Tuesday, May 3, 2011

My hair vs the HANAair: the review

When contacted by Misikko to review the HANAair blow dryer I got exited because my hair is where my focus is when it comes to beauty related fluff, my hair is…temperamental, sometimes quite meek to my manipulations, wavy when I use a curl enhancing cream or straight if left to its own devices but then I turn around and it’s soufflé impersonating hair, so for many years I was a slave of weekly salon blowouts -with specific hairdressers to avoid cotton hair 20 minutes after exiting the salon. So in the spirit of full disclosure even if it pains my vain little heart let me share an example of it on an especially humid day when attempting curls.

Ha! that Da Vinci drawing came to mind for whatever reason...

Ok that was painful but necessary to illustrate why my hair can give styling tools a run for their money, in this case $194.99 on sale from $314.99. So let’s begin with the blower itself: the cord is long so you can move around comfortably, it comes with a concentrator, it has three settings for heat and two fan speeds, and also a cool air button to close the hair cuticle –and the change of air temperature only takes a few seconds so you can cool blast each section of hair individually- and it also came with a small bottle of serum to protect hair from heat plus a cute velveteen pouch to store it. The plug even has a white plastic storage protector.

It was cool of the Misikko team to include a few useful gifties that I was not expecting.

The monkey has no name yet!

So back to the way I had been dealing with the frizz, about four years ago I got an amazing $100+ flat iron –not ashamed to say I discovered it on an infomercial- liberty at last from the salon trips but if I tried the DIY blow dry before using it –I had a Revlon 1200 one- the results wear electric in a bad way so I opted to just give up on the blower all together, but that meant a lot of waiting for hair to be dry, basically lost time, so washing my hair equals a planed production most of the time. Now my iron has specifications similar to some of these Chi flat irons in case you were wondering.
To say my blow drying skills are rusty is an understatement however the experience was painless, it was really easy to figure out the settings and since it is not a heavy hair dryer my arm did not suffer –off course that might be due to my “technique” involving putting the blower on the vanity a lot in between sections to manipulate the hair in the brush and then moving the heat around a bit- also sections dried fast even with the lowest setting. It’s a shame it does not include a diffuser because that would mean lighting quick drying time when going for curls. After a few rounds of business I can say there is improvement in my process and hopefully soon I’ll be able to straighten hair instead of blow-drying it always slightly wavy so I could skip the iron when I want straight with volume.

Wavy is good!

The texture of my hair was really good, the hair always ended with soft volume, bouncy would be a good description and clearly different from the flat iron version. Yey for versatility points! The effect lasted until I washed –one time I made it to 6 days, I just had to see if it would hold or not-, I did notice that if I used the curl enhancer shampoo/conditioner by day three the hair curled a bit more –this may be due to my drying hair like hot rollers to begin with- however no frizz made an appearance which is the goal regardless of the styling. 

Overall I was very pleased with my results each time I used the blower. If your hair is willful then investing in upscale hair curling/hair straighteners as the HANAair may be the way to go especially if for time or money heading for a salon once or twice every week is not an option for you.

1 comment:

Elaine said...

I have one of their straighteners and absolutely love it!


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