Even if you’re aware that EMF radiation is dangerous, you may not know how many appliances actually emit a dangerous amount of radiation. Cell phones, computers, tablets, etc. are all large and considerable dangers, but appliances like hair dryers/blow dryers can actually produce equally high amounts of radiation for the short time you’re using them. This is why getting a low EMF hair dryer matters
First, let’s talk about the 5 best low-EMF hair dryers currently on the market, and then we’ll go in depth about how hair dryers emit EMF radiation, how much they emit, and much much more. (If you want to skip down to that info, just click here.)
5 Best Low EMF Hair Dryers
First, when you’re choosing a hair dryer, I know that low-EMF is not the only factor you’re looking for. You also want something that has just the right air pressure, temperature is easy to use, and has all the features you would want.
So in this guide, I’m rating hair dryers primarily on how low the EMF radiation emission is, and secondarily on the quality of the dryer itself. These are the five absolute best options in my opinion!
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Starting off is the Solana pro hair dryer. Now, this is not the absolute lowest EMF producing hair dryer on the list (that goes to the BarBar), but it is the best mix of low-EMF radiation, as well as an extremely high-quality hair dryer with tons of features.
First of all, it uses both a ceramic thermal grill to distribute heat, as well as far infrared technology that is both better for the environment, but more importantly produces less radiation, and lowers overall drying time.
It has high heat and speed settings that allow you to dry your hair quickly and reduce the overall time of use, as well as many other settings for all hair types and styles.
A few other nice features:
- Extremely High Quality
- Long Cord
- Very Hot Setting Available
- Relatively Quiet
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Next on our list is by far the lowest EMF hair dryer I’ve seen. If you scroll further down this guide to the are talking about how and why hair dryers emit EMF radiation, you’ll see a video showing just how low the EMF emission is from the BarBar 800 compared to standard hair dryers.
The reason that the BarBar is able to have such low EMF radiation, is the way that it heats the passing air. Instead of using a metal coil with a ceramic plate, the BarBar uses an entirely ceramic heating element.
The manufacturer claims that the average hair dryer emits about 200 mG of EMF radiation and that the BarBar emits approximately 4.1 mG to give you an idea of the radiation difference (keep in mind this is the manufacturer’s numbers, so always a chance for bias).
The reason that this hair dryer did not make it to number one on my list is quality and features. Although it may be the lowest EMF blow dryer on the market, it seems that it is only slightly above average as far as quality goes. Many reviewers had very good experience with the BarBar, but some said it dried a bit slowly, or did not compete with their non-low-EMF counterparts.
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The Karmin G3 is a nice mix of relatively low EMF emissions, extremely high-quality hair dryer, and great price. It works at 1875 watts for extremely fast hair drying and has a ceramic heating plate that they say makes for healthier hair. The Karmin G3 also emits negative ions that help smooth and soften hair. This pro model comes with several nozzle attachments and a diffuser.
Here are a few of users favorite things about the Karmin G3:
- Extremely fast drying time
- Sturdy, quality attachments
- Very Quiet
- Relatively low EMF emission.
4. CHI Professional Hair Dryer
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This is one of the most popular overall hair dryers on the market right now, and for good reason. The Chi pro hair dryer has 1800 watts of drying power, is extremely lightweight, and emits negative ions. It has far infrared technology which helps with drying time and lowers the overall EMF emissions. They claim the CHI pro hair dryer dries up to 50% faster than the average blow dryer.
Overall this is an extremely high-quality blow dryer, and although it does not have the absolute lowest EMF emissions, it does help make up for it with very fast drying time, which helps get it away from your head as fast as possible.
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I put this one at the bottom of my list because there are some differing opinions about it’s EMF radiation, and I have not had a chance yet to test it. Many reviewers that have tested it have said that emits lower EMF radiation because it is entirely digital (which would normally be a bad thing, but in this case results in a reduction in magnetic radiation).
It is extremely lightweight and does have good drying capability.
Some of the negatives reported are confusing color coding system for the temperature control, as well as complaints about how small the buttons are.
Overall the reviews are positive, and many claim low EMF, but you would want to test for yourself.
Ok, Now let’s get into the Nitty Gritty of how hair dryers emit EMF radiation
Do Hair Dryers Emit EMF Radiation?
Absolutely, hair dryers emit EMF radiation. In fact, they can emit a very large amount of radiation. Coupled with the fact that the device is very close to your head for a fairly long amount of time, it is absolutely something that you should keep in mind.
Now, just about all electronics emit EMF radiation, usually either electric field radiation or magnetic field radiation. The amount and type of EMF radiation depend on the build of the device. I’ve written articles on radiation emitted by microwaves, refrigerators, washing machines, and even alarm clocks, just to give you a good amount of knowledge about how these devices emit radiation.
The largest culprits in your life of this type of radiation are likely to be your cell phone, tablet, laptop, home router, smart meter, local cell phone towers, etc. These are the things we typically think of when we think of the dangers of EMF radiation, which is why it’s important to gain at least some understanding of how other appliances work.
How Much EMF Radiation Do Hair Dryers Emit?
According to the Long Island Power Authority, who did a study on how much magnetic field radiation various home appliances emitted, hair dryers emit EMF radiation in the following amounts at the following distances:
- 1 Inch Distance: 60 mG – 200 mG (milliGauss)
- 1 Foot Distance: .1 mG – 1.5 mG
- 3 Foot Distance: <.1 mG
These amounts are for your average, standard power hair dryer. However, as you can see from the video below (which is in-part an ad for the BarBar low-emf hair dryer) these numbers can be much much higher when the unit is placed very close to the meter (or your head).
As you can see from the video, the standard metal coil hairdryer, as well as one of the “low-emf hair dryers” emit a very large amount of EMF radiation.
Some individuals have what is called EHS (Electromagnetic Hyper Sensitivity) and are likely to have very real, physical symptoms and health issues from significant exposure to EMF radiation. However, most of us are lucky enough to have EHS, but that does not mean we are any safer.
EMF radiation has been shown to cause all sorts of dramatic health issues, that I won’t go over in this article. If you’re interested in reading much more about the dangers of EMF radiation, check out other posts in the knowledge section of EMF Academy.
How To Reduce Your Exposure To EMF Radiation From Blow Dryers
The most important thing you can do is keep it at a reasonable distance. As you could see from the bullet points above, the amount of magnetic field radiation emitted from a hairdryer is dramatically reduced the farther away it is.
This is due to something called the inverse square law of physics. Essentially this law says that as we double our distance from a source of radiation, we quarter our exposure to it. Distance from the source of EMF radiation is one of the best things we can do to lower our exposure. So, when you’re using your blow dryer, try to keep it even just a few inches farther away from your head than you normally would. This will dramatically reduce your exposure.
Another great way to reduce your exposure is to first towel dry your hair. This will remove most of the water and will reduce your overall dry time with your blow dryer, and therefore reduce the amount of time its close to your head.
EMF Exposure For Beauty Professionals
The average home user of a blow dryer likely only uses it for a few minutes a day, however many beauty professionals will use it dozens of times throughout a day. This will obviously increase their cumulative exposure to EMF radiation.
If you’re a beauty professional and are concerned about your exposure, you may want to consider getting one of the low EMF hair dryers we talked about up above.
How To Test EMF Radiation From Blow Dryers?
The best thing to do is get a quality EMF meter to measure the exposure at various distances. Whenever possible I recommend the new TriField TF2 (read my review) as it’s simple to use, lasts forever, is extremely accurate, and measures all three types of EMF radiation. If you’re looking for a low-cost EMF meter I really like the Meterk (read my review).
Start by simply turn the hair dryer on the highest heat and speed settings. Then with the hair dryer in one hand, and the EMF meter in the other, slowly bring them together and take note of the radiation levels at different distances.
Are Low-EMF Hair Dryers A Good Investment?
I would say that for most people, anything you can do to lower your overall exposure to EMF radiation is probably worth your time. With that being said, there are certainly many things you can do that are much more effective, such as reducing exposure in your bedroom, reducing WiFi exposure, turning your cell phone off at night, etc.
If you are highly sensitive to EMF radiation or believe you may be than it is probably a really good idea to get a low-EMF hair dryer. Likewise, if you want to do all you can to reduce your exposure, it would also be a good idea.
None of us are perfect, and no matter what we do we are not going to be able to completely eliminate our exposure to EMF radiation, so we each have to make the best decision for our situation.