After a long period A mane of unruly curls, is both a blessing and a curse. Some days you are the most beautiful girl in the world. Others, they look like rats drowned in trash. Not a day goes by that I don’t wish I had straighter hair. I just want to get up and go, or at least spend less than an hour styling it, without worrying that it’s going to go bad when I’m done.
Unfortunately, i cannot rave about a miracle product that made my fine hair silky smooth. But this bonnet hair dryer attachment is a life-changing tool that makes the transition from wet to dry curls a manageable experience. It works similar to the hair dryers you might sit under in a hair salon, but it folds down to fit in a tray, you can move around while using it, and it costs less than $20.
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Like most people with curly hair, I have several types all over my head. The underside is very rough with tight curls, on top it’s a bit smoother with pretty spirals, and the top coat is a slick mess that barely wrinkles. it’s also very thick and dry. Once I’ve washed and styled my hair, I can’t help but completely dry my hair, roots and all, in less than an hour and a half, even on the hottest setting. I rarely make it long. Dead ends dry quickly, but the roots and midsection will stay moist forever. The end result is also puffy and dry.
Many hair dryers have reduced my blow-drying time, but nothing has given me curls quite like this simple tool. The hood has a long hose that attaches to the hair dryer. Hot air from the dryer rises up the hose and blows the outer layer, dispersing the air evenly through the vents all over the inside of the hood. It dries your entire head at once, which helps cut down on time significantly. Since it contains hairspray, you don’t have to worry about flyaways, causing frizz and fluff.
Most standard hair dryers should fit in the hose, and there’s velcro to secure it in, but those with wider mouths, like the Dyson Supersonic ($430) or Shark HyperAir ($200), won’t. If that’s what you have, you can attach the dryer condenser to it and then connect the hose that way. It may take longer to dry your hair, but you won’t have to buy a whole new appliance.
Amazon is full of options. I went for $19 from the brand Tepenar, but there are several out there that look the same. I like the shape of it, which allows my long hair to lay naturally instead of getting crunched at the inside. I’m into extended styles and not looking to add volume to my already voluminous hair. If your hair is short or you need something wider rather than longer, there are plenty of options that go over your head the way a standard sleeping hood does. You’ll likely find them at your local beauty supply, too. If you deep condition your hair frequently, these also help heat it up for better penetration and, hopefully, better results.
When i put this cap on, my hair is almost dry in 30 minutes, and the roots are completely dry in an hour or so. This is on a medium or low setting, as the highest setting is usually too hot for my scalp. Thin hair will have faster results.
Me too love That I don’t have to hang the dryer for long. All the gym bros who can shoulder press 150 pounds should try to do this while standing in the shower for an hour straight and staring at the mirror. Difficult. I can now plug in my dryer and do my makeup, or just sit at my desk and write. The first is a little trickier, as a rubber band goes down across your forehead, but I leave that part for last.
It looks a little silly when inflated, as it sticks out like an appendage. A colleague noticed that I look like a Twi’lek star WarsOne Blake instead of two. The first time i used it my husband came to the bathroom to show me something but completely forgot what he was doing. Instead, we stared at each other in silence for a few seconds.
I’m not the first person to spot a hoodie association, but I’m just a curly-headed girl who always takes a few seconds away from shaving her head out of frustration. But my curls have never looked better, so for now, the clippers will stay in the drawer.