67% would repurchase
on 1/11/2019 6:23:00 PM
More reviews by ChicagoSandy
This is my second W8Less driver. What was wrong with the first one? Was it broken or lost? Nope. My son loved it so much that when he moved out to his own place he took it with him!So I was in the market for a new dryer, but the Dyson was too pricey (and the reviews mixed), my previous SpeedFreak's housing cracked and its intake filter cover fell off and couldn't click back securely into place; and its successor the T2's heat function stopped working just after its warranty expired. I've never had good results with drugstore brands like Conair, Revlon or Hot Tools--either too underpowered (no better than travel or wall-mounted hotel dryers) or didn't de-frizz as the "tourmaline" and "ion" features promised.This is cheaper than the BaByLiss, CHI and Elchim models (all >$100, some nearly $200), but it gets the job done. Is it weightless? No. Though it weighs more than a folding travel dryer it's way lighter than the pro models I've seen stylists use. Is it sophisticated-looking or feature-laden? No, but it gets the job done--and dries my hair faster than its brandmate SpeedFreak. Fast enough to keep the frizz at bay without damage. I have long, fine, thin (gee thanks, menopause) color-and-keratin-treated hair. Do I have to use a styler (flatiron or hot-air brush) afterward? Usually--I like to shower & wash my hair at night, putting it up in a clip to keep it off my neck as I sleep. My neck--and to some extent scalp--sweats due both to age and the anti-estrogen drug I must take to avoid or delay breast cancer recurrence. And since those keratin treatments every 3-4 months are a big investment, I must be careful to avoid letting anything with sodium chloride near my hair lest it strip out the keratin. Sodium chloride=salt, with which sweat is loaded. So when I get up in the morning, there are usually creases or unwanted waves that ruin the sleek straight look for which I spend megabucks on keratin treatments. (At 68, I am totally mystified by those fashionable "beachy waves" that make even the priciest cuts look like they were done by nearly-blind amateurs). So I haul out my trusty CHI flatiron (which I had to replace...after 15 years) and hit the trouble spots with a few passes. And on days when I wash, dry and style in one fell swoop, I can often even skip the iron in favor of a $30 heated ionic smoother brush.Cheaper dryers take forever. My stylist uses a Dyson--which he says I don't need (he suggested I might like the Airwrap, but it's backordered everywhere, costs as much as a used car and has lukewarm reviews). The W8Less gets my hair from not-quite dripping to dry in 5-8 minutes, For the life of me, I can't understand what the upscale models would give me, other than a slimmer bank account.
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on 9/4/2018 12:17:00 AM
More reviews by Marydaniels2
Love it works great on thick frizzy hair.
on 8/11/2018 1:51:00 PM
More reviews by blueblueblueee
This is my first non-drugstore blow dryer, and it really disappointed me. I started blow drying my hair again almost two years ago, and for the first year I used the Conair Infiniti Pro. I actually liked it, but figured that if I'm blow drying my hair twice a week I should invest in something better. I chose the Rusk Speed Freak based on the MUA reviews. I've used the Rusk now for about a year and I really, really wanted to like it, but it has slowly dawned on me that it...isn't that good. For one thing, all the settings are hotter than they need to be. The highest setting on the Rusk is *way* too hot to use, so that gives me one less option. I think I tried it a couple of times and my hair looked dull, dry and awful - it clearly was doing some damage. I occasionally use the medium setting, but that's still pretty damn hot so I only use it for short blasts on hair that's more damp. Even the lowest setting is similar to the medium setting on my Conair. And the "cool blast" button on the Rusk is actually still kind of warm, so I'm not sure it has the same effect as a cool button that actually results in cold air. I almost exclusively use the lowest heat setting on the Rusk, because it's the only one that doesn't feel like it's scorching my hair (or make my hair look scorched afterwards).Even using the lowest setting on the Rusk, I think my hair looks duller than when I used my cheapo Conair one for blowouts. Does it dry my hair faster than the Conair? Sure, but honestly, not by that much. It's pretty fast I guess if you use the hottest setting, but the resulting blowout is not really want you want, especially if you already have damaged hair.I bleach my hair so damage from heat styling is a concern, and recently I did something dumb and my hair is more compromised than usual. I'm not going to stop blow drying my hair, but I knew I had to abandon the Rusk blow dryer and go back to my cheap, trusty Conair one, where I can actually do most of my blow drying with very low heat and minimal damage. And, I really do think my hair looks silkier and healthier in general after a blowout than with the Rusk.I think the only reason I continued using the Rusk Speed Freak until now is that I didn't want to believe I wasted money on a blow dryer, but it is what it is. This one *might* be a good bet for people with really strong or virgin hair, but I don't think I'd recommend it for those with color treated or otherwise compromised hair who want to limit the damage of heat styling. You'll probably find, like me, that you pretty much have one usable setting with the Rusk Speed Freak.
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on 7/22/2018 8:52:00 PM
More reviews by noomitje8
I got this on a discount at TJ Maxx, so decided to try it. For whatever reason-THIS STUFF DOES NOT DRY! I have to blowdry For over twice as long as I normally do. Once I get it to dry my hair looks very full and non-crunchy and great. So that’s good. But that lasts For about 3 hours until it collapses again and looks Greasy limp. Clearly it doesn’t work For my very fine hair. Will not be using up the bottle - I’m going back to my HG john frieda root lifter!
on 4/17/2018 10:31:00 PM
More reviews by natashik1
Unexpectedly great product. Bought it on a whim, and ended up loving it. It is perfect for my fine, highlighter hair! The only complaint is the bottle size (too small) and the smell (could be better, smells like old fruit or something lol) It does the job, but a better scent and bigger size would make it perfect.
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