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This hairdryer has multiple heat settings, so I assumed a high setting would mean a high heat. But with the thickness of my hair this dryer takes quite a long to blow dry my hair, unlike an old cheap hair dryer my mum had which blow dried it a lot quicker. So I was quite disappointed as thought it may be sufficient enough to dry my hair quickly, being a Remington styler. If your hair is not thick there will probably be no problems with this hair dryer, as it still gets very hot, and could blow dry your hair in no time.
Advantages: I do really like the style of the hair dryer, with its unusual curved design, it's light weight, and the flowers on the side which look rather adorable.
Also, the end of the dryer which sucks in air sticks out from the handle and has a mesh grid inside, this appeals to me because once before my hair got sucked into the back of a hair dryer, but with this dryer I have not had to worry about that.
Also the hair dryer comes with two styling attachments. However one of them does not clip into the end of my hair dryer properly, but this is a minor fault, as I do not usually use attachments anyway. But if it did clip on I could test to see if it helps to dry my hair quicker, but for now I will never know.
~x~x~x~ As Seen On TV! ~x~x~x~
Well, according to the advertising blurb on the box it has been anyway - personally I take absolutely zero notice of hair-related advertisements, simply because I have no interest in them. The Remington Pearl hairdryer could have been emblazoned on the side of every bus in the country and I probably wouldn't have noticed, I bought it because I needed a new hairdryer and this was on special offer so I could afford to buy it using my Advantage card points. No other reason. I was slightly swayed by the pretty flowers stamped onto the side of the hairdryer, but could have lived without those so it really was the price that caused me to pop it into my basket in Boots just before Christmas last year.
When I got it home I read the box and realised this was a much more feature-filled hairdryer than I'm used to. My hair is long and straight, it needs drying not styling so I tend to buy a cheapie hairdryer every couple of years and that will do me until the time arrives when I need to buy another cheapie hairdryer.- my hair dries pretty quickly regardless of what hairdryer I'm using, I really didn't think I needed all the bells and whistles this hairdryer claims to have.
~x~x~x~ A Pearl Amongst The Pebbles ~x~x~x~
So. The Remington Pearl. It's a 2200 watt hairdryer with ion and shine technology, it arrives with two attachments - a nozzle for directing the hot air in a more concentrated manner (which I use) and a diffuser for adding volume to the hair as it's drying (which I don't use). There are three heat settings, two speeds and a cool air button which is supposedly for use after the drying process has been completed to do something to your hair - I have no idea what and don't use this function either, but it must be important as it seems that every hairdryer on the planet these days has a cool air button and people rave about it as though it's the most important thing ever. The only thing I use the cool air for is if my hair has become ridiculously hot as I'm drying it, then I'll fumble to try and cool the strands down a little in the hope of avoiding bursting into flames.
The power cord is a generous three metres in length which is ideal if the plug sockets in your house are in strange locations (as ours are) as it will allow you to sit down in front of the mirror without having to worry about moving the seat or the mirror before drying your hair - which sounds silly, but my previous Tesco hairdryer had such a ridiculously short cord that I was often found lugging my large full length mirror and dressing table stool across the bedroom just so I could dry my hair in comfort.
~x~x~x~ Get Those Locks Dried! ~x~x~x~
There's no getting away from the fact that this hairdryer dries my hair incredibly quickly. I tend to use the medium heat setting on the strongest speed and this is perfect for my hair type, my daughter has borrowed it occasionally and even on her thicker hair she's mentioned it dries much quicker than when she uses her own hairdryer - she uses the highest heat as her hair tends to retain water so takes a while to dry, I always know when she's running late for college as she'll run into our bedroom for my hairdryer rather than using her own as she can shave a good few minutes off her 'getting ready' time by using this Remington one.
I use the condenser nozzle as this forces the hot air out in a sharp wave, if this nozzle is removed the 'hole' (see, I know all the hairdryer terminology - NOT!) is still relatively narrow and I've found that even without the nozzle I can get my hair dried quickly and easily with no extra time spent going over the same section of hair. My daughter uses the diffuser to create the bizarrely big hair she likes these days; the diffuser combined with a huge amount of hairspray and back combing gives her the fluffy quiff and excess volume she's after, while drying her hair to perfection at the same time.
I timed myself drying my hair with the Remington Pearl this morning and my almost waist length hair was bone dry within ten minutes, it was actually more like eight minutes but I'd forgotten I was supposed to be timing it and only remembered after I'd started putting the hairdryer away! Whatever the exact timings, I find this impressive considering my previous hairdryer would sometimes need me to spend double this time to ensure the underneath and 'faffy sections' were completely dry - and believe me when I say I hate spending time on my hair, I find it mind-numbingly boring so the quicker I can get it done the better!
~x~x~x~ The Remington Effect ~x~x~x~
I don't have a clue whether my hair is shinier after drying it with this hairdryer compared to any other, I use a shine enhancing conditioner and have been blessed with hair that holds a good shine anyway (when it's brushed properly) so this would never be a consideration for me when choosing a hairdryer. One thing I have noticed is that the tiny hairs around my hairline tend to calm down and become part of my style (note: I use the word 'style' in the loosest possible terms) rather than flying out at all sorts of strange angles around my head - I'm not a weird person who doesn't care what her hair looks like, these flyaway hairs are taken to task with a fine toothed comb and hairspray in ordinary circumstances (or some days I just don't care!) but I've noticed they calm down all by themselves when I use this hairdryer. My daughter tells me it's because of the ion technology, and as she knows a great deal more about hair styling appliances than me I'm inclined to think she knows what she's talking about - if this fantastic effect IS caused by these invisible ions then that's excellent news, although I'm kind of wary of heaping praise on something I can't see or detect in any way!
This may or may not be connected, but I've noticed my hair is much easier to brush since I've started using the Remington Pearl. I suffer with a horrible hair problem, and that is that if it gets even slightly damp (let alone wringing wet in the shower) my hair knots up into a dreadlocks-type style and I end up losing hundreds of strands to the hair brush as I attempt to get it looking as smooth as possible. Since buying and regularly using this hairdryer my hair is still matted to the point of causing tears at brushing time, but I can tell the knots are able to be brushed out much quicker and with nowhere near as much effort as before. The end result being smooth, soft hair which is completely tangle free and stays it for the whole day pretty much without me needing to start spending time 'tidying up' - obviously if I get caught in the rain I will once again start to resemble an anaemic Bob Marley, but we can't expect miracles now can we?!
~x~x~x~ Smooth As A Pearl ~x~x~x~
I love the feel of this hairdryer as it's so smooth in the hand, it's reasonably lightweight (although the diffuser is strangely heavy) so regardless of how long it takes to dry my hair my arm never feels like it's about to drop off through holding it. The speed and heat buttons are located in a sensible place and even a hairdryer novice like myself can easily change the settings while continuing to blow dry my hair, it's rare I need to look at the handle to check what setting I'm on and what setting I need but (like the gearstick) sometimes I forget and have to have a quick peep to make sure I'm using the correct one!
The noise level isn't too bad (I suppose...), when I'm using the top speed AND top heat it sounds a little lawnmower-like and is noticeably louder than my previous hairdryer but on the whole I can't complain really. It doesn't wake the family up when I'm drying my hair late at night and doesn't make me feel like I'm sitting there with a vacuum cleaner running near my head, but there's no getting away from the fact that this is far from a quiet hairdryer. On the plus side the plastic of the hairdryer doesn't get overly warm when in use, and that has got to be a good thing (especially considering a previous Remington hairdryer my daughter owned became hot enough to burn if used for more than ten minutes or so at a time - which obviously isn't ideal). The end is the only part really which will become warm, and even then I wouldn't describe it as exactly hot, so the insulating aspect works well - of course if you're going to start poking your fingers inside the hairdryer then you'll probably burn yourself, but I doubt many people are daft enough to do that and if you are then burned fingers should really be the least of your worries!
~x~x~x~ The Price Of Pearls, Eh? ~x~x~x~
To be honest, if I hadn't had Advantage card points burning a hole in my pocket I doubt I would have spent £38 on a hairdryer, whatever capabilities it boasts on the box. Having used it for a few months now however (and also having realised that branded hairdryers really do take the proverbial price-wise, and this is across the board) I'd say it's worth the money and is certainly better than a Babyliss hairdryer my daughter owned for less than thirteen months - which cost even more and was a pretty rubbish hairdryer from the moment she started using it until the day it died in a spectacular shower of sparks and smouldering plastic. Really.
I have always liked Remington products and tend to stick to that brand when possible so when my old hairdryer died I bought this one and I am once again reminded of why I stick to this brand. I am a hairdresser by trade so tend to be picky about my hair care products and electrical products but I would recommend this to anyone, it really does what it says on the box. It is powerful enough that it dry's my (very thick curly) hair in minutes with different settings to choose depending on your preference. It always leaves my hair smooth and shiny, the diffuser is also quite good for curling or scrunching your hair although its better if products are used. They say that you get what you pay for and with this dryer you really do I'm impressed with the quality for money and would recommend especially for those with difficult to tame hair types.
I actually went out to buy this hairdryer after using my mums. I didnt see the point in spending the additional money initially on a hairdryer, afterall i straighten it anyway and I had assumed they all dry your hair. I was wrong, this hairdryer saves me plenty of time and I say that as it really reduces the amount I have to straighten my hair. My hair is long as well and my mums is really short and we both feel the benefits of using this hairdryer. I say that because I it seems to improve the condition of my hair, partly because I am having to spend less time with the hairdryer and straightners of which I have seen a great improvement, especially of the fly aware hairs.
It takes me approximately 8-10 minutes to blast dry my hair which is great when I am in a rush. It is comfortable in size and quite lightweight in comparision to other hairdryers I have used. Having straight hair I dont tend to use the diffuser as often but if I am trying to create a wavy look, then it works great as long as I have put mouse on prior.
The nozzle is thin which means you will also have more control over the styling of your hair and the cable is quite long as well.
Its difficult to explain the feeling but the only way I can explain it is it feels like it leaves a 'coating' on your hair, in a nice way making it feel glossy. I know there is cheaper hairdryers (and more expensive one's too!) but if you are looking for a hairdryer that does make your hair feel good and shiny go for this one!