pending the last three years of my life living with six other girls, I am well accustomed to the trials and tribulations of a bad hair day.
From using shelf loads of hair products promising Rapunzel-like locks to the hairball nests that haunted the corner of every room, getting salon perfect hair at home is not an easy feat. Until now.
Having launched in the UK only in April 2022, the Zuvi Halo hair dryer is being labelled as the ‘Tesla of hair care’ as it promises to dry hair without the use of intense heat, opting instead for patented LightCare Technology. At the pricey sum of £329, you would expect it to live up to the nickname.
I, alongside my two housemates, tried out the Zuvi Halo over a fortnight of washing, drying and styling to see how it fared. As we all have very different hair types – ranging from thin fine tresses to long thick curly locks – we were able to try out all the attachments thoroughly.
With that in mind, here is our verdict.
- Weight: 534g (including cable)
- Power: 680W
- Motor Speed: Up to 105,000 RPM
- Cable length: 1.8 metres
- Dimensions: 25.36cm x 8.38cm x 9.78cm (HxWxL)
- Material: Glass filled nylon, faux leather, glass
- Accessories: Styling Concentrator, Diffuser, Gentle Air Attachment
- Styling modes: 5
On first appearances, we were impressed by how small and compact the hair dryer and the accompanying accessories all were – they came neatly tucked away in their respective compartments in a sturdy white box.
Examining the product itself, we spent an amusing five minutes staring at ourselves in the reflective mirror around the central nozzle before realising that this glass surface is in fact where the light beams are emitted that serve to do the drying.
We found it to be impressively lightweight, at least more so than the bulky two-in-one hair dryer and hairbrush we had all been previously using. The faux leather coating on the handle gave the brush extra grip – a useful addition when you’re spending 20 minutes holding your arm in the air.
The attachments were all easy to affix to the main brush thanks to the magnetic snap-on and all three felt equally as high quality as the hair dryer itself. However, the lack of information on how to use the accessories, or the benefits of them, left us slightly perplexed on how exactly they work.
Now onto the important bit – what is LightCare Technology and how does it improve hair drying? The Zuvi Halo claims that LightCare dries hair in the same natural way as the sun and wind would – meaning no damaging heat blasted onto your precious locks. The infrared light omitted did indeed dry our hair at a far lower temperature – we could even place it near our scalp without scalding it. However, due to the low temperatures, it did take my housemate with thicker hair longer to dry compared to using a traditional model.
The Zuvi offers four modes for drying: soft, style, fast and care. With naturally wavy (read frizzy) hair, I am somewhat of a hair dryer sceptic. Impressively when I tried the Zuvi on all four settings, the light was gentle and prevented by strands from being blown around, reducing the appearance of frizz in the process.
Our favourite setting was definitely ‘soft’ as it reduces the power of the heat and wind – ideal for sensitive scalps or fine hair. If you are in a rush, snap on the diffuser accessory and use the fast mode to get a higher heat and quicker dry.
The Zuvi boasts some impressive credentials: one per cent more internal hair moisture, 17 per cent smoother hair and 38 per cent increase in shine compared to a normal hair dryer. Whilst the appearance of frizz was definitely reduced, it’s hard to tell if it lives up to the other claims but overall we found it to be a high quality device that is lightweight and shockingly quiet (as far as hair dryers go).
It is an expensive purchase but if you’re after an ergonomic and stylish dryer which protects your hair then it’s worth splashing out – especially if you’re a regular hair dryer user as the LightCare Technology is far kinder on your hair than traditional heat.