I don't use a hairdryer during the summer months, preferring to let my hair air dry, however it's a necessity for me during the winter months as I have thick, long hair, and it can take hours (or even overnight at times!) for my hair to dry if left to towelling and/or air drying. I don't particularly like to spend a lot of money on hairdryers (to be honest, I think it's a waste of money to spend a lot of money on them) and so when I saw this on sale at Sainsbury's for only £10.95, I thought that it would be a great buy. I had recently bought Phil Smith shampoo and conditioner and am very happy with both of those, so getting the hairdryer seemed to be a good idea.
Overall, I am very happy with this hair dryer.
Due to my hair being so long and thick (fine strands but a lot of them), I have had problems in the past where it has taken me a long time to dry my hair, even with expensive hairdryers. However, I have to say that I've been extremely impressed with the fact that the Phil Smith hair dryer dries my hair so quickly! I would say that it only takes around five minutes, which I'm more than happy with as at some points I've had to spend 10 - 15 minutes to achieve the same results.
The hair dryer has three heat settings (two hot, one 'cool' option with it's own button you can hold down) and three strength options. What I really like about the hairdryer, however is that even the hottest heat setting isn't actually too hot - I don't feel like my hair/scalp is overheating and burning when I use it. In the past, that has been my biggest issue with hair dryers - the hot setting is too hot, and the warm setting isn't hot enough. So I think it's fantastic that without being too hot, the Phil Smith hair dryer still dries my hair quickly.
The hair dryer also comes with a detachable diffuser which I don't use, but am sure would be great for people who want to use the dryer to straighten their hair.
The one downside I have noticed is that there is a slight burning smell when I use the hair dryer. The smell isn't constantly there, just every now and then when I use it. It reminds me a little bit of the smell other hair dryers I have owned in the past have gotten when they're overheating, but it doesn't seem the case with this one, so I'm not entirely sure where it's coming from. It worries me a little bit, but has presented no problems so far, so might just be a quirk of the dryer.
Featuring three heat settings and two fan speeds the Phil Smith Dryer is a quick way to great hair. It usefully features a 3m salon-length cord to give you complete freedom of movement and plenty of flex from the socket. A final cool shot button lets you set your style beautifully while an easy clean filter makes maintenance a breeze.