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Old 03-12-2013, 12:20 PM   #1
 
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Question Solia 1875W & SuperSolano Original Hair Dryers - Opinions?

I have 3a, fine, low porosity hair. I'm looking into getting a new hair dryer that's <$100 and have liked the looks of the Solia 1875W Thermal Ionic Hair dryer as well as the SuperSolano Original Hair Dryer. I'm leaning towards the SuperSolano because it has Ceramic and Tourmaline technology and it's slightly lighter, whereas the Solia only has Ionic technology.

Has anyone tried either or both of these? What is your hair type and what's your opinion on it: A) as a hair dryer? B) As a tool to straighten your hair?

I've never spent more than $30 on a hair dryer...I'm worried they're both going to be so strong and blow around my fine curls, even with a diffuser attached.
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Old 03-12-2013, 02:52 PM   #2
 
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They're a rip-off.

Don't waste your money.
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I'd like to get a hair dryer that is quieter than the one I have now which is drugstore cheapie. I've never bought an expensive one and I'd rather not but this one is just so loud! I don't know whether a more expensive one would be quieter and I plan to look on the web, but meanwhile, anyone have suggestions?
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They're a rip-off.

Don't waste your money.
Really? What makes these these two hair dryers a rip off?

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I'd like to get a hair dryer that is quieter than the one I have now which is drugstore cheapie. I've never bought an expensive one and I'd rather not but this one is just so loud! I don't know whether a more expensive one would be quieter and I plan to look on the web, but meanwhile, anyone have suggestions?
I'm not trying to be rude, but your question is off topic here...can you please make a new post for your question? All hair dryers are loud no matter the price.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:17 PM   #5
 
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Well, I looked at them once, and they're no faster or stronger than regular dryers, and the tourmaline/ceramic theory is completely unproven. I did some research, including asking a stylist specializing in curls who used to post here.

I use a diffuser regularly, which requires a blowdryer. I like to comparison shop, so before I shelled out three times the amount for the average dryer, I tried to find one reliable source that justified the purchase. Couldn't find any.
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Oh, and cp, I would go to an Ulta, which has the dryers on display, and test them for loudness. That's the surest way to tell what you're getting.
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Well, I looked at them once, and they're no faster or stronger than regular dryers, and the tourmaline/ceramic theory is completely unproven. I did some research, including asking a stylist specializing in curls who used to post here.

I use a diffuser regularly, which requires a blowdryer. I like to comparison shop, so before I shelled out three times the amount for the average dryer, I tried to find one reliable source that justified the purchase. Couldn't find any.
Well I agree with you that they're no faster or stronger than regular hair dryers. Heck, some of the Folica reviews I read for other hair dryers of the same price range were saying how the dryers died after just a couple years. Meanwhile, my Conair Ionic dryer has been holding up for around 5 years to-date.

I did some googling and learned that tourmaline has an pyroelectric quality. That's what produces the negative charge at one end. Since damaged hair has a positive charge, the negative ions (in cermanic, ionic and tourmaline hair dryers) neutralize that, and in doing so close the hair follicle and smooth the hair shaft. That's one one source said...However, you're saying is it isn't necessary proven that any of that trendy technology is helpful for our hair. This Wiki Answers article agrees with you:
At the end of the day all these devices can only produce very small amounts of ions or if the ionizers are too powerful they will start to emit ozone gas of which there is a legal limit on domestic products. So these devices are of minimal power maybe a 1-3 watts.

Ionizers certainly do not improve the evaporation of water and speed up the drying process. Water requires a COLLOSAL amount of energy to evaporate it. That why your hairdryer needs to around as powerfull as an electric hob ring 1600- 2000 watts to be effective and still takes around 10-20 minutes!
So that disproves that ionic technologies will dry your hair faster. However, I'm now confused only because there are a lot of women who can vouch for ceramic, ionic, and/or tourmaline technology making their hair silkier and shinier, including myself. The question is, how much do you really need to spend to get results? If you want to achieve shine and silk, is there a difference in a $100 dryer versus a $30? Certainly the build will (hopefully) be sturdier and longer lasting in a more expensive hair dryer, but aside from that, are we just paying for the name?

Sorry, claudine19 for the science nerd post. You've got me wondering about this stuff now! All in all, I don't see how these dryers will dry your hair faster. I do believe these technologies do help with shine and silkiness, and cause a little less damage to the hair, but perhaps it's not necessary to spend a lot to reap these benefits.

If anyone's interested here's the articles I researched:
BEST ARTICLE: What is the difference between an ionic blow dryer and a regular blow dryer

What are Tourmaline Hair Styling Tools?
The Truth about Flat Irons - Flat Iron Myths and Facts - Misikko.com
Tourmaline, in Hair Dryers?
From Cambridge: DoITPoMS - TLP Library Pyroelectric Materials
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Thanks, Claudine19. I've never thought of going to a place where one can test hair dryers. I always just picked them up wrapped in a drugstore.

CurlyCowGirly, I can certainly make a new thread, but all hairdryers are not all the same loudness and I didn't think it would upset anyone if I put my question here. These threads can kind of meander and unless someone goes way off topic it is usually accepted pretty graciously.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:02 AM   #9
 
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I would like to see a quantifiable difference in the silkiness, that isn't based on the desire to see something a buyer merely hopes for before I shelled out; however, if you're looking for silkiness, then that means you're straightening, which is a whole different kettle of fish.
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I have the Solia 1875W. I have had it for over a year now with no problems. I really like it, but I admit I don't have much to compare it to besides my last dryer, which was from CVS and was terrible.

Main points about the Solia:
-- it is on the heavy side
-- it does not come with a diffuser, you have to buy a universal one, which makes it even heavier (I should mention the weight does not bother me at all, it's just heavier than my CVS dryer)
-- it feels very solid and well-made, which I like
-- the cord is really long, which is nice
-- it has three heat settings: cold, warm, hot. The warm is warm enough to accelerate drying, but is not too hot. It's the perfect temp. The hot setting doesn't even get all that hot. You'll see some reviews complaining about this, but since I almost never straighten my hair, it's not an issue for me. I love that it has a cold setting so you don't have to hold the "cool blast" button down.
-- it is POWERFUL. It's kind of a beast. It was two wind settings - high and low. Even when I straighten my hair, I only ever use the low setting. The high setting is kind of like a tornado and causes tangles for me.
-- it is very loud.

As for ions, ceramic, tourmaline etc. I don't really have an opinion. I was skeptical but also hopeful about it. All I know is this dryer dries my hair faster than my CVS dryer, but I think that could be due to its super powerful airflow.

I have used it to straighten and diffuse, and I have no complaints. I thought it made my hair shinier than my CVS dryer, but that could be due to the fact that its "warm" setting is a little cooler and I wasn't frying my hair as much.

I think part of the "rip off" of the "professional" dryers is that they are made for professionals, i.e. people who use the blow dryer all day every day and don't want it to die quickly. As I understand it, you are not necessarily paying for a drier that performs better, just one that is built to withstand more wear and tear. However, I'm still happy I bought the Solia.

Whichever you choose, Folica.com will give you $40 off if you send in an old dryer or flat iron to be recycled. Folica.com - The best selection of hair care, flat irons and hair styling products anywhere
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Oh, I forgot to mention, I have a theory about dryers and porosity. I think people with lower porosity hair tend to be happier with dryers that have more drying power. I have seen a lot of people who are happy with their generic drugstore dryers, and I noticed that many are high porosity. (I just made this theory up and have no real backing for it)

I'm low to medium porosity and have a lot of hair. It takes me twenty to twenty-five minutes of diffusing with the Solia to get my hair to 75% dry, and my hair is above shoulder-length. If I try to air dry, my hair is still damp after 6 hours with no product in it.

I recently went to visit a friend and didn't bring my dryer with me. I used her Revlon, and after 30 minutes I swear my hair still felt soaking wet. I ended up giving up.
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I'm confused about the blowing power aspect of the Solano, flippalicious. Have I misunderstood wattage? How can dryers with the same wattage be so varied in their drying power?

Also, does a strong air flow really work for diffusing hair? I always heard that you need to use a dryer on medium or low flow for best results.
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Thank you for the firsthand feed back, flippacious! That was very helpful!
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