So you want a new hair dryer and you’ve heard good things about Parlux but you’re not sure if this is the one for you? Well you’ve come to the right place. This Parlux hair dryer review should tell you what you need to know about Parlux hair dryers and help you decide if it’s the right choice for you.
What is a Parlux hair dryer?
Parlux are an Italian company who have been making hair dryers since the 1970s. Parlux is a brand name that has become synonymous with high-quality, professional-standard hair dryers. Many salons in this country use Parlux dryers as hair stylists everywhere have begun to favour them.
Parlux pride themselves on manufacturing hair dryers that are built to last, with all the features that a professional hair stylist would want. They’re not a cheap option, but they offer quite a wide range, with lower-range models being priced reasonably competitively.
What features do Parlux hair dryers have?
There are different features offered on different models, but there are some features that are common to all:
- Powerful motors built to perform over a long period of time for years;
- Strong, durable casing;
- Heavy-duty switches, located on the side of the handle;
- Lightweight, balanced units, designed to reduce fatigue when being used for prolonged periods of time;
- High air-flow, reducing drying time;
- Low operational noise.
Some of the more advanced models offer further features, and we’ll explore those next.
What models are covered in this Parlux Hair Dryer Review?
Here is an overview of the different Parlux hair dryers that are available and the features that each has:
This is Parlux’s entry-level model, available at a very competitive price for a top-end hair dryer. This dryer has two speeds and three temperature controls and comes complete with a concentrator nozzle.
This professional model has a specially shaped handle to ensure comfort in use. It has a more powerful motor than the entry-level model, it includes a cool-shot button to help reduce frizz and set styles, and comes with two concentrator nozzles – one wide and one narrow.
This model stands out because of its rubberised body casing to give extra grip whilst in use. It has a more powerful motor than either of the previous two models.
This hair dryer comes in a number of attractive colours, including brown, pink, purple, red and silver as well as the more usual black. It is a particularly small and light model, making it very popular in salons for stylists who have to use a hair dryer for prolonged periods of time and want to avoid straining their wrists.
Again, it has a slightly more powerful motor than previous models.
This attractive model is exactly the same as the regular compact version but has a flower pattern on the casing and is available in a choice of black or white.
This is a great example of how Parlux have given thought to not only what professionals want to use in a salon but also what customers will want to buy for their own use at home.
This is the first model in the Parlux range that offers the ionic feature. The ceramic element heats up faster, and the negative ions released by the dryer are said to help water to evaporate faster. Both of these features therefore mean that your hair should dry more quickly, meaning soft and shiny hair once dry, and less damage over time.
Parlux’s smallest hair dryer measures a tiny 17 centimetres but still features a powerful 2000 watt motor, combining practicality with performance.
This model combines the desirable features of the SuperCompact with ceramic ionic technology. It is the lightest Parlux model and has the same powerful 2000 watt motor in the same 17 centimetre body.
This model uses recycled packaging and plastic, making it an eco-friendly choice. It has a built-in silencer to reduce noise and it gives out no harmful emissions. It offers the sought-after ceramic and ionic technologies, and comes in purple, red and appropriately, green!
With all the key features so far, (power, low-weight, ceramic, ionic and eco-friendly), the 385 Power Light comes in eight different colours, meaning you can have an almost-top-of-the-range hair dryer in the style that suits you!
And top of the Parlux range is the Advance Light, featuring all the previous benefits plus a new 2200 watt motor and newly-designed ‘soft-touch’ switches. It’s all-singing and all-dancing and promises healthy, static-free hair in quicker drying times and with less noise in operation than ever before.
This hair dryer won the Marie Claire Hair Award this year, and was the top hair dryer at the Italian Beauty Awards.
What do people think about Parlux hair dryers?
Here’s a professional hair stylist reviewing the top model:
How does a Parlux hair dryer compare to other hair dryers?
Parlux are a premium brand of hair dryer, but there are a number of other hair dryers on the market currently which could be considered to be in the ‘premium’ category. One of these is the GHD Air.
GHD are an extremely popular brand, associated with quality products and excellent technology in the world of hair care. Their straighteners have taken the world by storm and now their hair dryers are causing a similar stir.
Current feedback suggests that whilst both of these models perform well, they are both significantly heavier than a Parlux model. There have also been some concerns about how hot the units get whilst in use. They are, however, stylish in looks, as you would expect from a GHD product, and widely available.
Reviews suggest that the drying time is vastly reduced for both models compared to a cheaper hair dryer. This is useful both to save time and to reduce the amount of time your hair is exposed to the heat, thus reducing frizz and damage.
The other heavy-weight of the top-end hair dryer market is the Dyson Supersonic. This product has an eye-watering price tag but the brand name Dyson is synonymous with quality and technological innovation, leading many to give serious consideration to purchasing one of these.
Dyson justify their price tag by the amount of research and engineering that went into creating this dryer. They claim that it’s the quietest, lightest, most hair-friendly dryer available. Reviewers say that whilst it certainly doesn’t feel much lighter than a cheaper hair dryer, because the motor is situated in the handle, the whole unit is more balanced. This minimises any strain on the hand and arm when using it for a prolonged period of time.
The dyer comes with a smoothing nozzle, a concentrator nozzle and a diffuser which snap on effortlessly as they’re magnetic. If purchasing a Parlux hair dryer, you have to buy a diffuser separately if you want one, as you do when purchasing a GHD model too.
Reviews suggest that the buttons on the Dyson are far fiddlier to use than the Parlux, at least until your fingers become accustomed to them. But it’s also considered to dry extremely quickly and extremely quietly, with a targeted air-stream to reduce frizz.
So to sum up, a Parlux hair dryer is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a high-performance hair dryer. A GHD Air or Aura might be a good choice if you’re a die-hard GHD-fan. A Dyson Supersonic might be a great choice if you’re very keen on cutting-edge technology and stylish design.