We tried the "Tesla of hair dryers" that promises smoother, shinier, frizz-free hair - here's what we thought

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Photo credit: Zuvi Halo
Photo credit: Zuvi Halo

From the Dyson Airwrap to the Revlon Salon One-Step Volumizer, the market of at-home hair tools that deliver professional results is ever growing – with the latest addition billed as "the Tesla of hair dryers".

The Zuvi Halo landed in the UK in April, already with the celebrity hair stylist seal of approval (Mara Roszak used it when styling Nicole Kidman’s hair for the Oscars in March).

Inspired by nature, Zuvi developed a patented LightCare technology that mimics the way natural sunlight and wind evaporate water. Harnessing the power of light, the idea is the Zuvi Halo will air dry your hair as if you were on a walk outside, but in record time.

Zuvi claim the Halo also helps retain over 2x internal strand moisture, protects colour and ensures hair cuticles remain flat for a smooth and shiny finish. Plus, Zuvi's own lab tests found hair was 17% smoother, 38% shiner, 9% stronger and held colour for up to 57% longer. What’s more, it’s an energy-efficient tool, using 60% less energy than a traditional hair dryer, according to the brand.

The Zuvi Halo also has four modes: Care, Fast, Soft and Style with an additional Cool mode for a blast of cold air. And, it comes with three attachments - a styling concentrator to straighten and shape, a diffuser to define curls and coils, and a gentle air attachment for sensitive scalps.

It all sounds rather impressive, but how does it actually work? Like many of us, I've lived my entire life under the impression that leaving my hair to air dry would cause strands to break and hair to become frizzy. But, although the Zuvi Halo mimics the natural elements with warm air (wind) and light (sun), it focuses on only drying the water on the surface of the hair, and doing so very quickly. This allows hair to retain internal moisture, prevents frizz and stops the over-drying that can happen with traditional hair dryers which can lead to split ends and breakage .

As well as ensuring the hair cortex isn't compromised with over-drying, Zuvi also promises to help prevent heat damage by drying at a lower temperature compared to other hair dryers (44 degrees vs the traditional 60 degrees).

Photo credit: Zuvi
Photo credit: Zuvi

After one use on my long, dry and naturally straight hair I was certain I noticed a difference in the look and feel – but I questioned whether I was just seeing the results I wanted to see. That thought quickly vanished when I arrived at work one morning, having used the hair dryer the night before, and a colleague noted how shiny and smooth my hair was looking.

Photo credit: Zuvi
Photo credit: Zuvi

While I was certainly delighted at the look and feel of my hair, the best part of the testing process for me was how it cut my drying time in half. The Zuvi Halo makes quick work of long, thick hair and I spent significantly less time drying and styling my hair than I normally would. After over a month of use, I can safely say my hair is shiner and healthier-looking then ever before, and I have noticeably less frizz post-blow dry. Consider me impressed.

While the Zuvi Halo is expensive (it’s £329 so a big beauty kit investment), in my eyes it certainly lives up to the hype. It’s an innovation in the hair care industry and if you have the budget, I think it’s worth investing in this energy-efficient tool.

Shop the Zuvi Halo online and via Feelunique.

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