Haircare

Harry Josh Ultra Light Pro Dryer

October 23, 2017

Harry Josh Ultra Light Pro Dryer Review | The Beauty Look Book

I’m excited to share a review of the new Harry Josh Ultra Light Pro Dryer ($349) which launches exclusively at Dermstore this week. For those who aren’t familiar with the line, Harry Josh is a celebrity stylist who has created a line of hair tools called Harry Josh Pro Tools. His products have a signature soft mint green color which I think is fun and unique. I was sent one to test out and this is my first time using anything from his line. Since I’ve already tried and fallen in love with a number of other great hair dryers including the t3 PROi, ghd Air and DryBar (reviewed here) I did not think this one could be better than what I’ve tested but it is.

Harry Josh Ultra Light Pro Dryer Review | The Beauty Look Book

Also shown above is the Round Brush 2-inch size.

For as long as I can remember I’ve blow dried my hair on a regular basis because I find it essential to tame my thick unruly hair with a slight natural wave. If you’ve read some of my packing posts you know that even though I’m a carry on traveler for the most part I still insist on bringing my own hair dryer with me. The two main inconveniences include the fact that they take up a lot of space and also it weighs down the luggage. The Harry Josh Ultra Light Pro Dryer is smaller than the average dryer and extremely light weight under 1 pound. A lot of dryers are design to be “lightweight” but this one is noticeably lighter but still feels like it has substance. It’s easy to hold in the hand for an extended period and easy to maneuver.

Even though it is compact, it has a very powerful motor with a speed of 94 mph which makes for super fast drying time. I set my stopwatch to time my hair drying process with this one on 12 different occasions of using this and each time I was able to get completely dried hair in under 6 minutes (usually around 5 minutes and 46 second mark). Most of the dryers I own take around 7 to 10 minutes for me to get completely dried hair.

Harry Josh Ultra Light Pro Dryer | The Beauty Look Book

A quick look at the drying steps from wet towel dried hair to all the way dried hair. Also held and shown for scale. I’ve tested drying with a number of hair products for prep and heat styling. Lately I’ve been alternating between the Christophe Robin Hydrating Leave-In Mist (c/o, it’s lightweight and detangles my hair), Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue (c/o, available in a fun Super Mario packaging version for holiday) or the Moroccanoil Light. The last image shown is without any extra shine or finishing product so I could show you how the dryer performs on its own as much as possible. To finish and smooth the ends I usually add a bit of the Shu Uemura product, Moroccanoil or Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream. Also shown above: The Daily Edited Large Cosmetic Bag (review soon), Drybar Hold Me Hair Clips, Diptyque Berlin Candle (city exclusive).

My drying process includes a quick rough dry all over. Then I section it by parting my hair or by using clips. If I don’t have clips I simply flip over sections and part my hair to separate it.

For brushes I still use a CHI Turbo Small Paddle Brush to do most of my brushing or drying. Then I finish with a bristle brush to smooth everything out. I tried the Harry Josh Pro Round Brush (made of boar and nylon bristles, made in China) and it was surprisingly easy to use and very effective in smoothing out flyaways. I say surprising because even though I know boar/nylon bristle brushes are the best for smoothing out hair I find them difficult for me to use in general just because of my hair type.

Harry Josh Ultra Light Pro Dryer In Action | The Beauty Look Book

I’m not the most savvy when it comes to hair dryer technology, but I do know that I see a difference in results with regards to smoothness, shine and the frizz factor. All three that I had previously reviewed provide excellent results: smooth, sleek, frizz-free finish. The Harry Josh Ultra Light Pro Dryer also delivers with ion technology and has two ion settings: off will deliver full voluminous style, on will give a smooth sleek finish. I tried both settings and feel that there is actually a visible difference with the two settings as the booklet describes.

Harry Josh Ultra Light Pro Dryer Review | The Beauty Look Book

For the settings, there are:

  • 3 temperature control settings
  • 2 ion settings (as mentioned above)
  • 2 settings for speed/air flow
  • 1 cool shot button
  • 2 removable nozzles
  • removable air filter
  • 9 foot extension cord

For other features it’s relatively less noisy than other dryers but not 100% silent. It is described as being energy efficient with the dual filtration system. The tool is made in France and with the power and settings I was particularly impressed at how fast it dried my hair without making my head feel super hot from the heat like it does with most other dryers.

Size comparison to the T3 PROi (c/o, previously reviewed here):

Harry Josh Ultra Light Pro Dryer vs T3 PROi | The Beauty Look Book

I didn’t want to fall in love with this pricey hair dryer but I have. As with everything I test regardless of whether it’s a press sample or something I purchased on my own I do assess it for the price point to see if I think it’s worth it and in this case I think it is. Still it is very spendy and you can definitely find great hair dryers for less. This one wins for me on dry time, size, weight and performance. It’s truly exceptional in every way and among the best ones that I’ve tried. If there is one thing I think it’s missing it’s a dust bag or something to carry it in for travel – but that being said most of the dryers I’ve seen don’t come with one either. Performance-wise I still think the t3 PROi and ghd Air are also very good ones. The main difference for me is the weight and dry time.

A lot of you have asked me over the past year if I’ve tried the Dyson Hair Dryer and I have not. However this season there’s a Dyson Blown-A Ouai set available which might push me over the edge to try it out. Let me know if you’ve tried it and what your thoughts are or if you would like to see a review.

Harry Josh Ultra Light Pro Dryer Review | The Beauty Look Book

Bottom line the Harry Josh Ultra Light Pro Dryer gets a huge thumbs up for me. You can find it exclusively at Dermstore. Have you tried anything from Harry Josh yet? If not what’s your current favorite hair dryer? I’d love to hear what you use!

Harry Josh Ultra Light Pro Dryer and Round Brush sent by Dermstore without charge for review. Other press samples featured indicated with c/o.

 

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  • Gin Cairns

    I have thick but fine long hair that is naturally wavy. I let it dry naturally, never blowing it dry. I get compliments on it constantly. Women repeatedly want to know how I do my beach waves!

  • Aviva A

    Thank you for reviewing this, I actually just saw it in a magazine and was curious if it was any different from the other dryers you like. I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on the dyson as I have been considering that Ouai set as well!

    • Thanks Aviva, I’m leaning more and more towards that dryer now!

  • I completely echo everything you said about this dryer! Couldnโ€™t believe it myself. I did a comparison with my Conair Infiniti Pro, which usually takes me 27+ minutes to dry my thick, coarse hair. Harry Josh takes 15 minutes. So crazy.

  • bisbee704

    I have the original Harry Josh dryer…and I love it! Worth every penny!

  • Aly Christine

    I loved this review! My mom needs a new dryer and this sounds like it would be the perfect one! I’d love to hear your review on the Dyson and Ouai collab! I just published a new post on my blog today about my fall beauty essentials and would love if you would check it out! I’m so glad to have found your blog!

  • Sabrina Simionescu

    Oh my goodness this dryer looks amazing! Never tried his stuff but now I want to. I did buy a new hair dryer about a week ago though so I really do not need one hah. I got the GHD elite pro (??) I think that’s the name! It is a professional only dryer so it is super strong. I love it, however I feel it makes my hair TOO straight so it gets a bit flat, but otherwise it’s the best thing I’ve ever used.

  • satelliteoflove

    Ugh, when the original came out, I was making less money and scoffed at the price tag. I can’t believe I’m actually considering dropping that much dough on a hairdryer, but….I sure am!

  • Glenda

    So funny, I can’t really wrap my mind around the idea of spending a lot in hair dryers (then again, I am really clueless when it comes to styling hair, etc.). My mother owns the Dyson one, but I don’t really get what makes it so special…
    Then again, to each their own! People don’t understand why I can spend so much and own so many lipsticks “when I only have one mouth”, so… ๐Ÿ˜› Glad you’re happy with it!

  • Teresa Luong

    I love the color!

  • Genee Derks

    Loved the review, thanks!

  • aprilgee

    I keep seeing this advertised on Dermstore. It’s so pretty! It really does a nice job with your hair.

  • I may try it based on your review. I love high-end hair tools. I get what I pay for. Btw you are absolutely gorgeous! Fabulous hair. And those luscious lips . . . I would kill for them!

  • jeansco84

    Thanks for sharing! I’ve used the T3 Featherweight Luxe but have now switched to the Dyson Supersonic. I think both are great hairdryers but I do prefer the Dyson as it’s much more ergonomic!

    • Sunnykm

      Jean–interesting to read the Dyson is more ergonomic as it doesn’t look to comfortable to hold.

      karen

      • jeansco84

        Hi Karen, the Dyson does look quite different compared to conventional dryers! You really have to try it to know how great it feels in your hand and how much easier it is to use. Another thing I really appreciate is that the air intake vent is located on the bottom so I never worry about my hair getting sucked in and snagged. I still love my T3 but with the Dyson, I don’t have to hold the dryer further away due to it’s shape. Hope you’ll try and see for yourself! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sondra

    The color of this one is just so cute!!! I love it!! The size is really great too! I stopped blowing my hair dry a few years ago…but this one is making me rethink that decision…

  • Justine R

    I bought a T3 travel set and I am actually using it for every day use as well! I have thick straight hair that dries well… my issue is more volume. Iโ€™m so interested in the Dyson as I just canโ€™t let myself spend 300+$ o. A dryer! Iโ€™m definitely going to look more into ion technology though!

  • Ah it’s funny how the colour of an item can push you over the edge for wanting it! The mint green is very cute, like that mid-century aesthetic. Thanks for the super-thorough review, too!
    My regular old hair dryer is still going, and I think I’m going to have to stick with it until it dies. I have pretty easy hair to deal with and don’t blow-dry all that often, so I can’t quite justify a new one.
    Morgan | Hyacinth Girl

  • Shannon

    Shopping for hair dryers is so stressful. Its just as bad as trying to pick out a pillow

  • Maria

    Something to consider when I am in the market for a new dryer.

  • stephanieamccoy

    Have you tried the Dyson? Iโ€™m dying to know if itโ€™s really worth it. I have curly hair and also straighten, so Iโ€™m super curious about the smoothing and diffuser tools.

  • This dryer is so adorable! Itโ€™s tough to find a travel size that works well without the bulk. I really want to try the dyson dryer and would love for you to review the new model coming out! Right now Iโ€™m using a BabyBliss ceramic dryer and really like it despite the size and weight. Good to know thereโ€™s a travel size dryer thatโ€™s effective. Thanks Sabrina!

  • urbanangel

    If you do get the Dyson, please let us know what you think. It’s incredibly expensive. But I heard it maybe worth it. Esp since it looks small and easy to manoeuvre. If you love it, I’ll definitely get it.

  • Jennifer Thorn

    Thank you so much, Sabrina! It’s very aesthetically appealing and if it had a diffuser, I’d be sold…

    • I hope they add one! There’s a diffuser for the original size, but I’m not sure if it will fit the new one.

  • Rebecca ZH

    That color though! It’s my favorite. Matches my Kitchen Aid mixer. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Jessica

    I always forget how much I love your hair posts. The makeup posts are so awesome, and your hair ones are much loved as well. Oh, Could you do an update on your skin routine?

    • Thanks Jessica. Yes I’ll do an updated skincare routine. I’ve been meaning to do it for months!

  • Sarah Merrill

    Oh my gosh, no one does review posts like you Sabrina! I mean, the blow dry process pics?! Totally thorough. Will be for sure picking this one up ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the review

  • Love the idea of having a more compact dryer. I wish it was a different color though…

  • Duffi McDermott

    Not a big fan of the color but that size is really convenient. Thank you for showing us your blow dry process/

  • Whitney Lau

    Love your review posts – I’d never heard of this dryer before and so this was super helpful!

  • Leah Davis

    Love your review on this! I’ve been debating whether the Dyson dryer is worth the splurge, so it’s great to have other reviews of good dryers to compare it to.

    • Thanks Leah, I think I’m going to get it to compare. I’ve been so curious about for a while now!

  • Trish

    Love your incredibly thorough review- I was in the market for a new dryer and hey you sold it! The color doesnโ€™t bother me either. Thank you!

  • Laurie M.

    Sabrina, your hair is goals! I’m in the market for a new dryer, maybe for Christmas…

  • marciaf

    I have the original one which I hoped would weigh less than it does. I could use a great travel dryer but unless I get it for a gift this won’t be in my budget.

  • bida

    I want this dryer! SOLD. Sabrina, you do have a talent for getting me interested in things that wouldnโ€™t normally be on my wishlist. LOL.

  • Kim

    I love how compact it is…and that color!!!

  • I’ve been wondering how this (and similar leading but $$ dryers) would fare against Dyson! I feel like there’s room enough on the market for all. Not everyone wants the new-new tech of the Dyson LOL.
    Appreciate this really detailed review!

  • lawler

    The OG Harry Josh was on my list until I heard this was being released. I am thrilled that you reviewed it! Going to check out the previous post you linked to comparison shop; but I think I still want this one.

  • Elena Lizabeth

    Your photos are incredible !!! I love that green mint dryer !!!

  • Federica

    I need to try this! It’s such an interesting tool and your photos are so beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚ I love this mint green color for a hair dryer!

  • Megan Harrington

    Your review posts are truly second to none and this convinced me I need to buy this even though I just bought a ghd dryer not too long ago. Thank you for your thorough and interesting reviews!

    • Thanks Megan, I really like ghd, it’s such a great line ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Maja Boลพiฤ‡

    It looks so easy when I see other people styling their hair…

  • Nicole Godbey

    I bought a T3 years ago and I absolutely love it. Previously I’d always used the cheap conairs. There really is a quality difference.

  • Jeanie M.

    This blow-dryer looks very nice. I would love to see a review of the Dyson also because I am always getting my hair caught in the vent. Ouch!

  • Emma

    I really love how thorough this and your other reviews are! I’m new to your site, and I’m here to stay!

  • Coline T.

    Awesome review! Iโ€™ve been thinking about investing in a high end blow dryer and you may have convinced me itโ€™s worth it. Not that my wallet is thrilled, but I feel like my hair will thank me ๐Ÿ˜†

  • Melissa.rva

    Hello Sabrina ! Thanks for sharing ! Pics of blow dry steps are really good ! It seems to be a good one !

  • Carole D.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • adriana

    love the color

  • Elizabeth van der Stroom

    That looks like such a handy dryer and absolutely love the color. I have some his brushes which are amazing as well>