6 Unusual Uses For Your Hairdryer

by Gio

unusual blowdryer uses

I have a confession to make. I almost never blowdry my hair. It’s just so boring and time-consuming… I hate it. Whenever I can, I wash my hair in the evening or on days when I know I won’t leave the house so I can let it air-dry. But that made me feel a bit guilty whenever I glanced at my neglected, abandoned hairdryer, and so I decided to come up with other ways to use it. And I’ve found out that there’s a lot more this useful tool can do.

Here are my favourite, unusual, ways of using a hairdryer:

1. Dry nail polish

If your nail polish takes ages to dry, or you simply can’t keep your hands still even for 5 short minutes, thus ruining your manicure just after you’ve applied it (or does that only happen to me?), grab (carefully or you’ll smudge your nail polish anyway!) your hairdryer and use it to speed up drying time. Smudges and chips, goodbye!

2. Dry everything else too

Do you want to wear your favourite dress but you can’t because you’ve just washed it and it isn’t dry yet? Or have you accidentally spilled some water on your top? Are you the crafty type who likes to do DIY projects but hates waiting for paint to dry? You can easily dry all these things, and anything else you can think of, with a hairdryer.

3. Warm up pencil eyeliners

Some pencil eyeliners have a hard texture and, when you apply them, they tug at the eyelid. To fix this, and allow your eyeliner to glide on smoothly and easily on the lid, simply warm up the tip with a hairdryer.

4. Warm up your eyelash curler

Heating your eyelash curler will give you a more dramatic effect. But be careful! If you warm it up too much, you’ll just burn yourself!

5. Remove sticky stuff

Stickers and labels are so hard to remove! Either they come off in pieces or they just won’t budge at all. Luckily, your hairdryer can come to your rescue. Just warm up the label or sticker for a few minutes to loosen the glue, and then peel it off. This also works for removing wax from your furniture or carpet, crayons from your walls (if you have kids that love writing on them; I used to do that a lot, much to my mom’s horror ahem…) and even plasters (it makes removing them less painful!) .

6. Remove dust from nook and crannies

All my furniture is quite old and beautifully carved. As much as I love the style, it’s such a pain to clean all those nooks and crannies! Then, one day, it hit me. Why not use a hairdryer to blow the dust somewhere else that will be, hopefully, easier to clean? Problem solved!

I hope you will find these tips helpful. Do you know of any other uses for your hairdryer?

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Viv April 5, 2013 - 2:32 pm

Same here – I hate using the drier on my hair! I’ve started to use those towelling hair turbans – my turn in the bathroom in the morning is FIRST 🙁 So when I’ve bathed and washed my hair, I wrap it up in the turban and go about getting everyone (and myself!) out of the house. The only problem is that I’m sure I’ll end up at work or at my kids’ school still wearing the pink and white turban…..it’s not a look I would like OUTside of the house!!!!

beautifulwithbrains April 5, 2013 - 6:34 pm

Viv, oh I want a turban like that too! But you’re right, it’d be embarrassing to accidentally step out of the house with it.

Icaria April 5, 2013 - 3:41 pm

If I didn’t warm up my lash curler I would have no curl! I use my hair dryer for all you’ve noted except for the last one. I too have old furniture, some with beautiful varnish. To get into little nooks & crannies I use a soft medium size paint brush. Does a good job on baskets, inside of windows and so many other places. Even computer key board. Works like a charm and uses less energy. 🙂

beautifulwithbrains April 5, 2013 - 6:37 pm

Icaria, a brush would be a great alternative. And it would consume less energy indeed. 🙂

Monica P April 5, 2013 - 4:33 pm

I use the hair dryer every day to warm up my eyelash curler and yes, you DO need to be careful as it’s amazing how HOT that eyelash curler can get with a lil heat 😉 I speak from experience!!

I’ve also used the hair dryer to unfreeze my stuck car door when I use to live in Montana. Never again will I live in a cold climate .. !


beautifulwithbrains April 5, 2013 - 6:40 pm

Monica, ouch! It’s quite painful when you warm up your eyelash curler too much. But when you get it right, the results are amazing. 🙂

Freezing cold weather is really horrible. Thank goodness the hairdryer is so versatile, and came to your rescue. 🙂

Makeup Morsels April 5, 2013 - 11:44 pm

Oh my gosh, #6 is genius, why have I never thought of that before? You’re the best Gio! And hahaha I use my hairdryer to dry my clothes all the time, since sometimes they’re still a little damp after coming out of the dryer.

beautifulwithbrains April 7, 2013 - 3:14 pm

Makeup Morsels, haha thanks! It’s incredible how many things you can do with a hairdryer, isn’t it?

Alejandra April 6, 2013 - 12:45 am

My dad defreezes the refrigerator with my hairdryer and I use it to heat wax strips ;).

beautifulwithbrains April 7, 2013 - 3:17 pm

Alexandra, these are great tips! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

eight April 6, 2013 - 1:23 am

I don’t even currently own a hairdryer but I think I need one just for these tips!

beautifulwithbrains April 7, 2013 - 3:18 pm

Eight, it’s definitely a very handy tool to have around. You can do so many things with it. 🙂

Janessa August 28, 2013 - 7:22 pm

1. Melt wax, speed up paint-drying process, blow dry your let’s fur so he or she won’t get sick.
I don’t know why I put a number one and proceeded to list several uses for blow dryers lol.

Janessa August 28, 2013 - 7:23 pm

Haha! I meant your *pet’s fur.

Janessa August 28, 2013 - 7:26 pm

I don’t use a blow dryer for my lash curler but I’ve tried it and it is so easy to over heat it. I guess I haven’t practiced enough. I apply a lash conditioner or clear mascara (then let it dry completely) before curling if I want my dramatic curl to last all day. My lashes do stay curled fairly easily on their own (just for reference)

beautifulwithbrains August 29, 2013 - 8:46 pm

Janessa, those are all great tips, thanks for sharing!

That’s so true. You need to be realy quick when you heat your eyelash curler with a blowdryer or it’s gonna be painful! And I’m so jealous your lashes stay curled easily. Lucky you!


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