Every hair brand seems to have 45...million different machines in one of their 15 million lines. I literally have looked at a product wall... examined the first dryer and walked back to the safety of conditioner aisle.
It's the lack of knowledge. I find it sort of odd to be invited to test a product in the store or in the middle of one of those mall kiosks... I mean seriously? So I switch it on and hot air comes out. My hair isn't wet, I don't have my heat protectant, brush(es) or comb attachment to hand. I wish the sales people would accept that. So the best we can do is get a recommendation from a trusted friend with similar hair needs right?
My hair dryer shopping, which only happens when the old one completely melts, blows up or flat out refuses to go forth, is annoying. With my own really densely packed kinky/curly hair - ending up with a hotel-like device, that sounds like a frustrated fruit fly, that just happens to emit hot air could be (IS) disastrous.
Based on the recommendations of trusted friends, Olivia shares two recommended hair dryers!
Babyliss Pro Portofino Nano Titanium Dryer - Available at most beauty supply stores and definitely on Amazon.com, comes highly recommended. The run down on this little but powerful wonder is that it's priced at $139.95 (at Ulta) and has six heat/speed settings - a major plus if you want to keep heat damage to a minimum along with all sorts of technology and negative ions which is supposed to protect the hair. Great for travel, this machine is only 1.21 lbs! Even though its small - its actually recommended for thick Type 3or 4 hair. Of course attach blow comb or diffuser as necessary for these hair types.
A bit pricy, at $250.00, this machine is touted as the next generation of blow drying. The T3's claim to fame here is that it employs special SoftAire technology that the company says is clinically proven, (don't those words always inspire confidence) to be better than plain old air drying. It has two speeds and three heat settings. With a cool air shot, I'd say this machine is best for types 1 or 2 hair that is fine in texture. The quick dry time of fine hair (as little as a dreamy 10 minutes my fine haired friends tell me) means that if blow drying is going to be used it better be quality,
Please let us know how your hair dryer works for your hair type in the comment box below!