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This $38 hair dryer is all I need to get the perfect at-home blowout

Fast, powerful and budget-friendly — it checks all of my boxes.
Courtesy Jen Birkhofer
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As someone with self-proclaimed “Hermione Granger hair,” having a good arsenal of heating tools is incredibly important.

I grew up in Houston, where the humidity tops out at about 90 percent ... on a good day. So, I quickly learned how to smooth my hair with a round brush, styling spray and a burning-hot flat iron. As I grew up, I tested out wands and curling irons, but nothing made my hair as silky as my favorite hair dryer, the InfinitiPro by Conair. It's cheap, convenient and seriously the best travel dryer I've ever used.

InfinitiPro by Conair Compact Hair Dryer

When I first moved to New York City, my go-to blow-dryer — as if in protest to my cross-country life change — broke down and started smoking. After a few attempts at turning it on again without burning my apartment down, it died — along with my dreams of going out to dinner with my hair down.

The next day, I was prepping for a trip out of town and headed to CVS for a quick fix. That’s when I found it: the lime green InfinitiPro hair dryer.

It's the perfect compact hair dryer

The first thing I liked was its size. I got the travel-size option, which is quite small to begin with. Its compact design allows you to fold in the handle, making it perfect for packing in overnight duffels and gym bags.

It works quickly

I love how fast it is. It dries my hair in about five minutes. Maybe I can blame the powerful AC motor and ceramic technology, but the Conair somehow dries my hair in half the time it usually takes my other dryers to blow out my kinky strands.

Before and after images of Writer Jennifer Birkhofer after using the travel Conair Styler
This hair dryer makes my hair silky smooth in minutes. I'm never letting it go.Courtesy Jennifer Birkhofer

A few years ago, I brought it on a trip to Mexico where one of my friends proudly whipped a fancy $500 blow-dryer out of her bag. “It’s the best,” she proclaimed.

I borrowed it, and I have to say, I disagree. Hers was definitely nice and quiet, but for a quick dry, the Conair had it beat.

Long story short: I love it

My lime green Conair hair dryer is probably the most embarrassing beauty tool I own. It’s a horrendous color and undeniably uncool when placed next to my girlfriends’ “fancy” hair dryers.

conair travel hair dryer
It's the opposite of cool, but it's effective. That's what matters!Courtesy of Jen Birkhofer

But, I still think it is the best hair dryer in the world, and, lucky for you, it now comes in a sleek red instead of a bold, bright green.

The Conair may be a critical part of my hair routine, but here are a few more essential tools I use for an at-home blowout:

Bestool Boar Bristle Round Hair Brush

A co-worker told me, “Jen, you’re the only person in the world who uses a round brush” — and if I’m wrong, I don’t want to be right. This brush helps me pull my hair straight as it dries while adding curl to the ends. Apparently, boar bristles are supposed to be good for your scalp and add shine to your hair.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment

I first tried Living Proof products at a hair salon, and I haven't looked back since. I love the smell of this 5-in-1 treatment, and I swear it helps my thin hair maintain its shape and volume throughout the day.

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