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Which hairdryer for long, thick, dry, frizzy hair. Parlux? Which one please?

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trickydickie Sun 04-Sep-16 16:57:50

This is really for my daughter. She has such thick frizzy hair. She also has it really long.
We have been persevering with the curly girl method but after a few months I still can't get rid of the frizz on the first 10 inches from her scalp down.

She's 11 and wants long swishy hair. I have babyliss big hair and her hair was nice but only lasted a day and took forever to do. I want to be able to blow dry her hair and it look nice for a few days. I also have a 14 yr old DD with similar hair and my hair is quite thick too. So will get my money's worth out of the hair dryer. Oh and an 8 year old dd.

What parlux would you recommend? I was thinking of getting the parlux 3200 ceramic iconic thingy one. I can see there are quite a few so a bit confused. Thanks.

mrssmith79 Sun 04-Sep-16 17:13:46

I've got the 3800. Still have to use straighteners but it does make a huge difference to drying times and frizz. I've got the diffuser attachment too for curly days and it's fab.

trickydickie Sun 04-Sep-16 18:01:36

Mrs thanks for reply. I was hoping not to have to straighten her hair after. Though straightening her hair takes me 1 hour and 15 mins. I've done it about twice!

What diffuser did you get Mrssmith - just to find out what diffuser would fit a parlux? Thanks.

duffbeergoggles Sun 04-Sep-16 18:49:15

I bought a Diva XLPro professional diffuser. It's HUGE and fits my hair into the cup very easily - and no frizz. I bought it after asking about the hairdryer and diffuser used at Spring hair salon where I made a pilgrimage went to have my hair cut for the first time this Summer.

trickydickie Sun 04-Sep-16 20:17:21

duff = thank you. Does your diffuser fit on a parlux? Or is yours one of the diffusers that is attached to the hairdryer.

I really want to get her a hair dryer that gives a reasonable professional looking finish. I need something to sort out the frizz on the hair nearest the scalp.

HairsprayQueen Sun 04-Sep-16 20:30:57

I have the 3800 and it's done nothing for my frizzy thick hair, it certainly wasn't the life changer mumsnet told me it would be!

HairsprayQueen Sun 04-Sep-16 20:33:23

Do you have thick plate straighteners op? I have the wider size ghds and they seem to straighten my hair lots quicker than narrower ones (mine are really old now, not sure if ghds are the best now)

MrsHerculePoirot Sun 04-Sep-16 20:34:51

I got the parlux 3800 Eco and love it. I still use my straighteners and did not believe what a difference it has actually made. Deffo dries smoother.

couldntlovethebearmore Sun 04-Sep-16 20:36:14

I'm confused- if she wants it straightened and blow dried why are you using a diffuser?

BengalCatMum Sun 04-Sep-16 20:56:11

For curly frizzy hair; never blow dry, and especially not diffuse.
I know for an 11 year old this is not practical daily.

But maybe trial it on a weekend day when she can let it dry naturally in the warmth of her home, or outside while still summer and see how it goes. For special occasions, its good to know.

Once out of the shower, tangle teeze and then apply Moroccan Oil starting at the ends, and just crunch ends in your hand palm a couple of times to try to get curls to group together IYSWIM; and then using the residue left overs on hands to smooth from the roots. Leave to dry naturally. Never brush after this, try not to fiddle with it. The drying needs to be based on the natural curl your hair wraps into when going between dry and wet. This is your natural shape of curl and it will try to go back to it through frizz if its not already in that shape.

It sounds confusing, but I think you will get what I mean when you try it.

As well as avoiding all heat if you can; hairbands can be really bad for causing breakages and frizz. Try to get the soft ones, without a metal or joining bit. The ones I currently use are from H&M and look like someone got some leggings and chopped it into strips so they are stretchy soft fabric IYSWIM, with no join.

If you can't avoid all heat, then the first 3/4 of drying is a lot less damaging that the last 1/4. So if you are using heat best to use a low temperature and use it to start the drying than to finish.

Best of Luck
(From someone who was the only curly in my household, who's mother hadn't a clue, and who took 25 years to figure out how to get the best from my curly locks)

BengalCatMum Sun 04-Sep-16 21:00:49

Oh sorry, I see now you want the straight look.

Sorry, this is why you have the scalp frizz, its probably from the heat.

Morrocan Oil is a lifesaver though and might still help, not sure how that fits into a drying process though. But a hairdresser will be able to advise whether before or after the drying.

Pisssssedofff Sun 04-Sep-16 21:23:52

I have curly hair, if she really wants it straight and swishy would she have it cut ? Mine was manageable at shoulder length. Just on a practical level you can't be spending an hour or so a day on hair surely

trickydickie Sun 04-Sep-16 22:12:08

Hairspray= Yes I have similar hair to my DD so have the thick plated ghd's. I just don't want to be straightening her hair with straightners every few days. It is also so time consuming.

Bengal= what you are saying sounds very like the curly girl method. I have always until a few months ago used moroccan oil/argan oil on her hair. The problem is if I put a bit on her roots her hair looks greasy. I appreciate I am probably putting too much on the roots. With that oil it is so hard to get the amount right. I actually began to think it was probably a build up of the morrocan oil that was causing the totally frizziness on the top of her head. So I stopped using morrocan oil when I started the curly girl method with her hair. According to curly girl frizz is just a curl waiting to happen.

Pissed - you are right. I don't have time to spend an hour on dd's hair a day. Which is why I thought if I bought this hair dryer people raved about I could blow dry her hair twice a week (hopefully each blow dry only taking half an hour). One hour doing the whole week. No at the moment because I don't have time to straighten her hair every day or for her to do the curly girl method every morning her hair just looks a bit mad.

She has taken to pulling it into a bun over the last few days.

In my first year class photo at secondary I look like some kind of Afghan hound with my crazy puffy, frizzy mop sad. I am trying to avoid that for dd.

trickydickie Sun 04-Sep-16 22:14:52

Pissed - I would love for her to get it cut. Even just to should length would make it much more manageable. She refuses to get it cut. We have managed to convince her twice over the last 3 years to get it cut. It is far too long.

biscuitkumquat Sun 04-Sep-16 22:18:41

OP, I have the same issue, but when I use the Babylis my hair will stay frizz free until I next wash it, because I use a silk pillowcase.

I put my hair up in a bun at night, then sleep on the silk & it doesn't frizz it up overnight, something to do with the fibres.

trickydickie Sun 04-Sep-16 22:46:21

Thanks biscuit. I forgot the silk pillowcase is another thing the curly girl method advocate. I will try that too. Thanks for the advice.

BengalCatMum Sun 04-Sep-16 23:12:23

I just checked out the curly girl.

My method is like that; except I do wash with shampoo and use Moroccan oil which I think does have the silicone/sulphates.

To get the right amount of oil, I put it on with the pump (3 pumps for shoulder length) when its dripping wet, and then scrunch out the water and I feel this throws some product off too so probably wasting quite a bit but its the only way I know then I only smooth down the roots when my hands are all watery and with some oil residue left after scrunching.

I am excited by this no shampoo method though, might give it a go if I can afford pure Argan oil one day. Maybe this will be a christmas treat to myself grin

BengalCatMum Sun 04-Sep-16 23:16:57

Also it goes a bit set and shiny (which is what you may be seeing as greasy); but if you shake your head a few times upside down and then put your hands under your hair like near your ears (when right way up) and kind of pat them in and out a bit to break it up then that helps the 'greasy' look you might mean.

Its in the end of this curly girl video I found...
But she re-scrunchs rather than kind of flaps her hands in and out grin haha
Talks about it at 4:16

trickydickie Sun 04-Sep-16 23:27:44

Thanks Bengal. Might get her to give that a go. Though think I will get the 3800 purlex dryer. Even if it doesn't help dd's hair or too time consuming, I would use it on mine and my other 2 daughter's occasionally.

mrssmith79 Mon 05-Sep-16 07:11:32

Sorry for the late reply blush but I got the parlux diffuser. Bought it with the dryer on Amazon in a bundle deal. It's quite small as diffusers go, but it's great.

SavoyCabbage Mon 05-Sep-16 07:30:45

My dd sleeps in a sleep bonnet like this which has made a massive difference to her hair.

She doesn't/can't straighten it as it looks frizzy and damaged when it's straight and much better when it's curly.

She does follow some of the the curly girl method. We use sulphate free products (tresseme with the coconut on the front) and once a week she sleeps with coconut oil on her hair.

duffbeergoggles Mon 05-Sep-16 08:47:07

The DIVA is a universal diffuser and will fit a parlux. But I bought the Valera Turbo 8200 ionic dryer and its fab.

I disagree that using a diffuser makes frizz worse. Up till a month ago I hadn't used any kind of heat on my curly hair for 30 years precisely because of the frizz factor. But now I know otherwise.

i think its about the products and handling of the hair. I use Trepadora products and I have no frizz, no crunchiness, no build up. I have also used Deva Curl which is good too.

I sleep in a silk bonnet and it helps keep the curls intact so in the morning I can refresh my hair.

DoneRacing Mon 05-Sep-16 08:55:15

Keratin blow dry, the best thing I've ever done for my hair. Makes it softer, smoother, swisher and no hairdryer will ever come close to the result I'm afraid.

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