Sep 13, 2011

Hair Dryer review and hair essentials

I completely forgot that after blow dryer explosion debacle, I never did a review on what I ended up getting!  I do love my new blow dryer so thought it was worth doing the review.  I got the Elchim 2001 (also called Elchim Classic) from Folica.com for a great price.  They do a lot of discounts so keep an eye on their promotions.  I was able to get mine for a good price and shipping was pretty fast too.  I also ordered a flat iron from them and will do a review on that later.

The Good:
*Price: Under $100.  Cheaper than my previous hair dryer and easier to find a discount for.
*3 different power settings and 3 different temperature settings.  I usually use the medium power on medium heat but I've used the high power in emergencies before and it dries my hair in minutes!  (I never use high heat.  Too hot for me.)
*Doesn't make my hair frizzy
*Fits my diffuser perfectly (see below)
*Fairly quiet

The Bad:
*A bit heavy and if you have to blow dry for a while or do some styling with it, your arm really starts to hurt.

Overall - definitely recommend!  I think it's a great blow dryer for the price and my hair has been very happy since getting it.

I've mentioned that I use a finger diffuser to blow dry my hair and I always get questions on what mine looks like.  I bought this from my salon that I got my digital perm from and it works really well.  Just hold the diffuser underneath your hair, rather than pointed directly at your hair.  Twist up a small section of your hair and place it in the diffuser (make sure you are blowing on low or medium heat, high is too hot) and let it dry like that instead of blowing directly at your hair and waving it around which can create frizzies.  This worked really well when I had my digital perm (my waves came out a lot better this way) but I still like this method even now, after my digital perm has grown out.  If I don't use the diffuser, I kind of get weird kinks in my hair.


Hair essentials:
These are my favorite hair products that I've used for the past few months and I seriously can not get enough of them.
I have, I think, 5 different dry shampoos and I use them all for different reasons.  Some work really well to tease my hair (I find the sprays work the best for the purpose) and some work really well to absorb the oils in my hair when it's feeling a bit greasy (powders seems to work best for me) but the Oscar Blandi dry shampoo actually does both really well which is why I'm loving it the most.  Just put a little into your hair, comb it out (it comes out white and with black hair, it looks terrible so make sure to comb it out really well!) and it gives your hair enough texture to hold most styles.  I use it when I want to backcomb my hair just to give a little "poof" at the crown.
This is to help "revive and re-style hair in between washes" and since I don't wash my hair every day (it makes my hair way too dry if I do and it's easier for me to style dirty hair) I am always looking for something to help keep my hairstyle last that extra day between washes.  Love this light spray and the fragrance isn't overwhelming which is nice.  It just gives your hair an added little bounce and shine.


Let me tell you, I am obsessed with this product and am recommending it to everyone.  I think I read about it in a magazine and it just sounded like something I needed.  I only it spray it twice to cover all my hair and then just fluff it in.  It has made my hair so much shinier and healthier than I've ever seen it.  The description from Sephora: "A weightless, nutrient-rich oil mist that protects hair from heat styling tools, enhances shine, and boosts hair's health." which sounds amazing right?  Well, it is and it works!  Also, I don't know how to describe the scent but I love it.  It's not a strong scent but it's just enough and I love the way it makes my hair smell.

One last thing, I'm a huge believer in Biotin.  Along with my daily vitamins, I've been taking Biotin which is supposed to help with hair, skin and nails and I've seen a huge improvement in all 3 since I started taking it.  My hair has been growing like crazy and is thicker than ever which I do attribute a lot of it to the Biotin.  I was recently reading a magazine (I forgot which one) where a celebrity hairstylist said the same thing about his clients that take Biotin, so I know I'm not the only one!  The amount my hair grew when I started taking Biotin was much faster than before.  If you remember, I had a little freak out about my hair cut when I got a major chop (for me, it was a major chop!) but I'm finally happy with the length that it is now.

I try not to use too many heat styling tools as I want to keep my hair as healthy as possible so I don't use the blow dryer every time and just let my hair air dry occasionally.  My favorite thing lately has been to pile it up in a big bun on the top of my hair while wet and let it dry all day and by the time I take it out to go out at night, it's become soft, wavy and voluminous hair!

If you want to see more of my favorite hair products, see this post here and for styling, you can see my Glam Curls video tutorial or how to curl with a flat iron video tutorial.

12 comments:

  1. Hey Tiffany, thanks so much for the review. I remember your T3 fiasco, I still have my T3 (going on almost 6 years) but paranoid as hell that one day it's going to blow up on me. Hopefully i'll be able to get another one soon :) I haven't tried any of the products that you have recommended yet but am quite curious about the dry shampoo and the Alterna spray. Thanks for sharing your secrets to gorgeous hair!

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  2. Great post!!!! I'm liking your descriptions/reviews on the hair products mentioned! I kind of want to try some of them out now...heh. Thank you!

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  3. I have no idea why I dry shampoo wigs me out, but it does. I saw some in the store and didn't have any interest in trying it (it seems like something you'd use while out camping) but you seem to have used it for a variety of uses so maybe I should give it a shot!

    -Shannyn
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  4. Ohhhhh, hair dryer fiascos. We have all been there!! I have just started using cheap-ass, simple dryers because I am so worried that it will blow up after I spend hundreds of dollars on it. I'm glad that this one is working out for you so far!
    Like the commenter Shannyn said above, I can't use dry shampoo, either. I tried it once, but it never seemed to work very well, and it looked like I had dandruff everywhere!

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  5. I'm obsessed with the bamboo stuff too. I got a sample from Sephora and use it everyday now.

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  6. thanks for sharing as i am looking for a dryer. =)

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  7. Great review. That bamboo oil looks interesting! Might have to have a look if I can find some :)

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  8. Thanks for the review!
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  9. i love the hair tips!! i have the Alterna Mist on my shopping list now and am gonna see if I can find a deal on it to try it out. and so glad you're seeing good results with this blow dryer!

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  10. I'm so excited you did a post on your favorite products! I've got to try the dry oil mist. Great review! I love Folica! ^-^Apriljoy

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