Parlux 3800 – Best hairdryer ever

by Hair Romance on May 25, 2011 · 17 comments

in Hair Products

My 10 year old Parlux 2800 vs New Parlux 3800

I didn’t think it was possible, but Parlux just got better.

For the uninitiated, there are two types of hairdryers in the world: Parlux, and the rest.
Parlux is an Italian brand of salon professional hairdryers that I believe are the best. The rest just blow lukewarm air towards your hair.
My beloved Parlux
I have spoken of my love for my Parlux before, and how amazed I am that my beloved hairdryer is still going strong 10 years after I bought it. Yes, you heard me, an electrical appliance still working one decade later!!  This is no fluke either. My mum and sister bought the same model about six months after me and theirs are still going strong.

It’s because Parlux are professional quality hairdryers. They are made to be used all day, every day in busy salons. The switches are designed to be flicked on and off hundreds of times per day so they last. I would marry my Parlux if I wasn’t already married.

But many things happen in a decade, and Parlux has brought out several new models. The Parlux 3500 was the first to cause my eye to wander. Its super compact size makes it perfect for the gym and travelling. However I still felt loyal to my 2800. It’s still good so I didn’t see why I would need to replace it, instead I worked out some hairstyles I could do after the gym.

I didn’t realise how much the technology had improved. I have been testing the lastest eco friendly, ionic and ceramic Parlux 3800. My verdict?  I LOVE it.
The sparkly new Parlux 3800
Why the Parlux 3800 is better than my Parlux 2800
(ie. Why should I replace something that is in perfect working order?)
  • It’s smaller
  • It’s available in more colours
  • It’s ozone friendly
  • All components and packaging are made from non toxic materials
  • It has a patented silencer so it’s quieter
  • The new ionic and ceramic technology produces even smoother, shinier hair
  • Hair can be dried up to 40% faster than other dryers, hence using less electricity
  • It makes my hair feel softer and noticeably less frizz

One thing that hasn’t changed from the 2800 to the 3800 is the brilliant cool shot button. I need to take a moment to explain how important this button is when blowdrying your hair.

I heard a great analogy recently that each hair is like a metal bar. You have to heat it to change its shape, but how it cools will determine the result. If you let it cool slowly it can warp, but if you cool it fast it will stay straight.

Are you with me? The same way we talked about curling hair here, even when straightening your hair, or blowdrying into waves, it’s how you cool it that sets the style. The cool shot button triggers a blast of cold air without changing any settings, allowing you to finish and set your style. 

I think I have put together a pretty good case as to why I should upgrade. If you’re still wondering, check out who as an added incentive are offering a free Argan Oil blowdry kit valued at $59.95 when you purchase either the Parlux 3500 or 3800.
Disclaimer: This product was loaned for testing by i-glamour, but I don’t think I can give it back! I am not sponsored by Parlux but would like to be. If you are from Parlux please get in touch!
All images by Hair Romance 
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Anonymous May 25, 2011 at 3:15 am



Anonymous May 25, 2011 at 3:16 am



nosh July 10, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Me too. No instruction guide. Why not?


Hair Romance July 11, 2012 at 7:36 am

Hi Nosh

My 30 Days of Twist and Pin Hairstyles is available as an ebook here –

If you’re looking for more hairstyles inspiration I do new tutorials and hairstyle ideas almost every week. You can find all my videos here and lots more tutorials here

Have fun with your hair!



Hair Romance May 25, 2011 at 4:23 am

That's ok Anonymous, I'm providing all the instructions for the hairstyles in my ebook out on 1 June.

I don't advertise products, I review products and I like to talk about things I love. I would never give a favourable review to something I didn't believe in. These are just my opinions but I have tested this product, and owned my dryer for 10 years so I think that's a pretty fair review.

There are tutorials on my site under "Twist & Pin" – skip to the beginning before my 30 days posts and there are instructions there.

All the best,
Christina @ Hair Romance


Me, my best and I May 25, 2011 at 7:49 am

I love love love my Parlux. Seeing pics of yours reminds me of my long list thin nozzle I only have the wide one left!! I know from your older posts and your comments on my blog you genuinely love your Parlux, that's advertising enough for me :)


Tanya January 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I absolutely love your site. Of the Parlux hair dryers which one do you think is the best? I have long thick dark hair. I would also love to style my hair like Kate Middleton, do you have tips on how to do this?


Hair Romance January 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Thanks Tanya! I think the 3800 is fantastic. If you want the compact model it’s the 3500 but if you use a diffuser you will have to buy the parlux one especially for the 3500, where the 3800 fits a universal diffuser. I had the 2800 for 10 years and it is great too, but the 3800 is better. Kate Middleon always has a perfect bouncy blowdry. Not to much height on the top but with curls at the bottom. You can achieve this with a round brush as you dry, or blowdry your hair straight and use a large curling iron at the ends. I might try and do a tutorial on this soon for you x


Tanya January 15, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Thanks a ton, I am a fan (of hers and yours!). BTW I am based in Melbourne any recommendations for which hair salon to go to (not too worried about the cost as long as they do a great job). I just recently moved from NZ and from some research Rokk Ebony sounded good, any recommendations? I also absolutely LOVE Cheryl Cole’s hair here and if you can would just adore a tutorial on her hair (the second pic on the site where she’s wearing brown)


Hair Romance January 15, 2012 at 11:37 pm

I can’t give any personal recommendations for Melbourne salons but I have heard good things about Rokk Ebony, Biba & Chumba. I have started a series on hair salon advice which could help when going to a new salon Cheryl was definitely rocking some massive hair in 2011, that 2009 is a little more wearable! It’s a massive bouncy blowdry and I think Cloud Nine’s The O would give a similar result. I’ll see if I can do a tutorial for you x


mila March 8, 2012 at 10:07 am

well I’ve tried different brands and the best hair dryer for me is the Karmin Salon Pro Professional Hair Dryer which is amazing and keeps my hair smooth, shiny and with volume. :D


Hair Romance March 8, 2012 at 9:01 pm

I haven’t heard of them before, but nothing beat sa professional dryer


Anastasia October 2, 2013 at 10:37 pm

Hi, Christina!
I want to buy a new hair dryer, trying to choose between Parlux and Remington.
Have you ever tried the second one? Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance!

Anastasia from Kyiv, Ukraine


Hair Romance October 3, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Hi Anastasia! Remington are a good brand and a quite reasonably priced too. I think Parlux is better because it’s a professional quality appliance where Remington is a consumer product. It depends on your hair, and your budget x


Anastasia October 8, 2013 at 12:52 am

Thanks a lot! After all, I decided to buy Parlux 3800. Seems it’s got everything I need (like 4 temperature variations) Now I’m struggling to pick a colour :)

Have a great week!


Anastasia November 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm

I’ve bought it! It’s really great! And yes, there are two types of hairdryers in the world: Parlux, and the rest :)))


Hair Romance November 21, 2013 at 4:10 pm

That’s awesome Anastasia! Glad you’re a convert too x

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