Product Type: Andrew Collinge Hair Dryer
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Andrew Collinge 14465 Ceramic Ionic Shine Hairdryer
Member Name: catsholiday
Andrew Collinge 14465 Ceramic Ionic Shine Hairdryer
Date: 13/09/10, updated on 27/10/11 (128 review reads)
Advantages: Quick drying and stops damage and frizz ,long lead
Disadvantages: Quite a heavy beast
One sad day a few weeks ago my hair dryer which I had had for about ten years decided to give up blowing out hot air. Cold air just doesn't seem to have the same result in hair styling so I had a look on Amazon to see what was on offer as I had a lot of gift credit saved up from rewards earned on various survey sites that I belong to.
I decided on this Andrew Collinge 14465 200w iconic one as the price was reasonable and it seemed to have good reviews too.
Main features: of the dryer:
* 2200 w hairdryer
* Ionic function to reduce damage and prevent frizziness
* Ceramic grill to promote shine & softness
* 2 speed and 3 heat settings including cold shot
* Slim concentrator for precision styling
When the parcel arrived from Amazon I opened it with anticipation and inside the box I found, the Andrew Collinge 2200 w Ceramic Ionic Shine hairdryer, a guarantee card and the instruction booklet.
Well what is this new hair dryer like?
I have heard a lot about this new ionic drying as it is supposed to dry your hair more smoothly if you have a tendency to frizzy hair. My daughter bought one a couple of years ago and swears it is wonderful so I was really looking forward to testing this out.
How does this help your hair?
The special ceramic grill is designed to maintain an even heat distribution to avoid damage to the hair caused by too much heat. This ceramic grill combined with the ionic technology which means that the dryer sends out a continuous ionic output. This speeds up the hair drying process and so avoids the really damaging dehydration which you get when you dry your hair quickly with a hot dryer. These two elements of the ceramic grill and the ionic output combine to help prevent frizziness while also making your hair shiny and soft.
The dryer is quite heavy and comes with a plastic nozzle which is removable if you choose. It is black and quite sleek looking with a silver section at the nozzle end just before the black concentrator nozzle. I find it quite large so not really one I would choose to take on holiday but that is me, my daughter probably would. When I have been using it for a while I find my arm aches. This is particularly when drying my own hair as I hold my hands up. If drying someone else's hair this would not be as bad as I tend to do this when the other person's head is at my waist height or a bit higher.
The dryer weighs 0.652kg and it is 27.8cm long so you can see it is quite heavy and large as I said. The electric lead is a really long 1.8m so you can almost dry your hair on the opposite side of the room.
My smart new dryer has 4 heat settings and 2 speed settings. These give a lot more control when drying and while styling. There is also a button that gives a cool shot to help set your style in place. I do like the fact that you can select cool and lots of air or hot and lots or little air flow as it gives me a lot more choice and allows me to choose different heats and speeds depending on how dry my hair is and how I want to style it.
The concentrator nozzle I find really handy as it directs the airflow onto a small area of the hair for fast easy styling. I find that I get the best results if I do my drying like the professionals do and rough dry my hair first. I give it a good blast dry until it is only dampish. I then get my styling brush and style my hair as I like it. This gives my hair a bit of lift and body while at the same time smoothing it and allowing me to shape it into the style I like.
There is a button that you cab press to put the ionic output on or switch it off. There is a really bright, almost dazzling blue LED light when the ionic shine feature is on so you are very aware of when it is on or off.
How do you find this hairdryer?
My previous dryer was standard dryer and I was quite happy with it until it died. However I do really like the effect that this new ionic output tourmaline ceramic grilled dryer gives my hair. My hair is definitely less frizzy and stays in the style I put it in but with a lightness and softness that my previous dryer did not. It is not too noisy considering how powerful it is and it does dry my hair really quickly and leaves it undamaged and frizz free.
I bought mine from Amazon at £27.91 but I have since seen it on the Sainsbury website for £24.50.I didn't really look around as I had so many Amazon vouchers I wanted to choose one from there as for me it was free using my vouchers.
I am not sure how this compares with other ionic hairdryers with tourmaline-ceramic grill as I have really only used this one. I have however noticed that it does leave my hair much smoother and with a bit of body but no frizz. My hair is usually quite frizzy and has considerable curl and is quite course so anything that helps to make it softer and smoother gets my vote.
I've taken one star off for the weight of the dryer as i do find it heavy
Thanks for reading and hope this has been of some interest/help. This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name.
Summary: Great somewhat weighty dryer that dries quickly and frizz free
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