In my previous posts, I talked about my low maintenance 'kinda hair. Wash and go, that's how I would call it. Most often than not, I sleep with my hair dripping wet because (1) My waist-long hair takes forever to dry (2) I'm naive with hair dryers; there are too many brands out there and I seriously don't know which one to buy.
So when Beauty Stop Online contacted me and recommended this hair dryer, I said yes. Maybe it will be my unsung hero, mane-wise. Beauty Stop Online, as the name implies, is an online retailer based out of Los Angeles, California. They offer a plethora of beauty products at affordable prices, from mainstream brands to natural/organic makeups, hair & nail care, even salon and spa equipments. It's a one stop shop, to keep it simple.
For this review, we are focusing on Elchim 2001 Professional Hair Dryer (Black, on sale for $99).
Product claims: one of the greatest professional blow dryers in the world because it is powerful and practical; chosen brand among hairstylists due to its perfect balance of power, performance, working time and comfort; housing is made of shock and flame resistant polycarbonate carbon that is non-aging and long-lasting.
Features and Specifications: 1800 watts; 7 seven speed and temperature settings; 2000+ hr double balanced motor; nozzle attachment; removable lint filter for easy cleaning; max air flow 40 ft/ second; professional 9 ft-power cord; 1 yr warranty; made in Italy.
Wow, that's a whole lot to digest. So in my otherwise easy- to- comprehend "blow-drying for dummies" version, Elchim 2001 came in a box with these inclusions: blow dryer, warranty, nozzle, filter.
Plug it in and you can play around with temperature settings. I like to alternate between the hottest and coolest, just because. Seriously, I want my hair to dry pronto so I can sleep and relax after a hard day's work. Red is for intensity: 0 (off) I (low) II (high); Black is for temperature: 0 (coolest) I (warm) II (hottest)
I'm not a professional hairstylist so I can't attest to its ergonomics functionality. Using it for a few minutes is definitely not comparable when you utilize this tool for a living. It has some weight but not enough to replace my 1-lb dumbbells; what's heavy to me may not be to most of you. A tad trivial but I just want it out of the way.
Now the burning question, as a woman who wants her long hair to dry in no time, did Elchim 2001 deliver? let's ask madam...
Here's my mane ('n tail) in its natural
If I say that monster-of-a hair up there is 98%* dry by 15 minutes using Elchim 2001, would that make it impressive? To me it is! For comparison, I have another blow dryer (an old vidal sassoon) that I hardly use because the drying time is infinite -yeah, it's like blowing fake air! So on that note, Elchim 2001 certainly met my expectation. I'm glad to have been introduced to this brand, finally I can retire my lackluster vidal sassoon. My only recommendation? it would be nice if Elchim steps up and create funky looking hair dryers- think animal prints, plaids, neon! isn't that more fun?
Where to buy? Beauty Stop Online
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* 2% pertains to slight dampness on some hair strands. Guesstimate, roundabout
** Product sent for review; opinions all my own; links for reference only; no horse was harmed in this post **