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I already own the CHI Rocket hair dryer, and I paid a pretty penny (almost $200) for it when it first came out. At the time, I thought it was the most revolutionary piece of hair equipment I ever owned. And, I think it was! It was lightweight, about 50% quieter than my previous hair dryer, and had a powerful motor that generated negative ions and far infrared heat with the lowest output of Electro Magnetic Frequency (EMF) for static-free results! However, I’ve owned my Rocket hair dryer for about six or seven years. While it’s still going strong, I recently became interested in CHI Air’s product line, which includes a ceramic hair dryer.
Similar to my beloved Rocket hair dryer, the CHI Air ceramic hair dryer comes with two attachments. Both include concentrator nozzles. However, instead of a comb attachment, the CHI Air includes a diffuser instead. Curly girls, rejoice!
This CHI Air ceramic hair dryer also has low EMF and eliminates static. In addition, it seals the hair’s cuticle for shiny, smooth hair. I like that both dryers have a hanging loop for those living in small quarters. (A special shout-out to all those living in studio or one-bedroom apartments!) The far infrared technology claims to repel humidity and reduce static electricity. I decided to put it to the test. I workout daily, which makes maintaining most straight or stretched hair styles darn near impossible. However, after my 60-minute workout session, my hair was still mostly straight, which is pretty impressive.
The Air hair dryer worked as well as the Rocket but seemed to dry my hair even faster. It is also noticeably quieter than my Rocket. Another major difference is the material that each blow dryer is made of. The Rocket is modern, sleek, and, yes, sometimes darn right slippery to hold! This can become a major annoyance when your hands and hair are wet (as they are prone to be when blow drying your tresses). I often find myself constantly stopping periodically just to wipe my hands and/or the Rocket handle down with a towel. Unlike the Rocket, the CHI Air has a more ergonomic design. The handle is softer and astronomically easier to hold.
The Rocket has 1800 watts compared to the Air’s 1500, but I didn’t notice any difference in terms of power or performance. In fact, the only major gripe I have is that I have to manually hold the cool shot button on the CHI Air whereas on my CHI Rocket I could just press it on and it would stay on until I pressed it again. Not sure why the product development team got rid of that feature, but I think they should bring it back! Other than that, I think the CHI Air blow dryer is amazing, especially for those short on time or who may be considering stretching their hair (with heat) on a weekly or biweekly basis.
Curious how this beauty performs in real time? Watch the vid below for the deets!