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Why You Should Try a Handle-Free Dryer

Why You Should Try a Handle-Free Dryer

Posted by Team John Paul Mitchell Systems on Oct 8th 2015

There’s nothing quite like leaving the salon with a perfect blow-out. And while we can’t achieve quite the same results as the pros (they’re pros for a reason!), we certainly like to maintain our blowouts and coif our hair properly in between visits to the salon. That brings us to the nifty gadgets and tools our stylists use to create flawless looks, enviable volume and seriously smooth tresses.   If you’ve ever wondered why your stylist often grips the blow dryer by the barrel or uses a handle-free dryer, we’ve got the answer for you.

We consulted Paul Mitchell® pro stylist and resident vlogger Tally Jean Rossi, who gave us the scoop on why a handle-free version can be a great option and how to use the tool properly at home. Here’s what she offered:

"A handle-free dryer can initially seem odd to those who are using it for the first time, but it’s actually very simple! By gripping the dryer by the barrel, you get more control over the dryer and it sits comfortably in your hand, which is especially important if you’re smoothing out medium or coarse texture."


  • Control. By gripping the dryer by the barrel you’re better able to position the heat closer to your hair to create a smooth finish and manipulate your brush to create volume, curl and waves just where you want it.    
  • Comfort. Without the weight of the handle, a handle-free dryer is generally lighter than a traditional dryer, which can keep your arms from aching when blow drying hard to reach places like the back of your heads and your roots. Gripping the barrel can feel more innately comfortable after you get used to it!
  • Texture. If your hair is textured, a handle free dryer can help you smooth and stretch your hair, especially in hard to reach places. For a perfectly smooth blow-out, it’s important to stretch the hair from root to tip and a handle-free dryer allows better control for reaching those spaces.  


When using a handle-free dryer, direct the heat from above and point down onto the hair. Use the temperature setting that is right for your hair type and, if you’re smoothing out texture, use a concentrator nozzle to position the heat directly onto your hair from your roots to the ends.

Interested in giving it a try? Pick up the limited edition Neuro® Grip at your local Paul Mitchell School or salon. We know you’ll get the hang of it quicker than you think. Show us your finished looks on Instagram with #IHeartPM and #NeuroTools!