“ Brand: Vidal Sassoon „
I was given this hair dryer for a birthday present after my previous hair dryer blew up! It made big claims of having 'ionic' technology' , and to be honest with you I neither fully understand what this claims to do, believe it, or have really seen the effects of it when using the product. Apart from the lack of 'ionic' effect, however, I think that the vidal sassoon hair hydration variable ionic dryer is a good buy, coming in at a fairly reasonable twenty pounds.
The machine has two power settings, and three heat settings, and also a cold setting - I always have it on hottest and most powerful, but I have thick hair and it is very effective and drying it quickly. Whenever I use a firend's hair dryer I notice a reduction in power, and I am very satisfied with my dryer. It also comes with a nozzle that you can attach for blow drying - it is not quite as easy to use as without the nozzle, but it does give slightly better results. The hair dryer ocassionally overheats and once you have turned it off it won't come back on for a few minutes, but I have noticed that lots of hair dryers do this. The dryer comes with a two year guarantee, so I am sure if you had any real problems you could take it back, but mine has been quite reliable (it hasn't blown up yet which is an improvement on my old model!). All in all I have been very pleased with the product and would recommend it, especially to those of you with thick hair who need a powerful hair dryer.
I brought my new hairdryer in Focus Do It All, of all places. Mine had broken long ago and I had been using a travel hairdryer for months. Browsing my local DIY store one day and I came across an aisle that all these shops seem to have, products that have nothing to do with DIY at all. Remote control racing cars, football games and of course hairdryers. Just what you would expect to see in a decorating store!!
Anyway it was the colour that attracted me, being a bit of a girly girl lately. This hairdryer was pink and lilac so for a mere £15.00 I took the appealing looking dryer home with me.
Anxious to try it out the next morning I washed my hair and opened the packaging of my new dryer and plugged it in. Being of the impatient sort I didnt bother to read the instructions before starting, I mean how hard can a hairdryer be to operate.
I couldnt even turn the flippin thing on. After reading the instructions I learned that you have to press and hold the on button for a few seconds before it will kick in and start to blow out hot air.
When you first use this dryer it is set to factory settings on the heat and speed front and you need to adjust it to your requirements. This is done really easily by the oblong shaped buttons on the handle. You push one end for more speed or heat, depending on the button, and the other end to decrease it. Your position on the +/- scale is shown by a little led light above the button. If you change the settings as long as the hairdryer has been in use on those settings for more than one minute it will automatically remember them the next time you switch on.
I personally have it on the highest speed and heat settings as I have fairly long hair and fairly limited time to dry it in the mornings. However when I dry my daughters hair in the evenings, I always reduce the heat setting to about medium, simply to avoid burning her little head.
There is also a cool setting button on the handle and this is great to use sometimes. It is actually for different hairstyles and hair types you may be trying to create but I use it after my shower, when my hair is half dry. I am usually baking by this point as the heating is on, hot water from the shower then hot heat from the dryer and if you switch on the cool button you can blast yourself with a very satisfying breeze effect. My daughter thinks this is great too.
The hairdryer itself is very powerful at 2000 watts and is more than sufficient to dry my hair effectively. It also has ionic technology. I was a bit ignorant as to what this was when I brought it, as I said it was the colour that attracted me! But having done a little research I have found out that negatively charged ions generated by the dryer attach themselves to water droplets in your wet hair. These ions make the droplets smaller and therefore reduces drying time. This in turn reduces heat damage from the product. They also smooth the actual hairs down making it appear sleeker and shinier.
I think this hairdryer is a pretty cool dryer actually. The colour and design shape are great and will not look out of place in either an adults or a girls bedroom. There is a hook on the handle for you to hang up to store, which is handy.
The power, heat settings and speed settings are all brilliant and do exactly as they should and the ionic technology does seem to make my hair dry quicker than usual, although after using a travel hairdryer for 6 months anything would be better!!
My only gripe, which has in actual fact made me deduct 2 stars from this, is that all the control buttons are on the handle of the dryer. They are positioned right where you need to be holding it when you dry. As the dryer is fairly heavy (not mega but you need a good grip) I am constantly pushing the setting buttons by accident with the palm of my hand. Also the cool setting button is where your finger tips end up when holding the handle so this gets pressed a lot as well. This is annoying when I am using it, but I have to be really careful when drying my daughters hair as I may catch the heat setting and not notice until its too late!
Overall though I would recommend this for an adult or older child as a good hairdryer, stylish and powerful.
Thanks for reading.
2000 Watts of power. Ionic technology / Variable ionic heat. LED indicator. Turbo boost. Cool shot. Airflow concentrator nozzle. Rocker switches / 2 year manufacturer's guarantee.