Review: Brilliant Products Silence HP Ionic Hair Dryer

I often get asked about good eco-friendly hair tools. Conventional hair tools are typically wasteful in so many ways, so I take notice when I see a company like Brilliant Products looking to make their products "greener." I tested their Silence HP Hair Dryer, which claims to be much quieter and more eco-friendly than the average blow dryer.

Pros:
  • Very quiet, which helps protect against hearing loss
  • Slim plug (fits into US electrical outlets easily)
  • Uses less than half the wattage of conventional dryers
  • Two heat settings and a cool shot button
  • Made of recyclable plastic and packing is recyclable
  • Lifetime motor warranty means you won't have to toss it when it breaks
Cons:
  • May increase drying time for very long and very thick hair
Summary:
This dryer is incredibly quiet and offers a full range of features that are suitable for home or professional use.  I can just imagine how much more relaxing it would be to go to a salon with the quiet hum of these dryers instead of noisy, traditional dryers.  Those looking to try it should know that the technique for this dryer is unique, as the nozzle can be held in one place for a much longer period of time.  The high price tag ($159-$179) is a decent value considering the lifetime motor warranty and availability of other repair services.  I'd recommend it for anyone with short or mid-length hair looking for a quieter, greener blow dryer.  I'd love to see a version with a recycled plastic case in the future.

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PLEASE NOTE: The cruelty-free, vegan, and gluten-free badges are not applicable for hair tools.

UPDATE: According to a representative from Brillant Products, "many salon stylists using Silence HP everyday is that for very long, thick hair it is absolutely necessary to thoroughly towel dry the hair before using the dryer." Also, "few stylists use the air concentrator because the elliptical shaped nozzle delivers the heated air in a narrow focused pattern. Air concentrators are designed to concentrate & control the air pattern because traditional, round nozzle dryers deliver air in a 'megaphone' pattern...If you turn on the Silence HP without using the air concentrator and put your hands on either side of the nozzle you will not feel air anywhere other than straight ahead. We include a concentrator with our dryer because a buyer expects an air concentrator to be included with purchase." She also notes that "all plastic parts in our dryer are made from 100% recycled plastic," even though this isn't stated in any advertising materials at the moment.

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