Step-by-step How to Use a Hooded Dryer and Avoid Common Problems

by Stephanie Sanchez
[ Veteran Hair Coach and Stylists ]

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.
tabletop dryer
    1. Unlatch the sides
Unlatch the sides
    1. 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.
adjustment for the height
    1. 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.
tabletop with height
    1. 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.
tabletop dryer with height
    1. The base may also need to be weighted down so the hood doesn’t tip over while in use.
adjustment for the height
    1. Some tabletop models hinge for getting in and out of your chair.
tabletop controller switch
    1. Most tabletop dryers have 3-4 heat settings out of your chair.
tabletop dryer heat setting

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?

male port
hair dryer female port

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.
freestanding with wheel
freestanding with wheel
  1. 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
hooded dryer stand
hooded dryer stand
hooded dryer

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

air speed controller of hooded dryer

So using a hair net is recommended.

net in hand
hooded dryer with net

The standup hood dryers  are fully adjustable for comfort

hooded dryer
hooded dryer stand

Dryer controls are:

  • On/Off
  • Heat control may be simple 3 or 4 levels of heat  or a graduated temperature control
controller of bonnet dryer
air speed controller of hooded dryer

Some have a 30-60 min timer and others have NO timer at all.

timer switch of hooded dryer
timer hooded dryer

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

switch of hooded dryer

FAQ about Hooded Dryers

Can you use a regular chair, like a kitchen chair​?

How long should you sit under a hooded dryer​​?

How long should you sit under a hooded dryer​​?

Basically, It all depends on your hair length and thickness.​

How can you use a hood dryer with Larger rollers or head sizes?​

You may have to wiggle a bit, but the flip-top visor opens easily, you can slide in and close the top. Sometimes if you have a large head, when the rollers on top dry, take them out so the hood comes down lower for the back and sides.​

 Or try this cool hooded hairdryer accessory

Cool Cap Bonnet Soft Nylon Hood Hair Dryer Attachment

In Conclusion

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

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