Thursday, August 18, 2011

My hair routine (plus HANA Air Premiere dryer review)

I've gotten a few questions on what kinds of stuff I use for my hair, as well as how I curl it. Here are the basics that I use on an average day. Fun fact: I only purchased two out of these 7 items.

  1. I've only tried a handful of hairsprays in my life, but this one so far has the best hold and doesn't weigh down my hair too much. It was a leftover can that my hairstylist doing my hair for my wedding let me keep. I got married in 2007 and I think it's still more than half full.
  2. Teasing/rat tail comb - for when I want to tease my hair a little bit or part in a straight line. I bought this.
  3. Regular comb, courtesy of some random hotel. used mostly on my bangs
  4.  Sanrio brush that I got for my 16th birthday. Yeah, I don't own a real brush, and have never really felt the need to. I use this when I need to put my hair up and want to smooth out the sides.
  5. Hot Tools curling iron. I think it might be a 1 1/4" but I'm not too sure as I didn't buy it. My cousin gave it to me after she moved back to Taiwan in 2001. It still works like a champ, and heats up super hot, which I like.
  6. Corioliss Pro flat iron. My sister was suckered into buying this at a mall kiosk a year or two ago, but let me borrow it so I didn't have to use the Conair flat iron I bought in college for $14.99 that pulls my hair out. I've had hers for a long time now.
  7. TresSemme Heat Protectant Spray - I chose this one because it was the cheapest I could find at Target, and I'm pretty satisfied with how it preps my hair for being styled, as opposed to just plain frying it.
I don't have a hair dryer in there, and that's because I have a really basic Conair hair dryer that I use maybe once a month. I really dislike using it, as it takes forever and I don't like using too many heat tools on my hair if I can help it. I usually just wash my hair at night and let it air dry before I go to bed, or put it up and sleep if it's still damp.

In the mornings, I spritz it with the TresSemme heat protectant spray, and curl small pieces of hair around the curling iron without using the clamp. Two tutorials that use this method that I like are Kyla from Blue Collar Catwalk and Miss Melissa.

Recently though, Misikko sent me the HANA Air Premiere hair dryer to review, which is a super nice and professional hair dryer, and about a million times better than my old Conair. It left my hair super smooth, and it took significantly less time to finish drying my hair.

One thing I loved was that just blow-drying my hair from the top of my head gave me a head full of straight hair, even though I only use my fingers to comb through my hair and not a brush (you've seen how lame my only brush is, it'd probably melt with the heat). With my old blow-dryer, after my hair was dry, it was just wonky and poofy, and I'd still have to straighten or curl it. With the HANA Air Premiere dryer, it dried super straight, and I didn't even need a straightener. It would save me a lot of time if I were to wear my hair straight.

I have pretty thick hair (and used to have a lot, but I think I'm getting old and it's totally thinning out) so with my old dryer, it always took forever to dry my hair. With the HANA dryer, it felt like I got my hair dry in no time.

The only thing I didn't like was how the strong airflow sucked when I was trying to blow-dry my bangs. Even at the lowest level, the airflow was so strong that it was hard to keep my eyes open. haha, yeah I'm weaksauce. Oh, and I had spent an embarrassing amount of time trying to figure out how to turn on the dryer because the buttons are a bit confusing. I totally thought it was broken!

Overall, I really liked the HANA Air Premiere hair dryer. The strong airflow is definitely a plus when it comes to saving time and getting my hair straight and dry, and left my hair feeling really soft, smooth and healthy.

If you're ever in the market for a new ceramic flat iron or professional blow dryer, I urge you to check out Misikko. Great customer service, great product, and a large selection of professional hair tools.


  1. Hahaha, Kimmie!!  I love your Keroppi brush!  You're bringing me back to elementary school.

  2. Awesome review! A good hair dryer is hard to find. I actually just bought the hana air this past christmas for my sister but we both use it and are in love with it, so much better than my old chi pro! :)

  3. I have a Badtz Maru one too! :) with the matching mirror. haha :)

  4. Isn't it super nice? I love it! So much better than any dryer I've ever used! :)

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