Bonnet dryer vs. Hooded dryer – What’s the difference anyway?

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In the 1950s saw a surge in new hooded hairdryers in the salons and bonnet hair dryers for home use.  Over the years these expressions have gotten a bit mixed up. In fact, my boss and I debated for days about the meaning of it all when preparing this article.

So for better understanding and clarity in this article, we will stick to that original idea.

Hooded hair dryers were synonymous with hard plastic covered dryers used in salons.   Were as bonnet hair dryers are soft and flexible, light and portable for at-home use.

These days we tend to use bonnet and hood dryer interchangeably.  For this reason, we need to specify when talking about a hard or soft bonnet dryer

Interestingly a large number of people say bonnet dryers when they are referring to hooded dryers used at home whether hard or soft

So let’s guide you in deciding which is the ultimate best dryer to buy.

Pros

Cons

    • Large Bonnet Size to hold most rollers- 9 Inches Long, 15 inches wide,
    • 40-inch hose for mobility,
    • Adjustable Drawstring and Chin strap to ensure the cap stays
    • strategically holes for even airflow and distribution
    • Storage Bag included 
    • made with waterproof material 
    • Hand washable.
    • Attaches to most Standard Hand Held Dryers

Bonnet Hood Hair Dryer Attachment- Soft, Adjustable Extra Large Hooded Bonnet for Hand Held Hair Dryer with Stretchable Grip and Extended Hose Length (Black)

    • Ionic technology dries hair faster with less frizz than non-ionic bonnet dryers. 
    • The frequency is 60 Hz while the voltage is 125 volts
    • 2-speed / 2 heat settings 
    • 40″ flexible hose 
    • convenient storage case
    •  4.3 pounds

Andis 80610 500-Watt Ionic Professional Bonnet Hair Dryer, Black

    • 400 watts
    • 4 heat/speed settings including a cool setting
    • Bonus Hot Air Vent Brush attachment for smooth, straight styles
    • Extra-large soft bonnet fits over jumbo rollers;
    • A drawstring secures bonnet in place 
    • Compact storage case with handle great for travel
    • Extra-long 4-foot flexible hose with “Easy-Lock” feature
    • 2.6 pounds

Conair Soft Bonnet Hair Dryer

Pros & Cons of Hooded dryers

Pros

Cons

    • 7.2 pounds
    • 1875 watts for powerful drying
    • Extra-large hood accommodates jumbo rollers
    • Variable airflow settings 
    • Even airflow distribution
    • Adjustable height
    • 2 heat/speed settings
    • Carry handle
    • 6-foot long cord stores in base

Conair 1875 Watt Pro Style Bonnet Ionic Hair Dryer

    • 20 pounds
    • 300 watts
    • Swivel hood with an adjustable front visor 
    • large hood accommodates even the largest rollers.
    • Deep Of The Hood: 20″.
    • Temperature can be adjusted from 0 to 75℃, 
    • Timing 0~60 Minutes.
    • Adjustable Height: min. 48″ – max.63″

Professional 1300W Adjustable Hooded Floor Hair Bonnet Dryer Stand Up Rolling Base with Wheels Salon Equipment

In Conclusion

Both hooded and Bonnet hair dryers can help you achieve straight or curly hair, without the harsh effects of direct heat. 

However,  it is always recommended to use thermal heat protectants whenever applying heat to your hair.

So which one wins in your opinion? Let us know what you think

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Stephanie, a native Floridian, has spent the majority of her 25 year career as a licensed Professional in the Hair industry, specializing in Chemical Processing and Curly Hair cutting.

She began learning about natural hair care while working at Aubrey Organics. More recently, she has been taking on the challenging question of hair loss and regrowth as a Hair Coach for Kerotin Haircare.

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