Questions for R2D2 users

I've read the (hilarious) multipage thread on this little guy. I'm seriously thinking about getting this, because I'm sick of running around with crunchy wet hair all the time.

Some of you have answered some of the questions below, already, but not all so I thought I'd post them. A lot of my questions revolve around the fact that I'm an everyday washer, so I'm not sure if I can get away with it.

1) How often do you use it?

2) Do any of you use it for just a short time, to take the edge off, and then airdry the rest of the way? If so, does that work? (I was thinking, with my length, 5 minutes might do it).

3) Even with all the products in my hair, I worry about damage. Anybody finding that you have any problems if you use it too often?

4) How do the results with R2D2 compare with your results with diffusing? (diffusing can give me tangly frizz -- plus I always gravitate back to airdrying because of the everyday wash issue).

5) How hard was it for you to set up appropriate height chair/table, etc? (Because, again, I'm thinking every day).

Feel free to answer as many or as few of these questions as you wish. Thanks for any thoughts that you have!

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  1. Not that often right now - I'm in an exceptionally busy time at work and need to get on out the door, so just let it air drying after a very few minutes diffusing. Just recently though, I've tried washing at night then damp pineappling a few times. When I do that, I do sit under the dryer for about 15 minutes on medium to low. It's still fairly damp, but with a hard hold gel, it sets the curls enough that when I put it into a pineapple an hour or so later, it doesn't pull the curl out - usually. When it has, it's been more due to new product I was trying out than anything
  2. Yes, I never totally dry it. I don't think I've ever sat under it for more than 20 minutes, even in cold weather. I always finish with air drying whether diffusing, hard hat drying or whatever
  3. Another reason I don't use it that long at a time and never on high - I alway have the top clipped, and since one time one of the clips got hot enough to slightly burn my forehead, I figured that couldn't be good for the hair either. Since then I start on medium to set it but turn down to low after a few minutes
  4. I always start with upside down diffusing for five minutes to get the curls started then clip and get under the dryer. If I went straight under the dryer, mine would be flat on top. Even with clipping, flatter than I like.
  5. I have the dryer on a table about the height of a desk or table and use an adjustable desk chair. You can also try setting it on an adjustable ironing board if you don't have an adjustable chair. However, short of that I know from old experience with previous dryers that sitting in the floor with the dryer sitting in the bottom drawer of my dresser works, although you may need to sit on a pillow. Besides these options, it can be very hard to find somewhere that's just right.
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1. Haven't used it since the weather warmed up. Used it whenever I did my hair in the colder weather.

2. I diffused for 3-5 min to set the curl then used the hard hat pretty much the rest of the way. I put towel around the back to get the length of my hair dry.

3. The only issue I have with it is that sometimes it makes my hair too soft. Think it's the ions or something. Which means that I end up fluffy since the gel loses its hold. Doesn't seem to happen everytime and I can;t find a reason why it does happen.

4. As mentioned above, I diffuse first. That being said, I diffuse the same length of time regardless of whether I use the hardhat or not. So, obviously, the big difference for me is dry hair without having to wait a couple hours.

5. I set mine on my dining room table when I'm using it. My chairs are a very good height and no adjustment (books, cushions, etc.) are required.

All in all, it was well worth the money for winter-time use. I think I'd melt if I had to sit under it this time of year.
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Just keeping an eye out for answers...great idea wavycurly40+.
3b/c, CG 9/18/08
Last process: 04/05/08 Big Chop: 08/08/09
Currently: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration, Herbal Essences Set Me Up gel (summer only), Boots Curl Creme (winter only)
1) How often do you use it? Haven't used it regularly this Summer. I'm air drying more. In the Winter 3-4X wkly. I didn't notice any ill effects. I was also DT'ing once a week and/or using coconut oil at night to seal 2x wkly so maybe that's why it wasn't drying on me.

2) Do any of you use it for just a short time, to take the edge off, and then airdry the rest of the way? If so, does that work? (I was thinking, with my length, 5 minutes might do it). Not usually, if I bother to set it up I'll sit there for about 30mins and air dry the rest of the way or diffuse underneath a bit.

3) Even with all the products in my hair, I worry about damage. Anybody finding that you have any problems if you use it too often? NOPE

4) How do the results with R2D2 compare with your results with diffusing? (diffusing can give me tangly frizz -- plus I always gravitate back to airdrying because of the everyday wash issue). WAYYYYYYY less Frizz then diffusing and I get better definition then air drying alone.

5) How hard was it for you to set up appropriate height chair/table, etc? (Because, again, I'm thinking every day). Not hard at all, I ended up using it on the Kitchen table most of the time.

you're making me miss they little guy, why am I bothering with air drying when this works so well?
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1) How often do you use it?

Everyday. I'm a daily washer as well and I hated leaving the house with my hair only 40% dry.

2) Do any of you use it for just a short time, to take the edge off, and then airdry the rest of the way? If so, does that work? (I was thinking, with my length, 5 minutes might do it).

I diffuse with a Sedusa and use a Devafuser to get at the roots - not even the hard hat can ensure dry roots for me. I use the hardhat for about 10 min or so on the low setting. All in all, I only diffuse for about 15 min total and my hair is about 95% dry at that point.

3) Even with all the products in my hair, I worry about damage. Anybody finding that you have any problems if you use it too often?

Nope. I'm an almost daily diffuser and two weeks ago (my most recent haircut) my stylist said my hair was very healthy.

4) How do the results with R2D2 compare with your results with diffusing? (diffusing can give me tangly frizz -- plus I always gravitate back to airdrying because of the everyday wash issue).

It just makes everything dry faster. I could spend 15 min diffusing with the Sedusa and Devafuser and still not get it as dry as when I use the hardhat.

5) How hard was it for you to set up appropriate height chair/table, etc? (Because, again, I'm thinking every day).

Not hard at all. I had it set on my computer desk and can fit right underneath it. Of course I have to lift the hood to get in and out of my desk chair without taking the hardhat with me.
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Thanks for the replies so far!

I wish I could just keep it permanently set up, near a comfy chair, so that I could sit under it with my morning coffee for 5-10 minutes. Sounds like that might not work, though. I know myself too well -- if I have to set it up each time, it might not happen (I'm with auntnett on the morning rush thing!)

I'm still very intrigued, though, based on some of what you folks are saying so far! Thanks.
Hopefully someone will say that this is bad for dark haired girls and causes frizz if your username begins with the letter "o". Then I won't have to buy it.
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Last process: 04/05/08 Big Chop: 08/08/09
Currently: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration, Herbal Essences Set Me Up gel (summer only), Boots Curl Creme (winter only)
Hopefully someone will say that this is bad for dark haired girls and causes frizz if your username begins with the letter "o". Then I won't have to buy it.
Originally Posted by onethousandcurls
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Hopefully someone will say that this is bad for dark haired girls and causes frizz if your username begins with the letter "o". Then I won't have to buy it.
Originally Posted by onethousandcurls
Originally Posted by rudeechick
Yes, I agree; that made me laugh big time. Sort of like how I'm looking for a reason not to get sucked into the Huge Swirling Addictive Vortex that is Curl Junkie. Right now, my excuse is: there are too many different products, so that even just reading the thread about it, to try to choose, is making me sleepy.
I agree with you, I am holding out on the Curl Junkie craze. It's more that I don't want to get hooked on an expensive product (my college student budget is barely tolerating the products I do buy). But we'll see how long that lasts. Probably until my first paycheck at my new job.

More responses from you hardhatters!
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Last process: 04/05/08 Big Chop: 08/08/09
Currently: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration, Herbal Essences Set Me Up gel (summer only), Boots Curl Creme (winter only)
Hopefully someone will say that this is bad for dark haired girls and causes frizz if your username begins with the letter "o". Then I won't have to buy it.
Originally Posted by onethousandcurls
Originally Posted by rudeechick
Yes, I agree; that made me laugh big time. Sort of like how I'm looking for a reason not to get sucked into the Huge Swirling Addictive Vortex that is Curl Junkie. Right now, my excuse is: there are too many different products, so that even just reading the thread about it, to try to choose, is making me sleepy.
Originally Posted by wavycurly40+
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The hard hat dryer is easy all around. I use mine every day. It takes about two minutes to set up in the bathroom--folding chair and pillow included. I dry about 90%--either 8 min on med, or 15 min on low. No manipulation of hair cuts down on frizz.

Curl Junkie may be a current craze, but the Coffee Coco CC has been an HG for me since around March, 08. The products are great, you use them in minute amounts--so they really aren't that expensive per use.
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The hard hat dryer is easy all around. I use mine every day. It takes about two minutes to set up in the bathroom--folding chair and pillow included. I dry about 90%--either 8 min on med, or 15 min on low. No manipulation of hair cuts down on frizz.

Curl Junkie may be a current craze, but the Coffee Coco CC has been an HG for me since around March, 08. The products are great, you use them in minute amounts--so they really aren't that expensive per use.
Originally Posted by kathymack
That's great to hear!

And yeah, the CCCC is the one I'm most tempted by. I know I'll give in eventually -- especially when lower dewpoints come and I need a little extra help.

Jess: LOL, I've done that too. The CCCC is the one I'm most intrigued by, but then there are so many others, too.......I think, well, while I'm at it..... Aack!

Thanks for all the great info, everybody!

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