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Philips HP4982 Tresemme Salon Control Ionic Shine

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      11.06.2012 01:00
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      My hair dryer and will be for a long time to come!

      I have very little time to spend drying my hair, so normally leave it to dry overnight and deal with the curly mass in the morning but, since I've been dying my hair bright red it's become a bit of an occupational hazard to leave it overnight which has resulted in many of my pillow cases turning a nice shade of red! So my good old hair dryer has had to come out, to save my poor bed linen from going a nice shade of pink after it's been washed a few times - and well to save me money as well, bed linen isn't exactly the cheapest of things unfortunately!

      ~*~ Tresemme ~*~

      The makers of all things hair, shampoo and conditioner - the hairbrush I reviewed a few days ago, and many other products in between - hair dryers and straighteners, I'm sure I've also seen curlers in their repertoire of products. They aren't a company that are shy to get their name out there when it comes to hair care products - which is justified when you see how well they fly out of the shops. Personally never been a fan of their shampoo's and styling products, but their electric hair stylers are a total different story!

      ~*~ My Hair Dryer ~*~

      Now this hair dryer is a bit better than basic, it's not really fancy but it has various settings that make it worth the money really. You've got two settings for heat, which are quite easily distinguished in temperature, the first selection on the panel on the right is the off section, push the slot up one and you'll get a low temperature. Which is somewhat like a nice warm breeze on holiday, just a bit stronger, and the next slot up which is the hottest you'll get the temperature, is a bit hotter to be honest and have that too close to your scalp and you'll be feeling it for a little while - I've done it too many times you'd have thought since I've had this hairdryer since 2008 that I would have learnt my lesson by now. Obviously not though, since I've melted a comb by holding it too close to the nozzle before now!

      There are also two power settings on the left hand side of the handle, situated next to the heat settings, they are low and high blower settings. The low, well it isn't a lot of use, unless you've just been outside and got caught in a bit of rain and only have damp hair. The high setting, is fantastic - my hair is average thickness and just below my shoulders and takes about five to ten minutes to dry; it's a powerful setting but it won't blow your head off I promise, mines still on four years later, but it would take a lot to make me use the lower setting on just washed hair because it just wouldn't be worth it, it would take half hour to dry and I don't need much more prolonged exposure to high heat on my hair!

      The combination of the high heat, and high power makes for the fastest blow drying - but that's pretty obvious really. The lower heat and power are for if you've got caught in the rain, or just have damp hair from towel drying - it's not powerful enough or hot enough to get anything more out of it unfortunately.

      There is also a turbo boost, which takes the highest power and makes it higher, but the button for that is awkwardly placed if you want to hold it on while you dry and style at the same time; it's ok if you're happy just drying and then leaving it to do its thing. I find when I use it I have to hold the button on sideways and it does get a bit painful if you need to use it for a long time, it'll work on either of the heat settings, but feels a little bit pointless on the lower one because it doesn't really make it dry much faster; but it depends how thick your hair is and how long it is - with mine taking a while to dry with a normal conventional hair dryer, the boost helps, but if you have quite thin hair a boost on the low heat setting would probably get it over and done with quite quickly.

      Then there is also the cold setting, which is another button above the turbo boost - which is meant to freeze hair styles in place with a sharp blast of cold air. However, don't use it straight after you've been using the heat section because it will be warm air, rather than a bit of cold. Even saying that it's not freezing cold when you blast it onto a hairstyle admittedly, it does make a bit of a difference but it's never going to be an alternative to hairspray. On my hair though it does help, because when I have my hair curly it's notorious for falling out within an hour - but when I remember my hairdryer has this function I do use it and it helps to keep my curls in that little bit longer. Especially when teamed with an entire bottle of hairspray!

      So this hairdryer claims that it helps to protect hair from damage when you dry it with this EHD technology; which is meant to evenly distribute hot air to all parts of the hair so you are not damaging your hair. Now I don't know quite if that's all that true really, because surely a hair dryer is hot air directly on your hair and will make it damaged slightly regardless? I mean my hair gets split ended a lot naturally from over colouring and over straightening but, don't think this hair dryer has made a massive amount of difference since I've been using it - though I've been using it more over the past few weeks, and my hairdresser did notice that my hair is in better quality. I just think that's down to a better diet, so not sure if it makes any difference but if it helps you justify blow drying your hair every day then go for it!

      With this hair dryer you also get the Ionic Breeze feature, which is a little button at the bottom of the dryer that you slide across and the blue light on the top will switch on to let you know you've turned it on. It's meant to make it so that your hair less frizzy and static, and make it more shiny and manageable - it's a bit of a con really I think, because it depends how good your shampoo and conditioner are. Or if you use a frizz taming serious you put in wet hair, so don't let that rule your decision if you are considering what hair dryer to buy.

      Cleaning this hair dryer is quite easy actually, there is a panel on the back of the dryer that is silver that you can pull off for easy cleaning, it's really simple thing to do, though if you only use it a couple of times a week it doesn't really get that dirty or full of hair - I clean mine once a month or so just to make sure I don't get any dirty or anything weird when I'm drying my hair. This hairdryer is pretty good in general really, it's never going to be perfect because no one can ever make a hairdryer perfect for everyone's hair. It's got a loop on it which means you can hang up the dryer if you have it somewhere that you can store it; and the cable is 3m long - so you can drag it across the room if you've got plug sockets too far away from a mirror or where you wish to dry your hair. It works quite nicely for me across from my plug socket to my mirror - to I've never had a problem using it..

      It's an easy to use hairdryer with easily sliding function buttons, and with two buttons on the top and one on the bottom. The handle is comfortable, and it's not too heavy, it's black and silver - it's quite a nice hairdryer really and even when I bought it 4 years ago it looked good, didn't cost too much and well it's lasted really well... I can't praise this hair dryer enough for that. I've not had a better hair dryer and well I'll not be buying a new one anytime soon, because I think this one has a good few years left in it yet - if you can get hold of one it's well recommended, despite its downfalls, that are more random technology than anything else!

      ~*~ Price and Availability ~*~

      This hairdryer is quite hard to get hold of now actually, it is available on a website called Morgan111Morgan for £22.99 I've not seen it in Boots or Superdrug recently - so I'm guessing it's not widely available anymore. It will be on eBay though for varying prices, it might be hard to get hold off but it's well worth a buy!

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        28.08.2010 22:01
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        I like it

        This isn't a bad hair dryer and was really good value for an Ionic one. I bought it for the Ionic feature but to be honest i'm not sure if it makes much of a difference? It is supposed to help condition your hair so i thought this might help prevent heat damage but my hair looks the same. You can choose to switch this on or off and there is a little blue light that comes on to show the ion is on. I tend to leave this on in hope that over time i will notice a difference.

        Overall it works well and is fairly light and easy to use, it does dry my hair quicker than my old dryer which saves me time which i was not expecting as it makes quite a bit of a deference. It has lots of different setting but i don't really use the turbo boost as i don't really need it. The cool shot is great although i don't use it to fix my hair but too finish the ends of my hair as it seems to make it smoother, that might just be my hair but worth a try!

        The lead is very long about 3 meters which is really handy and it looks stylish, the shiny black plastic part of the casing has little flecks of blue and red glitter in when you look up close which is a nice touch. The hanging hook is really flexible and stretchy so hols the weight of the dryer well and feels good quality.

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        15.04.2010 16:31
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        So much better than the old one I had (even before it exploded...)

        My lovely husband bought me this hairdryer a couple of years ago as I had been for a long time using a tiny one that he had for travelling until it eventually exploded!

        This is a great hairdryer. It has a variety of settings, so I can use it for styling my own hair, just getting my hair dried quickly, or drying my children's hair.

        First of all, there are three heat settings (cool, warm or hot), and two power settings (full blast or medium). Both these switches are on the handle and are easy to adjust. It's great for the kids to use the cool or warm setting and on medium power, that way it's not too hot for their skin.

        There is also a button which switches on or off the ionising feature of this dryer. Apparently this helps to smooth your hair and avoid static and frizz. I always have it switched on but can't really tell you if it works - this is so much better than my old hairdryer but I don't think it's just down to the ions!

        The other setting allows you to have a heat or cool boost. To be honest I just always have this set to full heat, as I like to get my hair dried quite quickly so go for full blast.

        The diffuser thing at the end (is that what it's called? - really not a hair person!) - you know, the bit that sticks out at the front of the hairdryer and directs the air - is detachable, which is handy if you want a wider stream of air coming at you!

        The hairdryer is fairly big and a little heavy. It is fine for use at home and for travelling as long as you have space, but this is not a compact little bijoux bit of apparatus.

        All in all, I think this is a great hairdryer. It has flexibility with it's range of settings, and when on full blast everything (like I have it!) it does a quick job of getting hair dry, but doesn't seem to leave me with frizzy or damaged hair (maybe the ions do work??).

        I must admit that I haven't really had any other proper hairdryer before, but this certainly does the job for me. Hubby got it from Boots but I can't see it available there now. It seems to be priced around £12 on Amazon, which is a snip I think.

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          08.07.2009 22:21
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          Does it's job, what more can you expect?

          To be honest, to me a hairdryer is a hairdryer and I can't say they get me that excited. This one seems to do it's job pretty well though. It can be really quite fast but you can adjust both heat and er....wind speed(?). It has the ability to fire ions at your head and some people say this makes your hair sleeker whilst others say it makes it dry faster. I can't really say I've noticed much difference either way. Sorry if this sounds less than enthusiastic, I just reckon that there's only so much you can expect from a hair dryer (i.e. making your hair drier) and I think they will probably never do your hair much good (they're still blasting it with hot air) . This one does it's job quickly and efficiently though. It has enough power to cope with long hair whilst not blasting too much for you to be able to style etc. It's solid whilst not being too heavy, and it has a guard over the back (a friend of mine got her hair sucked into her hairdryer the other day so I guess this may be an important feature!). Also it has a nice long flex so you can get to the mirror.

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          06.07.2009 20:18
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          I would recommend for people looking for a cheap drying option.

          I'm really fussy with my hair, for me money is never an issue when it comes to my hair as I'm a real girly girl and like to spend time on getting my hair just perfect and with that comes the money to buy the right products that will suit my hair type.

          I've had so many hairdryers over the years, my last one being a Nicky Clarke product which I was really satisfied with, that is, until it died on me after about 8 months. It was a 2000 watt so quite powerful and was able to dry my hair in minimal time. I like taking care of my appearance as much as the next girl does but blow-drying my hair is one of my biggest pet hates.

          With this in mind, after my Nicky Clarke hairdryer broke I wanted a dryer with a high wattage which will enable me to dry my hair with minimum time and effort. I looked online at a few hairdryers and although I'm willing to pay a substantial amount of my hard earned cash on hair care products, this does not include hairdryers. I'm a bit of a sceptic and think that a hairdryer is a hairdryer, I don't believe all the hype surrounding this 'ionic' technology, when I dry my hair I like to get it done as quickly as possible so I can then take my time straightening or curling it.

          With this in mind I wasn't willing to pay around £50 for a 'state of the art' hairdryer that apparently dries your hair so much better than a dryer of half the price and although in some respects this may be true I was still hoping I could find a decent enough hairdryer for half the price. After looking everywhere for a new hairdryer and having no luck I decided to try Amazon, I wanted a brand new dryer not a second hand one and whilst browsing in the electrical section I came across this, which they call the Phillips Tresemme HP4982/07 Salon Control Ion Hair Dryer, fancy eh? I ignored the elaborate name which is blatantly just there to lure you in, but one word that did stand out for me (apart from hairdryer) was Tresemme. I remember all the daft adverts with the awful actors who claim that Tresemme should only be allowed to be used by professionals. I knew that Tresemme was a good make therefore that, coupled with the cheap price tag of £18.99 (£20 now) I bought it.

          The hairdryer was delivered in quite a large box considering the size of the dryer itself, of course included in the box is the usual nozzle which is optional whether or not you use it. In my experience it helps with styling if you use the nozzle however if you're simply looking to dry your hair and nothing else then it could be quicker without it as it reaches a wider area of hair. It includes a three year warranty, this isn't a form that you have to fill out unlike some products, you simply keep hold of your receipt. It also comes with a full set of instructions which are easy to follow. Hairdryers are easy enough to work so I just had a quick scan of the different features included with this.

          The length of the wire isn't much of a problem for me as I sit less than a metre away from the plug but the box says that the cable is a 'salon length' 3 metres which I find to be pretty generous, of course if this isn't long enough you can always use an adapter which will enable you to stretch it a lot more.

          The dryer itself looks very stylish, it's a sleek black colour with a silver control panel, it also includes a hanging loop which could come in handy if I actually had a hook to hang it on! I wont go into much more detail because obviously there's a picture at the top so you can see for yourself what it looks like!

          This is a 2100 watt hairdryer, after a good experience of fast drying from my 2000 watt I assumed that a higher wattage would mean a faster drying time, unfortunately not. Even when on the highest setting the airflow still isn't as strong as my previous lower watt hairdryer. It only takes about a couple more minutes to dry my hair using this compared to my other dryer but I hate drying my hair with so much of a passion I was quite disappointed at how weak the airflow was.

          One thing that impressed me about this dryer was how many settings it has; it has two speed settings, the slower one is recommended for styling however I've used both prior to styling my hair and you come out with exactly the same result however if you use the slower setting you're losing yourself some time! There's three heat settings, one which they call 'cool' which is more lukewarm that cool to be honest, I was hoping it would actually be cool, not for the benefit of my hair but for the benefit of me during the hot summer! The cool setting is designed to 'set' your hair's style after drying and after straightening if necessary, apparently it makes your style last for longer, something which I don't agree with personally but it may work for some. The hot setting is exactly that... hot. This should only be used if you have very thick hair because if you don't you're likely to burn your scalp or ears very quickly (believe me). This has prompted me to go for the middle setting which is very warm and dries the hair in quite a quick time, having said that my hair is quite fine so it may take longer or shorter depending on your specific hair type. Below the heat and speed settings you have a button which slides from left to right, this indicates whether the ionic system is switched on or not, this will be indicated by a blue light on the top of the dryer. I've tried drying my hair with this technology turned on and off and again I see no difference in results. Ionic means that when the air is released you get microscopic droplets of water in the air which is supposed to protect your hair, much like a heat spray will do. I personally think that these additions are just built in to lure people into buying these sorts of products under false pretences.

          Above the heat and speed settings you have two push into buttons. The top is for the cool setting which is exactly the same as changing the heat settings to the lowest option, the second produces a little more airflow. I use this button rarely and a lot less than I'd like to, this is simply because the button has to be held in, I would find it a lot easier if it clicked into place. The way that your hand fits around the dryer makes it difficult to keep your finger on the button for too long without your hand aching.

          The dryer has a detachable back to it, this is where the air is taken in, this provides an easy cleaning method. Unless you live in an incredibly dirty or dusty house then you shouldn't need to detach the back in order to clean it more than once every six months. To clean it you must make sure the dryer is switched off at the wall, wipe with a dry cloth along the rims of the dryer.

          This leaves my hair feeling soft and quite shiny which I was impressed with because it does look a little better than it did when using my previous hairdryer, it leaves it tangle free too. This of course depends on whether you condition it or not which I do but it still gives it a nice feel to run your fingers too as all girls love to play with their hair!

          What I like about this dryer is how light it is, I was impressed at how quickly my old hairdryer would dry my hair but it was relatively heavy for something that you have to hold above your head for 10 minutes or so, this one is incredibly light which means that you wont be left with pins and needles or an aching arm after using it!

          I think for £18.99 I got a decent hairdryer, it's not the quickest drying product I've ever used but it does the job, is very easy to use, is light, relatively quiet and stylish so I really can't complain. In hindsight I think that I should have splashed out a bit more and bought a more expensive dryer but for now I'm happy with this and will keep it until it inevitably breaks or overheats just like all my others have!

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            01.05.2009 17:48

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            a good hairdryer at a good price

            I have had this hairdryer for a while now and it has served me well through many different hairstyles. I have difficult hair to say the least and the thought of having it blowdried fills me with dread but with this hairdrier its a little bit different. Normally my hair becomes very frizzy when Im using hairdryers but when using the ion button it reduces the frizz dramatically and I dont have to look like one of the hairbear bunch. It drys thick curl hair very quickly, so what would take a good hour to dry will take 20 minutes if done properly. Yes there is only two speeds and this in my opinion is a good thing as I have only ever used two settings on any of my hairdryers. The hairdryer is nicely moulded and seems comfortable to hold throughout the drying experience, it seems a lot lighter to hold than other hairdryers on the market and I could use it in both dominent and non dominent hands. ( long story) I have never had a problem with my hairdryer and it has been the best one that i have ever bought

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            27.04.2009 08:37
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            A good dryer for the price

            I haven't got a great track record with hairdryers - expensive ones, cheap ones; they all have tended to give up the ghost on me.

            One of my main reasons for purchasing this hairdryer about 6 months ago was price - at £18.85 currently on Amazon (I bought mine for £18.86 at Asda) it didn't seem a huge risk. It has actually proved to be a very good purchase.

            What you get in the box:

            This is a basic hairdryer with a detachable blow dry nozzle and a 3 metre long cable. It is sleek and shiny black and has 2 speed settings, 2 heat settings, a cold button and also a "turbo boost" button. There is an ionic button as well which can turn the ion function (more of which later) on and off. The dryer comes with a one year guarantee and is quite light weight at 475g or so, according to my measurements. Dimensions are 9x22x23. There is a removable filter on the back, which is silver and slips on and off easily enough. For the price you are get 2100w performance, so comparable with more expensive dryers.

            The dryer has a nice comfortable hand grip and sits snugly in your hand. It is emblazoned with the Tresemme name - I suppose as this is a well known brand of hair products.

            There is no diffuser with this model, though a more expensive version is available with diffrerent attachments.

            So is it any good?

            As mentioned before I have been through a lot of dryers, my turnover rate being diminished before the purchase of this dryer only due to the fact that, having small children, I hadn't been drying my hair as much frankly. This dryer, however has been used every other day by me and also by the rest of the family for 6 months now and is doing well. For this reason alone it gets a big thumbs up from me. The motor sounds as good as new, it is not a very loud dryer (the proof being that my children no longer run screaming from the room when I turn it on), and overall it is a pleasure to use.

            My one criticism would be the fact that there are only 2 speed settings - somehow you just feel like there should be a middle setting, it goes from blasting away to idling over with nothing inbetween.

            The ion button - works, it switches on a little blue light at the top of the dryer. Now when I bought the dryer I carefully read the bit about the ions and it didn't make much sense to me, other than using the ions is supposed to make my hair less frizzy. For the purposes of this review I have actually tried drying my hair without it, and I am not sure if it is psychological but without the button on my hair did, indeed, seem less shiny and swishy. So maybe the button works?

            In any case I am pleased with this dryer, it gets 4 stars for the speed issue, everything else is very good and for the price, frankly, it is better than more expensive dryers I have owned and had to bin; I prefer it to a much saved up for Babyliss that failed to perform.

            The design of the dryer is nice enough, and everything else like the heat settings and the turbo blast (does as the name suggests) works well.

            Like I said, I am still not sure what the little blue LED is really for, but it looks quite pretty and since I have owned this dryer my hair has, mainly, looked like I have taken the time to style it. It is powerful enough for my needs, speedy and not over noisy. For under £20 you can't say better than that.

            I recommend this dryer.

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              18.01.2009 17:37

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              Buy this hairdryer when you need one next :o)

              I love this hairdryer! My husband works for a company who gave a selection of gifts to chosse from one Christmas and as my hairdryer at the time was getting a bit old and he is so thoughtful he decided to choose it for me. I like the fact it's not too fussy, I always get a good finish from it and find I don't get static hair after using it. It's not too noisy either which is good as I get up before my other half and don't want to wake him up whilst using it. I got this dryer free but considering that it retails at under £20 it's very reasonable and is guaranteed to last a decent amount of time. It's also not too heavy which is a consideration if you like to style your hair as I do. This is a really good quality product which offers a good selection of settings.

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              22.11.2008 21:43
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              The only hairdryer I woul recommend!!

              I have never been a great lover of hair drying. I find it tiresome and boring. It is for this reason that I cut all my hair off. Big mistake..but we will leave that story for another day!!

              I have been through so many ahirdryers in my life time. Every time I get one it seems to decide it doesn't like me and pack up within 2 weeks. It either overheats or just breaks.

              I am currently the proud owner of th Phillips Tresemme Salon control Ionic shine, and touch wood so far so good. In fact I have had this for 2 years now and nothing has gone wrong with it. That's a long time for a hairdryer don't you think?

              Not only is it indestructable but it is so simple to use and great for my hair. Its ionic conditioning helps control my frizzy hair and it really does work. I'm not quite sure hoe it does, all I know is that when I turn my hairdryer on a blue light shines down on my head like something from outer space and walla.... Straight sleek hair!!

              This hair dryer can be brought in loads of places including boots and Tesco and will cost you around £20.00 although I paid £30.00 for mine 2 years ago....huff!! It has 3 heat setting and 2 speed settings and also has cold set, just incase you need warming up in this winter weather :)

              It comes with a viriety of wierd looking attachments which I cannot comment on because I have never used but have been informed by my mother that one is a diffuser.

              It is very light and not huge in size. This is the one hairdryer I have had that hasn't made my arm fall of during drying. The electricity cable stretche about 3 metres so lets hope your not too tall for it to reach your head!!

              Unfortunately it is only avaliable in boring black, but you might like this...personally I would prefer a pink hairdryer but as previously discovered they always break!!

              I don't think you will be disppointed with this hairdryer. I have recommended it to many friends who agree that it is the most brilliant thing since sliced bread. And for this reason I insist you go and buy one right now!!

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              HP4982/07 Salon Control Ion Shin. 2100 watts.Weight 0.71kg.3 heat settings, 2 speed settings. Ionic