“ Brand: Remington / Type: Hair Dryer „
I bought this hair dryer after using several hair dryers in the past, none of which were very good. I bought this one mainly because the price had been slashed on amazon, although I still expected it to be like other cheap hair dryers (make a loud noise, have one heat and power setting and brake after a few months).
This turned out not to be the case at all. I have had this hair dryer for two years now and it still works as good as it did the day I bought it. It has 2 heat and 2 power settings which serves the needs of people with all kinds of different hair, and it also boasts a 'cool' button for a blast of cooler air which can be useful if you have long hair and you may need a break from the heat during extended use.
The hair dryer has a sturdy design and is both small enough to travel with yet large enough to handle more power and thus dry hair much quicker. The hair dryer also does not have problems with buildups of dust like many other budget hair dryers, I removed the dust from the rear grill for the first time after about two years of use by simply agitating it with my finger.
There is a power indicator light on the top, and the cable is generously long. I don't have a lot more to say about this hair dryer as, like most people, I'm not an expert on hair dryers, but all I can say is its a great, reliable hair dryer for anyone!
When it comes to my hair, I'm a complete girl. Washing, conditioning, drying, straightening - you name it, at one time or another I'm doing it. Years ago, I tended to style my hair very simply with basic hair gels or mousses, with reasonably limited success, but over the last few years, in the age of the metrosexual, it now seems almost acceptable for the lads to blow dry and straighten their hair too.
If I'm honest, my initial buying decision for this dryer was driven entirely by price. The normal retail price is around £25, but a special offer in a high street store saw that price slashed to just £12.49, a bargain by anyone's standards and now, about a year and a half later, that dryer is still going strong.
The D-4410 compact is somewhere between a conventional hair dryer and a travel dryer, in size at least. It's very light and fits into an overnight bag nicely. Due to the model's relatively slim, compact design, I find that it slides down between other items nicely, which makes it easy to accommodate within most types of luggage and it barely seems to take up any space. It's got a nice grip to it too. I've got fairly sizeable hands and fingers, but the handle of the dryer is perfectly proportioned and, with all the control buttons positioned intelligently down the handle, it's extremely easy to use.
It's not until I use other, less powerful dryers, that I realise how good this one is. The 2000W motor (reasonably normal for an average-priced dryer) produces instantaneous power and I find, albeit with relatively short hair, that this reduces drying time to the absolute minimum. There's a nozzle that clips onto the end of the outlet, which can be taken off if required, which helps direct the heat in a more focused manner. So, if you're trying to dry a reasonably large surface area in a fairly non-descript way, you can pop this nozzle off and use the full surface of the outlet to blow hot air. But if you're drying into a distinct style and you want to work the hot air through the follicles, the nozzle is very useful It's, unfortunately, a little fragile however. Clipped into place on either side of the outlet, I find that one of the clips easily broke when the dryer was knocked against a hard surface, and whilst it will still work, the nozzle now has an irritating habit of dropping off in mid-blow.
There are a number of settings, although, if I'm honest, I generally use this on full power, full heat. The fan get be set to mid-speed and full speed and I guess the lower speed is more suitable if you're trying to get some real precision into the style. There are also three heat settings, with almost instant response if you flick between them. I sometimes use the medium setting for the hair closest to my face, only because the hot air really seems to dry my skin out. I suspect that colour-treated or permed hair might require different temperatures too.
There are some important specifications to this model that purport to contribute to the overall well-being of your hair. For starters, this is an ionic dryer. Ionic dryers bombard your hair with negative ions, which is supposed to allow water particles to get right into the hair. This, in turn, is supposed to help your hair retain inner moisture, and maintain a better condition, without drying it out. I'm not completely convinced by the claims (and, indeed, scientists aren't completely sure either) but certainly, my hair seems relatively robust to constant drying and straightening. How much of this is due to using good product and how much is down to those ions, I'm not entirely sure but given the speed with which this dries my hair, it certainly isn't suffering. The ionic properties are also supposed to help smooth your hair and prevent frizz, but I find that my hair responds more to styling products and conditioners where this kind of thing is concerned, as opposed to what the dryer can do.
The tourmaline parts that make up this dryer help create these ionic properties. The tourmaline content (a specific type of mineral) apparently also helps aid infra-red heating. This is a much less intrusive type of heating, which effectively dries it from within. This allegedly contributes to faster drying speeds and much more even drying. I would say the dryer certainly seems to exhibit these qualities. The dryer certainly dries quickly and evenly and (unless you direct it incorrectly) you don't find those hidden damp patches that you associate with cheaper driers.
There are handy details with this dryer too. The electric cable is three metres long and can therefore stretch quite a long way if you're in a hotel room where the mirror is miles away from the nearest plug (more common than you'd think). I think it's also reasonably tasteful in the aesthetics department. Some flashes of chrome and grey plastic play down the feminine side of this and it doesn't look like a 'girlie' product at all. There's a large loop in the handle, intended to give you something to hang it up with if you want, but in all honesty, mine just lives on the bedroom floor. It also seems very safe. It doesn't give off that horrible burning smell that many driers do, due, I think, to the filter on the back that stops the dust getting in. This is easy to take out and clean too.
Taking all these properties into account, I have to say this is an excellent dryer. I'd be more than happy to pay £24.99 for this, so £12.49 was a complete bargain. It even came with a three-year warranty and, halfway through that period, it seems perfectly happy to carry on for the second half, even with daily usage. There's only problem and that seems to be availability. I've struggled to find online retailers with this model in stock, which I suspect has now been upgraded or replaced. But if you can find it, I'd definitely recommend this dryer.