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John Frieda 5125U Salon Shine Ionic Hairdryer

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      04.01.2014 10:29
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      A good hairdryer - but buy when on offer in Boots

      I recently treated myself to a new hairdryer as I came across this John Frieda hairdryer in Boots (I have since realised that it's exclusive to Boots) which seemed a great buy. It's usual price was £59.99 but was discounted to £39.99 and I had a voucher for a further £5 off. It has since gone back to it's full price but from reading others comments it sounds as though it has offers on it quite a lot.

      Basics
      The hairdryer comes in a beautiful silver and misty grey colour which I feel makes it look very modern. In the box, there comes a concentrator nozzle attachment and a diffuser attachment, as well as a leaflet explaining about a 5 year guarantee. That was another thing that attracted me to this model as my previous hairdryers have always just had a 1 year guarantee. To me, a 5 year one gave me complete peace of mind. The only downside was no box or carry case is included - I did think if paying full price, I'd have expected something like that to keep it in. The hairdryer is quite a weighty thing and is a little heavier than my previous one although Boots had a stand with all their current hairdryers on in store and they all felt pretty much the same - this one is not any heavier than those, some were even heavier.

      Controls
      The hairdryer is a 2200w which is the most powerful I've owned - the power is really noticeable when it's turned on it's full setting. It sounds like it roars! It is so strong that my hair takes 5 minutes less to dry on full power than it did with my last one. I'd say around 10 minutes for long and thick hair. The hairdryer has an AC motor that helps with the faster drying time.

      There are three settings for heat via one button and two settings for speed via another button - these click into place. Then there's an additional cold blast button. The selection of settings isn't huge, considering the hairdryer's price, but the settings are ample for my needs. The only issue I have really in terms of the controls are their positions. The two main buttons are situated on the side of the dryer and were a bit fiddly at first to use because I'm used to them being on the inner part of the handle, but I have got used to them more now. The cold button is in the inner part so that was no problem.


      Using the Dryer
      The hairdryer has a swivel cord which is handy when moving it around across my hair and it's got a pretty long cord too (3 metres) so I can use it almost anywhere around the house. Using it is very simple - as I say the time it takes to dry now has reduced because of it's power. The only downside is how bushy my barnet looks afterwards from using the highest setting! The hairdryer is supposed to help with shine (due to it's ionic technology) and reduce frizz on the hair and claims to help with body too. I think I should have taken more note about the 'gives body' claim!

      I have to agree that my hair does look healthy and shinier once I've used the dryer which is great and I've not noticed frizz as such but that isn't something I've ever had many issues with anyway. I have found that the body claim though is a little extreme - I assume due to the high heat it gives off. My hair often ends up pushing outwards really badly and bushing up so I have no option but to straighten it. I definitely don't have the option of going out with my hair in it's state from using this dryer alone (at least from using the highest setting) because it does just look a bit of a mess, albeit a shiny mess! I have since started to use the lower middle heat setting and the bushiness isn't as bad but it still needs the straighteners on it afterwards. It takes slightly longer for me to dry but still a shorter time than my previous one.

      Conclusion
      I've rated the hairdryer four stars - it's more between a three and a four really. I feel that's appropriate because I do really like it and although I've experienced more body than I'd like, I have found it fairly easy to control afterwards by straightening. The controls are a pain at first but I have got used to them now. The fast drying time is great, it feels good quality and is easy to use. I am glad I didn't purchase it at full price but I think the price I paid was fair. I think it's just one that takes a bit of getting used to and working out which of the settings work best for you.

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        04.08.2013 17:58
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        A good hairdryer but don't expect salon shine!

        As you may know from my other reviews I have very fine hair and therefore have to wash it every day. This is a pain and it is really important to me that I have a hairdryer that is fast and effective to ensure that I spend as little time as possible each day drying my hair. I tend to replace my hairdryer every few years and have owned this John Frieda Salon Shine Ionic Hairdryer for about a year now.

        The first thing I would like to say is that on searching for this product in the Dooyou catalogue I found the correct product but it has the above picture attached to it. I have absolutely no idea what this picture is about but it is certainly not of either the hairdryer or the box so I think it is a mistake!

        John Frieda is known for developing a range of products to ease frizzy hair. Although my hair is not very thick it can get a bit fly away at times, especially as I use hairdryers on it so often, so I was attracted to this product to see if it would live up to its claim and help with this.

        The hair dryer is silver in colour with a purple line down it which looks quite sleek and stylish. It is also light and easy to hold so you don't get aching arms when you are using it.

        The hairdryer states that it uses advance ionic technology, which is meant to make your hair smooth and shiny. It is meant to release a stream of ions to surround and condition each strand of hair, neutralising static, smoothing the outer layer of the hair cuticle and controlling frizz. The hairdryer is 2200W and has 3 different heat settings and 2 speed settings which can be used in different combinations. It also has a cold shot button for setting and finishing your style. 


        The hairdryer comes with a concentrator nozzle attachment but no other attachments and is therefore quite basic in this respect. It has a 3m cord, which is very long and useful if you need to move around when drying your hair to reach a mirror.

        On using this hairdryer I find it quite powerful and it is certainly good at drying my hair quickly. The nozzle is useful at directing the hairdryer to particular sections of hair and I really like the cold shot option, which I use at the end of drying each section of my hair to really help hold the style in place. However I don't really know if the ionic technology makes any difference at all. My hair is possibly a little bit less flyaway, but then this can change depending on what shampoo I use as well, and I have not noticed it being any shinier than when I dry it without the hairdryer. This is a bit disappointing but I always thought it was a bit too good to be true that a hairdryer can transform your hair that easily.

        One issue I have been concerned about with this hairdryer is how easy it is to knock the on buttons by mistake and turn it on. I tend to store the hairdryer under my bed once I have finished using it and leave it plugged in. As the buttons are so easy to knock I've had a few occasions when I've gone upstairs to find out that my cats have managed to knock it while racing around the house chasing each other and switched it on by mistake, and it is merrily trying to dry the carpet (which if left for too long without me noticing would not end up with a good outcome at all!)

        The hairdryer costs about £59 from Boots but when I bought it was half price at £30 and I think this is more realistic price to pay for it. It comes with a 5 year guarantee which gives peace of mind if it breaks down (although often with these guarantees it still costs as much to send it away for repair as buy a new one!)

        Overall I would recommend this hairdryer as it is fast and effective although it does not perform miracles. Just store it somewhere safe away from lunatic cats!

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          11.09.2012 19:23
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          A great hair dryer!

          I received this hair dryer for a Christmas gift last year from my parents. As I picked it myself, I know it was reduced from £60 to £30 in Boots which is probably what influenced my choice, as I am generally speaking not too fussy about which hair dryer I use as long as it is powerful enough to dry my hair quickly.

          This hair dryer is silvery/grey in colour with a shiny silver piece at the top and the back. It is fairly lightweight and the handle fits easily in your hand, making it very comfortable to hold.
          The hair dryer has 2 speed settings and 3 heat settings. It also has a 'cold' button which you can press to get a blast of cooler air on to your hair to set and finish your hair style.

          The hair dryer has a salon length cord - the total length is 3 metres. I find this really useful as I am not restricted to plugging it in right beside my mirror. It is also really useful for if you are travelling, as we all know hotel mirrors don't always have a conveniently situated plug!
          The hair dryer comes with a nozzle attachment. I don't use this because I generally don't really style my hair with the hair dryer, I just blast it dry and then run hair straighteners through it.

          This hair dryer claims to have 'frizz ease' technology which gives your hair a shiny finish. The product leaflet states it has has 'ionic technology' which reduces static in your hair. I personally do not suffer from frizzy hair, my hair is quite smooth anyway, so I feel I couldn't really comment on whether this function works.
          The main thing I like about this hair dryer is how powerful it is. When used on the highest speed and heat setting it dries my shoulder length hair in about 5 minutes. This makes morning times a lot quicker!

          Due to the powerfulness of this product, it is quite noisy, which is really the only negative thing I have to say about it. My family have complained once or twice that the sound of my hair dryer has woken them up, so I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who needs to be very quiet while getting ready due to family/kids.
          The hair dryer comes with an instruction manual and a 5 year guarantee. Whilst I didn't pay much attention to the manual, I think a 5 year guarantee is great peace of mind when buying a product.

          A final reason why I love this hair dryer is that it does not get easily clogged with dust/dirt at the back like other hair dryers I have had in the past. For this reason I think it will last me longer before it needs replaced.
          I felt that this product was a bargain when bought at £30 half price. I personally think that £60 is a little dear for a hair dryer and so I wouldn't have bought it at this price. Because of the full price being a bit high, and because of the noise issue, I give this 4 stars. Other than that I think it is a great wee hair dryer!

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          06.05.2012 03:37
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          Improves my hair a lot!

          I received this John Frieda hairdryer for Christmas and have been using it nearly every day since then. This hairdryer was a replacement for my old one, which had been quite a basic model without any ionic non-frizz technology, so this was a real improvement. A lot of people have complimented me on how good my hair is looking since I got this, saying it looks very shiny or asking if I have straightened my hair. My hair is naturally wavy and has a tendency to get frizzy on occasion, especially in hard water areas like where I am now living. This hairdryer, along with use of a good serum on towel dried hair before blow drying, has really improved my hair.

          The hairdryer is simple and sleek looking, with quite a slim silver body. It has a lilac raised stripe across it and the name John Frieda is clearly marked on it. It is lightweight and easy to hold in one hand when drying and styling your hair. The only issue I have with holding it is that it is possible to accidentally knock the buttons with your hand, so that you inadvertently turn it up, down or off. Now that I have been using it for months I no longer do this, but in the first couple of weeks I did have to pay attention to stop this happening. Because of the buttons' position, you have to hold the dryer slightly further down the handle than I would have naturally been inclined to do.

          The button controls on this hairdryer are quite simple and self explanatory. The top button gives you a choice of three speeds and the bottom button gives you a choice of two heat settings or turning the hair dryer off. There is also a "cold shot" button on the inside middle of the handle, which is easily reachable and can be pressed while drying and styling without any difficulty. This gives a blast of cold air to help hold your hair into a certain style. Personally I don't often use it. I tend to use speed setting 2 and heat setting 1 and generally blast my hair all over, including turning my head down and drying my hair upside down. For me, this is the way I have always used to get my hair dry as quickly as possible. With my old hair dryer, it could sometimes lead to my hair looking a bit frizzy afterwards. The beauty of this hair dryer is that somehow the ionic anti-frizz technology makes my hair really smooth, shiny and straight while drying, even without me particularly styling it as I go. After drying my hair is very easy to comb and brush through and is left looking much better than it ever did with my old hairdryer.

          The speed of this hairdryer is impressive. Obviously the length and thickness of your hair will determine how long you need to dry it, but as someone with fairly average shoulder length hair I am definitely happy with the drying time and find I only need a couple of minutes.

          With regard to noise, this hair dryer is quite loud! Maybe this is the price to pay for it working so powerfully and quickly. Personally I am not bothered by the noise, but people who need to get up early without waking their partners or children might find it a bit of a problem.

          The full price is £59.99, which I do think is quite expensive for a hair dryer, although it's not too bad when you consider how much use you get out of it if you use it nearly every day and I think it is a quality product. I know my mum bought me mine half price when it was on offer in Boots before Christmas and I would definitely be happy to pay £30 for it.

          Overall I would fully recommend it to anyone who wants to tame their frizz prone hair. I will take 1 star off because of the slight negatives I have mentioned, but I am very happy with it.

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          18.03.2012 23:18
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          A very professional product, can tell it is John Frieda

          Oh wow. Well I have read some quite disappointed reviews about this hair dryer but I think it is fantastic! I am used to quite a small hairdryer which has little power but using this one has just shown how far hair dryers have come! It really is great.

          These are the features:
          · Advanced ionic technology controls frizz for a high shine finish
          · 2200W high heat
          · Long life professional AC motor generates powerful airflow
          · 3 heats
          · 2 speed settings
          · Cold shot
          · Slim nozzle
          · 3m salon length cord
          · 5 year guarantee

          The hair dryer is a lovely silver grey colour and looks really stylish. Yes it is heavy but this reflects in the power it has behind it. It is still possible to dry with one hand so it isn't that heavy! Another disadvantage with this is that it is noisy, and for those of you who are after a quite dryer I do not recommend this because it is loud! However, as with the heaviness of the product it is due to the power in it.

          I have found the best thing about this dryer is that it does dry my hair in half the time it takes for a standard dryer and it also dries it leaving it feeling very conditioned. This hair dryer contains ionic technology which causes smoothness and shineness that is expected from a dryer in a salon. A stream of ions to surround and condition each strand of hair, neutralising static, smoothing the outer layer of the hair cuticle and controlling frizz which is exactly what happens. I really enjoy drying my hair now with such a professional product. It really does leave my hair so smooth, so I don't need to even use my straighteners that much and I have such curly hair it's fab!

          I think roughly it costs between £40-60 but it is worth it. The nozzle is also included which gives an extra helping hand to straighten and smooth and it just works great. It has 3 heats, cold, warm and hot! I often blast it with the hot as then my hair dries in minutes, but if I'm curling dry it with warm. It also has a cold shot at the front which is easy to use. Speed wise, it has 2 settings. Fast and Super speed! Again I love to use the super speed option cause it dries so well.

          I can't really demonstrate how much I love using this product, but as a summary:

          Disadvantages: Loud and heavy. So not the easiest product to pack if you're going away! Also the fact it is loud wakes me up in a morning, so I like this!

          Advantages: Smooths, softens due to ionic technology, feels professional, great price!

          I love it, fantastic quality.

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          21.11.2011 15:58
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          A great hair-dryer

          ~ ~ THE HAIRDRYER ~ ~
          The hairdryer is made by john Frieda who is well known for making a large range of hair care products for all types of hair. His products can be found in stores such as Boots, Superdrug and some local supermarkets. This particular hairdryer helps to leave hair looking soft and shiny, thanks to the iconic technology which helps to control frizz. When using the hairdryer it releases ions to surround and condition each strand of your hair, which smoothes the outer layer of the hair and this controls frizz. The hair-dryer itself has a number of different features which are shown below:

          ~ ~ FEATURES ~ ~
          * Slim Concentrator Nozzle
          * 2200W high heat for faster drying
          * Long life professional AC motor, which generates powerful airflow for faster drying
          * Advanced Ionic technology controls frizz and creates shine
          * 3 heat and 2 speed settings
          * Cold Shot to set your style
          * Extra long 3m cord
          * 5 Year guarantee

          ~ ~ PRICE/AVALIABILITY ~ ~
          I purchased this in Boots when it was on special offer for £27.00, this was fantastic value as it had £32.00 off of the normal price.

          ~ ~ PACKAGING ~ ~
          The hair-dryer comes in a dark coloured box, which also includes a concentrator nozzle and a manual. The hair-dryer is packed well in protective cardboard and plastic wrapping. The cord is also coiled and tied with a plastic cable tie to keep the cord looking neat. The box is made quite cheaply as you can see that it's a normal brown cardboard box which is then covered in the John Frieda packaging. How-ever the packaging can both be recycled.

          ***THE HAIR-DRYER***
          The hair-dryer itself is silver and fairly light-weight at first. The buttons are on the main handle of the dryer. It doesn't state on the buttons what each one is; how-ever this can be easily worked out as there is 3 heat settings and just 2 speed settings. The cool shot button is grey and situated above the other buttons. When turning the hair-dryer on, I was quite surprised at how loud it was. It was certainly a lot louder than my previous dryer; how-ever this did feel a lot more powerful then my previous one. I used the concentrator nozzle to dry my fringe; this was easy to clip onto the end of the dryer and was easy to remove, without it getting too hot to touch. They recommend using the lowest heat setting and the cool shot button, when your hair is almost dry to set the style. I dried my hair using the 2nd heat setting, this felt comfortable. I felt as though the 3rd heat setting was a bit too hot for my liking. I often find that when using the cool shot button on a dryer it takes a while to feel it actually go cold, how-ever with this dryer, as soon as you press the button you can feel the cold air come out of the dryer. After drying my hair, which didn't take long at all due to the power the hair-dryer gives; it felt a lot smoother and softer than it did before. Quite often I get little wispy bits on the top of my hair which seems to stick up a little; how-ever this now wasn't the case. My hair was smooth, soft and look smooth and shiny and in really good condition. Even after straightening my hair, it still felt smooth and soft. I was really impressed with the results the hair-dryer gave.

          ~ ~ SIMILAR PRODUCTS ~ ~
          There is a very large range of different ionic hair-dryer's available to buy in stores such as Boots, Superdrug, Amazon and other retail outlets. These do vary in price, and can start from about £18.40 ranging to about £40.00. Most of the hair-dryers have the same features which often include different speed/heat settings and a cool shot button. Some of these hair-dryers do come with a diffuser, if you use one of these. I wanted one with a concentrator nozzle as I find this better when drying my hair and styling it.

          ***OVERALL OPINION***
          The dryer is quite noisy, sounding more like a small vacuum cleaner than an actual hair-dryer. How-ever this is a power-full hairdryer and dries hair quickly, which is great if you haven't got much time on your hands or if you are in a rush to go out. The heat settings and speed setting are perfect when drying different types and lengths of hair as you can use the setting which suits you the most. The cool shot really helps to set your style in place and to create a shiny, smooth finish. The dryer isn't as light-weight as some other's and I imagine if you have long hair and are using a brush whilst drying your arm may start to ache a little. This dryer certainly lives up to its claims. I think this was a bargain, as it was half price, how-ever you will probably be able to find another similar dryer for a cheaper price. I give this product 4 stars as everything is really good about it apart from that's it's nosier than other dryers.


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