Current Obsession: Cricket Ultra Smooth Professional Dryer

Perfect the at-home blowout and get your shine on with this compact hair dryer.

Current Obsession: Cricket Ultra Smooth Professional Dryer
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Ask any woman for the one beauty tool she simply can't live without and you'll likely hear the words "hair dryer" over and over. But for as long as I can remember, I've always avoided this trusty hair tool. It's not like I have anything against them; in fact, I adore a good salon blowout as much as the next beauty-obsessed gal. The problem is, I just don't have the patience to blowout my own locks at home.

I've always had thick curly hair, so setting out to perfectly blow dry my own mane is no small task. Add to that the fact that I'm very lazy when it comes to hair care in general, and air-drying has always won out over a date with my blow dryer. That being said, I think I've finally found a blow dryer that could break me out of my air-dried curls habit. When Cricket's Ultra Smooth Professional Dryer ($100) hit my doorstep, I was excited to test it for two big reasons: its compact size and its multitasking properties.

Current Obsession: Cricket Ultra Smooth Professional Dryer
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Unlike other dryers I've tried in my day, this little baby's outlet filter is infused with argan oil and keratin protein to give you a boost of shine. When combined, these two powerful ingredients promise to reduce frizz, smooth the hair cuticle and repair damage. After using the dryer just one time, I noticed my locks had a nice shine and I loved the fact that I didn't have to add additional products of my own for sheen.

When it comes to hair dryers, it's important to use just the right temperature to get the job done, and I really appreciated how well this dryer heated up, delivering hot but not scalding air to dry my hair in no time. And, unlike a lot of massive models that are difficult to handle when you're doing an at-home blowout, this one is the perfect size. 

Intrigued? Get the Ultra Smooth dryer here