How much wasted time do you spend sat in a towel on your bed, desperately trying to speed up the time it takes to dry your hair before you can grab your coffee and run out of the door for work?
Maybe your trusty old hairdryer just isn't working for you anymore – especially not when a new techy breed of dryers have hit the market and promise to speed up the time you spend under the nozzle.
Notebook's beauty director Lynne has tested five new hairdryers that promise to get her out the door faster and her hair looking and feeling better than ever…
‘My blow-dry goals are modest. All I’m after is a hair dryer that gets me out the door quickly with fully dry, reasonably presentable hair and the worst of my frizz and flyaways smoothed out (shine or volume is a bonus).
'To test these five hair dryers fairly, I washed my hair with the same shampoo and conditioner, then towel-dried and blasted my hair upside-down until almost dry.
'I then used each dryer’s concentrator nozzle and a Wet Brush, £12.99, to smooth my hair, aided by my fave heat spray, L’Oréal Professionnel TecniArt Pli, £15.60, to help hold the shape.'
Panasonic Nanoe Hair Dryer EH-NA65CN rose gold, £109 (currently £69 at Boots.com)
Comes with: Regular nozzle, quick-dry nozzle and diffuser
Hands up all those wondering what a ‘nanoe’ is?
It’s ‘nano-sized electrostatic atomised water particles’, which sounds nerdy/dull until you hear they hydrate your hair.
This nanoe hair dryer claims to retain 1,000 times more moisture in hair than a regular dryer, and has a nozzle with strong and weak airflows to separate your hair and dry it faster.
A lot of science-y spiel, but the proof was there on my stopwatch and in the mirror.
I was impressed by the super-fast drying speed, as well as my smooth, soft hair.
Verdict: An impressive dryer that narrowly won the time test.
It’s quite big, but has a nice ergonomic feel.
A fab all-rounder and one I’d buy, although ideally I’d wait for a special offer.
Drying time: 10 mins 31 seconds
Babyliss Rose Blush 2200, £45
Comes with: One concentrator nozzle
This pretty-in-pink dryer boasts anti-frizz ionic technology, pumping
out negatively charged ions that encourage hair to sit down nicely and behave (I did consider pointing it in the direction of my children.)
I liked that it was relatively lightweight and compact for less arm ache.
I was less impressed with the nozzle, which added unnecessary time onto the blow-dry.
It was fiddly to clip on, then didn’t rotate smoothly, making it tricky to adjust the angle fractionally (even more so once it was hot).
As a result my hair blew about a bit when I was trying to direct the air onto the brush.
However, the ionic tech must compensate for this, because my hair did still end up much smoother than I’d have expected.
Verdict: A decent dryer let down by the time-wasting nozzle.
I think I could find better for £45, unless you were set on trendy millennial pink.
Drying time: 12 mins 44 seconds
Dyson Supersonic, £299
You’d need to attend an engineering lecture to get your head around the Supersonic (something I actually did once), but in a nutshell, Dyson has re-invented the hair dryer.
There’s no dryer head; instead the motor sits in the handle and pushes up a concentrated jet of air that never gets hot enough to wreck your hair.
It’s offensively expensive, but I can’t deny you get something very slick for your dosh.
It looks super-cool and feels ridiculously light and easy to manoeuvre. I loved the way its attachments clipped on magnetically and never felt hot to the touch.
It got my hair miles sleeker than any other hair dryer I’ve ever used, and I didn’t even need irons the next day.
The only surprise was that for all the engineering ingenuity, it wasn’t the quickest I tried.
Verdict: Even £299 can’t halve your blow-dry time, but oh boy, it’s a joy to use.
It’s in a different league and made my hair feel amazing.
I would be very, very tempted to save up for it.
Drying time : 10 mins 28 seconds
GHD Air Festival Limited Edition, £99
Comes with : One concentrator nozzle (diffuser £15 extra)
A fun festival edition of a serious dryer that pumps out a lot of power.
It did have a slightly off-putting smell of hot plastic as I dried my hair on the max setting.
After I’d finished rough-drying my hair upside-down, I could feel the volume this had put in – when I flipped my hair back there was a weird sensation of invisible hands lifting up my roots.
The concentrator nozzle was nicely slim for precise, sleek drying.
The dryer got my hair dry, smooth and big quickly, and felt solid without being clunky or heavy.
Verdict: Great results for shine and volume, and a good choice for anyone keen to try more ambitious, salon-style blow-outs.
For the price, it'd be nice to get a diffuser included.
Drying time: 11 mins 1 second
Remington Power Dry 2000, £11.99 at Argos
Comes with: One concentrator nozzle
Remington has newer, more tech-y dryers than this one, such as the Keratin Protect, £29.99, infused with almond oil and keratin for ‘healthy looking hair’.
However, I opted for this for the simple reason it was the cheapest
dryer in the entire Argos catalogue.
I was surprised it didn’t really look or feel cheaper than, say, the £45 Babyliss one, and by how powerful and quick it was for the price.
My one gripe was that it sucked a stray strand of hair into the grille at the back during the blow-dry, and I had to hastily switch it off and extract it.
Drying time: 11 mins 13 seconds
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