The first time I used a blow dryer, it was an emergency. I swear. I’d been caught in a downpour and entered our office’s greenroom soaked. (I cover finance and occasionally appear on-air in our TV studio.) First, I picked up the device and trained its business end on my socks. Then, making sure the coast was clear, I aimed it at my mane. My hair is typically a thatch that springs up like scissor- teased ribbon. Soon it looked more like a windswept Pomeranian. Volume for days, but messy.
Bereft of real advice, I saw a professional. At Drybar in Lower Manhattan, a blowatrix named Emma gave my locks the soaring lift of Santiago Calatrava’s nearby Oculus building. She taught me how to give my hair an overall dry and then control it: sweeping back the hair on the sides and using the nozzle to tousle the hair on my nape. The results earned me a workplace nickname: “Rossi with the Good Hair.”
Blow dryers being something of a power tool, people took an interest in my hardware. “Bro, did you get the Dyson?” everyone seemed to ask. The Dyson Supersonic has Maserati-level power that frightened me. Instead, I used a T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i. Its fast-drying tech cuts a ten-minute chore to five.
By Thursday, I felt as comfortable with my blow dryer as Gene Autry with a Colt revolver. That morning, my wife and I blow-dried our hair side by side. “This is kind of weird,” she said. Come Friday, I was back to my unruly look. I may have lost style points, but at least I gained enough time to savor my morning coffee.
Here are some other tools to try.
If you’re committed enough to travel with a blow dryer, this 13- ounce dynamo puts hotel models to shame.
Elchim 3900 Healthy Ionic
Lightweight, with a manly black-and-chrome finish, the Elchim uses far infrared heat—meaning it’ll dry your hair, not fry it.
Dyson invested $71 million to design a device that’s whisper-quiet and turbo-powered. Plus, it kind of looks like a ray gun.