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maslex
08-27-2012, 04:37 PM
I know I probably won't find a really good one without spending a lot of $$$$ BUT....

I normally get the $20-$25 ones from Walmart/Target. Just plain, run of the mill hair dryers. I believe the wattage on them runs around 1875.

I just got back from vacation (took a cruise) and I swear, I LOVE the hairdryers on a cruiseship. They seem so powerful and dry my hair in just minutes. Whereas the ones I use at home just doesn't seem to have the power and it takes me forever to dry my hair. I actually looked at the wattage of the hair dryer this past week on the cruise and it was only in the 1600's. I figured it had to be higher than what I have now since it was more powerful, but that wasn't the case.

Now, I've read where people will buy hair dryers that cost like $50, $100, $200 etc. To me, that seems a bit excessive. So do you know of a good, powerful one that won't cost me an arm and a leg?

Buckalew11
08-27-2012, 04:42 PM
I know I probably won't find a really good one without spending a lot of $$$$ BUT....

I normally get the $20-$25 ones from Walmart/Target. Just plain, run of the mill hair dryers. I believe the wattage on them runs around 1875.

I just got back from vacation (took a cruise) and I swear, I LOVE the hairdryers on a cruiseship. They seem so powerful and dry my hair in just minutes. Whereas the ones I use at home just doesn't seem to have the power and it takes me forever to dry my hair. I actually looked at the wattage of the hair dryer this past week on the cruise and it was only in the 1600's. I figured it had to be higher than what I have now since it was more powerful, but that wasn't the case.

Now, I've read where people will buy hair dryers that cost like $50, $100, $200 etc. To me, that seems a bit excessive. So do you know of a good, powerful one that won't cost me an arm and a leg?

Sorry, I don't. My favorite is a Sam Villa that is over a 100.00 but I use it for work (and work at home so it is my personal dryer also).

I have used a Conair at the Dolphin that was great and dried my hair quickly although there was no nozzle for it which is a huge negative for someone with a lot of hair or hair that can frizz. If I was buying a cheaper dryer, I'd look into a Conair.
Good luck!

usnuzuloose
08-27-2012, 04:42 PM
I would like to know also.

maslex
08-27-2012, 05:08 PM
Sorry, I don't. My favorite is a Sam Villa that is over a 100.00 but I use it for work (and work at home so it is my personal dryer also).

I have used a Conair at the Dolphin that was great and dried my hair quickly although there was no nozzle for it which is a huge negative for someone with a lot of hair or hair that can frizz. If I was buying a cheaper dryer, I'd look into a Conair.
Good luck!

I'm totally clueless when it comes to my hair. I have thick hair that is just about at my shoulder blades. I don't necessarily dry the back or sides of my hair, I usually put either mousse or wave spray and scrunch it. But I do dry the top of my hair and I do notice that it will frizz sometimes. Is it because I don't have a nozzle on it? What does the nozzle do?

monorailsilver
08-27-2012, 08:18 PM
I have only had 2 hairdryers in my life & I will be 41 in October.

I had my conair bought either at Caldor or Bradlees in the 80's. I used that up until about 2 or 3 years ago when my dh said it was history. I was so sad to see it go. I used it to curl my bangs in the 80's....sniff sniff...

He, wait no Santa, got me a new hairdryer a few years ago & it either came from Target or Walmart. It feels so modern.

But I don't use it daily like I did in jr & sr hs.

Wishing on a star
08-27-2012, 10:08 PM
Yahoo has a headline article naming their picks on hairdryers that just went online... Might want to check that out!

Buckalew11
08-27-2012, 11:12 PM
I'm totally clueless when it comes to my hair. I have thick hair that is just about at my shoulder blades. I don't necessarily dry the back or sides of my hair, I usually put either mousse or wave spray and scrunch it. But I do dry the top of my hair and I do notice that it will frizz sometimes. Is it because I don't have a nozzle on it? What does the nozzle do?

The nozzle directs the air. Yes, you should use it. Also, pay attention to how you are holding it as you dry your hair. Often we let our shoulder drop and hold the blow dryer so the air is blowing UP the hair hand strands, roughing up the cuticle of the hair and causing frizziness. Try to aim the dryer down, esp. for that top layerto smooth it out, finishing with the cool air button. It makes a huge difference--esp. if you can use the brush and the dryer at the same time.

I saw some really nice dryers tonight at TJMaxx. You should check them out if you have one near you. They have good deals on dryers and flat irons.

Wishing on a star
08-28-2012, 08:18 AM
I think that partially drying hair creates the warm, humid, conditions that can create frizz in most peoples hair.

I have thick, wavy/frizzy, hair, and I would either go with the combing out and scrunching.. OR I would fully dry my hair, using the hot dry air to fully and completely dry and 'smooth' the hair out.

OMG, nobody needs to be cursed with this hair of mine!!!!

Kim&Chris
08-28-2012, 10:23 AM
I have this hairdryer, and it's by far the best one I've ever owned. I love it.

I think I paid around $30 at Target.

http://www.conair.com/-p-885-1_7_65.html

Tinkermommy
08-28-2012, 10:37 AM
I have long thick hair so I need major power in a hair dryer.

I have had this one for a year and it's the best one I have ever owned. It's around $42 and gets great reviews.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ASDGK8/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00

disney4us2002
08-28-2012, 11:34 AM
My hair is not particularly thick and not a lick of curl/wave but even with my hair the difference is in ionized vs non-ionized. No matter how much product I try, if the blowdryer is non-ioned I will have tons of frizz, static, and flyaway hair. Buy ionized is my only tip.

I find it interesting that you like the cruiseline dryers - most people complain and ask if they can bring their own.

tony111
08-28-2012, 11:38 AM
A towel :thumbsup2

Disney-Kim
08-28-2012, 02:17 PM
I am in this same boat...I notice nice hair dryers at hotels.

I have researched and found the better hair dryers for thick hair that dry your hair faster have A/C motors in them....look at a store like Ulta...not Target....where they have a bigger selection.
The A/C motor makes it more powerful but also more heavy..so you have to look around for one that you like.

the person who posted a Conair link a few posts back...that is an A/C motor one.

It blows my hair dry way faster !!!!!!!!!

ahutton
08-28-2012, 09:23 PM
Someone above mentioned TJ Maxx - if you have a Tuesday Morning store in your area you can check there too!

marcyinPA
08-29-2012, 07:47 AM
I have this hairdryer, and it's by far the best one I've ever owned. I love it.

I think I paid around $30 at Target.

http://www.conair.com/-p-885-1_7_65.html

That looks like mine too- but mine is purple and has a retractable cord (Love that feature!!). I've had it for a couple of years now, after having two Hot Tools brand that my hair stylist friend bought for me a the supply house. My Conair has lasted longer than both of those Hot Tools, and I paid about half the price for it!

LSchrow
08-29-2012, 08:02 AM
...the difference is in ionized vs non-ionized. No matter how much product I try, if the blowdryer is non-ioned I will have tons of frizz, static, and flyaway hair. Buy ionized is my only tip.
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as above, but the ceramic heat helps also :)
i keep an fhi dryer (paid about $150) in our owner's locker, and a chi dryer (paid about $100) at home. it took quite a few years and many conair, etc dryers for me to make the leap, but i would never consider a drugstore-type dryer again.
the fhi and chi quickly dry both my (fine hair, very prone to frizz) and my daughter's (long, incredibly thick - as in doesn't fit in most elastic holders or clips) hair. both dryers leave our hair looking much smoother, without much, if any frizz.
the fhi is more expensive, but a bit faster (which is why i keep that one in humid florida where we are on the go more).

amazon has an under $50 chi dryer (not sure if it is real tho):
http://www.amazon.com/33514-Deep-Brilliance-Dryer-Orange/dp/B004HFGM6K/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1346243325&sr=8-2&keywords=chi+hair+dryer

i bought my dryers at ulta (an authorized seller). there are quite a few fake dryers - chi's manufacturer, farouk will not warranty their products if bought outside of authorized sellers (normally, beauty sores/salons).

my opinion: both dryers have outlasted the cheapo dryers many times over, save us a lot of time, and have made a huge difference in both our hairs' health and looks. i'm all for bargain hunting on many items, but with certain things (hair products, vacuums (dyson only), furniture, mayo;), etc) it doesn't pay to go cheap on imho - hair dryers are definately a "you get what you pay for" item.
hth :)