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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Buying a Hairdryer

C&C junkies will love the dual Ion Cannons on the IonShine hairdryer.

It has been a long time since I did any sort of product review, so this seems like a good time to write about my hairdryer purchase experience.

I used to dry my hair with a super-awesome Philips 1200 hairdryer. But I took it for granted, from the power consumption to the handle design. Being approximately 17 years old though, it didn’t last, which forced me to go shopping in the girly aisle.

Zellers sells hairdryers right next to women's deodorant. Nearby is hair dye. It's the "Lookin' Good, Smelling Better" aisle I guess. There were only 2 brands for sale – Revlon and Conair. I preferred the Conair, since they are Canadian, but my biggest concern was the wattage.

I wanted a hairdryer that did not use much electricity, however, I was shocked (no pun intended) to learn that every hairdryer on the shelf was 1875 watts. There were no options, save for one small Travel hairdryer which only required the use of 1 coal-fired power plant at 1625 watts.

Since I do not like the gun-style, I settled for the only one that was the same style as my Philips. The Conair 1875 featured a thermal brush, a detangling comb, a styling comb, as well as dual ionic ports for frizz-free hair.

I don't know if this ion-thing is a gimmick or what, but I certainly did not feel my hair strands being soothed by a cloud of negative ions even though the LED light told me the ports were working. When finished, my hair did look pretty awesome though.

I really liked the way the motor sounded on both high and low settings. Sound is an important thing. I hate the wrist-slashing, sad, hollow whirl of the gun-style hairdryers.

The only thing I didn't like about the Conair (aside from the generous power suckage) was the handle design. Because the switch is recessed, and large, it leaves a gap when it is moved up or down. The black hole gap sucks my fingers in to the sharp edge left where the switch used to be - which digs into the tender flesh of my fingertips.

I predict my band-aid consumption will soon rise, and when it does, I'll post a review on them. For now, 1 Martini-thumb up for the $26.97 Conair 1875 with 'IonShine'.

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Blogger SJ said...

Anything to make hair grow on head?

12:49:00 PM

Blogger Vengelyne said...

SJ: Try hair tonic. But you look like you've head full of hair.

Isn't Con Air that movie that Nicolas Cage acted in with John Trovolta? =P

You sure know your hair dryer. I just use any brand that does its work. Period.

1:57:00 PM

Blogger patti_cake said...

Good review. I have been thinking about buying an ION hair dryer ever since my hair frizzed/freaked out during my trips to Milwaukee. It all but ruined my hair *sob&

9:41:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

Patti_cake - the ion gimmick thing seems to actually be helping my hair. I've noticed it is less frizzy even thought it's incredibly hot and humid here right now.

3:45:00 PM

Blogger Katie said...

I can't say I've noticed a difference in my hair since I've gotten the ionic hairdryer.

7:53:00 PM

Blogger Richard said...

I've not used a hairdryer for about 10yrs, instead favouring the 'smear something gloopy on and hope for the best' method of styling.

Always struck me as odd - you wake up with crazy hair, wash it nice and clean, dollop some grease on, and then make it look like you just got out of bed.

9:44:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

Richard, I know the style well! Unfortunately I am not the rock-star type, and therefore can't really pull it off.

12:41:00 PM

Blogger honkeie2 said...

If you want to save energy just have a wild monkey shave your head with a flint razor. No need for a dryer if you are bald. I have not used a hair dryer in almost 5 years....I have hair but an open window in my car works just as well. It saves time, money and I dont waste energy :0D

1:41:00 PM

Blogger Arlene said...

I have the gun style hair dryer...Conair I think. Um yeah, that's about all I know about it, other than it dries my hair :-)

7:12:00 PM

Blogger Javier said...

Thanks for the review! I am thinking of buying this for my wife as a birthday gift. She likes a hairdryer that has a good sounding motor with durable centrifugal fans. Manufacturers of hairdryers keeps adding new features, which is a good thing for us.

Since it will be her birthday soon and she have asked me for this before, I'm gonna finally redo the attic and buy a new louver. Manufacturers should always maintain high quality standard in their products to gain new customers.

3:29:00 AM


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