There are Seven Wonders Of The Modern World, but your hair dryer should not be one of them.
The pay out on a hair dryer ranges from $30 to $300 bucks, and while scouting the hair care aisle for a new one, I could tell I wasn’t the only one wearing that confuzzled, “Which one do I pick?” sorta look. What exactly are tourmaline and ionic generators? How do motors, watts and heating elements affect the design, quality and price of the hair dryer I ultimately purchase? For an appliance that hasn’t changed much since beehive hairdos were a thing, the features made me feel like I was buying the new Apple iFro.
Tired of shopping blindly, I vowed that the next Ms. Beautyphile episode would explore what all this hi-tech mumbo jumbo meant. To help unfold the mystery, I adopted the identity of Britain’s most infamous spy. A week later I threw on a tux, grabbed a screwdriver, and under the watchful electronic eye of the camera, dissected my Babyliss Pro Volare Ferrari Dryer ($170).
You can imagine how I felt the morning after a long shoot, hair dripping, as I realized I had dismantled my ONLY hair dryer. I may have taken it apart in a classy tux, but I put it back together again in a towel. Oh, the things we do for for science!
So for the love of geekdom, Tina Turner, and hair bands everywhere, here’s my latest episode. Hope you like :D