Wei Yeen Weighs In: GHD's lightest and fastest hair dryer (yet)
Blow my mind
Blow-drying my hair is one of my least favourite things to do in my entire beauty routine. There, I said it. But I have good reasons to back my salty confession: for starters, I perspire easily. You can put me under a ceiling fan at full blast and I can still get a sweaty 'stache while blow-drying my mane. Give me an AC on full blast and a nifty hair dryer that does a pretty solid (and quick) job, then we're talking—or a salon blowout, I'm not picky.
But I digress. I was excited to receive the new(ish) GHD Helios for a thorough review. It is, after all, the brand's second hair dryer after the salon-favourite Air launched back in 2012; and the Helios is touted to be GHD's 'lightest and fastest' hair dryer yet.
Here's a quick recap of my review:
The Helios' "Aeroprecis technology" is basically a unique combination of its internal aerodynamic design coupled with a contoured nozzle. As mentioned, this allows the hair dryer to deliver a more precise temperature and airflow distribution for you to control how you want to style your hair.
The longer-life brushless motor (2,200 watt) is designed to give you more power and speed to cut your drying time—especially useful if you're the impatient sort (like yours truly) who can't be bothered with blow-drying your tresses until each strand is bone dry.
For frequent stylers, press on the 'Cool Shot' button for a rapid blast of air that would come in handy to keep your styled locks in place.
Yays and nays
- It's fast. I'm talking a minute and 50 seconds of drying time (on medium heat) for medium-length, fine-textured hair.
- It's light. At 780g, you're barely working your arms out with this hair dryer, in comparison to the GHD Air hair dryer (it weighs more than 1.5kg).
- While I love how sleek my hair looks after a quick blow-drying session, it can sometimes come off as flat in appearance—especially for those with finer hair that tends to look limp without the help of volumising/texture spray.
- That said, I've been omitting my trusty hair straightener from my hairstyling routine since I've used the GHD Helios. It's almost redundant now, as my hair already looks polished (with enough shine and that's not even with a shine-boosting spray or serum) post blow-drying.
Tip: You can actually use the GHD Helios to style your hair to create voluminous curls! Here's how.
GHD Helios retails for RM910 at selected stockists nationwide.
Videography: Point 8ight
Styling and creative direction: Loh Wei Yeen
Location: Nest Co-working Space, The Curve