Just added my own blog this month. I need some inspiration. Thx.

  11. hazelnut says:

    thanks! i should go hunting for a better hair dryer too! inspires me… mayb my frizziness is caused by my cheapo hairdryer passed down by my mum… hahhaa

  12. hazelnut says:

    oh ya… how much is your new panasonic dryer btw?

  13. sesame says:

    I paid $65 for it at Best Denki. It’s a bit bulky though. Another slightly smaller one is available at $75.

  14. Cherry says:

    I bought the exact same hairdryer 3 weeks ago here in Thailand! ?
    I hope the ions are working though. Sometimes I can’t help but wonder if it is just a gimmick. Enjoy your new hair dryer. Its pretty alright ?

  15. sesame says:

    I know what you mean…I also can’t tell if it’s really there. But this dryer isn’t as hot as my last but I still can achieve volume so I guess maybe that’s the function.

  16. ronica says:

    I too like you would never leave the house without blowing/styling my hair!! kekekek and yes i totally agreed that you must own a good hair dryer ? i have been using those salon type of hairdryer for almost 5 to 6 years and they are the BEST!!! fast and power!!! ?

  17. sesame says:

    *High 5* ?

  18. Jo says:

    ronica, wher do u get ur salon type of hair dryers?

  19. ronica says:

    Jo….my current one i bght it at my salon or you can get it at this shop call Paragon Traders Pte Ltd at Middle road or you can also try Tham Lai Wah Trading at Rocher Center.

  20. Barbara Wilson says:

    It’s really a great hair blower. Could you tell me where can I get a good one? I am looking for one to replace my old dryer, it’s really noisy. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Jame says:

    can you share the required voltage to use this 1800 watts hair dryer?

  22. Sheikh Jabeen says:

    I bought hair dryer of 1800 watts after reading this post and found it awesome. Thank you so much for it.

  23. Agneserick says:

    Am hopping to buy one soon for myself

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