You’ve probably asked yourself what is the point of all these types of hair dryers available on the market. Do all the differences between them really matter or you can obtain the same results regarding of the dryer you are using?
Well, we’d be lying if we wouldn’t admit there are marketing reasons involved as well. They have to justify price differences somehow. But aside from that, there are indeed several types of dryers and technologies you can choose from, because there are several types of hair, each with its needs. There’s curly hair, frizzy hair, oily, thick hair, fine hair and so on.
Main types of hair dryers
Based on the materials in them, you can find 3 common types of hair dryers: tourmaline dryers, titanium dryers and ceramic dryers.
Tourmaline hair dryers – tourmaline is a gemstone and hair dryers made of tourmaline are usually useful for people who have frizzy hair, thick and curly hair. They are praised for the fact that they can reduce your drying time by half and they leave your hair shiny and healthy looking. They are a bit pricey though, so do have that in mind.
Titanium hair dryers – are also indicated for people with thick hair, because they can get pretty hot and they can damage fine hair. They are also very fast and dry your hair even faster than tourmaline dryers. Titanium dryers are very comfortable to hold for longer periods of time because they are lightweight. That is why people with long hair should definitely consider them.
Ceramic hair dryers – These are the most common and affordable type of dryers you can find. They are the most versatile of the three and are good for pretty much all hair types. The best results however can be noticed on fine or dry hair.
Aside from materials, technology used in hair dryers is also important. The most common technologies you’ll hear about are infrared and ionic.
Infrared dryers use a consistent and even heat that dries your hair from the inside out and are a great choice for people with fine and thin hair.
You might hear about ionic dryers regardless of the material of the dryer (whether it is ceramic, tourmaline or titanium). These dryers generate negatively charged ions that break down the positive water molecules. The effect is that your hair will dry faster while still retaining its moisture. Thus, your hair will feel smooth and silky. People with frizzy or dry hair will benefit the most from this technology.
Elchim 3900 – Is it a good hair dryer to consider?
The Elchim 3900 is a very famous and professional hair dryer manufactured by the Italian company Elchim. The company is one with tradition and experience in the hair care products/tools industry. Elchim has been on the market for more than 70 years and it is currently based in Milano.
Elchim 3900 is a high-end hair dryer. If you are on a tight budget, this dryer is probably not for you, as it costs around $180.
Specifications of the Elchim 3900
- Weight: 1.09 pounds
- Dimensions: 7.1 X 8.5 X 3.5 inches
- Settings: 3 heat settings and 2 speed settings
- Power: 2000W
- Cable length: 9 feet
Design and features
The Elchim 3900 looks chubby and bulky when you first see it. But don’t let that fool you, because it is very ergonomic, light enough to be held for a longer period of time and comfortable because of its good grip. The hair dryer is available in 7 colors: black, rose gold, white, yellow and more.
Although we found the 3900 light and comfortable enough, you can go even lighter with their ‘Light Ceramic Ionic’ version of the dryer.
The Elchim 3900 has a 9 feet long cable and comes with 2 concentrator nozzles. They are easy to attach and have a quick-lock system. There’s no diffuser included in the package though, which is a drawback considering the price of the dryer. If you do want a diffuser though, you can buy Elchim’s 2 in 1 Cocoon diffuser, for approximately $24.
The Elchim 3900 is a bit of an enigma when it comes to power vs. noise level. It is a beast, packing 2000W of power, while still being impressively silent, thanks to its built-in silencer.
The dryer is made of ceramic and uses ionic technology that eliminates static electricity, dries your hair fast and keeps it hydrated. Elchim boasts on the dryer reducing drying time by up to 30%. After drying your hair with the ‘Healthy Ionic’, as the company calls it, your hair will indeed look glossy and healthy.
Moreover, the Elchim 3900 also uses infrared heat, which, as we’ve already mentioned it, is great for people with fine, fragile hair.
The dryer has 3 heat settings and 2 speed settings and that much appreciated “Cold air” button, as well.
Pros of the Elchim 3900
The Elchim 3900 is definitely a professional hair dryer and has all the characteristics of a premium product. The cable in long enough, the dryer is not noisy, it is really fast, protects your hair and makes it glossy and healthy looking. It is a powerful dryer, an ergonomic one and comes in various colors, so you can opt for the one you like best.
Cons of the Elchim 3900
Our only two complaints regarding the Elchim 3900 are its price and the lack of a diffuser. While there are even more insanely priced dryers out there, the Elchim 3900 is also a bit too expensive for some people. And if you are going to pay almost $200 for a hair dryer, you shouldn’t have the disappointment of the missing diffuser once you open the box.
Overall, the Elchim 3900 is a premium hair dryer. Not everybody will afford it or will be willing to pay what it costs, but if you do choose to invest in it, it won’t disappoint you. It is fast, light, comfortable and protects the health of your hair.