Step-by-step How to use a Hooded Dryer and avoid common problems

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I know it seems like everyone should know how to use a Hooded Dryer. But there are those who are discovering these beauties for the first time. 

Nowadays Hood Dryers are re-emerging as a favorite for a whole new generation due in part to the Natural Hair Movement.

We assume you already bought the best hooded hair dryer for you.

In this How-To Guide to using a Hooded Hair Dryer, we will show you how to use the tabletop and Standup Models

We will also explain how amperage can affect your dyers’ operation.

Tabletop Hard Bonnet Hooded Dryers

1. Most tabletop dryers are easy to store and are compact.  They weigh between 5-10 lbs.

2. Unlatch the sides

3.  Use the neck adjustment for height. Normally if there is a height adjustment its range is small 3-5 inches. However, some models don’t have any extra height adjustment.

4.  If you are having a problem fitting under this dryer. If want the dryer to sit higher use a higher table or use a lower chair.


5. The cord is stored inside and is generally no more than 6 feet long. So it is important to set it on a table close to an outlet.

6. The base may also need to be weighted down so the hood doesn’t tip over while in use.

7. Some tabletop models hinge for getting in and out of your chair.

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8.  Most tabletop dryers have 3-4 heat settings out of your chair.

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What’s the difference between amps, volts, and watts?

Think of electricity as water flowing through a pipe. Amps are the volume of water flowing through the pipe. The water pressure is the voltage. Watts is the horsepower electricity (water) can provide (like when water was used to power mills).

Electricity is the flow (like water) of electrons through a conductor like a wire. The rate at which electricity flows is measured in amps. What makes the current flow? In our water analogy, we could say a battery would be the pump that makes the water flow which creates pressure in the pipe. The pressure is the voltage. And as we said before the watts are the power the water could provide (like to a mill wheel). The watt is a measure of how much power is released each second.- newelectric

15 amps x 120 volts = 1800 watts. You can only load up to 80% of the stated rating for long periods. A 15 AMP circuit will technically not even hold a 1500- watt hairdryer. –

Why does Amperage matter?

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This damage was done by an 1875 watt hooded hairdryer plugged into a regular household outlet.  The lack of sufficient power caused the wires to heat up and melt the plastic plug and outlet. A potential fire hazard.

Freestanding Hooded Hair Dryers

1. On average hooded dryers weigh 15-25 lbs

2. Rolling dryers come with 4 or 5 caster wheels for easy maneuvering.

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3. Some assembling is required when purchasing a new dryer. However, it is NOT complicated and should take 5-10 minutes to put together. SEE the user manual for your model

Some Hooded Hair dryers don’t have an airspeed control. Others have upward airflow
airspeed control

So using a hair net is recommended.


The standup hood dryers  are fully adjustable for comfort


Dryer controls are:

  • On/Off
  • Heat control may be simple 3 or 4 levels of heat  or a graduated temperature control
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Some have a 30-60 min timer and others have NO timer at all.


Fan or airspeed control may be included on some professional hooded dryers.



FAQ about Hooded Dryers


In Conclusion

We hope you benefited from this information and avoid problems common with hood dryers.


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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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