Parlux 3800 – Best hairdryer ever

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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  1. Hair Romance says

    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

  2. Me, my best and I says

    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 :)

  3. Tanya says

    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 says

      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

  4. mila says

    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. 😀

  5. Anastasia says

    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 says

      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 says

        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!

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