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Salon Karma Admin - Wednesday, September 25, 2013

How Often You Should Replace Your Hair Dryer?

Want to know how often you should replace your hair dryer? This may depend on several factors, but we’re going to go into all of them so you can discover whether or not its time to buy the new best hair dryer on the market, or if you can get away with keeping the one you already have. Don’t throw your dryer out until you read this!


First See if You Need to Clean It


Many people wondering if it’s time to replace their blow dryer might not be aware that their current dryer is still able to function well. In a lot of cases, it just needs a good cleaning. The filter, vents, and screens can get dirty relatively quickly, which causes a lot of performance issues. It might not be heating up as well as it used to, or it may be overheating and making unusually loud noises. If this is the case, your dryer may not need replaced – rather, you may need to clean it.


Typical Lifespan of Hair Dryers


If you found that cleaning it hasn’t taken care of the problems, then your hair dryer may need replaced. You can compare it to the typical lifespan of blow dryers. Different resources say different things, but many point to 200 to 300 hours as an average life expectancy for a dryer. With light use, some people can keep a dryer for 3 or 4 years. This lifespan only amounts to less than 2 years for those who might use it daily.

What’s the best way to find out how often you should replace your hair dryer? Contact the manufacturer of the product to get a better idea. If they offered you a warranty, then consult that document for a clear statement. A good way to tell is based on how it performs after being cleaned. It should be running at a normal temperature (not overheating) with full power and no strange sounds. If it’s not doing this, then it’s time to get it replaced.


Ready to Replace it? Product Reviews and Warranties Are Important


If you need to replace your hair dryer, then consider buying one that is known to last for some time. This is when product reviews and warranties come in. First, make sure you check up on the latest info when it comes to high quality dryers and their performance. It doesn’t make sense to go out and buy whatever happens to be on sale at the time. Browse around online to find a good replacement for the one you had by reading hair dryer reviews from people who actually used the models available today.

Warranties are another thing you want to consider when buying a replacement blow dryer. If you want to avoid the trouble of getting a cheap dryer that stopped working after just a few months, then look for one that is backed by a strong warranty. Some manufacturers will give you a new one if yours stops working before the warranty is up.

Taken from: http://besthairdryerreviews.net/how-often-you-should-replace-your-hair-dryer/

Here at Salon Karma we have Sam Villa -- ETC Light Dryer & TIGI Pro Blow Dryer 

The 10 Biggest Blow-Drying Mistakes

1. Not Sectioning Hair First. Flipping your head over and blow-drying until you get dizzy, feel light-headed -- or both -- isn't going to help your cause. Keep a claw clip or duckbill clips near your blow dryer, so that you can easily section hair into the bare minimum of three horizontal sections as you dry.

2. Standing Up As You Blow-Dry. "One of the best pieces of blow-drying advice I can give is to have a seat. You will not believe the difference this makes," says Scrivo. When you're comfortably seated, you can fully harness that upper-body strength without getting tired. Plus, it always helps to steal those precious rejuvenative moments for yourself, wherever you can during the day.

3. Holding The Brush In The Wrong Hand. Many women lift the hairdryer with their dominant hand, while working the brush with the weaker one. You'll get better results by instead holding the brush with your stronger hand, as you'll need the improved dexterity to get the job done in less time. "Even many professional hairdressers learn this incorrectly," says Scrivo. Well, now you can style with even more finesse than them.

4. Overtwisting The Brush. When you brush that first stroke into a section of hair, you don't want to go it more than a quarter turn, which is just enough to give it some smoothing tension without risking snarl. After you pull the brush away from the scalp to the midpoint of strand length, then you can safely start twisting the brush to create shape and curl while under the pointed jet stream of your blow dryer. This is where the magic happens!

5. Pulling The Hair Downward At The Crown. The natural inclination is to pull your brush downward, but that will only give you flat results. That just won't do if you want a roaring mane of silky smoothness. Instead, pull your hair up towards the ceiling, imagining a horseshoe shape coming out of your crown. (Stick with us here.) Hair in the horseshoe should always be blasted in an upwards direction, while hair falling below the horseshoe can be styled downwards for smoothness.

6. Holding The Dryer Too Close. It's totally counterintuitive; holding the mouth of the blow dryer right on top of hair doesn't dry it faster, but only leaves tell-tale damage and pouf in its wake. Always dry with a plastic nozzle in place to regulate and direct heat, and keep it at least an inch away from strands. We had to try it to believe it, but it really does speed things along faster by providing a more even dry -- kinda of similar to a rotating dish in a microwave.

7. Holding The Dryer In The Wrong Position. Your goal: keep that nozzle parallel to each section of hair you hit. Otherwise, the heat will irritate and rough up the cuticle, leaving you with flyaways, damage and smoking strands. And by that, we don't mean sexy.

8. Keeping The Dryer Motionless. Some shake, rattle 'n roll is good for your hips, and apparently, your hair too. Keeping that dryer moving ensures that hair will dry at the same rate all over, and it will actually prevent your shoulder and wrist from hurting from the strain of staying in one spot. "To a stylist, this is second nature, and we do it almost subconsciously," says Scrivo.

9. Going Too Fast. "Women often blow-dry..as if they're in some kind of panic. This is not a race against time. Slow down the process, be more methodical and careful," says Scrivo. In fact, if you race through the process, you'll likely find that you need need to keep going back and re-doing sections anyway, wasting more time in the long run. If your hair dries rapidly (lucky you) before you get a chance to style the section, simply keep a spray bottle of water nearby for a refreshing spritz.

10. Not Drying The Hair Completely. This is for the frizz afflicted out there; if the pouf starts growing almost immediately after you've finished blow-drying, it means you didn't dry it 100 percent. Sometimes hair looks done, but is cold to the touch -- which is the dead giveaway that water is still hiding out in there. "Your hair should be room temperature after blow-drying," advises Scrivo.

Taken from: http://main.stylelist.com/2011/04/19/blow-drying-mistakes/

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