HANA Air Review: Are expensive hair dryers worth it?

Jennine Hair-5

The first time I saw a $200 hair dryer in Sephora, I scoffed. “Who in the world would ever spend so much money on that? Just stick your head out the car window!” I used to say that about flat irons too, until I sizzled my hair with a cheap flat iron, now it’s CHI for me always. I used to color my hair at home until last year when it fried my hair and had to get a much-more-expensive Brazilian Blowout to fix the texture.

Now my delicate hair is in it’s natural state, it’s still a bit frizzy. I hadn’t taken the plunge into expensive hair dryers because, well, because my hair is fine and dries in 40min left to it’s own devices. Misikko.com sent me the HANA air professional hair dryer at $194 I wondered what the difference would be on my locks. Well, I have to say, that with my old $26 ConAir travel dryer, I absolutely have to use a flat iron, as my hair still frizzes, the HANA air, my hair is still fluffy, but it’s not as frizzy.

The Dryer:

The HANA Hair dryer is really powerful. I have a queen size bedroom and was able to move my husband’s hair across the room. It says that it dries 60% faster, I wouldn’t be able to put a percentage on it Maybe if I wet my hair to the exact wetness and timed the drying. You’re going to have to take my word for it. Anyway, I thought the two heat settings were the right temperature, but the thing I like the most was the cool setting to finish off the blowout. It’s equally as powerful as the heat settings and with a press of the button, easy to maneuver.

All in all I’d say that this hairdryer converted me. The frizz is tamed down a bit even during the high humidity summer and it makes my mornings a bit more manageable. By manageable, it means hitting the snooze button a few more times. Woops.

Photos by Nando Alvarez

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Comments 22

  1. Kirstin Marie

    Sounds like an amazing hair dryer! It looks nice and sleek. Does it have those ions in it? I’m not a fan of those, they seem to make my hair full of static!

  2. Closet Cravings

    I’ve found that when you pay more you usually get more in return. I think that’s true for both fashion and beauty products. Better quality. Better results. However, just because it has a serious price tag doesn’t mean I’m not going to just buy it and trust that it will be as awesome as it claims. I like to do a little research. I usually rely on the reviews of fellow bloggers or product reviews posted (like on Shopbop). Thanks for sharing this one. =)

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      that’s so true… but i also look things up if they are going to cost a lot of money… just because price doesn’t always equate with quality, though once you get the good stuff, it’s hard to go back!

  3. Lindsay

    You may not notice as much, but I do! It really looks incredible. With my mom being a hair stylist, I know the power of good tools and products. This one is a keeper!


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      oh wow! having a mom as a stylist must come in handy! hair is such a finicky thing to take care of… i’m always looking for the right stylist/right tools for my mop.

  4. Liz

    I have a chi blowdryer and I love it. I typically let my hair air dry as I never have time in the morning, but when I do, it’s chi all the way- and I was able to get it on sale for around $130. I think an expensive blowdryer is a must- the difference is completely noticable

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  5. Madeleine Gallay

    it does make a difference … and with hair irons too

    ions and ceramic and things you can’t quite quantify but really are worth every penny

  6. Megan

    If i had the dough I would totally get it! If you think about how many hair dryers u purchase in a year b.c one breaks you could’ve just bought one really awesome one. I use chi too and i’ve had the same one for years! I love it!

  7. Katy

    I wondered the same thing and also scoffed at the high prices. But I suppose it is true that sometimes you really do get what you pay for! I’m going to need to keep that in mind next time I’m in the market for a hair dryer. And the fact that you did not have to flat iron your hair - AMAZING! One tool that does two things would be worth the money!- Katy

  8. Monroe Steele

    well you look fab! i need to invest in a new dryer..but since i chopped off all my hair..guess it can wait. love your sunnies.

    xoxo Monroe

    Fashion Steele NYC

  9. Cad

    I used to use a cheap little Conair, not really thinking anything of it. Then one day, I plugged it in and turned it on and suddenly it started making strange noises and spewing smoke. Since I didn’t want to repeat this terrifying incident, I decided to buy a more quality (and therefore more expensive) blow dryer. I only bought it so that it wouldn’t break down on me, but then I realized that it did WONDERS for my hair…I’ll never buy a cheap hair dryer again :)
    Also, your hair looks fantastic!


  10. blahblahbecky.co.uk

    For frizz-related problems I swear by John Frieda’s Frizz Ease Extra Strength - it’s a miracle in a bottle!

  11. Al

    In Italy (but I guess almost everywhere) there are big retailers for hairdressers that sell to privates too.
    I bought in one of these shops my professional hair dryer, I paid it 50 euros 6 years ago and it still feels like I’m at the hairdresser every time I use it, for performance and results.
    It is totally not comparable to hair dryers of mainstream brands (like Philips, Babyliss and the like) even when they cost a lot and claim wonderful results.
    This is the reason why I’d never buy a hair dryer for 190 euros: very often quality equals higher price, but not always.
    A hair dryer is a very simple machine and you can tell if it’s good by two main factors: the power of the air flow and the quality of the temperature switch. Even when these are perfect they don’t require particular materials or engineering abilities that would justify a price like that.
    A different speach must be done for straighteners though, because the electronics inside are often more complicated and the quality of the plate changes everything. For example I would happily pay 150 euros for a GHD (it has been in my shopping list for ages but in the end I never manage to buy it… I want it!!!). These are also the machines that hairdressers use because there’s simply nothing better.

    But price apart, I’m very happy that you like the results so much, I really believe that a good hair dryer can change your life :D


    -The Red Dot-

  12. Victoria / Justice Pirate

    I love that you showed photos of before and after the blow dryer. There really is a huge difference (as they sent it to me and I reviewed it as well). Love the fun in your review!

  13. For Those About To Shop

    I believe strongly in investing in hair styling products. I paid $150 for my flat iron almost ten years ago and it’s still going strong! I’m sure this HANA hair dryer is well worth the investment too. It’s probably better for your hair as well.

  14. Caprece

    Your hair looks great! I’ve always said that I wanted to invest in a really good hairdryer. P.S.- Love the purse!

  15. Nickie Frye

    I think your hair looks really pretty in both pics. If I spent $200 on a hairdryer my husband would have to be hospitalized from shock.

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