Within hair care circles, the Pibbs 514 Kwik Dri is well known as the best hood hair dryer. It dries hair quickly and is commonly used in Dominican hair salons to dry hair smoothly and quickly. However, the Pibbs is an expensive piece of hair styling equipment that can be purchased for between $350-$400 online. While the Pibbs 512 offers a similar performance for a little less money, it is still priced in the $215-$300 range. For many women, spending that much money in today’s economy on a single piece of equipment is unthinkable. If you are like me, you want to have healthy hair, but you also want to save money. An alternative to buying an expensive, $400 hood dryer is to purchase a Gold ‘N Hot Ionic Stand Bonnet Dryer with Tourmaline. I purchased mine online for about $100, saving myself $200 by not buying a Pibbs.
As a little background about me, I started my healthy hair journey in the summer of 2008. I quickly learned that roller-setting my hair and applying either no direct heat to it, or applying direct heath only to my roots became an excellent way to quickly grow my hair out and keep it healthy. At first, I frequented the Dominican hair care salons. I soon learned, however, that doing my hair at home was a way to save money and become a DIYer, which was both rewarding and challenging.
Initially, I purchased a Gold ‘N Hot collapsible table-top hood dryer for $49.95 from a local beauty supply store. It worked well, but having to prop myself up on pillows or prop the dryer up on books to achieve comfort was annoying. Although such a dryer can last for years, I accidentally broke mine as I was rushing to close the top. I decided to buy a rolling one for more comfort and portability.
The Gold ‘N Hot rolling hood dryer offered everything that I was looking for – it was inexpensive, it rolled, the height was adjustable, it offered an ionic setting, and a cool shot setting. The dryer came in a sleek black color, and it was easy to assemble. It was shipped to me in one large box, and it came with instructions. After spending about 5 minutes assembling it, the dryer was ready to use. It heats up quickly, and the adjustable height is easy to use. I was able to sit comfortably in any chair around the house, or at my desk chair while working on the computer or reading. It can be rolled anywhere around the house, and isn’t too heavy for most women to lift.
This dryer is excellent for deep conditioning and pre-shampoo treatments. The varied settings allow you to adjust the heat to your specific needs. Also, once your hair dries, you can use the “cool” setting to close hair follicles and improve the overall shine and softness of your hair. The added ion setting can be turned on or off. Using ionic technology in your hair drying tools can lessen drying time and leave your hair smoother, with less frizziness.
Although the drying time for the rolling Gold ‘N Hot hood dryer is much faster than my old tabletop, it is inconsistent. At times, it takes only about 40 minutes to dry my hair. If my hair is damper, or if I use more product and vary the way I rolled my hair, it can take as long as an hour and a half for my shoulder-length hair to dry. Obviously, the length of one’s hair also affects drying time. For many women, over an hour of drying time is unacceptable. However, using bigger rollers can save a considerable amount of time. When I think about the many hours that I spent in hair salons, taking out an hour or an hour and a half to dry my hair at home for free is well worth it. I am comfortable in my pajamas or robe, rather than being rushed around a noisy salon from chair to chair.
Drying the hair without rollers takes only about 10 minutes, so for those who like to air dry, using a hood dryer can be a convenient alternative to save time without compromising the health of your hair. Unlike the Pibbs, which uses an air updraft that requires you to roll or cover your hair in order to keep it from getting caught in the vents, your hair does not have to be covered in order to use the Gold ‘N Hot. This gives you more flexibility when determining how you want to dry your hair. Unfortunately, this also means that the vents are concentrated in the back of the dryer and the hair at the top of your head may not dry as quickly as the sides and the back.
If you are a DIYer on a budget, who wants to roll, condition, and style your hair at home, you should definitely consider the Gold ‘N Hot standing hood dryer by Belsen as a cost-effective way to get started. It is very portable and stylish and can easily be stored in a closet or go unnoticed in the corner of a room. However, if drying speed is the most important factor to you, you may want to save up for a while longer and spring for a pricier model.
There are many different models of Gold ‘N Hot hair dryers, this one is called Gold ‘N Hot Professional 1875W Ionic Stand Bonnet Dryer with Tourmaline. I purchased mine from Amazon. It is sold by independent retailers and sellers on Amazon and other online sources. Happy hair drying!