I’m on all those travel industry list-servs, with the advice e-letters basically telling people that they’re jackasses if they take hair dryers in their luggage. Sometimes, the language is even stronger! Well, I can tell you as an experienced travel writer that I do take my hair dryer traveling and recommend Rowenta. I was happy to be hosted to experience it!
The naysayers obviously are unashamed at their hair not looking its best while traveling. Sure, more and more hotels are stocking hair dryers for blow-drying . . . they earn more “stars” that way and can charge more for rooms. But really, the vast, vast majority of hair dryers in hotels seem like they came straight from the flea market. They have as much power as a little baby blowing bubbles through a hoop. You’re not going to get your hair dried in a reasonable length of time and you’re not going to get the benefits of a high-tech, modern hair dryer. I’ve had special occasions in the summertime, when it was too tiring to stand around with a drug-store dryer . . . the humidity in the air seized hold and it was Frizz City!
You’d be surprised when traveling that you often find yourself the subject of photos . . . especially if the venue rarely receives visitors. Having a good hair day will last forever in pics!
Rowenta’s Inspiration Pro™ Auto Sensor™ Hair Dryer is a professional quality dryer. If you’ve never used a professional dryer before, the “gun” part is a little longer than you’re used to. However, the drying time is so shortened with its effective air output, your arm won’t get tired. It features two speeds, three heat settings, and a built-in ionic generator for 35% more airflow, 20% faster drying. The ionic part is what helps your hair shine! It’s got that coveted cold button to set your style, just like the pros! The dryer includes a 1/3” ultra-thin concentrator and a 5” diffuser. The concentrator can help you get pin-straight hair and the diffuser helps with natural hair textures.
Josue Perez s responsible for some of the hottest heads in Hollywood including Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz, Sarah Jessica Parker, Stella McCartney, Katrina Bowden, Quentin Tarantino, Mark Sanchez and more. He was named one of Allure’s hottest rising hairstylists for his haircuts and blowouts. Josue is definitely on his way to the top. His work has been seen on the pages of international magazines including InStyle (US and Germany), Maxim, Marie Claire, Latina, Harper’s Bazaar and is often hailed in “How to get this look” in weeklies and countless magazines and websites. His passion and talent for cutting hair was inspired by his sister, Sally Perez Monterrosa, also respected in the industry. It didn’t take much time while experimenting with his sister’s hairstyling tools to realize this was something he had a natural eye for and quickly excelled at. He started refining his technique at the Ricardo Rojas Madison Avenue Salon in NYC. You can find him now in the Meatpacking District at Serge Normant at John Frieda.
Tips for blow drying from Josue Perez:
1. When you get out of the shower, towel dry hair 50%, leaving it still half-wet. Hair has “porosity” so the leftover dampness/moisture help close hair pores giving it natural shine when blow dryer.
2. For added volume use volumizer spray at the roots and massage it well to the scalp. Blow Dry on a low setting, so hair stays frizz-free while styling.
3. Ionic blow dryers like the Rowenta Inspiration Pro cut drying time up to 20% without using too much heat. The ionic generators protect hair from styling damage and seal in cuticle for fast, frizz-free results.
4. Using a concentrator on the blow dryer allows you to control the air direction, giving you a smother look. Without the concentrator, the dryer will puff the hair cuticle, leading to frizz.
5. Use a smaller ceramic round brush. The smaller brushes will achieve tighter curls and help the style last much longer. Also, ceramic brushes lock in more heat and they stay heated longer for a styling bonus, unlike wood brushes which loose heat faster.
6. The cool shot feature. Most people don’t know how/when/why to use it, but when you blow dry your hair, you’re essentially opening the cuticle allowing it to form (style) in any shape. (open cuticle = frizz). So when hair is dry and wrapped around the brush, finish it off with a shot of cold air. When you remove the brush and it’s slightly tougher to pull out, that means cuticle is sealed in the shape of that brush (frizz-free).
7. Take a break if you have to and practice! So many people give up half way and say it’s too much to do. It’s good to do as much as you can and go do something else that you have to do. When you come back to it, you will feel more eager to finish it and once you loved the results you will become a pro.