John Frieda Hair Dryer Reviews - Things You didn't Know

by Stephanie Sanchez
[ Veteran Hair Coach and Stylists ]

"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:

john freida dryer review email conversation

So the John Frieda shampoos and conditioners, etc. Are manufactured by Kao Corporation.  However, John Frieda hair tools are manufactured by Conair as some people have suggested in their reviews.

I am glad to get that clarification.  John Frieda Hair tools are not listed among the products produced by Conair on Conair’s website.

First impressions


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.

Best Hair Dryers From John Frieda Reviewed

JOHN FRIEDA JF1R 1,875-Watt Hair Dryer

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  • Item model number: RA3784
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
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John Frieda Frizz Ease Full Volume Hair Dryer

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  • Item model number: JF1R
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds 
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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.

Here’s what they both have in common:
  • 1,875w
  • Lightweight AC motor
  • Titanium Ceramic–coated grill for even heat distribution
  • Advanced Ionic Generator
  • 3 Heat and 2 Speed Settings
  • Rocker Switch Settings
  • True Cold Shot Button
  • Diffuser
  • 2 Concentrators
  • Removable Filter

John Freida Compact Hair Dryer

JOHN FRIEDA JF1R 1,875-Watt Hair Dryer

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  • Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • 1875 Watts 
  • High-Torque DC Motor
  • Titanium Ceramic Coated Grille
  • Advance Ionic Technology
  • 3 Heat / 2 Speed Settings
  • Compact
  • cold shot button
  • 1 concentrator for more body 
  • 1 diffuser to enhance curls and volume

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:

  1. The compact design only comes with one concentrator nozzle vs. 2 that come with the larger hair dryer.
  2. The larger dryer has a removable filter for easy dry maintenance.
  3. The large dryer has an AC motor and the compact version a DC motor.

Hot Air Brush from John Frieda

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.

John Frieda Hot Air Brush, 1 1/2-inch Hot Air Brush

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  • Weights 1.5lbs
  • 500 watts
  • Titanium Ceramic Barrel 
  • Advanced Ionic Technology
  • swivel cord
  • Nylon and Ball-Tipped bristles provide gentle detangling while creating volume
  • The barrel on this model doesn’t spin 
  • 2 Heat Settings 
  • Cool Setting (Simmal to cold shot button)

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.

FAQ  Let John Tell you

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:

  1. neutralizes flyaway, frizzy hair
  2. eliminates static electricity
  3. contributes to shine and manageability

What are the advantages of the AC motor?

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.



  • Priced to be affordable
  • All tools seem to come Negative ion generator (a great feature to eliminate frizz and add shine)


  • Longevity: there are mixed reviews about how long this product will last.
  • Conair seems to be discontinuing John Frieda tools. Not that the brand is bad. Rather, if you are looking for warranty or replacement parts, they could be challenging to get.

In Conclusion 

In our investigation we found that All John Frieda hair styling tools are not currently available for sale on John 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.


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INFINITIPRO BY CONAIR 1875 Watt Salon Performance

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We hope that this article helps you make an informed decision.

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