I Tried the First-of-Its-Kind Eco-Friendly Zuvi Halo Hair Dryer

When I bought the pitch for a “first-of-its-kind light-centered, energy-efficient hair dryer,” I thought it is perhaps one other gimmick. But then I bought the Zuvi Halo Hair Dryer ($349) into my very own fingers (and really lengthy hair), and shortly realized there was no pseudoscience right here.

How It Works

The high-tech instrument makes use of LightCare expertise to duplicate the solar’s pure rays and dry hair utilizing wind and lightweight somewhat than excessive warmth. Think of it like air-drying your hair on stroll exterior, however at a a lot quicker price. The infrared gentle vitality is filtered by a bit of titanium-covered glass—this removes UV rays and makes it protected on your eyes—and dries water on the floor of the hair whereas leaving the inside hydrated and wholesome. It does this with out frying strands like many different dryers, which, in keeping with Zuvi, use extra vitality than a microwave, which may damage the hair, scalp and surrounding air.

What I Like About It

First let me say the dryer is a showpiece—white, glossy and one thing your pals would envy in the event that they noticed it in your self-importance. I have lengthy, tremendous hair but it surely actually retains water (stylists financial institution an additional half-hour for my blowouts) and I’ve all the time used the highest warmth settings on dryers so it doesn’t take me an hour to do my hair. So one factor that basically stunned me with Zuvi was that it by no means bought actually scorching, and even reasonably scorching. Of course I tried the “Fast” setting first, and seen my hair felt a lot softer and “healthier” than it’s after utilizing a standard dryer, however my drying time was fairly comparable. I additionally cherished that it’s light-weight, and it seems actually cool whereas in use, because it lights up a fairly neon inexperienced to sign that it’s on.

Other modes embody “Care” (lowered energy for optimized for hair well being), “Soft” (easy air circulate and fewer gentle for delicate scalps), and Style (you employ this one with the styling concentrator accent talked about beneath). There’s additionally a Cool Mode when you maintain down the mode button, however I didn’t want it with this dryer as a result of the air by no means bought too scorching. One factor I did discover although, was that if my hand moved too excessive up on the deal with whereas I was drying, it felt just a little heat and triggered me to maneuver my hand again down, although it wasn’t heat sufficient that I felt like I’d get burned or something.

Each dryer comes with three magnetic attachments: a diffuser for curly hair (pair this with “Fast Mode”), a styling concentrator for polished blowouts with much less frizz round the hairline, and a delicate air attachment that emits softer, cooler air for delicate scalps (use this one with “Fast Mode” too). You may also use the dryer with none attachments for normal drying, or rough-drying at the starting of a styling session.

Lab Testing

In testing at the Zuvi Hair Lab, robotic arms performed pace assessments, guaranteeing the identical blowing process, power, angle and distance throughout a whole bunch of periods. According to the model, sufficient assessments could possibly be run to attract scientific and statistically important conclusions. Of these, just a few I discovered significantly compelling are that the Halo can lock in hair dye shade for 57-percent longer (I’m responsible of zapping my contemporary shade too many instances), in addition to permit hair to retain two instances extra inner moisture than conventional hair dryers. Lastly, assessments present that hair is mostly 17-percent smoother and 38-percent shinier.

Sustainability Efforts

We’re seeing nice strides in sustainability throughout the magnificence trade, however this hair instrument reduces carbon emissions in a manner we haven’t seen on this class earlier than. According to the model, the dryer options environmental sensors to measure the air’s humidity and temperature and adapt its heating component to carry out at prime effectivity and scale back its vitality use by 60 to 80 p.c. Each 12 months you employ Zuvi Halo as a substitute of a standard dryer, it’s equal to eradicating 67 kilos of CO₂ or planting a tree. Wow!

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