Product Review: Kenneth Bernard Pro Dryer

Vancouver beauty, life and style blogger Solo Lisa tests the Kenneth Bernard Pro Dryer, available exclusively at Chatters Hair Salons.

Let me be the first to say that I might be the least likely beauty blogger on earth to be offering opinions on hair dryers. Before the Kenneth Bernard Pro Dryer ($74.95, available exclusively at Chatters Salons across Canada), I'd been making do with the same fold-up travel-size hair dryer for the last 5 years, ever since we moved to our condo and I swiped it from my parents' house. It was chintzy, it was weak. It emitted a burning hair smell from the countless times it sucked up my thick Asian tresses through the back vent and I'd had to unplug the dryer and extricate myself from the fan. Needless to say, it was not a pleasure to use. But I hung on to it because it still worked more or less, and besides, my hair had destroyed so many other hair dryers by getting tangled in them that I'd spent a pretty penny on replacements. Any hair dryer would have been an improvement over the status quo, but even barring that, the Kenneth Bernard Pro Dryer has been an all-around delight.

Kenneth Bernard Pro Dryer

This is a no-nonsense, classic workhorse of a hair dryer. 1875 watts, a cool shot button, and 3 heat settings and 2 speed settings that can be mixed and matched. As a mostly wash-and-wear girl, these are all the bells and whistles I could ever want or need in an at-home hair dryer. I usually have it set to the highest heat and speed so I can dry my hair as quickly as possible, then finish with a cool shot for a couple of minutes to seal the hair follicle and create smoothness and shininess. But I'll also use the lower speed and heat settings if I've applied dry shampoo and I want to give it a couple blasts with the hair dryer to help the oil-absorbing particles disperse.

Kenneth Bernard Pro Dryer cool shot button, 2 speed settings, 3 heat settings

The Kenneth Bernard Pro Dryer also comes with 2 concentrators (6mm and 7mm) that help focus the heat on specific sections of hair. I like using the larger one and I find it does help cut down on drying time, although it also gets really hot. You have to keep things moving to avoid burning.

Kenneth Bernard Pro Dryer concentrator 7mm

The honeycombed air filter end cap fits over an iron grid; the actual fan is embedded further in the nose of the hair dryer, about 1"-1.5" away from the exterior. As someone who's had her hair tangled in the fan and burned far too many times to count, I really appreciate this design detail. So far there have been no mishaps.

Kenneth Bernard Pro Dryer air filter end cap

The overall shape and design is that of a conventional long-nosed hair dryer, which has its upsides and downsides. On one hand, the longer nose puts more distance between the fan and your hair to prevent getting tangled in your hair dryer. However, the longer nose is better suited to a professional salon setting where your stylist is blow-drying your hair, as opposed to you at home contorting your arms to achieve the perfect angle, so things can also get a little heavy and clumsy.

Kenneth Bernard Pro Dryer

Personally, I didn't find the Kenneth Bernard Pro Dryer to be clumsy to use and I really liked how it cut down my drying time to 5-10 minutes. It didn't feel very heavy either (although this is coming from someone who does barre so take that with a grain of salt). The results were a lot smoother than with my chintzy old dryer, and best of all there was no more burning hair smell. Definitely an improvement on all counts!

The Kenneth Bernard Pro Dryer is available exclusively at Chatters Salons across Canada. Special thanks to Chatters for providing this one for review.

Vancouver beauty, life and style blogger Solo Lisa tests the Kenneth Bernard Pro Dryer, available exclusively at Chatters Hair Salons.

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