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Just tried my new Parlux hairdryer for the first time and it is a revelation !

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SweetFelicityArkwright Fri 18-Apr-14 13:46:58

Bought a Parlux 385 hairdryer based on all the positive comments I've seen both here and elsewhere about them in the hopes it would help tame my hair. I was fairly sceptical as I have very thick, long hair that is curly and frizzy left to its own devices. I usually just rough dry it, after which it is a dry frizzy mess ( my ds says it makes me look like Robert Plant on a bad day ) and only looks reasonable after I use straighteners.
Just dried my hair with the Parlux and was amazed at the difference. Just rough dried it as usual so I could compare it to my old drier and even so I could actually, for the first time ever, have ventured out without having to use straighteners. It was pretty much straight all over with the exception of a couple of slightly wavy bits at the front, but the waves were soft and actually looked ok rather than my usual frizzy blow drying aftermath. If I had taken time to use a brush as I dried, then I think it would all be straight.
But my hair is not just straight, the condition is better too, both soft and shiny which I have never had before after blow drying. The hairdryer has ceramic ionic technology which I hadn't expected to do much really but the combination of that and the higher power of the dryer have transformed my hair.
I have never had a professional quality dryer before and thought that the extra price wouldn't be justified by its performance and expected that I would probably be disappointed as my hair is so unruly but have to say I am absolutely amazed at the difference a better hairdryer has made.

iwantavuvezela Fri 18-Apr-14 13:54:21

Which model did you get. I really need to update my 20 year old boots one! I have read great revies n around.

iwantavuvezela Fri 18-Apr-14 13:55:07

Oops just realised you did post model, will google it

SweetFelicityArkwright Fri 18-Apr-14 14:05:30

It's the Parlux 385 bought online from Parlux uk, who delivered it quickly, my only criticism being that the packaging was a bit inadequate - just in a Jiffy bag but although the Parlux box inside was a bit crushed, the dryer was ok.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 18-Apr-14 15:18:10

They're fab aren't they? I've had mine 2 years and I'd never buy another make now. I have the bog standard one without the ionic thingy.

Snog Sat 19-Apr-14 18:52:50

I have the ionic one...dries extra fast and softer and shinier too. Definitely worth the money imo.

Elsiequadrille Sat 19-Apr-14 19:21:44

I've never heard of these. Am very tempted by the ionic one.

ChoccyBunny Sun 20-Apr-14 11:09:29

I bought a parlux 3800 compact ionic one a few weeks ago and it has been very good. Although weirdly it doesn't seem to get as hot as my old hairdryer (which actually started to melt itself, so maybe a good thing).

Not meaning to hijack your thread OP, but does your dryer get hot enough? Mine does the job, just seems quite cool compared to previous dryers.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sun 20-Apr-14 17:45:32

My one gets roasting, compact 3500 or something.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 21-Apr-14 10:16:31


SweetFelicityArkwright Mon 21-Apr-14 11:34:19

I've only used it once so far and it seemed quite hot but then my previous dryer was ancient and one that someone had left in our flat when they moved, so not much to compare with. Will report back when I've tried it again.
I would normally have had to wash my hair again before now, mainly because even with daily straightening it would have become too unruly but it has stayed straight enough that I have not really had to bother straightening it, which is amazing for me.
Slightly worried that if I wash it again the spell will be broken and I'll find the hairdryer isn't the miracle it seemed to be and I was just having my first ever, never to be repeated, good hair days !

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 21-Apr-14 12:57:05

I do find as it's so powerful I need to use a protective serum when blow drying.

polyhymnia Mon 21-Apr-14 14:07:03

Anyone have a Parlux who, like me, has short choppy hair which needs rough drying with some volume ( my hair is fine). If so, what model do you recommend, please?

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 21-Apr-14 14:36:27

My ds has short choppy hairgrin he uses my one and it works fine.

Slackgardener Mon 21-Apr-14 19:37:25

I got one but I think it's no better than my old hairdryer, it's fine but it wasn't worth the extra cost, my hair is exactly the same as it was. sad

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 21-Apr-14 20:01:23

I'm surprised,I had a Toni and Guy one before and the parlux is 10x better and more powerful.

Toofattorun Mon 21-Apr-14 20:04:44

SweetFelicity - Can I ask you where you bought it from?

Where did you other lovely ladies buy yours and did it have a European or uk plug?

Toofattorun Mon 21-Apr-14 20:07:14

I was about to buy the 3800 and now that I've read this thread I need the 385 but I've read that a lot of them have a European two pinned plug.

On when I go to pay by paypal the price goes down which is odd. I don't if it can be trusted...

Toofattorun Mon 21-Apr-14 20:09:06

Sorry I've just seen that you got it from Parlux - did you pay by paypal?

ChoccyBunny Mon 21-Apr-14 20:33:16

Sorry, mine is the compact 3200 ceramic ionic one. And it's hot, but not very very hot - I don't use any heat protecting serums or anything like that. And it doesn't take any longer to dry my hair than with my old dryer.

I bought mine through and got a free hairbrush with the purchase. Paid using a credit card. UK plug.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 21-Apr-14 20:36:36

I think mine was from look fantastic iirc.

Toofattorun Mon 21-Apr-14 22:12:19

Thank you Dame and Choccy! smile

lovelychops Mon 21-Apr-14 22:15:16

Are they very expensive?

Slackgardener Mon 21-Apr-14 23:00:18

They are obscenely expensive...mine was £88, it was meant to dry my hair quicker and leave it less fuzzy, had it worked it like that it would gave been worth every penny...but it didn't.....still it dries my hair and it's a lovely colour!

ChishandFips33 Mon 21-Apr-14 23:17:44

Yes I noticed it doesn't seem as hot!! The full speed seems a little warmer hotter but my goodness I get blown away!! and anything within a few metres!

Dries in half the time though and I only ever rough dry/head upside down then tame with straighteners or babyliss hot air styler so not complaining :-)

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