When my hairdryer started to smell like petrol (really!), I had no choice but to buy a new one. I had heard so many good things about the Dyson hairdryer but for €400, I’d rather book a holiday! Hype, to which I am very susceptible, led me to believe that the LanaiBlo Hairdryer is a close contender! While it doesn’t rival the Dyson hairdryer’s price tag, it’s still €100!
Anyway, I bit the bullet (and was reassured by my Snapchat followers that it was the right thing to do) and purchased the LanaiBlo. I had all intentions of getting it personalised but they wanted an extra €15 for that! It wasn’t the €15, it was the principle!
As you can see from the above, I wasn’t happy with spending so much on a hairdryer, so the LanaiBlo had a lot to live up to. I’ve used it for 2 weeks now and I’m ready to share my thoughts.
I’ve taken each claim from the LanaiBlo website and given my opinion on the accuracy of each. You’re going to want to read right to the end of this post, trust me!
Claim: Fast Drying Experience
At 2400 Watt, the LanaiBlo is a high power hairdryer that is said to put “professional power in the hands of the everyday user” and this includes a fast drying experience. It’s said to be particularly beneficial for those with hair extensions (or long hair, I’m guessing!).
I can confirm, and evidence, that this hairdryer can dry my head of hair in 6 minutes (on the hottest setting). 6 minutes! I can’t believe it because I have a lot of hair!
It dries it so quickly because the hairdryer is extremely hot. Under no circumstances is heat good for your hair so there’s no way that I would dry it on the hottest setting every time. When I dry it on the middle heat setting, it takes me a little bit longer, roughly 10 minutes and it’s not as smooth. I’d much rather that though than damage my hair. You can read more of my tips for healthy hair here.
Claim: Anti-static Effect
The ionic technology that is built into the LanaiBlo is said to give an anti-static effect, leaving a smooth and shiny finish.
Not only does it dry my hair in 6 minutes (still can’t get over that), but it definitely straightens and smoothes it. You can see from the picture above, it’s smooth and shiny. It doesn’t leave it poker straight, it still has some volume in it, so if you like a really poker straight look, you’ll still have to reach for the straightener. Unless of course you can dry your hair at a professional standard (more on this below).
It also has a Cold Shot button that settles your hair into place once you’re finished drying it, this also helps with static.
Claim: Light Weight
The LanaiBlo was designed to “minimise fatigue and maximise comfort”.
It is lighter than my old hairdryer but not ‘oh my god’ lighter! I think the fact that it dries your hair so quickly is the reason why fatigue is minimised and comfort is maximised. In other words, I think drying my hair for 6 minutes rather than 25 minutes, is the reason why my arm and neck don’t hurt, rather than the weight of the hairdryer.
Claim: Professional Look at Home
The LanaiBlo includes 2 different size nozzles which help to control the air and heat flow. This is said to help you achieve that professional “in-salon” look.
The nozzles alone are not enough to give you a professional blow dry look, although that’s not what they claim (they were very clever with their choice of words). You would have to know how to dry your hair properly to achieve the in-salon look at home i.e. sectioning your hair, using the right brushes, holding the hairdryer correctly and so on. The products (shampoo, conditioner, treatments) that you use will also have an impact.
Claim: Long Cord
This is a fact rather than a point for discussion but for the sake of completeness, I’ll cover it here.
The cord spans the full length of my bedroom, out the door and across half of my landing! This is convenient, especially if your mirror isn’t near the plug socket and that sort of thing!
Overall Opinion and an Interesting Comparison
My hair is extremely hard to manage in general and this hairdryer has made my life so much easier! However, this is where this blog post takes a turn.
While researching, I read up on the Peter Mark Turbo Stratos and I’m raging to be honest. Check out the below specs (these numbers mean nothing to me but bare with me).
Airflow: 98,90 m3h
Other Features: 2 nozzles, Cold Shot, Ionic technology, Ceramic Tourmaline, Long Cord, Lightweight, 6 Power/Heat Settings
Price: €100 and you can buy it here
ETI Turbo Stratos Hairdryer from Peter Mark
Wattage: 2200/2400 (same as LanaiBlo)
Airflow: 99.90 m3h (I’m guessing that’s stronger than the LanaiBlo?)
Other Features: 2 nozzles, Cold Shot, Long Cord, 6 Power/Heat Settings, Long Life ETI Motor, Anti-breaking Polycarbonate Case
Price: €59.95 and you can buy it here.
Difference Between Specs
The Turbo hairdryer, that I’ve mentioned above, doesn’t have Ionic Technology. However, this version of the Turbo here does and it’s still only €70. It doesn’t have Ceramic Tourmaline either. This is said to smoothen the hair although, they also say that the Ionic Technology is responsible for that, so I’m not sure how detrimental that feature is. The website doesn’t mention that it’s Lightweight but how heavy can it possibly be!
Nevertheless, the Turbo hairdryer has features that the LanaiBlo does not mention, like the anti-breaking polycarbonate case and ETI long life motor. It also looks to have a stronger airflow! I don’t know about you but those features mean a lot more to me than Ceramic Tourmaline.
Is the LanaiBlo Hairdryer Worth the Hype and the €100 Price Tag?
In short, I was very happy with the LanaiBlo, but having found the above information, I realise that I shouldn’t have bought into the hype and done my research beforehand! My recommendation would be to go with the ETI Turbo Stratos from Peter Mark and buy yourself something nice with the €40 you’ve saved!