"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:
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
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.
Here’s what they both have in common:
John Freida compact hair dryer
Weight: 2.1 pounds
High-Torque DC Motor
Titanium Ceramic Coated Grille
Advance Ionic Technology
3 Heat / 2 Speed Settings
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:
- The compact design only comes with one concentrator nozzle vs. 2 that come with the larger hair dryer.
- The larger dryer has a removable filter for easy dry maintenance.
- 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.
Titanium Ceramic Barrel
Advanced Ionic Technology
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 ioniser generates negative ions, which neutralise positive ions in the atmosphere. The neutralisation process flattens and seals the hair cuticle, reducing frizziness 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:
- neutralizes flyaway, frizzy hair
- eliminates static electricity
- contributes to shine and manageability
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.
Pros of John Frieda hair dryers
- 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 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.
Similar hairdryes by Conair
We hope that this article helps you make an informed decision.
Stephanie Sanchez has 20+ years of hairdressing experience. Sh began writing at age 10. Now an author here at PHB and Hair Coach for Kerotin Hair care. She is passionate about sharing knowledge and learning from others.