A Must-read Review If You Own Or Plan To Own This Hair Dryer
I don't usually write reviews, but after reading some of the reviews for this hair dryer I feel compelled to share my experience. To the reviewer who said this hair dryer is unsafe, did you know the hair dryer has a 220V setting? I had to find out about this the hard way when I used it for the first time @ 220V. I was lucky enough to had used it in the States where it's 110V, so when the hair dryer got unusually hot I immediately realized something was wrong. I quickly turned off the unit and looked to see if there was a voltage setting. The reason I suspected that was because I thought the higher voltage was sending more current through the dryer and therefore making it hotter (I have an engineering background). After a minute or so of searching, there it was! On the back of the handle, there is a tiny circle that's the size of a pen tip. I used a pen and inserted the pen tip into the circle and pushed the circle downward to move it to the lower position. I think if your hair dryer is relatively new, it's probably marked with the voltage next to the positions. But my markings had worn out, so I can't make out what it says. But basically , top position is for 110V and bottom position is for 220V. It's a shame that the voltage setting is not more obvious. I think a lot of the too hot and too cold issues might be because the hair dryer is on the wrong setting. Basically, if your actual voltage is 220V and your setting is on 110V, your hair dryer will get way too hot; and if your actual voltage is 110V and your setting is on 220V, your hair dryer will feel too cold / under powered. Definitely one star off for not making it more clear to the users. So why am I still giving it five stars? Well, simply because I'm completely blown away by how well it performs. I own 4 hair dryers and one of the them is the "highly rated" Sedu that's currently considered top-of-the-line best-of-folica "it" dryer, yet the X5 travel hair dryer blows it out of the water. Previously when I compared the X5 to the Sedu, I had near shoulder-length hair and the difference was not as obvious. At the time, I felt the X5 gave me shiner and smoother hair and the Sedu was a drying my hair about 20% faster. I was switching between the two hair dryers just based on which bathroom I was in when I needed to dry my hair. Well recently, my hair has gotten much longer - it's near waist-length now and I've been using the Sedu exclusively for about two months. Dear was I dreading every single day for a week about how horrible my hair felt. It was dry, lifeless, tangled, and weighing down. I tried to change hair products and use more conditioner, but nothing helped. So I thought my hair had just gotten too long and I had to cut it. Well, the nearest haircut appointment is two months away, so last week I "accidentally" started using the X5 exclusively. Boy, was I astounded by the result! I didn't notice it right away because I had stopped paying attention to my hopeless hair situation. But the next day I thought to myself, wow, my hair feels really nice and a couple of days later I thought, wow my hair looks so pretty and healthy and shiny and smooth and full and lifted! And then, came that epiphany moment... It's the X5! It was undeniable that the X5 alone has completely turned my hair around in less than 1 week! I know it sounds insane, but my long hair is soooo gorgeous now and nothing else I do to it has changed.