She Tried It! Gold ‘N Hot’s New Ionic Bonnet Dryer, Spring Curling Iron And Ceramic Straightening Iron Bring The Heat
If you’re like me, paying a grip to get your hair done is something you save for special occasions–or dire new growth circumstances. My tiny bathroom in the corner of my apartment is my beauty shop. To get results at least somewhat close to what I want, I need the right products and equipment at my disposal. Alligator clips, my essential oils, a gold conditioning cap, the moisturizing shampoo and conditioner of the moment, and a good hair dryer. I’ve been a fan of Gold ‘N Hot’s dryers for quite some time now and own an old-school one with a massive black hood that comes in a heavy-duty black case. But I’m open to trying new things, so I jumped at the chance to give the company’s new Professional Ionic Soft Bonnet Dryer a whirl.
After washing my locs and squeezing everything from Jamaican black castor to eucalyptus oil in my head, I sat under the white hot dryer for a little over an hour (my hair is thick, and that’s not a humblebrag). When I came from underneath it, my hair felt soft, and the oils penetrated my scalp. I will admit that it took a little longer than usual for my hair to dry (I had to put the bonnet back on for another 30-40 minutes to get the ends of my hair together). But my hair didn’t feel dried out and crunchy when I finally finished.
There are a lot of great features when it comes to this dryer, but one thing I’m not crazy about is the jumbo bonnet that comes with it. The thin drawstring mechanism is nothing like the thick shoestring-inspired drawstring in the hood of my old dryer. While trying to tighten the new bonnet around my hair, the string almost slipped out completely, which would have left me with a bonnet that wouldn’t have been able to form around my hair. Therefore, I recommend that you try to be careful when tightening the cap. Otherwise, the string may end up trapped inside the bonnet. Still, I love how lightweight the cap and carrying case is, making it perfect for travel. I’m also impressed by the dryer’s four different heat settings, a definite bump up from my old bonnet’s “Hot” or “Cool,” “Low” or “High” settings. The options available keep your hair from sustaining damage, and that’s always a good thing.
All in all, I think it’s a good buy. I still prefer my old Gold ‘N Hot dryer because of what I’ve seen it do with my locs, as my hair can feel heavy and be hard to dry. But this new Professional Ionic Soft Bonnet Dryer is perfect for those trying to get their roller sets right, manage conditioning treatments and just trying to dry hair that is not so dense. I think it’s worth a try–and the money.
Other well-received products from the brand, which were tested by News Writer Jazmine Rogers and Managing Editor Brande Victorian, include the 24K Gold 1 1/4″ Professional Spring Curling Iron and the 1″ Professional Ceramic Straightening Iron. The curling iron heats up to 500°F and does so in just 60 seconds. Rogers tried it for herself and said it’s her new go-to curling iron.
“I decided to try a sew-in weave this summer thinking that it would somehow shorten my morning grooming routine; however, I was surprised to learn that it took just as long to style my extensions as it did my real hair–if not longer. I initially tried curling my hair each morning with a small barrel curling iron, which took forever. But using the Gold ‘N Hot ceramic iron cut my routine in half. The large barrel allows for bouncy curls with little to no effort. I also appreciated the dials that allow you to control the temperature.”
As for Victorian, she gave the Ceramic Straightening Iron a shot and said, “It’s very smooth. And it’s nice that it’s a small barrel. If you have bangs or shorter hair, you’re able to get the smaller sections easily. It’s a little rounded, so it helps to curl too.” The only drawback is just how hot the iron gets. With a rheostat temperature ranging from 200℉ – 450℉, Victorian said the iron gets a little too hot for her hand, and there is no adjustment for all that warmth. It’s just on or off. Still, Victorian raves about the iron, which has bumped her bangs to perfection and stylishly straightened her strands.
The Gold ‘N Hot products aren’t perfect, but when you’re trying to get your beautician on in the house, they help to get the job done. If you’re interested in giving the irons ($39.99) and the dryer ($48.99) a try, they are available at the Sally Beauty Supply and Folica websites.