Head GamesSeptember 1, 2009 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
With so many new tools on the market, it's hard to know what to choose. We've got a few suggestions.
Want a tool that makes a fashion statement? Try one of these.
Hot Tools Diamond Platinum Flat Iron features rounded plate edges to curl ends under or flip them out. hottools.com
Andis Elevate High Velocity Hair Dryer has a high-velocity hyper DC motor that generates 40 percent more airflow, significantly reducing drying time. andis.com
Gold 'N Hot Nano Ceramics Curling Iron has a smart-heat sensor to keep temperature constant for all hair textures. belsonproducts.com
Paul Mitchell Express Ion Dry V.2. features low EMF, low ozone emissions and the Express Ion Complex, which helps hydrate hair and restore its moisture. paulmitchell.com
Wigo AbstraX Tourmaline and Ionic Salon Dryer combines style and functionality by drying hair up to 50 percent faster with twice the amount of negative ions and far-infrared heat. wigo.com
Celebrity stylist David Babaii, whose clients include Kate Hudson, is finding inspiration in the '70s for fall. According to Babaii, the blow-dryer will, once again, play a key role in creating looks for longer length hair—think Farrah Fawcett's iconic hairstyle. "Hair is all about movement with soft layers this season," Babaii says. "Opt for a longer-length fringe so your client can easily create changes in her style." Babaii recommends using accessories like a fabulous headband or scarf to transform her look.
Use your blow-dryer to create an updated version of Farrah Fawcett's iconic hairstyle, in again for fall.
The David Babaii for WildAid Blow Dryer makes use of ceramic and tourmaline technology, a negative ionization system, Advanced Nano-Fuzeion technology and low EMF. These advances in technology let you dry hair in half the time while maintaining healthier and shinier locks.
We rounded up eight other high-tech blow-dryers that will also do the trick. Turn the page to learn more about the most innovative and advanced dryers out there today. —ALEXANDRA FINKEL
Eight Hot Hair Dryers
InfraShine UL2 Cool Switch Ceramic Blow Dryer has a double insulated barrel that allows for handheld styling techniques and a cool-shot button to lock in style and shine. infrashine.com
iTech Ionic Tourmaline Hair Dryer contains tourmaline crystals that deliver the maximum amount of far-infrared heat, drying hair from the cortex out and reducing the need for high external heat. itechproducts.com
Cricket Centrix Q-Zone Dryer features patent-pending Insanely Quiet technology to reduce salon noise pollution. cricketco.com
TurboPower Twin Turbo 3200 dryer has a K-Lamination motor, an anti-overheating device and will deliver more than 2,000 hours of drying time. turbopowerinc.com
Solano SuperSolano 3700Moda Dryer features a ceramic thermal grill that distributes heat evenly and a weight-balanced motor for optimal power and performance. solanointernational.com
BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Dryer contains an integrated ion generator that emits negative ions to seal hair cuticles, prevent split ends and eliminate frizz by locking in moisture. babylissus.com
HairArt H3000 Tourmaline Professional Hair Dryer uses ionic tourmaline technology to dry hair in one-third the time of traditional dryers. Plus, 10 percent of the proceeds will benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation. hairartproducts.com
TIGIPro Professional Blow Dryer has a lifespan of 1,500 hours and is ergonomically designed to relieve Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), which is often caused by heavy blow-dryer use. tigiprofessional.com
AHEAD OF THE CURVE
Use your flat iron in an unconventional way to create volume instead of stick-straight hair this season.
Sam Villa, Redken education artistic director, predicts that we'll be seeing less stick-straight hair this fall. "Even if your client wants her hair straight, she also wants some volume," Villa says. "I'm using a flat iron to create more bevel, more movement and more texture." Instead of using a comb while flat-ironing the hair, Villa uses a round brush to work from midshaft to ends. Then he kicks or flips the section by turning the palm of his hand to face him so the brush grabs the hair. Next, he rotates the iron and compresses the hair, rolling the hair as if he was blow-drying to get the kick he's looking for. By heating the hair before compressing it, Villa lets his round brush provide the kick and is able to get a lot of volume without using a blow-dryer.
FROM TOP: HAI Style Mate Compact Ceramic flat iron is lightweight, small and can be used to straighten, curl, and create waves and volume (hai-elite.com);
Sam Villa Sleekr features a setting for color-treated hair and LED temperature indicators that tell you the heat level by color reference (samvilla.com);
Salon Tech Silicone 450 Hairstyling Iron is equipped with three conditioning silicone bar plates to smooth hair, and will shut off automatically when not in use after 30 minutes (salontech.com);
Hana Elite flat iron has 100-percent ceramic plates, an integrated heating system, and floating plates for curls and flips without snagging (hanasalon.com).