I am extremely fussy when it comes to hair dryers. After all, when you consider the amount of times you’re going to be using your hair dryer - unless you’re like a friend of mine who goes to the salon every week - it’s worth buying something seriously good to help with your beauty routine.
Then there’s the issue of travel. I never rely on hotel hair dryers doing what I want them to. Most are of the cheap and cheerful variety, come without a nozzle – and perish the thought the hotel would have one to lend you – and this applies even to some very good hotels. It’s just not worth taking the risk unless you’re one of those people whose hair dries perfectly with little effort or you don’t mind having rough and tumble hair for a few days.
Spending a week in California last year without my hair dryer and looking (to me anyway) for most of the time as if I’d come through a hedge backwards…think mist, rain, wind etc and the final decision was made. I wasn’t going to travel without my hair dryer again. Out with the second pair of sneakers. In with the dryer.
Parlux Advance Light Hair Dryer - My favourite brand of hair dryer has for a long time been Parlux. Parlux hair dryers are made in Italy, and are the dryer of choice of many salons. The weight of the Parlux Advance Light hair dryer compares with the other dryers here at approximately 1lb, although the weight given never takes into account the nozzle cord and plug.
This is certainly the lightest Parlux I have owned. Parlux offers a high wattage and a fast dry with different heat settings. If you want an investment dryer that will last you for years this is definitely one to consider.
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T3 Featherweight 2 Hair Dryer – From a drying point of view I love this dryer. It is less noisy and ‘blowy’ than most hair dryers using T3 Tourmaline technology which seems much more gentle than other dryers (I won’t say less powerful because it’s not).
It weighs roughly the same as the Parlux but it is bulkier, so you may resist taking it away with you, but for a professional finish at home this dryer is superb. I’m on my second of these dryers and although they’re an investment they seriously last.
There is a small travel version but I found it didn’t pack enough punch for fussy me.
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BabylissPro Rapido Hair Dryer. When my trusty Parlux Compact got to 12 years old (in the US) I decided to change it for the Babyliss Pro Rapido hair dryer. It is the lightest of these three and (in the UK at least) the least expensive.
This hair dryer is exceptionally powerful and quiet. They say it is the ‘lightest high-performance professional blow-dryer in the world’ and it has a Ferrari designed engine.
It took me a few goes to get used to this, as it is so powerful, and I’ve learnt to use it on the high heat setting but a lower speed as it certainly packs a punch.
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Read the Guardian Review – is the £300 Dyson Hair Dryer really the King – I haven’t reviewed it here because I haven’t tried it and I don’t like the way it looks. That’s just me. I think this review says it all. And these three dryers are in my view the best hair dryers for power, weight and a professional finish. Tried and Tested. Over to you.