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After having my previous Babyliss hairdryer for years, when it recently decided to stop working I was comforted by the thought that at least I'd certainly got my £25 worth out of it, and I was in need of a new one.
It's a looker...!
I dare say I will sound superficial here, but I am a sucker for something that looks nice, and this is what initially attracted me to the Nicky Clarke hairdryer. It's a beautiful bright and glossy red colour with matt black buttons on it. Whether the fact that it's so glossy and shiny is, subconsciously, designed to make the user think that's how their hair will appear after use I'm not sure...but it looks amazing! Even whilst boxed it looks just as good - classy, stylish and professional. My only concern with this is that I normally store my hairdryer in a drawer - I wanted this one on full display!
The hairdryer has speed and power as well as looks. It is powered by 2000 watts which makes drying a very quick process, especially for me as I have fine hair. For this reason I am pleased that the dryer has 3 heat settings: high, medium and low, and 2 speed settings. Ive previously found that with just 2 heat settings it is either too hot for my hair (and leaves it feeling brittle) or too cool (which takes too long to dry). With this one I generally use the medium setting on a high speed which is ideal for me. The low speed is good for drying fringes or anything that requires a little bit of styling at the same time. For a finishing touch to a style there is also a cold button function which just provides a shot of cold air. To be honest I don't use this function but it is meant to set a hairstyle more than leaving it warm.
The other factor I am impressed by is the cord linking the dryer to the wall socket. It seems longer than other hair appliances that I have which is handy as it not only stretches easily in front of the mirror but also means I can turn round and do a bit of multi-tasking whilst drying my hair!
The hairdryer is also supplied with a concentrator nozzle which I put on as I point the hairdryer downwards at the roots of my hair. I do this to minimise any frizz or bits of 'baby' hair that can stick up from the roots.
Is it worth the pennies?
I paid £30 for this dryer, from Amazon. I have since found it cheaper on other websites but still, I didn't think this was too highly priced for a Nicky Clarke product. I've only had this for a couple of months, but so far I am delighted with it and think it's worth £30 easily. For extra peace of mind though it also comes with a 12 month warranty which is nice to know. The hairdryer also features a removable air filter which is great for removing any dust and therefore keep it in full working order for as long as possible.
I was given this hair dryer as a Christmas gift last year. I like good quality hair dryers and so I was really pleased when I discovered this Nicky Clarke hairdryer under the wrapping paper. This hairdryer is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £29.99.
To look at the hair dryer is very attractive. It is a lovely red colour; very smart and professional looking. To be honest, it reminds me more of a professional one than a personal hair dryer. It's well built and looks and feels strong. It's a lovely looking hair-dryer...I love showing it off on my dressing table. The hair dryer is quite large and so I would say that it does take up quite a bit of space in your suitcase which is annoying as you obviously want something small to go travelling with. However, after all it isn't a travelling hair dryer so I am not going to take points of it for that...but just felt that I ought to mention it.
I like the after effects this hair dryer gives my hair. I have hair which likes to do its own thing and gets frizzy. This hair dryer doesn't make my hair frizzy which is great. It also leaves my hair feeling soft and smooth which is great too - apparently this is due to some special 'iconic' technology this hair dryer has. I'm sure exactly what it is, however I do notice a huge difference now when I use a non-iconic hair dryer. So I have to say that this iconic technology thing, definitely makes my hair, soft, smooth and shinier. My hair has the whole 'oomph' thing going on without the frizzyness with this hair dryer. This dryer certainly gives volume which is good as it means that it doesn't leave my hair flat.
There are three settings on the hair dryer - low, medium and high. I tend to keep it on the highest setting so that I can dry my hair as quickly as possible. I don't use the hair dryer to style my hair, only to dry it - I use straighteners after. However, if you are using the dryer to style your hair then it is probably better to use the lower setting.
There are also 3 heat settings on the dryer; a low, medium and high. I tend to use the high one (although I probably shouldn't ...my poor hair). I only ever use the medium or low settings if I feel a bit too hot. However, to be honest, I never find that the highest heat setting is too hot - it's just right. There is also a cool shot button although I don't find that it works as well as other cool shot buttons I have had on hair dryers in the past.
I had expected the dryer to be really powerful, so I was quite surprised to see that it doesn't come across as being that powerful. The sound of it doesn't have that 'oomph' in it, however, it does seem to dry my hair quickly. Some hair dryers take around 20 minutes (even more sometimes) to dry my shoulder length hair and yet this one dries my hair in around 10 minutes which is good as it means that it saves me time.
One thing which I do not like about the hair dryer - it's not a major issue however - is that I do find this hair dryer to be quite heavy. It's not too heavy but I did notice a bit of a difference compared to my hair dryer. I find that my arm starts to ache after a few minutes and so I have to keep swapping the arms I'm using this dryer with. Apart from the 'weight' of this hairdryer, I do like using it - it's very easy to grip and handle.
Good news, I find that this hair dryer isn't too noisy. In fact it's quite quiet compared to previous hair dryers I have had - perhaps this is the reason why I don't think that the hair dryer sounds powerful. But it's definitely more powerful than it sounds.
All in all, I would recommend this hair dryer.
Thanks for reading!
Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x
This powerful 2000W hair dryer gives a salon performance in your own home. It features a long-life motor 3 heat and 2 speed settings which make for precision styling control a cool shot button salon cable and a hanging tool. The dryer is lightweight and compact which makes it ideal for travel. The ionic technology helps to control frizz and comes with professional styling concentrator and removable air filter. The bright red colour is fun and chic!