Does anyone use a hood dryer (salon-type) instead of air drying?

I was wondering if any of you curlies use a hood dryer instead of air drying? At the salon, my stylist puts me under a hood dryer. My hair dries quickly and comes out looking very nice -- as if it were airdried, but even a bit neater (she fluffs it afterward). I also noticed that on the Miss Jessie's videos, they dry the hair under a hood. Does anyone use a hood dyer at home? Is it harmful for the hair? If you do use a hood dryer, is there one you would recommend for home purchase? I don't want to use a bonnet dryer-- hate them -- but I've seen some for sale online that look similar to salon dyers.

Thanks, curlies!
~ Rhiannon
Hi Rhianon,
I love my "Hoodie" I call it, I can eat put on makeup answer e mail surf NC etc blowdrying takes up one hand. How would I chat with my other curly friend on the phone in the A.M. with all that blowdryer noise in my one ear LOL. I put my curly clients under the hoodie all the time just like your stylist. I figure a good blowdryer is 150-200 $ the hoodie will last longer. Spring for the free standing one if you have the room, it has higher wattage and is designed to be used all day every day in the salon and will last you 20 years.
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It is harmful, as is any form of heat. I use a hooded dryer because my hair takes FOREVER to dry, but I don't really notice a difference in terms of the health of my hair.
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Thanks, Cynthia. Is there a particular brand that you recommend, among the free-standing hood dryers? I have read some good reviews of the Pibbs hairdryer, which is quite expensive. I wonder if it's really better than other brands?
My hair is still short so I air dry pretty quickly...But I do use my hooded dryer when I deep condition, I plastic cap and sit under it for about 30 mins or more (and I also am on my laptop the whole time ) ....I love how my hair feels afterwards versus just letting the deep conditioner sit in it for hours....

As my hair gets longer I would prob sit under the hoodie b4 I used a blow dryer...
Originally Posted by crwritt
I was going to say Pibbs or the Sally Rollabout. I have a pibbs but I get them wholesale at the shows, benefit of being a stylistthe Pibbs will last a lifetime for home use,they are very well made. The sally should be pleanty if you are on a budget.
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Thanks for the responses, everyone. I appreciate the suggestions for brands. I am thinking about getting one of these for drying my hair curly (not setting it) as an alternative to air-drying.

One more question: I noticed on reviews for the Pibbs that people so you have to use it with a hair net because of the "strong upward air flow". This doesn't sound good -- I definitely want (gentle) downward air flow. My stylists never need to put a hair net over my hair when I'm under the dryer at the salon. What is the "upward air flow" about and would it be a problem?

Also, I'm kind of surprised that more people don't mention hood-drying as an alternative to air-drying, or using a diffuser. I know air drying is best for the hair, but people talk about diffusers a lot on these boards. For me, hood-drying seems like a much better option than diffusing, with results similar to air-drying but maybe even a bit better, and much faster and warmer in winter. It isn't even mentioned in Lorraine Massey's book. I was just wondering why curlies don't discuss this option more. Any thoughts? Am I missing something?

thanks again, my curly sisters!
Rhiannon

Last edited by rhiannon; 02-15-2010 at 11:16 AM.
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I used a hooded dryer to dry my hair all the time after I big chopped. This was when I basically co-washed every day.

These days though I use a hair dryer to dry my hair most of the way. I've found using the hooded dryer makes my hair flat and hard to fluff up afterwards the longer it gets. The hair dryer fluffs my hair while it dries, which I like, and I don't wash my hair every day anymore anyway.
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I used a hooded dryer to dry my hair all the time after I big chopped. This was when I basically co-washed every day.

These days though I use a hair dryer to dry my hair most of the way. I've found using the hooded dryer makes my hair flat and hard to fluff up afterwards the longer it gets. The hair dryer fluffs my hair while it dries, which I like, and I don't wash my hair every day anymore anyway.
Originally Posted by mixeded

mixeded, I just looked at your fotki. Your hair is so beautiful --- I love it, and so healthy looking! So, do you dry it with a diffuser now? Or just a regular hand dryer? I like my hair fluffy too but a regular dryer makes it into a huge long weird stretched fuzz ball, so I usually let it air dry (or mostly air dry) and then fluff it up by shaking my head upside down and / or fluffing up the roots with my fingers. Hate waiting for it to dry, though.
I fully intend to buy one of the rolling hooded dryers when I have 100 bucks to throw at it. I want a rolling one so I can roll it into the closet right by my computer (where I usually dry int he mornings) and keep it out of the way.
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I fully intend to buy one of the rolling hooded dryers when I have 100 bucks to throw at it. I want a rolling one so I can roll it into the closet right by my computer (where I usually dry int he mornings) and keep it out of the way.
Originally Posted by PreciousHoney
Precious Honey -

checked out your fotki too. Your hair looks great. I like the henna. So, how do you get your second day hair? your caption says "second day hair - very frizzy" but it looks pretty great to me!

I've been scouring the boards for second day hair tips.

I'm new to nc.com ... what a wealth of information is here!

thanks,
Rhiannon
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Originally Posted by auntnett
Yeah....I was going to say a bunch of ladies in the General Discussion Forum love using the hooded dryer. I haven't had a chance to purchase one. But, will be doing so in the next week or so. I want to get a rollabout one though which is why I've been waiting. There a bit more expensive.
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I have an Ion hood dryer that I bought at Sally's 3 years ago. It was $50 and I had a $5 off coupon from the sale flyer. It's 1875 watts. I put it on my kitchen counter or an ironing board and pull up a chair to sit under it. Or you can put the dryer on a chair and sit on the floor if that's comfortable.

I always use my hood dryer for deep conditioning. I use it to dry my hair if I have somewhere to go and I have to speed up drying time. Usually I air dry in twists overnight.
I use my hooded dryer to dry all the time. Not sure I would be coordinated enough to diffuse! In the summer I just need it a short time so its not dripping and in the winter a bit longer since it takes longer to dry in colder weather.

What I do is dry for a little bit until not sopping then I do some clipping and get back under for a bit. That helps so it doesn't get flat.

So glad you started this thread. My hairstylist has always used this too. Got mine at Sally's years ago, don't even know the brand!
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I'm getting bored with my hair. It seems like the styles I want to wear or things I want to try take forever to dry or they will take forever to dry. I had originally bought the soft bonnet that you attached to your hair dryer for $10. I use it about twice a week for deep conditioning. I didn't want to spend $$ on a hard hat dryer if I wasn't going to use it so since I use that cheapie thing I've decided to splurge. Never been one to try a ton of products so why not (LOL)! It's $130 with free shipping AND it will fit 3" rollers. At least that's what the lady said when I called. If it doesn't then I will return.


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I'm getting bored with my hair. It seems like the styles I want to wear or things I want to try take forever to dry or they will take forever to dry. I had originally bought the soft bonnet that you attached to your hair dryer for $10. I use it about twice a week for deep conditioning. I didn't want to spend $$ on a hard hat dryer if I wasn't going to use it so since I use that cheapie thing I've decided to splurge. Never been one to try a ton of products so why not (LOL)! It's $130 with free shipping AND it will fit 3" rollers. At least that's what the lady said when I called. If it doesn't then I will return.


Originally Posted by NaturallyCurlyEnnovy
Which one is this? I was researching the one at Sally's and some said you couldn't use rollers in it If I'm going to spend the money on a rollabout, it better be able to fit rollers under it as well!

At the OP: I use a hooded dryer every time I wash now. However, I also DT every time I was. I have noticed a great improvement in my hair and I really have to use the dryer. Even with the dryer, it still takes half a day for my hair to dry. I only wash it at night.
Interesting to read what everyone is doing wrt drying your hair. (I have yet to try a diffuser -- I've been way too scared to do that, it seemed like it would just turn my hair into a huge tangled puffball -- but after looking at some youtube vids it seems like it might actually work so I'm going to try it one day.)

So, I asked this earlier, was wondering if anyone has any thoughts. I noticed on reviews for the Pibbs (and I assume this would apply to other strong rollabout dryers) that people so you have to use it with a hair net because of the "strong upward air flow". This doesn't sound good -- I definitely want downward air flow. My stylists never need to put a hair net over my hair when I'm under the dryer at the salon. What is the "upward air flow" about and would it be a problem?

thanks
Rhiannon
I'm getting bored with my hair. It seems like the styles I want to wear or things I want to try take forever to dry or they will take forever to dry. I had originally bought the soft bonnet that you attached to your hair dryer for $10. I use it about twice a week for deep conditioning. I didn't want to spend $$ on a hard hat dryer if I wasn't going to use it so since I use that cheapie thing I've decided to splurge. Never been one to try a ton of products so why not (LOL)! It's $130 with free shipping AND it will fit 3" rollers. At least that's what the lady said when I called. If it doesn't then I will return.


Originally Posted by NaturallyCurlyEnnovy
Which one is this? I was researching the one at Sally's and some said you couldn't use rollers in it If I'm going to spend the money on a rollabout, it better be able to fit rollers under it as well!

At the OP: I use a hooded dryer every time I wash now. However, I also DT every time I was. I have noticed a great improvement in my hair and I really have to use the dryer. Even with the dryer, it still takes half a day for my hair to dry. I only wash it at night.
Originally Posted by MixedUpCurlyChick
It is from Salonsrus/Salon Outfitters/LCL Beauty (had a name change or bought out). It has a one year warranty. I've been researching on the internet and found reviews on another forum. So I contacted some of the forum users and all of the ones that have responded thus far have been positive (5 responses). One person said they thought 2.5" rollers would fit for sure, but was didn't know about the 3". Then another person said it should fit the 3".

I was waiting until I had received enough responses. Supposedly its basically a knockoff Pibbs (whatever that is) that is made in China. The responses said they got it really fast AND the Customer Service is suppose to be fantastic. So I didn't receive any negative responses from my pm's. Therefore, I will go ahead and order today so I can do my first rollerset next Friday!! I can't wait.

Oh and that Sallys rollabout one doesn't fit the size rollers I need. That's why I didn't get that one. I will mostly do it for deep conditioning (I try to do them twice a week) and I will try to use for wash-n-gos so I'm not leaving with soak and wet hair. I've tried diffusing, but when I do it I can't get second day hair because of the frizz.

Here's website. Oh, its the same place everyone has been purchasing their steamer.

http://lclbeauty.com/proddetail.php?prod=PRO-1028
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