You know what I don’t like? Wasting time. I hate it. I was born to try and find efficiencies. In everything. I will load myself down with grocery bags so I don’t have to go back out to the car to make a second trip. I will look at my schedule for the day and work out my route to get kids, get to the gym, get anywhere, using the most efficient route. I do it when cooking. I do it when cleaning. I do it with just about everything.
So when there are things that I feel are a waste of time that get in the way, it honks me off. And one of the biggest time wasters in my life is drying my hair. I know that sounds ridiculous, but I wish I could just wash it and let it go. And I could. If I wanted to look like a zulu (that’s a phrase my mom used to use – I’m still not sure what a zulu is, but I’m guessing they have some crazy fun hair).
Remember those big hair dryers you would sit on a table and then sit under them? Like at a salon? My mom had one of those. And while that would be lovely to use when I’m trying to get all gussied up for a big night out (hey, Mom, do you still have that thing? If so, UPS that baby my way.). But who has time to sit under something like that each day. Which is why the hand held dryer was invented, I’m guessing. And for YEARS folks like Conair ruled the hair dryer market. C’mon – you had one in high school. I had one in high school (along with a butane fueled curing iron, that I carried in my Liz Claiborne purse, just in case my gigantic bangs needed a touch up at lunch).
But we’ve come a long way from those Conair hair dryers of the ’80s, baby! Thank goodness. Because it used to take me 15 minutes to dry my hair. My fine hair. Which made me tear up just thinking about my thick haired friends and how long it must have taken them (Jody, I’m lookin’ at you). Did it take hours? Days? What time did you have to get up in the morning to get ready for school? 4am?
Even knowing my thick haired friends must have killer arms from holding up that hair dryer for hours at a time and I only needed 15 minutes, it still didn’t make those 15 minutes seem like a good use of time. I could have been doing lots of other things. Like alphabetizing my cassette collection to make finding Foreigner’s Inside Information album easier. Unfortunately, there was no better answer in 1988. But today, we have lots of options. There are ionic dryers, tourmaline dryers, ceramic dryers, high heat dryers, dryers with a ‘cool shot’ button. It’s almost overwhelming how many choices there are. Never fear, I’m here to help you narrow the field.
A couple of years ago, I was frustrated with how quickly I was going through hair dryers. I’d buy one and spend $80 or so on it and by month 13 it would die. A month after the warranty had expired. It happened over and over again. So I took to the interwebs to see who might have a dryer with a longer warranty and better track record. And one name kept coming up on website after website and blog post after blog post: The T3 Tourmaline line of dryers.
Sephora and Amazon both carry them (and you can get 4% cash back on your purchase at Sephora if you use Ebates like me – here’s the link to sign up again, because you’re crazy if you don’t) and T3 also sells them on their own website. Now, if you just went to look at them and saw the price tag, you might be asking why the heck you’d want to spend that kind of dough on a hair dryer just so you can dry your hair quickly. I’ll tell ya’.
It’s beyond fast. My hair is dry in five minutes. Not kidding. Five minutes. And that’s if I take time to use my round brush and make my bangs behave. Otherwise it would be four minutes.
It’s really light. Which may not seem like a big deal, but remember when I was talking about the man arms my thick haired friends have from holding hair dryers for hours on end. They’ll actually have to go to the gym to get those arms now. This dryer is crazy lightweight, so no tired arms and it makes it feel easier to navigate around your head.
It will keep your hair from making you look like you put your finger in an electrical outlet. The tourmaline helps keep static down to almost nil and also makes your hair shiny. Like really shiny.
It does less damage to your hair than other dryers. We all now that heat is a frenamy when it comes to our hair. We need it to make our hair do what we want. But it’s also damaging. The tourmaline helps here too, but the mere fact that it takes less time to dry your hair is the big win. Less time drying = less time your hair is exposed to high heat. And the healthier it stays.
This thing is a workhorse. I’ve been using mine for three years. So spending the $80/yr on a new one? I’m already ahead on my hair dryer spend here. And they have a TWO YEAR warranty, which is unheard of when it comes to hair dryers. I’ve never had a problem with mine, but I read on several blogs that folks that did had no problem getting theirs fixed by T3 and often they were just sent a new hair dryer. For reals? Who does that? Not Conair.
What kind of dryer do you use today? Do you like it? Do you have the same “dead dryer” issues I used to? Let me know in the comments. And you see? I’m here to solve your problems. Well, at least those having to do with your hair. Unless you want to look like a zulu. I know nothing about that, so you’re on your own there. But if you want a great hair dyer you’ll love and use for years to come, go buy the T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i or the Featherweight 2. Your hair will thank me. And you will thank me. And you’re welcome.