Ladies, hair dryer in France question

Old Aug 26th, 2004, 04:10 PM
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Ladies, hair dryer in France question

I need a hair dryer that really dries (I have thick hair) and I also need the concentrator attachment. About the only thing I can find that is compact, dual voltage, AND has the concentrator attachment is the Conair Ceramic Compact Turbo Dryer (157R), 1875 watts. Do these compact dryers work, or should I take my regular dryer (and the xtra space in the suitcase)? And, even if I take my regular dryer (assuming it's dual voltage) will it work the same (both air volume and heat)as if on US voltage?
 
Old Aug 26th, 2004, 09:29 PM
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I'm sure people will tell you they've had good experiences with travel dryers, but I found it easiest to pick up an inexpensive hair dryer at a place like Monoprix in Paris. I got a Baby Bliss dryer in 1996 (at the Monoprix in the Marais) for about $15 and it still works like a charm (we live in Europe now and use it almost every day). You'll have more styles to choose from at cheap prices (good selection under $20) and when you get back you can loan it out to friends going on European holidays. (A French hair dryer will work in many other countries in Europe, too, such as Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, etc.)
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Old Aug 26th, 2004, 10:58 PM
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I totally agree w/ BTilke. Travel/dual volatage hair dryers just don't work as well overseas. Most have a governor built in that prevents you from using high power. And even then they sometimes burn out. Since you especially want high power/concentrator, don't take a hair dryer - buy one in France.

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Old Aug 27th, 2004, 01:47 AM
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If you want a real powerful hair dryer, I know that in France you have to get one with a minimum power of 2100 Watts.
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Old Aug 27th, 2004, 07:36 AM
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I too bought a Baby Bliss in France and have been quite happy with it. I've found that most of the hotel built-in hairdryers get too hot to hold after just a minute or two, not good for someone with thick hair.
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Old Aug 27th, 2004, 07:53 AM
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I do have a dual voltage hair dryer (Windmere 1875) that has gotten so hot overseas that it burned my neck! (I know, excuses, excuses.) It also blew a fuse and once it didn't worked at all. Most of the time it does. It is quite powerful with wind volume and heat - did I mention I burned my neck?! I do intend to purchase a 220 drier overseas on my next trip, but in the meantime, this one has been okay - MOST of the time.
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Old Aug 28th, 2004, 08:33 AM
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Anyone know where I could get one of these Baby Bliss dryers before I go? We'll be arriving in Avignon, and driving straight to a small town, so it might be unlikely I'll be able to find one when I first arrive there.
 
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Do you think you could buy an American hair dryer with American voltage and plug at a story in France? Very, very doubtful. Just as doubtful that you will find a true European one in a store in the US.

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Old Aug 28th, 2004, 08:42 AM
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Just watch for a supermarket or hypermarket along the way and you should be able to pick up a dryer there.
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Old Aug 28th, 2004, 08:43 AM
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P.S. There's a great hypermarché just outside Avignon--I think it's a LeClerc. You'll see huge signs--follow them to the store.
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Old Aug 28th, 2004, 09:02 AM
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As a slave to my hair, the idea of arriving in a foreign country without a hair dryer is rather frightening. But, I trust you guys, I'll give it a try.
 
Old Aug 28th, 2004, 09:26 AM
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If you really want it before you go, try this link:

http://www.hqhair.com/code/products....uct=3497&pID=1
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How hard would it be to purchase a flatiron at Monoprix?
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Old Aug 28th, 2004, 11:17 AM
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Elaine, I'm arriving in a foreign country, will be exhausted, have no idea where I am, and will be heading directly to a small town. I don't have a clue where the Monoprix is, and don't know if we'll pass it. I just though if I could order one before I leave, it would be easier.
 
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If there is a LeClerc near the station, as Underhill noted, you will have no problem whatsoever finding a hair dryer there. Ditto for any Carrefour that you pass or other large hypermarche.
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You can probably find you hairdryer right in the airport. I have bought small electrics (radio, curling iron) in both LHR and CDG.
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Oops! I'm sorry Annieladd, I was asking anyone if they knew if the Monoprix would have flatirons. My daughter uses one, and based on the info from your post, I was thinking of just buying her one when we arrived. We had a bad experience w/ buying a converter here in the states which turned out to be obsolete when we arrived in Europe.
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I bought a great Vidal Sassoon dryer for only 10€ in Galeries Lafayette. It folds for travel and has the concentrator attachment and works great. Saw them as well in Printemps. I agree you could check at the airport upon arrival.
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.........The hypermarché at Avignon Nord
is an Auchan and it's worth your while
to stop - they have almost everything
you could possibly need there!
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Old Aug 29th, 2004, 05:01 AM
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Oh, Elaine, I'm sorry, I thought you were put out with my initial reluctance to wait until I arrived to buy. I guess I was the prickly one! Sorry. I'll take all your nice comments and am sure I'll find something. Thanks, Annie
 

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