I mentioned that I grew up in a hair salon, didn’t I? And one of the perks of this is always having access to the best products and tools for getting great hair. If I could, I’d put a full salon in my house complete with shampoo bowl and professional grade hair dryer. Funny this is we had this in our house, but we had to turn it back into a bedroom to make space for more people. Booo! Until I have the resources to build a new add-on salon in the back, I am quite content using a portable bonnet hair dryer. I still miss the shampoo bowl though. 🙁
If you want to be able to experiment with a lot of different styles, or if you have long or thick hair, especiall locs, it is important to have a good bonnet hair dryer. You will be able to dry your hair in one to two hours rather than having to schedule an entire day for wash day.
I started out with the Conair dryer described below, but I ended up breaking it out of carelessness. That is when I graduated to the more professional style one that is on a stand with wheels. Keep reading for the pros and cons, and some tips….
Adjustable Height Bonnet Dryer with a Stand on Wheels
After breaking my Conair dryer, I decided to upgrade to a bonnet hair dryer that has its own stand so that I can put it behind any chair and I don’t have to find a special place to sit. Rollabout Hard Hat Dryer costs a bit more, but it has been well worth it, since it feels like I spend half my life under the dryer. I love it. I mean, I really really love it.
Conair Table Top Bonnet Dryer
- Affordable (less than $50, last time I checked)
- Free Shipping from Amazon.
- Heats up fast
- Has variable heat settings
- It works!
- A little noisy
- You have to stay focused on keeping your head down if you want to get the back dry at the same rate as the front.
- Somewhat unstable: As mentioned above, I broke my Conair bonnet hair dryer because… well one of the cons on this dryer is that it is a little front heavy and tends to fall forward if it isn’t resting on a big wide flat surface. So it fell off the chair I had it teetering on the last time I tried to use it. And that was the end of that. Completely my fault, and I wouldn’t call it a quality issue. It was a bad fall.
I still endorse the Conair Bonnet Hair Dryer though, if you don’t quite have the budget for an upgrade to the one on the stand.
Tips for Use:
- Find a comfy chair (or couch) and place a hard surface, such as a short table, behind the chair. The surface should be an inch or two lower than the back of the chair.
- Put your laptop on your lap. (so you keep your head down)
- Put on headphones and watch tv on hulu.com, watch a netflix “watch it now” movie, or of course, you can work.
- If you put in rollers or twists, check on them after a half hour or so to make sure they are drying. If you take out one roller find it is almost, but not quite dry, take them out and let it finish drying without the rollers. (this is what professional stylists do to help the hair dry faster.)
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