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and it was starting to show it's age - especially in the cool shot function that I use all the time - ...
November 22, 2016
I'm still deciding how to feel about this blow dryer. My old dryer was a Conair, and it was starting to show it's age - especially in the cool shot function that I use all the time - so I did lots of research and settled on this one. The main reason I chose it was for the ionic and ceramic and pearl features. I blow dry my hair about every other day, and need to keep it healthy with all the heat.
I section my thick, shoulder length hair out and round-brush each section, focusing on dividing each section into smaller, brush-sized sections, round brushing until there's a curl, then using the cool shot. I am a round-brushing addict and a perfectionist, which means that going from wet to completely finished can take about half an hour or so. This morning was my first morning giving a test run with this dryer. I have a list of pros and cons.
1. Good selection of cold, warm, and hot air. I like switching between medium and hot air as I dry, depending on how defined a curl I want in each section.
2. The cool shot button is awesome - gives a good blast of cool air.
3. I did feel my hair come out soft and with hardly any frizz.
4. The power of the blast of the high function is impressive. It really packs a punch!
1. It REALLY is heavy. For someone who is going to spend about half an hour on her hair each day and has painful hands to begin with, this was very difficult to manage. I also making each little section perfect, and that takes a minute or two per little brush-sized section. And the trick to getting a good round brush hairstyle to come out is doing the section right the first time before it's too dry to fix. But the heaviness wore my hands and wrists out, and as a result I semi- gave up on some sections that turned out 'ok' instead of 'perfect.' I could achieve perfect with my old dryer.
2. This morning's hairstyle took 50 minutes, and didn't come out exactly to my usual preference. Now, this could be because I'm still getting used to the variety of settings, and figuring out a new dryer which means a new technique. But that still made me irritated.
3. It must have blown a little fuse or something, because halfway through the dryer stopped and my lamp in my room turned off. But I got everything back and running quickly.
4. It is halfway through the day. My style still looks good, but the style is not as defined as I would have liked it to be and could get from my old dryer.
I plan on updating my review in a week or two. I'm going to give this dryer a probationary period, and see what I can do to continue learning to handle it better and the best way to quickly and effectively get the style that I like and that works for my hair. If it doesn't end up working for what I need, I'll return it. But I'm hoping that my own learning will help me to better utilize it.