Will a hooded/hard hat dryer take away volume?

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I've been considering buying a hooded dryer because diffusing makes my hair frizzy, and my hair in general is very frizzy because its very fine but I have a lot of it... but I also have flat hair on the top which is why i flip my head over when I diffuse. So...that being said, will a hooded dryer just make my hair all flat on top and give me no volume? Cuz if that's the case I rather keep diffusing and have frizz but have more voluminous hair Here's the one I've been considering buying (or any other good one not exceeding $100):

Conair Professional - Babyliss - BaByliss Pro Thermal Ionic Rollabout Dryer
I haven't seen a hooded dryer do much to improve volume. It simply "freezes" the hair in more or less in the same position you started with after washing your hair. I mean the curls plump up some as they're drying, of course, but nothing major. And you can still end up w/some frizz from the air current. One thing to do is when using a hooded dryer, is to place a damp paper towel over the top of your head as it dries to reduce the frizz. You could always sit under the hood dryer for a while and then, once your hair is partially dry, finish it off by diffusing upside down. That would at least save you a lot of the arm work of an entire diffusing session, plus you'd have time to do some reading or whatever.
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I haven't seen a hooded dryer do much to improve volume. It simply "freezes" the hair in more or less in the same position you started with after washing your hair. I mean the curls plump up some as they're drying, of course, but nothing major. And you can still end up w/some frizz from the air current. One thing to do is when using a hooded dryer, is to place a damp paper towel over the top of your head as it dries to reduce the frizz. You could always sit under the hood dryer for a while and then, once your hair is partially dry, finish it off by diffusing upside down. That would at least save you a lot of the arm work of an entire diffusing session, plus you'd have time to do some reading or whatever.
Originally Posted by Korkscrew

Thanks I guess if all else fails it could be used for PT's on the weekends
YEARS ago this dryer was really popular: R2D2/Hard Hat Dryer Help I'm Having A PJ Attack!!!!!!!!

Unfortunately, Sally's doesn't carry it anymore. At least you can see what people had to say about hat hat dryer, in general. I took mine out yesterday because of your question. Did a PT and sat under it after I styled my hair. Hair was fine, but not as curly. I think it was the product(s) I used and not the dryer. Usually, curls are tighter after PT. There wasn't any frizz. Once again, I think it was the PT and not the dryer.
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Sure it could lol. So does that mean you're still investing in the hood dryer then?
Originally Posted by Korkscrew
Dunno. Money has been tight lately
Medium texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity
YEARS ago this dryer was really popular: R2D2/Hard Hat Dryer Help I'm Having A PJ Attack!!!!!!!!

Unfortunately, Sally's doesn't carry it anymore. At least you can see what people had to say about hat hat dryer, in general. I took mine out yesterday because of your question. Did a PT and sat under it after I styled my hair. Hair was fine, but not as curly. I think it was the product(s) I used and not the dryer. Usually, curls are tighter after PT. There wasn't any frizz. Once again, I think it was the PT and not the dryer.
Originally Posted by kathymack
Thanks Kathy. The reduction in frizz is really what I want it for, but I just don't wanna have flat top syndrome lol. I still have to think about it some more
Medium texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity
YEARS ago this dryer was really popular: R2D2/Hard Hat Dryer Help I'm Having A PJ Attack!!!!!!!!

Unfortunately, Sally's doesn't carry it anymore. At least you can see what people had to say about hat hat dryer, in general. I took mine out yesterday because of your question. Did a PT and sat under it after I styled my hair. Hair was fine, but not as curly. I think it was the product(s) I used and not the dryer. Usually, curls are tighter after PT. There wasn't any frizz. Once again, I think it was the PT and not the dryer.
Originally Posted by kathymack
Thanks Kathy. The reduction in frizz is really what I want it for, but I just don't wanna have flat top syndrome lol. I still have to think about it some more
Originally Posted by sKorpio1190
If you want to spend the money on a great professional dryer, I'd suggest the FHI Nano. It gets a lot of discussion in this thread Anybody have an expensive hair dryer?

I keep a $25 dyer at my vacation home. I notice a BIG difference between that and my FHI Nano.
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YEARS ago this dryer was really popular: R2D2/Hard Hat Dryer Help I'm Having A PJ Attack!!!!!!!!

Unfortunately, Sally's doesn't carry it anymore. At least you can see what people had to say about hat hat dryer, in general. I took mine out yesterday because of your question. Did a PT and sat under it after I styled my hair. Hair was fine, but not as curly. I think it was the product(s) I used and not the dryer. Usually, curls are tighter after PT. There wasn't any frizz. Once again, I think it was the PT and not the dryer.
Originally Posted by kathymack
Thanks Kathy. The reduction in frizz is really what I want it for, but I just don't wanna have flat top syndrome lol. I still have to think about it some more
Originally Posted by sKorpio1190
If you want to spend the money on a great professional dryer, I'd suggest the FHI Nano. It gets a lot of discussion in this thread Anybody have an expensive hair dryer?

I keep a $25 dyer at my vacation home. I notice a BIG difference between that and my FHI Nano.
Originally Posted by kathymack
Is this the one:

http://www.beautychoice.com/products...k-47722-8.html
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Can you try a dryer hat attachment. I use mine for DT and it works really well and cost me $5. I wear a shower cap over my hair to keep it clean during the DT.

If nothing else this might give you an idea before you splurge.
Can you try a dryer hat attachment. I use mine for DT and it works really well and cost me $5. I wear a shower cap over my hair to keep it clean during the DT.

If nothing else this might give you an idea before you splurge.
Originally Posted by Jessiebanana
Lol thank u for looking out for my pockets
Medium texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity
I have fine hair and it is thin. I was put under a hooded dryer a few times at the salon. It wasn't for me. Didn't do anything for curl formation and I got zero volume. I guess if you occassionally did the shake method by shaking your hair with your hands and then continued to dry, that might work.
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I have fine hair and it is thin. I was put under a hooded dryer a few times at the salon. It wasn't for me. Didn't do anything for curl formation and I got zero volume. I guess if you occassionally did the shake method by shaking your hair with your hands and then continued to dry, that might work.
Originally Posted by Darby
Yea, I'm afraid to take the risk. I think I might just buy a good hair dryer. I'm currently researching that fhi nano one
Medium texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity
One thing I have learned is that if I use the right product and the right amount I can diffuse and not get a ton of frizz from it. The key for me is to let my gel set up before I diffuse.

Thats where the hard hat dryer comes in. Its really speeds up the setting of the gel so I can diffuse to get some volume in the crown area. Learned this trick from my Deva stylist. If you have time to air dry say about 30 minutes and diffuse you should be ok. I dont leave myself enough time to air dry first. I style everyday so a hard hat dryer is a big time saver for me.
One thing I have learned is that if I use the right product and the right amount I can diffuse and not get a ton of frizz from it. The key for me is to let my gel set up before I diffuse.

Thats where the hard hat dryer comes in. Its really speeds up the setting of the gel so I can diffuse to get some volume in the crown area. Learned this trick from my Deva stylist. If you have time to air dry say about 30 minutes and diffuse you should be ok. I dont leave myself enough time to air dry first. I style everyday so a hard hat dryer is a big time saver for me.
Originally Posted by crazywaves
Today I let my hair air dry for some time before I diffused it and it came out pretty good. But, i used a new combo of products so idk if it was that or letting it air dry a bit before diffusing lol im so confused!
here's how it turned out today:
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Originally Posted by sKorpio1190
Mine is a different color, but that should be it. Here's a link where it might be cheaper FHI Nano Salon Pro 2000 Hair Dryer Reviews | Folica.com
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They didn't have anymore on folica so I ordered the one from my link cuz it was an extra 20% off and comes out to the same price as the one on folica. I decided on that dryer rather than a hooded dryer. I hope I see a difference when I use it! Before I was using a Remington dryer
Medium texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity
Originally Posted by sKorpio1190
Mine is a different color, but that should be it. Here's a link where it might be cheaper FHI Nano Salon Pro 2000 Hair Dryer Reviews | Folica.com
Originally Posted by kathymack
I got the FHI Nano 2000 today so I'll be trying it tomorrow morning. I hope it works out well
Please let us know....thanks

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