In my twenties, I spent countless hours grooming. At one point, I even had a short stint as a hair model. But as a mom, there are many days where I’m just throwing my unwashed hair back in a ponytail. Of course I still blow dry my hair and straighten it when I can, but it’s harder to squeeze in the time. That’s why, when my hairdresser recommended a high-end hair dryer, telling me it would save me time and eliminate the need of flat ironing so frequently, I thought the extra expense might save me money in the long run, by saving me time. So I went to the beauty supply store and splurged.
Are pricey hair dryers worth the expense?
Did you know that there’s a designer hairdryer that costs $300? Seriously. How much better could a $300 hairdryer be than the $15 ones you can get at Target? Or is the sky high price tag part of a marketing industry that wants women to believe that the more money they shell out for a beauty item, the more effective it will be?
I find that concept so irritating.
That high-end department store make-up is better than the drugstore versions. That $150 eye cream is more effective at keeping wrinkles at bay than an economical brand with some sunscreen in it.
I didn’t pay $300 for a hairdryer, but I did go against my frugal instincts and paid fifty-something bucks for the fancy hairdryer my stylist recommended. Had to pass up a pink leopard-spotted dryer that was on sale at Target.
I wanted my pricey hairdryer to do a better job. With its negative ions and 1875 wattage, I wanted the Andis Pro Dry Tourmaline Ionic Hair Dryer to save me time and effort. To alleviate the need for constant flat-ironing and its damaging effects. To think that my hair could be straighter and smoother in less time thrilled me to no end.
I even envisioned throwing away my ponytail holders.
Alas, it was not meant to be. The dryer does its job, but nothing more. I’ve been using it for a year now, and it’s not made my hair or my life even one percent better. In fact, it recently started smelling bad and smoking, despite my cleaning the “lint trap” in the back.
Cheaper hair dryers I have bought in the past have lasted considerably longer. Oh sure, they told me at the store that the dryer contained a warranty, but it’s been a year — I have no idea where the receipt is! And I no longer have the box, either.
Recently, I picked up the Conair 1875 Ionic Cordkeeper dryer for under fifteen bucks at Target. No leopard spots (sigh), but it works just fine, in my opinion.