Rethinking your blow dryer may be the first step to alleviating repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome.
Reliably and dependably performing hard work over a long period of time, your blow dryer is literally the workhorse of the salon, which is why you want it to be powerful enough to get the job done in the least amount of time. Choose a blow dryer that’s too heavy—and lots of them are—and you’re likely to experience hand or wrist pain that could be symptomatic of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), the compression of the median nerve in the wrist, which causes numbness, tingling or weakness. If left untreated, CTS can put the brakes on a stylist’s career and could require surgery if not addressed.
Because experts agree that a hairdryer weighing more than 1.1 pounds can cause strain, you want a super-lightweight dryer but one that doesn’t sacrifice exceptional performance. Just as important is ergonomic design. Look for a dryer like the Elchim Xlite that evenly distributes the weight across the wrist and arm so it doesn’t become a problem with prolonged use. From the comfortable grip for maximum control, you’ll feel the difference right from the get-go.
Aside from being one of the lightest professional dryers on the market—more than 35% lighter than the average blow dryer—the Elchim Xlite also heats up like a 2,400-watt dryer, while using less energy. Hair dries in half the time, reducing wear and tear on hands and wrists over the long haul, a boon for stylists who do a lot of blowouts on a daily basis.
Because of the ionic ceramic system, hair dries from the inside out, minimizing damage to fragile locks and leaving hair looking super shiny. What’s more, the XLite is made of recyclable materials, dramatically reducing your environmental footprint. Handmade in Italy, the Elchim Xlite comes with two concentrators for airflow accuracy and three color filters that work as built-in silencers—switch them out to suit your mood.