Why I’m Obsessed with This New Version of Chris Appleton’s Favorite Hairdryer

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Long before celebrity hairstylist Chris Appleton named it one of his favorite hair-care products, the GAMA iQ Perfetto has had a firm grip on my blow-dry routine. With the lightest weight of any other dryer on the market—it weighs 0.65 lbs, about the same as an iPhone 13—it’s powerful, quiet, easy to use, and dries my hair faster than any other tool I’ve ever used. I also get a kick out of seeing it in the hands of many professional expert stylists. Is there a better seal of approval than having the best of the best rely on it as their most trusted tool in their arsenal? So, when the GAMA iQ got a version 2 upgrade, I immediately gave the iQ2 Perfetto ($320) a spin… and the upgrades made it so much better. I became an instant fan, again. 

The Fine Hair Attachment

Thanks to the new Venturi nozzle, I get an unprecedented amount of volume, minus the frizz, with GAMA’s iQ2 Perfetto’s uniquely shaped dryer head. “A diffuser is not going to do much to add volume for thinner, finer hair and a traditional nozzle targets heat, but doesn’t lift,” says GAMA’S marketing director Ana CeVa. “The nozzle’s star shape was designed specifically for sensitive scalps and fine hair. Mimicking the Venturi Effect, it helps distribute the air in a gentler, more evenly fashion throughout the hair, which gives it a fuller look.”

A Smart Pad Standby Feature

For the professional and nonprofessional like myself, having a Smart Pad feature that can put the dryer on “pause,” or standby helps shave minutes off my morning routine. Think of the GAMA Smart Pad like a smartphone charging pad, but instead of charging, it automatically stops. With all the times I switch hands or redirect my round brush, it’s a big energy saver and helps keep me from stop and starts throughout my blow dry.

A ‘Cleaner’ Option

When you think about what our dryers filter out of the air during use, it’s no surprise GAMA focused much of their efforts in upgrading the existing filters to ones unparalleled in the hot tools industry. The iQ2 features two washable, micro-perforated filters that capture the tiniest particles of dirt from reaching the engine, which not only prolongs the life of the dryer, they keep them from getting near your scalp.

It also has Intelligent Auto-Clean technology, which deep cleans the filters with a press of a button by putting the powerful 120,000 rpm engine in reverse. From someone who barely remembers to check regular hair dryer filters, I appreciate a smart dryer that continues to do all of the thinking and work for me.

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