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This hair dryer is so good it’s replaced my Dyson supersonic – and it’s £100 cheaper
There’s something about this beauty gadget that stands out among a sea of samey styling products
Not so long ago, the only way to a achieve glossy, voluminous blow dry was to sit in a salon chair for what felt like hours while the pros worked their magic. But now, thanks to an influx of innovative technology, it’s never been easier to replicate your stylist’s bouncy finish from the comfort of your own home.
Mdlondon BLOW Hair Dryer review: pretty, petite and practically perfect in every way
The mdlondon BLOW is one of the most compact, lightweight hair dryers on the market yet possesses all the power to match its premium rivals
As someone who tests out the best hairdryers, the best hair straighteners and the best hair curlers for a living, it’s fair to say my inbox gets inundated with news about the latest innovations in hair styling tech.
I never know what to do with my long hair, but since getting the 'concave cut' my daily styling routine has been so much easier
I'll never get 'just a trim' ever again
This was awarded the best hairdryer of 2023 in our Marie Claire Hair Awards. I especially love it as it's so lightweight that drying my hair is no longer a tiresome task. It helped cut my hair drying time in half, so for that it's become the one I always recommend to pals. It's also the quietest hairdryer I've ever used, which makes wash days so much calmer.
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When a celebrity hairstylist with over 30 years in the industry releases a hair dryer, you know it's one to watch. It's not just our beauty team that rates the Blow as one of the best hair dryers. It won the best hair dryer in our Marie Claire UK Hair Awards, with hair stylist Adam Reed praising it for its incredible results and lightness.
It's small but mighty, weighing in at 360g it's one of the lightest hair dryers we've ever tried but with a whole lot of power. The Blow dryer meets all the criteria we are looking for in the best hair dryer, plus a little more. With three speed settings, an ionic generator and it's self-cleaning. There's a long and short nozzle in the box for smooth hair, and the option to add a diffuser attachment to the basket for curly hair. It's built with a silent motor so you can still listen to your favourite podcast while you dry (which will take half the time with this power).
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The competition for the top spot in our edit of the quietest hair dryers by ear was a very, very close call, but objectively, of those dryers that include a volume rating in their specs, this came in at the lowest at just 76 decibels. Created by celebrity hairdresser Michael Douglas, this dryer looks and feels seriously premium; even the color options are trendy, with both dark teal and olive green on offer.
But let’s get into the details of how well (and how quietly) it performs. First of all, when used on the lowest speed setting it is impressively hushed thanks to that brushless motor. And as well as being compact and very light, another standout for us is how quickly it switches between the hottest and coldest heat settings.
One minor quibble is that you have to press and hold the button for a little while to turn it on and off, and, though a diffuser is available to buy separately, we always like it when this is included as standard. But, really, neither of these things makes a dent in our overall opinion of it. It leaves your hair feeling great and is pretty brilliant, as you'd expect from a top hairdresser.
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Best hairdryer for a frizz-free finish: MD London Blow Hair Dryer
Another pro-designed hairdryer is this one from MD London. Designed by celebrity hairstylist Michael Douglas, this mini hairdryer is seriously impressive. Weighing just 360g, it packs an impressive amount of power into its compact size. The nozzle is skinnier than others we’ve tried, meaning you get a really strong focus of power to the hair cuticle, which helps to smooth frizz like a pro. It’s also surprisingly quiet for how powerful it is, meaning you can actually have a conversation while blow-drying your hair (of course it was designed by a hairdresser!).
"The hair dryer sector lacks beauty": Celeb stylist Michael Douglas on why he launched the mdlondon BLOW
If you were to do a quick Google search for the best hair dryer, you'd be forgiven for thinking there are already a lot of hair dryers to choose from. Too many, in fact.
Today, there are dozens of shapes and sizes available to suit all budgets. Yet despite this sea of competition, it hasn't stopped a number of newcomers from entering the market, hoping to steal a charge against the incumbents.
One such newcomer is the mdlondon BLOW dryer by Michael Douglas. Whilst Douglas himself isn't a newcomer to this business, for almost 30 years he has been a hairstylist for the likes of Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, and Yasmin Le Bon (to name a few).
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Light and tiny but very powerful. As good as a Dyson hairdryer, only £100 cheaper.
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Revered stylist Michael Douglas has launched his own innovative dryer, and it impresses on so many levels. Firstly, the weight: it comes in at 360g, which is significantly less than a traditional model.
Don't be fooled though, the blow-dry power is outstanding – even on long, thick and curly hair. With three heat and three speed settings alongside two nozzles, it's a comprehensive tool that ticks all the boxes. The fact you can tuck it inside the smallest drawer is merely a bonus.
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Here’s a hair dryer that adds plenty of volume. And not only did it add oomph to most of our testers' roots, but the magnetic styling nozzle attachments also made it super easy to switch up your look.
It didn’t strip moisture from hair and left it looking healthier for most testers. The majority of our panelists with coloured tresses also said it didn’t dull their colour either, and it helped eliminate frizz.
How to add volume to flat hair, according to a celebrity hairdresser
My hair is as flat as a deflated balloon, and similarly depressing. While some crave curls, and others lust after poker straight locks, volume has always been my number one hair desire, but my cobweb-fine locks simply will not play ball. So it’s time to call in the big guns.
One person who knows a thing or two about creating showstopping hairstyles is Michael Douglas. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, he has tamed the manes of countless celebrities, as well as founding mdlondon, a brand which has just launched a brilliant new lightweight hairdryer.
I visited Michael at his Soho studio with one major request: make my hair bigger. Along the way, he shared some great tips for adding volume to lacklustre hair, which hopefully will help my fellow flatheads out. You’re welcome.
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Best styling tool
“A dryer with a powerful punch, for one so quiet and compact and big results. As a working makeup artist working on all types of hair and travelling constantly, this is now a firm fixture in my kit ” says, judge Mira Parmar.