"In 1988 at the age of 37, Frieda moved to the United States (New York) for 12 years and collaborated with Gail Federici to create different hair products for blondes and brunettes and the Frizz Ease products."- wikipedia
The John Frieda hair product business was acquired in 2002 by Kao Corporation, Japan. In response to a different question I made, the reply I got was:
I am glad to get that clarification. John Frieda Hair tools are not listed among the products produced by Conair on Conair’s website.
Many manufactures start off making only a few models of tools. Over time, as technology improves, they add more and more models. Then our choice between them becomes more challenging to make.
I was confused too! Both of these John Frieda Hair Dryers appear to be the same model of dryer. There are a few things different about them. It may be that one is an updated version of the other.
I can’t say which one is the most current. John Frieda website shows the cover picture with the 1st one. However, when you open the details of the dryer you see a picture of the 2nd one.
The compact dryer has most of the same features as the full-sized hair dryer.
The differences between the compact and the larger dryer are:
Ok so hot air brushes are Not technically hair dryers. Hot air brushes are more in the category stylers. Generally speaking these should be used on dry or almost dry hair. The main reason for this is that they are really low wattage it would take you a long time to dry your hair if it's long and thick.
I consider this as my best friend for drying, and styling. I travel a lot, so the size is compact. Because of the low wattage I can use it in foreign countries where electricity is an issue. It works well if you use inverted power. Example: Boats, RV's, Campers, solar, wind battery power. I have fine hair, thin so this works for me as a dryer. I would only recommend this as a dryer for short hair, men’s styling, or if you have thin hair like me.
Recommended for using on damp hair Dry and Style damp hair in one easy step with the John Frieda Hot Air Brush
The John Frieda Hot Air Brush helps you achieve a salon worthy blowout at home, fullness with less damage.
What does Ionic technology do?
An electronic ionizer generates negative ions, which neutralize positive ions in the atmosphere. The neutralization process flattens and seals the hair cuticle, reducing fizziness and leaving the hair looking shiny. John Frieda® hair dryers have advanced ionic technology.
What are the benefits of an advanced ionic generator?
Your hair dryer includes a high-voltage (advanced) ionic generator that generates up to 50% more ions than are created from natural sources. The ionizing function:
The AC motor is a high-performance motor designed for hair stylists and salon use (professional grade). This professional motor is more durable and powerful air velocity for faster drying. An AC motor can also provide up to 3 times longer dryer life* vs. a standard DC motor.
In our investigation we found that All John Frieda hair styling tools are not currently available for sale on John Frieda.com. What does that mean? I don't know for sure, but I am awaiting a reply from Conair. I will keep you posted on what happens.
We tend to buy products and tools based on how we feel about a brand and its reputation. There is also the factor of budget. So if we have determined that we like what the John Frieda brand stands for, then our choice is simple since they only produce a limited number of models.
If we decided against this brand, we do have affordable options available from the Manufacturer.