Cricket Friction-Free Travel Dryer, folded up.
As you all know and are doubtless sick of hearing, I really don’t pay much attention to my hair. Actually, given that it’s pre-finals crunch time, I haven’t been paying attention to much of anything right now—think bare-faced, wearing leggings in public, and noshing on Ziploc-bagged food all throughout lecture without the slightest hint of shame (p.s. if you sit next to me and give me enough side-eye, I’ll usually share). For most of the year, my usual routine of air-drying fits right into this sorry-excuse-for-a-beauty-writer lifestyle. However, this much I do know: in the winter, walking outside with wet hair is not good for you. Even I, the styling idiot, am aware of this—but if you need more proof, people who actually know things about hair agree on this point.
So my secret weapon for this dilemna is the littlest, lightest hairdryer known to man—one that’s actually within a college student’s budget. I’ll be honest, I’ve got my eye on that pros-approved Harry Josh Blowdryer that everyone seems to be raving about, but $250 for a hair appliance (no matter how fabulous) is just not happening right now. I have to eat, you guys! Food is an important part of my life.
Cricket Friction-Free Travel Dryer, unfolded.
The Friction Free Travel Dryer from Cricket Company will set you back a mere $37, and it’s so light that even post-party-you will have no trouble fully drying your hair. For added convenience, it folds neatly in half. The 1600 watts of power are plenty to get the job done, and true to its travel-centric purpose, it has worldwide dual voltage.
Cons? Since it’s small, it heats up quickly, so be careful not to touch the diffuser after you’re done. There are two heat settings (high, low) and no cool-air setting, but I’m hardly doing salon blowouts with this thing. Overall, it’s a complete lifesaver come winter and affordable to boot. Pick up one for your suitcase if you like to travel—or for the occasional blow-dry if you hate lifting heavy things and/or have zero storage space. I’m filing this one under the rare “heat appliances I’d rebuy.”
Shoddy iPhone photo of the Cricket Friction-Free Travel Dryer next to Peanut Frodo for scale. I don’t think I fully understand the concept of scale.
Do you air-dry or blow-dry? Are you ever guilty of wearing leggings in public?
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