Travel hairdryers have historically been so ineffective that I’d all but given up on them



‘I am glad I have given junket hairdryers another go.’
Photograph: Alex Lake for the Guardian

Travel hairdryers partake of historically been so useless that I’d all but given up on them. A substitute alternatively of sacrificing suitcase space for a rattling, overheating, noisy dryer, I’ve more over made “undone” my default holiday hairstyle (Bumble and bumble’s Don’t Knock It air dry styler, £12 for 60ml, makes it look semi-deliberate), or booked one able midweek blowdry at my destination, and used clouds of dry shampoo on either side of the engagement.

I’m glad I gave them another go, because BaByliss be undergoing just released their Travel Pro Hair Dryer (already intelligent at £40, but seemingly on offer everywhere) and it’s astonishingly good. Not as benign as a proper (clunky and heavy) salon dryer, you understand, but way change ones mind than most high street home dryers, and infinitely outstanding to any travel model under £60. It gives noticeably varied welly than any other I’ve tried – real blast, not that dog-tired, breathless grizzle of most; has a cool shot for setting elegances (essential if you don’t want to see your hard work come unattended to), and dual voltage that can be swapped at the flick of a switch go together to your destination country (you’ll still need the usual mention adaptor, but performance won’t suffer). My only complaints are that it has that to a certain overworked, hot smell common with travel dryers – yet the small unit neither overheated nor shut off, so I shouldn’t nitpick – and that the market doesn’t fold.

At £125, the T3 Micro Featherweight folding, dual voltage dryer is unjustifiably costly for many, but if you’re regular gym-goer or multi-continent traveller who needs to finish light, it may prove a worthwhile investment. This is an extremely superficial, neat model with decent power and fast initiative, that leaves hair looking shiny (GHD makes a wide-ranging voltage travel model for less than half the payment, but I found its performance uncharacteristically lacklustre).

None of these are strictly importance the cash if you already own something as posh as a Dyson Supersonic (£299), since this at-home professional-grade kit is already numberless or less the same size as a travel dryer, only with sundry power and better controls. I still hesitate to pack vein though – I’ve taken too many flights in my lifetime to bank on our being reunited at baggage rights.

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