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Review | Vidal Sassoon Shine Envy Hot Air Styler


You may have already seen the Babyliss Hot Big Hair Hot Air doing the rounds on YouTube and I initially thought this Vidal Sassoon styler would work along the same lines. From what I can see from demos of it, they're quite different as this barrel doesn't rotate making it a bit easier to use for hair styling novices or super lazy people like me!

I had visions of creating a Kate Middleton flicky blow dry, but I had to manage my expectations downwards after the first five minutes wrestling with it. It's 1000W so does actually dry hair quite effectively, but I found it much more time consuming that my usual technique of tipping my head upside down and going at it with a normal hairdryer. 

If your hair requires a bit more styling effort than this - if you HAVE to blow dry it properly with a big round barrel brush every time, then this is much easier to handle than a brush and blow dryer and you'll only be left with one dead arm rather than two!

This styler would work best on short to mid length hair - I think mine is slightly too long and therefore too heavy to create any meaningful volume.  I'd also recommend using it on at least 50% dry hair - unless you have a lot of time to devote to hair styling!

The large attachment - 50mm - is best for drying hair quickly, the smaller 25mm barrel works best for creating flicky curly ends and creates a straight style with more volume that poker straight flat ironing.  

Overall it gave me a bit more volume at the crown, but you have to watch how you position the barrel.  The ends look much more 'finished' than usual thanks to the ionic generator to eliminate frizz.  If you've got silky, smooth hair already that you struggle to volumise I'd stay away from Ionic stylers as they tend to just flatten the hair.  I had an iconic hairdryer years ago and chucked it as my hair felt practically greasy after drying it.  Thankfully the Vidal Sassoon ionic technology doesn't do this. 

The Vidal Sassoon Shine Envy Hot Air Styler* is £39.99 (as of 07/02/2013 it's got £5 off) and exclusive to Argos.

 


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  2. Your hair looks lovely by the way but I would be too lazy to use this as well :) great make up too,you look stunning! X

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    1. Thanks, I think I may have caught my better side ha x

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  3. Gosh your hair is so long and shiny, and its such a beautiful shade :)
    xxx
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    1. Thanks, I'm growing out my natural colour after years of sporadic highlights

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  4. I'm so glad I read this review - I've been tempted by one of these but I'm rubbish with styling and from what you've said I don't think I'd get great results based on my crappy technique and very heavy and flat hair! Your hair looks lovely though :)

    Gem xx

    flutterandsparkle.com

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    1. Yeah sadly it wasn't ground breaking for me, although the finish was better than a normal homespun blowdry. I'm keen to try the Babyliss big hair contraption I've seen some good results on other blogs from that one. In the meantime though, I think drying your hair as you do normally and then finishing off the ends with a large barreled tong would give a fab effect x

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  5. You have lovely hair, long and shinny one. I love our hair. Thanks for the post gal.

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  7. I prefer If you curl your hair style you looks more cute.

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  8. You have long and shiny gorgeous hair.

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