This is the first blow dryer I have ever used. I have *very* thick, curly hair and have been letting it air dry for years. I've been worried about damaging my hair and creating frizz, and (don't laugh) never really understood was a diffuser was. Lately, I've been getting sick of having wet hair all day, and I wanted something that would not damage my curls or create frizz.
So far, this dryer has been doing the trick. My hair is looking better than it did from air drying alone. When curly hair is touched during its drying phase, it creates a lot more frizz. By cutting my drying time with this blow dryer, my hair is much more manageable looking and feels healthier.
I feel like this is a pretty standard dryer. It's nothing fancy, but it does what it's supposed to. It has two settings, medium and high heat, and it has a low and high setting for the intensity of the air it blows. It also has a "cold shot," so that you can sort of "freeze" your style. I'm not sure if that really works... Maybe?
Regardless, if you're looking for a blow dryer in the $20 - $30 range. This doesn't disappoint. It does what it's supposed to!
I've never owned a hair dryer in my life. I have long, average-thickness, fine, curly hair. I've always air-dried it, but now that it's getting longer, it takes forever to dry. I'll wash it at 6:00 in the morning and it won't even be dry by 9:00. So, I decided to invest in a hair dryer. The Revlon Tourmaline comes with a diffuser, which is what people with curly hair should use (to prevent direct heat). I'm SO happy I made this purchase, because this gets my hair dry in 25 minutes (still longer than I'd like, but much better than 3 hours), AND it gives it great body and shine! My curls are livelier than ever, and never frizzy.
have been very pleased with the amount of time saved while drying my hair with this blow dryer... i have very thick hair with some natural wave in it. this cuts down the length of time it use to take me to blow dry my hair by more than half! i noticed immediately.. used my old dryer last week when i was at a friends and was sooooo frustrated with the little amount of air used .... this dryer has a lot of air coming out and this helps dry my hair so fast i think
oh here it goes....this is without a DOUBT the BEST hairdryer i have ever owned and trust me i have owned a lot. I bought in in Walmart about 3 weeks ago without reading reviews on it and every day it amazes me what it does. I dry my hair in half the time and the best part is how awesome my hair looks after...usually when i wear my hair straight i would have to run a hair straightener thru my hair after i dry it..well not anymore...my hair is so smooth and frizz free it is amazinggggggggggggggg! Even the next day it still looks great and also, less static which is even more awesome..i can wear scarves again!!
The negative reviews some people are writing about this dryer amaze me cause i just dont get it. some people say it breaks after a year but for 20 bucks?? who cares! id buy another one if it broke in 6 months! I literally have been telling everyone about this dryer. I even told my friends i wold give them their 20 bucks back if they didnt like it....this is a must have for everybody!!
Well, my mom's old hair dryer was getting pretty old. We went to Ulta and bought this hair blow dryer. I fell in love with it! Only $25 at Ulta!!!
At first when I dried my hair straight, I did have some frizz, but my hair relaxes after a few minutes .I used to use some crappy blow dryer and then straighten it which is dumb since I have straight hair.
This leaves your hair light weight and soft. It's not too loud, but it's not as quiet. The hot is too hot for me oddly, but there's luckily a warm setting. It's not too heavy. My arms usually get tired and this definitely didn't tire me. Overall, this blow dryer is really good and inexpensive!
UPDATE(6/6/2012): It's no longer frizzy because I use a different heat portectant. I used to use the Aussie one and it made my hair really rough and frizzy!
If you would've asked me 3 weeks ago to review this I would've given it full stars. However, after a year of use it started to breakdown completely. Now it turns on when it wants to, stops in the middle of my blow-dry 7-10 times! I had purchased the travel one because I travel a lot and for the travel one it refuses to start off in the high setting, it starts off in low and then randomly switches to high heat when it's ready. Both of them with personality disorders and I've used them on multiple plugs so I know it's not the plug.
On the positive, if you have thin fine hair this dryer does the trick, but if you have thick coarse hair that needs a lot of heat to straighten look somewhere else.
Mine was a piece of junk. the nozzle would not stay on whatsoever so although I straighten my hair I was never able to use the nozzle to do so. Plus took forever to dry. Many of the same complaints the other one lippy reviews. Just was way underwhelmed with this purchase Just purchased a T3 for not too much more than i paid for this and the difference is huge!!! My hair is now silkly after a blowout & it took half the time. Really sorry I wanted so long to switch.
Creates a lot of body and volume to my hair. I would purchase a different brand of blow dryer after this one dies on me, but for now it gets the job done. Love it.
I never thought I would be writing a review for a hairdryer, but here I am! This hairdryer is awesome and needs to be praised in a review! My 6 year old dryer died (a Revlon one as well) so I went searching for a new one. I did a Google search and an online Consumer Report rated this in the top 3, even against the $200 professional dryers out there. Plus it was like $27 at Ulta so I was sold. It comes with 2 attachments---a diffuser and a nozzle. I haven't tried either but if you are a person that requires a dryer that comes with these, it does.
What it claims:
-decreases blow dry time
-leaves your hair shiny and smooth
What I found:
-For me, it took just as long to dry my hair if not a few minutes longer. No big deal, but definitely didn't reduce time.
-It weighs slightly less than my previous (6 year old) dryer. I have a feeling most dryers probably weigh less nowadays as compared to older models. It didn't wow me with it's lightness.
-As for noise, it's average. No more, no less than any other dryer.
-Now for the kicker....the smoothness and shine of my hair!!!! YES YES YES! This actually made me say "wow!" out loud after I was done. I have course, very wavy, thick hair. This sucker got my hair smooth! I still need to use a flat iron afterward but my hair is nowhere near the poof that it was in the past after drying. I definitely recommend this to others!
This review will pit the T3 Featherweight (full size, not travel size) against the Revlon RV544 Ionic Tourmaline (which is a dupe for it). I actually ended up with TWO brand new Revlon's (long story) so decided to try them both out against a brand new T3.
T3 is a tiny bit quieter on the "High" setting than Revlon on the "High" setting. It is only imperceptibly quieter on the "low" setting than Revlon, so T3 wins for quietness but only by the *tiniest bit*.
Weight: On a scale, the T3 weighs 1 lb; heavier than either of the the Revlons which consistently weighed 0.8 lb each. I can tell by holding them a short time, that the Revlon is lighter so I was not surprised this was the case when put on the scales. Incidentally, I weighed the dryer itself with its nozzle attachment (not diffuser attachment) with the cord hanging off the scale. I did not weigh the entire product which would also include the cord and plug.
Dry time is for very long, thick, layered hair (Longest point is just beyond bra strap. Tresemme Heat protectant sprayed in prior to drying unless otherwise noted. No other products used until after blow drying):
1) 17 min 29 seconds. (blow hair straight)
2) 24 min 30 seconds (approx) Blow out with curling
3) 18 min 14 (approx) Blow out with curling
Dry time with Revlon #1:
1) 17 min 14 seconds. (but I forgot to put on the heat protectant though - hair blow straight)
2) 18 min 28 seconds (Blow out with curling)
compared with Revlon #2
1) 17 min 29 seconds (Blow out with curling)
2) 19 min (Blow out with curling, but rolled 1st layer under this time so it took longer as I'm not used to that)
Overall impressions: Several times during my first hairdry with the T3, I turned off the dryer accidentally due to the placement and size of the buttons. This dryer gets VERY hot, so much so that I could simply not tolerate it for long periods of time on the "high" setting. Even in the wintertime, with the window open and the bathroom door open, I was breaking out in a sweat (and I *like* hot weather!). Anyway, the fact that the T3 gets so uncomfortablely hot may have contributed to its slower dry time when compared to the Revlons. I cannot imagine using the T3 in the summertime when it is hot; right now is the dead of winter!!
Although the Revlon puts the buttons in the same location as the T3, the buttons are "flatter" and I did not have the problem of accidentally turning it off as I did with the T3. Other impressions: The T3 has a very long cord; about 2 feet longer than the Revlon; I can see how some folks would like this feature although I don't need such a long cord. The Revlon comes with both the nozzle and a diffuser attachment included which I love. Although the T3 comes with a nozzle, you need to separately purchase the diffuser attachment. I think it runs for approx $25 more.
My personal pick:
Revlon RV544. On my hair, it does a better, FASTER job. It is 20% lighter than the T3, easier for me to use as I don't keep shutting it off accidentally, and it does not get uncomfortably hot - all of which are true of the T3. Also, it is $170 less than the T3, although I happened to get both of these products for free from ULTA, thus price was not the issue. I chose the Revlon because it works better for me, not because it is cheaper.