Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Conair Blow Dryer - Frizz Free or Poofy Problems?

Yesterday I gave you guys another reason to go shopping (see that post HERE). While that may or may not have been a good idea, I stand by my post and hope that you will see I was merely trying to show you how to shop responsibly. 

I seriously sound like I'm apologizing for taking you guys into a dangerous situation. Good lord, I did a post about a Target clearance sale, let's not get too darn serious here. 

Within the post, I mentioned how I got a Conair 1875 Watt Soft Touch Styler with a diffuser and concentrator attachment. It came in a gorgeous minty teal color - my favorite shades if you couldn't tell by my blog - and for the low price of $5, I purchased it with high hopes it would handle my frizz. 

Now, I understand that a hair dryer needs to be combined with [at least] decent products in order to work at it's fullest potential, which is why I used my handy dandy hair styling products. 

Now my products may differ from your personal products - hence why I don't have any photos of them (but I can add them or do a separate post if you guys are interested) - but the basic thing you should know is that when you're styling with any sort of heat, it's good to start with a good shampoo and conditioner (you can see my pick HERE). You also want to deep condition your hair at least once every two weeks (possibly more frequently if you're using heat every day) to maintain the strength and well-being of your hair (you can see my excellent and cheap DIY hair conditioning treatment HERE). Also a leave-in conditioner can help your hair to remain silky, strong, and shiny, while a heat protectant spray with keep any additional damage to your hair at a minimal. 

When I'm trying to emphasize my wavy curls I add a soft curl mousse, to help them retain their bounce all day long. Normally I just air dry my curls, but my new blow dryer (with the diffuser attachment) is supposed to help me achieve dryer curls in less time, without any frizz. 

After completing my entire hair regimen, I was able to begin the hair diffusing process. I will say that it takes A LOT longer to dry the curls using a diffuser - a hair stylist gave me her recommendation - but in the end I was indeed gifted frizzless curls with bouncy waves. 

How to use a diffuser:
First you'll want to make sure your hair is towel dried. If you try to place any product in your hair with soaking wet hair, you're watering it all down and it will give you a "crunchy" texture in the end. Also, be sure to not put too much product in your hair after towel drying it or, again, you'll have crunchy hair. 

With every defense product applied, put your blow dryer on high heat and high speed. Then grab sections of your hair, place the ends on top of the diffuser, scrunch up the curls to your scalp with the diffuser, and let it sit on your scalp until it's mostly dry. Use precautions and remove it from your head if it starts to get too hot. You don't want to scrunch up and down too much, unless indeed do want a lot of frizz. 

If you take your time and do sections with patience, you'll be left with a messy/beachy style. I realize I didn't take any photos of my hair after doing this process, but no worries, I plan on doing just that tomorrow. It just dawned on me as I started typing this. 

Afterwards you can spritz a thin layer of a soft hairspray to keep the curls/waves in place.

How to use a concentrator:
A concentrator is mostly for when you want voluminous straight hair. It helps you to concentrate (hence the name) the heat into a direct location, allowing you to brush and dry at the same time. This gives you the ability to straighten your hair with less tools. 

To use one, you'll want to have towel dried hair and product already applied throughout your hair. 

Then using [preferably] a rounded brush, begin blow drying on top of the brush as you drag the brush - and blow dryer - downwards. With this process, you'll be going from root to ends. 

Make sure to not go too fast, as brushing too much throughout your hair can create frizz. You don't want to go too slow either though, so you don't burn your scalp for example. It's all about "eye balling" it. You'll want to dry it, without frying it. 

Once you've completed drying your entire head, you can use an oil or de-frizzing creme, to keep any fly aways at bay. I do recommend that you try to keep the oils and cremes away from your scalp, as it can mix with your natural oils and leave you with greasy hair. That's definitely not something you'll be wanting to rock. 

To combat greasy hair you can always use a dry shampoo, which I will be discussing in another blog post (stay tuned for my hair advice). 

After trying both blow drying attachments, I must say that the blow dryer itself is amazing. 

It comes with a "screen protector" of sorts on the backside of the blow dryer, to keep your hair from being sucked it. It also detaches easily, so you can clean out any fuzzy build up that may appear. 

It allows you to style in high heat and low heat, as well as "cold". Using the cold setting is great for "setting" your hairstyle. With a burst of cold hair, it closes the hair follicles, creating a longer lasting style. 

Not only are you allowed to choose the temperature, but you're also allowed to choose speeds. High, low, and of course off. 

A high speed is more for harder to style hair, that you want to give a faster boost while drying. A slower speed is for easy to style hair, that might take less drying time. The speed is just as important as the temperature, as it could mean the difference between "poofy fried frizz ball" and "sleek smooth golden locks". 

Overall I would say that this blow dryer has blown me away. Haha, see what I did there? I made a funny. 

So far the color isn't the only I'm loving about my new hair styling tool and since I've had plenty of positive experience with my other Conair beauties, I don't think this one will be a fail either. At least I hope not!

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