It’s no secret Japan is known for its gadgets. When it comes to the beauty industry, there are no shortage of devices and machines to help you look your best. Most of them, frankly, scare me (see the Facial Fitness Pao), but there was one I had my eye on that seemed like a more practical choice: the Panasonic Nanoe Hair Dryer EH-CNA97. While the ads on the metro taunted me every time I went home to my cheapo model that took an obscene amount of time to turn me into an extra from Hair, the price tag, however, always kept me from pulling the trigger. Then Christmas came and I have a very observant husband.
The first time I used the hair dryer, I was a bit concerned — my hair felt a bit greasy at the roots after. What I found, after speaking with my hair stylist back in the states, is this type of dryer is meant to help you use less product, since the ions help put moisture back into the hair. It took me a couple of tries to get the ratio right, but now I’m pretty glad I can use less of the products I can only get back in the U.S.
The main nozzle releases hot hair (unless switched to cold) while the small vent above it releases cold hair. This combo helps to “seal” the hair for less frizz and I found it also helps keep me cooler while styling — a feature that will be truly tested this summer. I really appreciate the multiple temperature settings as well, which include “scalp” and “skin” as well as a hot/cold alternating setting. The compact size and foldable handle also make it perfect for storage in a drawer to keep my small bathroom looking less cluttered.
My only request: a retractable cord. Come on, Panasonic, my $15 Conair had that.
Overall, the dryer helps me finish my hair in half the time and with considerably less frizz. Since I have wavy-in-parts-and-curly-in-parts hair (thanks, aging) and am not ambidextrous enough for a proper at-home blowout, I haven’t been able to escape the flat iron touch-up yet, but I couldn’t be happier with the Panasonic Nanoe Hair Dryer EH-CNA97. Consider making it your beauty splurge for the year — or keep
incessantly whining to your partner about your shitty hair dryer dropping your partner subtle hints.