The Drugstore Blow-Dryer You’re About to See Everywhere

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When I know I have a big day coming up—be it one filled with meetings, a dinner date or a work event I want to look my best for—I always plan for it to be a “second-hair day” (i.e. the day after I shampoo my hair). Reason being: My locks tend to look less frizzy and my curls fall a lot more like I want them to the day after I wash and dry my hair. And while this may sound weird to some, I know I’m not alone, as, “I hate second-day hair!” followed with a spritz of dry shampoo or texturizing spray can be overheard almost daily around the office.

This has been my norm for years, so I didn’t think swapping out my tools would rectify the “problem” and allow me to love my first-day strands, too. (I’ve tried many a blow-dryer and curling wand, and no matter how many zeros get tacked onto the end of the price tag, the results have been the same for me.) If you fall into the same boat, I may have found your solution.

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When the new InfinitiPro by Conair 3QMS Dryer ($80) landed on my desk for testing, it initially caught my eye because of its pink opalescent hue that’s just begging to be photographed (a definite change of pace for usual blow-dryers that get stowed away right when you’re finished with them). Once I got to reading some of the key features the dryer had to offer—frizz reduction due to the brand’s Frizz Defense conditioning ions, faster drying and fewer heat spots and damage thanks to 70 percent more air pressure, plus an uptick in shine and smoothness—I couldn’t wait to take it for a test-drive.

It didn’t take long for me to fall for this dryer, but I wanted to give it a good run (I’m constantly rotating new hair products so I wanted to ensure the benefits were from the dryer, not the different formulas I apply to my tresses) before I officially called it. Fast-forward to five shampoos later, I am officially hooked. Not only has my styling time been cut in half, which is a win in itself, but my hair is so much smoother and more lustrous and that when I’m done blowing it out, I don’t even reach for my flat iron on the days I feel like rocking sleek strands instead of my usual waves. Another benefit I noticed was that the concentrator nozzle was wider than most I’ve seen—it was almost the length of my round brush—which assisted in the quick drying, but also in curbing excess heat damage as multiple passes were rarely needed.

Since trying this dryer, my $300+ options have been gifted to my mom and sister, and my hair—even on the first day—is looking better than ever. Who knew all this could come from a drugstore dryer? Watch out, department-store options, Conair is here to give you a run for your money.  

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