As you know, I am currently learning to adjust and regain some control over my life after sacrificing so much due to chronic illness. One of the many things I had to immediately give up upon getting sick a year and a half ago was any type of hair and beauty routine. I was unable to stand long enough to shower most days without feeling faint, let alone blow dry my hair. That may seem insignificant to some (it certainly was to me given the magnitude of limitations that occurred in such a short period of time) but nevertheless, it was something that helped make me feel like me.
When Fromm approached me to try out their 1907 line recently, I was skeptical. My mother-in-law bought me a really good dryer a couple years ago so I didn’t imagine that the 1907 dryer would be much different. What won me over: the products claimed to speed up the drying process, so much so that one of the brand’s trending hashtags on social media is #Extra10Minutes (the idea is that they will cut drying time thus saving you an extra 10 minutes). I have thin hair but a lot of it so when I used to blow-dry my hair, it would take me a good 25 minutes, give or take. Cutting that down to 15 was still too long for me but after reading up on the hair care line and after seeing a bunch of positive reviews, I decided to give them a try anyway.
When I received my package from Fromm, my first impression was that the dryer was super lightweight #goodbyetiredarms! This makes it easy to hold and control. It is also really quiet (I thought it was on low when it was on high) which is a nice. Now for the real test, drying time. Honestly, I had little hope. I assumed I’d get too lightheaded to continue (nothing like pre-syncope symptoms to start off the day) and throw it up in a top knot, per usual. I gave it a whirl (no pun intended) and timed myself. I kid you not, drying my hair took 8 minutes. 8 minutes!!! I’m not talking slightly damp either. I couldn’t believe it but my hair was completely dry, straight, shiny, and soft.
I am no professional but I’ve outlined how I achieve my at-home blowout below!
- After I lightly towel dry my hair, I spray it with It’s A 10 and brush it through with the Wet Brush (holy grail item). Being my hair is long, it gets tangled easily so I’ve tried a bunch of de-tangling products over the years. These two are a lethal combo for knots! The leave-in conditions and protects your hair and helps the brush gently get the knots out without all of the pulling and breaking.
- (Some people use a blow-dry spray at this point but frankly, I haven’t tried any yet. I’ve read great things about this one and it’s under $4!) I do a quick once over on my whole head with the dryer, just taking out some of the moisture.
- If I’m in a hurry: I blow dry my hair 75% of the way using the Hot Paddle Brush (my favorite) and then finish up with the Glosser-Paddle Brush for extra sleekness and shine. Skip to Step 5. If I’m taking the effort: I separate and dry my hair in three sections using the Hot Paddle Brush, starting at the bottom (from my ears and below), the middle (from my ears to right above my eyebrows), and then the crown (the very top face-framing pieces.)
- I like my layers to have some “swoop” at the bottom so I use the Square Brush to give me the look I like. (Tip: Just like with curling, I like to blow dry these pieces “back” so that the hair slightly swoops away from my face.)
- I rub one pump of this into my hands and run it through my hair, focusing on the roots to tame fly-away’s. Voila! A quick, salon-worthy blow out at home.
Final thoughts: I love these products and am so thankful I was able to try them out! Not to sound corny, but Fromm has given me a lot more than an extra 10 minutes back. These hair care tools have allowed me to gain a small part of myself back again. I am one step closer to looking and ultimately feeling like the “old” Michele and that, my friends, is priceless.
Happy Wednesday and be sure to stop by tomorrow for look #2 with Henri Bendel! It’s a fun one 🙂 As always, thanks for reading!
*Thank you to Fromm for gifting the products featured in this post! All thoughts and opinions are my own.*