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We all love some features about ourselves. Hair doesn't top my favorite feature list. My hair is neither thick and shiny, nor cute and curly, but rather thin and slightly frizzy. It doesn't curl or hang all the way straight.
Plus, I have two school-age boys and run multiple businesses. I don’t spend a lot of time on my hair.
Since having kids, I've just done my hair with a hair dryer and wide, round metal brush. It’s simple, quick and does a decent job.
Naturally, good hair dryer is key to my success.
Usually, I get whatever hair dryer looks moderately priced at the drugstore. But, this time I decided to see what folks on Amazon were buying. The top-selling hair dryer on Amazon is the Revlon 1875W Infrared Hair Dryer.
Revlon 1875W Infrared Hair Dryer, $20, Amazon
Also available at Walmart.
It costs $20 and has more than 1,800 positive customer reviews. Maybe, it could up my hair game a bit.
I can use the hair dryer to curl my hair
There were a couple features that caught my eye: infrared heat technology for shine and softness and tourmaline ionic technology for reduced frizz and increased shine. All things my poor hair could use!
I always use the concentrator, which focuses the air on one section of hair. It allows me to use my dryer a bit like a curling iron. I apply direct heat to my hair when wrapped around the round brush for a light curl.
This dryer’s concentrator was easy to snap on and off and was not overly hot to the touch after using the dryer on high.
It boasts a few different settings
The hair dryer features settings for warm and hot, as well as low and high. I like to use the high/warm combination to dry the majority of my hair and then use low/hot when curling it on the round metal brush.
There’s also a “cool shot” feature, which you can use after heating the hair on the brush to help “set” the curl. These features all worked well for me.
It dries hair quickly
It also dried my hair quickly, which as a busy mom and entrepreneur, is always appreciated. Plus, it's lightweight and not very loud. And a fun feature, which really serve no purpose, are the lights that come on around the end when drying your hair!
It adds shine to my hair
What about shine and frizziness? Believe it or not, I could see a measurable difference in how my hair looked and felt. After using this dryer, my hair was more straight, soft and shiny. It looked quite a bit less out of control.
I’ll take it!
Here are some other affordable products I like to use with my hair to improve its looks without taking any more time:
Suprent Nano Thermal Ceramic & Ionic Round Barrel Hair Brush, 14, Amazon
Similar to the brush I use at home, the metal heats up with your hair dryer and curls hair. Choose a wider or smaller version based on the size of the curls you want.
Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil, $15, Amazon
After a professional hair stylist used Moroccan oil on my hair, I was completely hooked by the smell, shine and softness. While I didn’t want to pay for the expensive salon version, I found this product from Suave that smells exactly the same and works great!
It can be hard to find in stores, but you can order it in a two-pack from Amazon. I comb about a nickel-size amount through my hair after washing and leave it in. Not only does it help with detangling, but it smells fabulous, reduces frizz and adds shine.