Advantages Compact and lightweight, and a good price
Disadvantages My own personal difficulty changing the speed/heat settings
When my Old Faithful of a hairdryer met its end a little while ago, I began the hunt for its replacement. I can’t manage my short style without a hairdryer, unless I want to go for the Joan of Arc look, ie hair that is worn in a very flat style. Which I don’t. I want to give my hair volume and body. Although I would normally wish to physically inspect any electrical purchases, on this occasion I was unwell and unable to get out to the shops, so I decided to take a look at what was available on boots.com. One of the criteria I look for in a hairdryer is that it must be fairly lightweight - having Fibromyalgia means that holding anything too heavy for any length of time = very painful hands and arms, and so is to be avoided if possible.The product description on Boots’ website states that this hairdryer is compact and lightweight, which sounded good to me, as did the price of £8.16. I thought this was excellent value for money, and placed my order straightaway. Once my husband had collected the parcel from our local Boots store, I was eager to test out my new purchase.
It comes packaged in a recycleable box, which contains an instruction leaflet. The box describes this hairdryer as being part of Boots essentials range, and as having a ‘compact shape for everyday use; 2 heat and speed settings; slim concentrator nozzle’. The illustration on the back of the box claims that the 2 heat/speed settings will ‘dry your hair quickly and effectively’, and that the narrow concentrator nozzle will ‘direct the air flow for smoother sleek styling’. The box also gives the information that there is a 2-year guarantee, as with all Boots electrical products.The instruction leaflet comes with some important information, such as don’t poke anything into your hairdryer because of the danger of an electric shock; only use on human hair, not synthetic hair or wigs; don’t use the hairdryer in a bathroom or near sinks containing water; don’t wrap the cord around the hairdryer as this may damage the cable, and it also states that this product is ‘designed with an internal thermal cutout to protect the hairdryer in the event of overheating. If the hairdryer cuts out during use it should be switched off and allowed to cool for a few minutes.’ You are also instructed to examine and clean any hair or dust from the grille and filter.
So, I washed my hair and then gave my new hairdryer its first test. I soon noticed that although the cable was just long enough to be used fairly comfortably while sitting at my dressing table, I found it shorter than the cable on Old Faithful. It’s about 75” long, so perhaps I had just been spoilt with my previous hairdryer, which must have had an extra-long cord.The hairdryer itself is indeed lightweight, and its integral nozzle has a diameter of about two and a half inches. What I should have paid attention to on the website - instead of just being bowled over by ‘compact and lightweight’ and the brilliant price - was the concentrator nozzle, which can be easily clicked into place.
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