Battle of the Blow Dryers

I have been using my trusty Conair blow dryer for YEARS. 9 years to be exact. At the time I just wanted something not too expensive and that would get the job done. I think I paid $20 for it at Walmart lol. When I went back to the gym, I had to shower and get ready for work there because my sessions are in early morning before work. I just so happened to complain to my sister that I may have to look for a second hair dryer because my current one is a bit of a pain because of the cord and because I leave the dryer in my gym bag, I’m a bit lazy to keep lugging it out on the weekends and the days I don’t go to the gym.
She was kind enough to loan me hers to use as she had bought a compact dryer with retractable cord for traveling purposes.

The day came when I got a text from sister requesting her hair dryer back because she was going on vacation to Hawaii for a week. And so I began my search for a replacement. I’m partial to Conair, only because I’ve used it for years and it’s always worked well for me.
The compact dryer I borrowed from my sister is also a Conair from their Infiniti line. I tried looking for the same one (cuz my OCD lol) but unfortunately my sister had purchased it a few years back and it was no longer part of their product line. So I did a little research on the internet and started testing some out.

Conair

This green Infiniti-Pro is actually the second dryer I bought and tested. The first one I tried out was this one. When I took it out of the box it looked and felt cheap. I also didn’t think it dried my hair any faster than my old one… and time was of the essence.
The green Infiniti-Pro worked really well. The motor wasn’t very loud and the size was perfect. It also dried my hair very quickly… possibly TOO quickly because it also turned my hair into a tangled mess. I used it a couple times and same result so I ended up picking up another one to try out as well. The other thing that was missing was a tractable cord. I really liked that option on the dryer I had borrowed from my sister and what really drove me to find a new compact dryer for the gym.

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This blue one is not part of the Infinti line. It’s slightly bigger and a touch heavier than the green one and the motor is also a bit louder. It doesn’t dry as quick as the green one but still did a better job than my old one. The best part is that my hair didn’t look like a rat’s nest after.

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Here’s a pic of the blue one out of box.

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And a pic for comparison.

I ended up returning the green one because the con’s outweighed the pro’s. The only thing about the blue dryer that annoys me from time-to-time is that the cord doesn’t retract all the way sometimes so I would have to pull on it and press the retract button a couple times before it goes all the way in.

What kind of hair dryers do you use and how do you like it?

Until next time!

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Hair-Raising… Literally!

I have shiny hair. That may not sound so bad but it’s bad. Mostly due in fact because I don’t dye or use any styling products on my hair. The only items I use on my hair is a blow dryer and flatiron and the only thing those do is give me split ends!

I used to dye my hair. It used to be brown, then caramel, then red and finally blonde. It was when I went blonde that it really did a number on my hair. The dye job was so bad that my hair started to break leaving a ton of fly-away’s. That was about 15 years ago and the last time I ever dyed my hair.

To put into context about how horribly shiny my hair is, I can’t keep elastics to stay put nor will any styling product keep my hair styled in any way. The latter is the worst part. It created such a problem that when I was getting married, I went for a consult with my hairstylist and she told me that all the mousse and hairspray she used just “melted” off my hair. The rollers she put in my hair to give me curls lasted all of 5 minutes before my hair went stick straight again. When I was leaving, she suggested that I put in some streaks so my hair wouldn’t be so shiny and hold the styling products and hairstyle better. Veto.

When I go running or go to the gym I’m constantly stopping to retie my hair so again, off to the store I went.

The first hair bands I bought were from Goody. I’ve always used Goody hair accessories and since these were advertised as “Slide Proof” I gave them a try.

Goody Slide Proof Hair Elastics

Goody Slide Proof Hair Elastics

If these weren’t an epic fail then I don’t know what is! Not only did they slide off my hair, the band itself stretched out after a week of using them every day; I would only use them for about 2 hours everyday when I went to the gym. I had to start my search all over again.

I was at the mall one day and walked into Zellers and saw some “No Slip” hair elastic bands by Scunci.

Scunci No Slip Grip

Scunci No Slip Grip

These ones worked out better. The only problem I had with these were that the grip part that holds onto my hair is only on one side so when I tied up my hair, I had to make sure that the grip part is touching my hair. I used these for a few weeks until I noticed another problem; the plastic grip would start to break into pieces and fall off rendering the elastic to be no longer “No Slip” .

I went back to Zellers to pick up another pack thinking that I would just have to deal with these Scunci ones and that it was just my lot in life to spend my entire paycheque on hair ties. That’s when I saw these:

Scunci The Evolution No Slip Hair Elastics

Scunci The Evolution No Slip Hair Elastics

They were on sale so I figured what could I lose by trying them so I picked up the coloured pack. One word… WOW. I went back for the second pack of black and white ones.

They still stretched out a bit like all elastic bands do but they held up incredibly! Pun intended lol! When I went back to get the black and white ones, I also bought their No Slip Grip Evolution Headbands and their No Slip Grip Hair Clips.