Hair lead: Leonardo Manetti for ghd
“Urban Superheroines” – Wichy Hassan, Miss Sixty Designer
Beautiful, charming and glamorously feminine, a modern homage to the passionate freethinking ideals and values of the 1970′s – liberation, freedom and self-confidence.
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Hair lead: Omar Lopez for ghd
“Structured Femininity” – Alexander Herchcovitch
Inspired by political turmoil in countries across the world, Herchcovitch featured structured military-like designs with ethnic details and voluminous accents.
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A brush is a brush is a brush. Right? Wrong! FHI Heat is out to prove you 100% wrong about what your brush needs are. They recently launched a professional brush series that is supposed to restore your hair’s natural resiliency and shine as you use them. The science behind this uses the same technology as FHI Heat’s blow dryers, which basically creates negative ions. When negative ions are heated, they help lock moisture into the follicle and keep hair looking glossy.
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Spa Sister’s Microfiber Hair Towel($12.00) purports to quickly absorb moisture from the hair. It’s supposed to reduce the amount of time you’ll spend blow drying your hair. The towel is a big bigger than a regular hand towel (the “medium” sized towel – bigger than a wash cloth, smaller than a bath towel), and it is incredibly lightweight and feels quite thin. I imagine it’s the microfiber that keeps it so featherweight. I have long, thick hair, so I’m always on the lookout for anything that minimizes my drying time, so I jumped on this product when I heard about it.
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It took me awhile before I was swayed by the abilities of higher end hair dryers. I mean, I had survived for years off of a travel-size hair dryer from some random brand. Granted, I also loathed to dry my super thick and too long hair, so I seldomly did so. Enter the T3 Featherweight. Fell in love with the concept that I could actually blow dry my hair in a whopping five minutes–yes, five minutes!
Eager to try out other brands, I tested out FHI Heat’s Nano Salon Pro 1900 ($270.00), which is a bit more heavy duty than my Featherweight. What I disliked about the Featherweight (mostly the placement of the buttons) is not present in the Nano Salon Pro. I love that there were two speed and three heat settings you could change (plus the cool shot button). Also, unlike the Featherweight, the Nano Salon Pro comes with a diffuser already, which is great. No extra shopping around or trying to find one that works and fits well… (I never bothered to find one, as I’m hair-stupid anyway!)
It dried my hair about as fast as the Featherweight (perhaps a minute or two more), but it definitely impressed me as much as I remember the Featherweight did when I first used it, compared to old school blow dryers. The handle on the Nano Salon Pro is more ergonomic, which is good for my carpal tunnel ridden wrists!
I liked this blow dryer, and it is less expensive than the Featherweight (plus, on sale at Misikko!)–all positives in my book! With the buttons in a place where you’re not always in danger of accidentally turning your dryer off, I think this one is a bit better than the Featherweight. I ended up passing this on to my mom, though, because she blow dries her hair more often and could actually utilize the different heat/speed settings. (Hey, like I said, I’m totally a dunce about hair, so simple is all I really need!)
Find FHI Nano Salon Pro 1900 at www.misikko.com.
T3 Bespoke Labs Featherweight ($200.00)
T3′s Featherweight Dryer revolutionized styling for professionals and women everywhere with T3′s pioneering use of Tourmaline and innovative design. With its sleek, lightweight design, this dryer boasts up to 60% faster drying time than conventional dryers and controls the frizz, improves the shine and delivers healthy-looking, well-conditioned hair. Perfect for everyday use and a real time-saver in the morning.
The secret is T3′s patented Flawless process for infusing high-quality tourmaline deep into the ceramic componentry of the tools to create the maximum negative ions and far infrared heat, eliminating static electricity, decreasing drying times and creating sleeker, shinier, healthy-looking hair. As well as first-class patented technology, the range of T3 tools include premium features such as pro-length, swivel cords which ensure ease of use for top notch results.
Before I get the dryer’s effectiveness, let me tell you more about my hair and routine, so you can understand my own expectations in a dryer. I have normal hair in terms of dryness or oiliness, but I have a lot of hair, and it is very thick. Whenever I go to my hairdresser, I am bound to hear, “You have enough hair for two heads!” Generally, when I get my hair trimmed (layers), I also get it thinned a bit. However, it has been quite awhile since I’ve had a trim, so I’m sporting fairly long hair (past my breasts), and it has thickened since my last thinning.
Normally, I never blow dry my hair dry from start to finish. Usually, I throw my hair up in a towel for twenty minutes or so and vigorously use towel-drying to get rid of a lot of the water. I’ll blow dry my hair in five minute intervals (I hate blow drying, it feels like such a waste of my time!), and it will take approximately 15-20 minutes of high-heat blow drying to dry completely.
I have been toying around with the idea of purchasing a more high-tech, high-end blow dryer, like the T3 Featherweight, which I have heard raves about. The idea of paying $200 for a dryer is something that makes me cringe, because I simply could not believe that it would be worth it. I mean, I’ve been using a Conair that I probably paid $20 for that’s travel-size with a retractable cord, so it was a big leap.
It is worth the price. As soon as I received my T3 in the mail, I went to take a shower and wash my hair, because I could not wait to see whether it would live up to the hype. I asked my boyfriend to time me from start to finish–I was going to stand there until it was done, no matter how much time went by–and guess what the time was? Five minutes. Five full minutes and my long, thick hair was entirely dry from root to tip. For me, that’s about a 60 to 75% decrease in the amount of time I need to get my hair dry. The way the air blows out is in a conical shape, sort of a precise shape, and it doesn’t come out too hot, despite being an 1800 watt dryer (whew!). It is incredibly light, weighing in at 13 oz (honestly, it felt even lighter than that to me!), which is always a plus. My hair also dried with good volume and few fly-aways, which is always a concern.
The only drawbacks about this product is that on the Featherweight model, you have two speed settings (high and low), plus a cool shot, but the speed settings is right on the handle and it is pretty easy to flip it on/off while amidst drying. I’d probably want more of a button than a flip switch, but I imagine you get used to it once you are conscious of it. Also, I very much loved the retractable cord feature on my previous blow dryer, because it makes it a breeze to pack and put it away. Nonetheless, these are small negatives, and the positives completely makeup for them.
I do wish I had tried out the Evolution model instead, after realizing how easy to use it would have been (I was totally intimidated by the eight speed/heat settings and whatnot–I thought it would be more dryer than I needed). But when T3′s dryers come with a four year warranty, I don’t see the Evolution in my future any time soon!
Have you tried one of T3′s dryers? Loved it? Hated it? Share your review!
– Get more information on T3 and its range at www.t3tourmaline.com.