I’ve had the same hairdryer forever without feeling any need for a few one. I mean, it dries my hair – that’s all I need, right? So I was curious to see if the highly-hyped ghd AIR would change my mind.
(Side note: I discovered that ghd stands for “Good Hair Day” while writing this review. Point and laugh at the slow one.)
* Separate temperature and fan speed settings – I never knew I needed these til now, but it makes perfect sense. Sometimes the temperature is perfect but the air is getting a bit too painfully scalpy, sometimes you want to dry your hair but you don’t want it blowing all over the shop, and sometimes you just want it to dry ASAP, scalp be damned.
These are on the back of the handle and are pretty firm, so it’s hard to accidentally switch settings, but it also means they take a bit of effort to switch one-handed (though it’s not really something you’d need to play around with often unless you’re a hairdrying expert).
* Really fast at drying – My first impression of the ghd AIR is that it dried my hair really quick. I have thick, long hair, and this dried it in less than 10 minutes. I’d get bored with my old dryer after 10 minutes, and walk away with still-dripping hair (I said my hair was thick!). I’m guessing this is the work of the salon-strength motor – while this also has the buzzwordy ionic technology, I’m not convinced ions actually do much for hair.
* Cool shot button – This button redirects the airflow away from the heating element, on any setting. It’s super handy – my old dryer had a single button which cycled through hot, cold and off, so if you’re switching from cold to hot it takes a bunch of clicks. With the ghd AIR, you just need to let go. It’s a little tiring to hold down the Cool Shot button for too long, but if you’re trying to use cool air for an extended period you should be using the temperature switch anyway.
* Concentrator nozzles – There are two concentrator nozzles that come with this hairdryer, for styling purposes. I’m not quite advanced enough to really use these to their full potential yet!
* Really pretty! There are a lot of gorgeous metallic details on this hairdryer which make it feel super fan-ceh to use, like this beautiful filter.
Potential deal breakers
* Heavy – Apparently this is pretty standard for professional hairdryers. If you hold it by the handle like a normal person it can tire your wrist out. However, the body stays really cool, so you can hold it by the barrel like a badass hairdresser, which takes a lot of the weight out of your wrist. You can also be super lazy like me and rest it on the side of the bench, then squat in front of it to dry your hair.
* Pricey – The ghd AIR is $199, which is on the pricey side for hairdryers, but professional hairdryers seem to retail for $100 – $300, so it’s kind of reasonable for its category.
I really like how powerful the ghd AIR is – it’s fantastic for slow-drying, hard-to-style hair like mine. It’s not the most budget-conscious model, but if you like your appliances flashy, the ghd is a solid choice. If your hair refuses to dry or is impossible to style, a professional hairdryer might just be the solution!
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