“ Brand: Remington / Electric Hair Styling Products „
When my last hairdryer started to make a burning smell, I decided it was time to upgrade and when I spotted this in Boots, I decided to purchase.
The hairdryer was from Boots and cost in the region of £20 and it still retails for around this price. It is also available from places such as Amazon, Tesco Direct although the product and packaging does look like it has had a bit of a revamp.
The hairdryer is chrome and matt silver in colour and not too dissimilar to most hairdryers I have used, it has a long thin barrel which has Hair Envy writing on. I find that hairdryer is quite lightweight and easy to hold and angle whilst using without adding any strain on my arms. The hair dryer is 2000 watt which I do think now seems to be pretty standard, I will say that I do find this is quite powerful and the hairdryer does a decent job at drying my hair quickly but thoroughly.
There is a cable on the hairdryer which is just under 2meter long which I think is great, especially when travelling as I have stopped in places before where the plug socket is miles away from the mirror
According to the instructions, the hairdryer has a ceramic ring and ionic conditioning, which apparently helps reduce frizz and give hair a nicer shine, I'll be honest, having naturally curly hair which when not styled it quite frizzy, I don't actually notice any difference when using this hair dryer to any other to I don't really think this element works.
When I compare to other hairdryers I have used, I would say that this is on the quite side (don't get me wrong, you still know it is on, but it is nowhere near as noisy as other brands have been).
===Cleaning the hairdryer===
Like a lot of modern hairdryers, the grill at the back of the barrel seems to clog up with dust, the grill on the Hair Envy drier can easily be removed by twisting it slightly anticlockwise and pulling, I then give it a good brush with one of the cleaning brushes from my other halves electric razor and the re-attach by pushing in and giving it a little twist in a clockwise direction. When it comes to cleaning, I always make sure I do this before I use or when the barrel is cold as it can get quite hot (I also make sure it isn't plugged in)
There are three different speed settings on the hairdryer, there is a switch on the handle of the dryer which allow me to switch between the different speeds. I never use speed 1 as I think I can blow harder, occasionally I have used speed 2 on my daughter (to get her used to it). I tend to use speed 3 as this is the most powerful, I will admit, that this isn't the most powerful that I have ever used but it is sufficient.
Alongside this switch, there is also another which operate the heat settings; option 1 it a little too cold and I tend to use option 3, again, when I dry Lauren's hair (which is very rare), I use option 2 as this isn't too hot, but warm enough to dry her hair.
Both these switches are like small light switches, there are easy to operate, even whilst styling my hair.
The hairdryer also has a cool shot button which is situated above both these switches, I can comment that this works but I have never used it (if I am honest, I am not actually sure why or when to use this).
The hairdryer has two attachments, a hair diffuser and a concentrator nozzle, both of which are made from thick plastic and are see-through. It is really easy to remove the nozzles (so much so, that I appear to have lost both over the years). I would say that despite being plastic, the nozzles (and also the barrel) do get quite hot so I do have to be mindful of leaving the hairdryer lying around, especially when my daughter Lauren is about as I don't want her to pick up and burn her fingers.
If I have my hair curly, 9 times out of 10 I will let it dry naturally, if I do need to dry it, I find that using the concentrator tends to 'blast' it too much and ends up giving me a frizzy, dragged through the hedge backwards however if I use the diffuser, it gives my hair a nice, frizz free look and makes my curls look fresh. I would say that it also makes my hair look curlier, I must admit, because I don't really like my curly hair, I don't tend to use this too much.
The end of the main nozzle end is quite slim which means I find it really easy to direct the air into certain areas of my hair, I also find it easier when styling my hair that using with no attachment.
Included within the pack are some nice accessories; 4 velcro hair rollers which are quite a good size and grey coloured, 4 silver sectioning clips, a roller hairbrush and finally a diffuser. The hairdryer came in a large bright pink velvet storage box which is ideal to store everything in when not being used (although my daughter has stolen this to put toys in), the only downside I would say is that I used to find it quite difficult to get everything back in and close the lid. It is worth noting that the lid does not fasten down so it isn't ideal to use when travelling.
Because I have quite curly hair anyway, I don't really use any of the accessories, just the rollers when I like to give my hair a little more volume on nights out. The roller brush is great if you have the patience of drying you hair using it but to be honest, I haven't got the time and because I use GHD's to straighten, I don't really need this aspect.
Unlike a lot of electrical products, this actually comes with a 24 months guarantee as opposed to 12 months which I think is great. I will say that I have had the hairdryer for several years now and it is still going strong and shows no signs of letting me down.
Overall, I do really like this hairdryer and because of the accessories, I do think it works out quite good value, I would give this 4 out of 5 stars and I would definitely recommend.
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I bought this initially because it looked like the cheapest, highest quality hair dryer (I'm a student) and I am very pleased with it's performance. I live in a shared house so the low noise function is very helpful when I have to get up early for lectures. It has 3 different heat settings, as well as a cool shot button, and it has 2 different speeds. There was a concentration nozzle in the box and a paddle brush for when you wish to blow dry your hair straight. There is a 3m salon length cable which is an added bonus. The barrel of the dryer is slightly heavier then I expected and it is easy to loose your grip and bump yourself on the head initially, it just takes a little getting used to though. The rear grille is removeable making cleaning and maintenance simple.
It also has ionic conditioning and a ceramic ring that helps reduce frizz and aides faster drying.
Overall, this hair dryer has outperformed all of my expectations.
(Taken from my Ciao Profile)
I got given this hairdryer as a Christmas present about two years ago after my beloved Babyliss started to make a weird whistling/ squeaking sound everytime you turned it on. After having my babyliss one for nearly ten years I had high expectations of any new hair dryer that wanted to be part of my life.
First impressions - this hairdryer and the accessories come in a very handy cerise coloured box. I have found this to be particularly useful for storing all of my hair - related things that would usually take over my bedroom. The accessories included in the box are four rollers, four clips, a hair brush and a detachable diffuser. I love the fact that you can alternate between the diffuser and the precision nozzle which isn't always the case with some models.
Unlike my previous hairdryer, this one looks quite posh as the area around the nozzle and around the end motor is in chrome. The rest of the hairdryer is in a stylish matte silver colour. This looks very good when not in use, but the chrome parts have a tendency to get rather warm especially when you use it on the highest heat setting. Not only this but after a couple of months of use this outer chrome tube completely fell off. I have managed to get it back on, however every time I use it it proceeds to fall off again. Hence why I have given up with it all together and now and don't bother putting it back on. This doesn't stop the hairdryer from working but the black plastic where the chrome once was doesn't look particularly pretty.
Another good feature of this model is that it has three heat settings, two speed settings and also a cold shot button. The heat and speed settings are easy to control switches, however the cold shot button is a bit more difficult as you have to hold it down consistently when you want the cold air. This is made more difficult by the fact that it is in the further up the handle than the other buttons. I personally find that I need the hairdryer on full blast, ie on the highest speed and the highest heat as I have long hair and am quite impatient!
When the hairdryer is on full blast it is faily loud, although not unbearable like some hairdryers can be. If you are sensitive to noise and have more time on your hands the noise can be reduced by using the hairdryer on the lower settings.
Also when it comes to using the attachments I find it difficult to actually get the diffuser to stay on, as it falls off easily when the hairdryer is on. Yet at the same time, sometimes when you need to change the nozzle it is difficult to get off.
Overall this hairdryer isn't too bad. It still works perfectly after two years of constant use (practically everyday) so I can't complain on that front. It just has a few irritating downsides that make me think this hairdryer is strictly average.
Last year, around November time, my old hairdryer blew up. I was drying my hair and it started sparking everywhere and then a loud crack sounded so I dropped it and fled downstairs. I dumped the thing that tried to kill straight in the bin and set about getting a new one. Luckily I had an old thing in the cupboard but I wanted a nice new one, so I decided to ask my grandparents to get me one for Christmas. I didn't tell them a brand or anything, so I was very happy and surprised when I opened ths on Christmas Day!
This hairdryer is made by the Hair care experts Remington, and is actually a box set of hair care bits as well as the dryer itself. It comes in a large cerise pink box, which is like a large square, but is wider at the bottom than it is at the top... I can't think of the technical term for that! It has a flip top lid so it is nice and easy to access and store the bits and bobs inside. It has "Remington Hair Envy" on the front, and looks lovely sitting in my bedroom. It is a really attractive box and great for people who don't have much space to store a hairdryer, the box wouldn't out of place in any room!
Ok, the hairdryer itself. It is actually a 2000 Watt hairdryer, which is one of the higher wattage hairdryers you can buy. I find this is plenty strong enough to dry my hair, and I wouldn't buy any less than a 2000W one now. The hairdryer main body is silver, with a shiny funnel where the air comes out. There are 2 switches located on the inside of the handle, one for the temperature of the air and one for the power. There are 2 options for the power; full power, and medium power (as well as off), and there are 3 heat settings; Very hot, hot and cool. There is also a cool button at the top of the inside of the handle, and you simply hold this in to blast your hair with cold air to set your style.
The hairdryer has a 1.8 metre long cable which is handy if your mirror or dressing table isn't near a plug socket. The wire is light grey so matches the hairdryer quite well. One thing I like about this dryer is the Ionic technology, which helps to reduce static from drying your hair and leaves your hair frizz-free. It also has a ceramic ring at the end of the funnel allowing for even heat distribution from the dryer. The filter at the rear of the dryer is removable via the grille at the back, so it is easy to keep clean to keep performance of the dryer at optimum levels. The dryer size is quite good, not too bulky, and size-wise its about 9 inches from the front to the back, 11 inches from handle to top and 4 inches wide. It's also quite lightweight which is good if you have long hair and take a while to dry your hair!
Now to the extras you get with this dryer. You get a translucent diffuser which adds onto the end of the nozzle. This adds extra volume and body to your style, and is easy to use. You also get a translucent concentrator, which again slots onto the end of the dryer and forces the hot air down into a rectangular nozzle allowing for precision drying. I find this attachment useful for making my hair nice and straight, or drying my fringe. Both attachments are easy to remove, and are made of sturdy plastic so should last you a long time.
You also get 4 soft velcro feel rollers, which are quite large in size to help you get volume into your hair. There are also 4 chrome sectioning hair clips to help your clip up your hair so you can dry it properly in sections...I don't have the time for this but they are a nice inclusion anyway! And finally, you get a nice silver Radial brush, which has Ionic bristles and ThermoCeramic technology, to help keep your hair frizz-free and in good condition. So as you can see, you get a good few bits included in the kit which all come in useful.
So do I like my new dryer? Yes, I do, very much so but there are a few things that I am not so keen on if I am totally honest! Firstly, the switches on the inside of the handle. My old Babyliss hairdryer had sliding buttons so you couldn't change the speed or heat setting accidentally, but on this one they are proper switches, and I am forever touching them, often adjusting the speed setting which is a real pain after a while. I now hold the hairdryer further down the handle but I find I don't have such good control of it, but it beats the power going up and down like a yo-yo I suppose!
The other thing which is a bit annoying is trying to get everything in the box to get the lid to shut properly. You have to make sure you put the dryer in first, then the diffuser, then all the other bits. This can be a pain if you are only using the dryer as you have to take everything out each time you want to put it away! If things aren't in properly, the lid doesn't shut correctly and it looks a bit of a mess. I guess this isn't a major thing but if I don't shut it properly, Harry gets his little hands in there and throws all the bits all over my room!
The dryer, accessories and the gift box is very good value, and you can get it on the Tesco Direct website for £34.99. I would usually pay £25 for just a hairdryer, so I think you get a good amount for your money with this one. I think Remington is a good and reliable brand, and with this dryer you get a 2 year guarantee, always good to have! I am very impressed with my dryer and am lucky to have had it purchased for me! It's easy to use, nice looking and a dryer that does its job very well. I do find my hair is a lot less frizzy as well since I have used the hairdryer with its Ionic brush!
For more information about Remington and their products, see their website: http://www.uk.remington-europe.com/
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