I was overjoyed to receive an email from Ko Kou; who had listened to my woes on twitter about the lack of quality hair dryers for afro hair types.
They decided to take a proactive approach in introducing me to their Professional Pro Pik hairdryer, which is refreshingly contemporary in design and technology, and suitable for afro hair textures; supplemented with its anti-frizz tourmaline feature.
I put the Pro Pik for a live test on Instagram, whilst I went through my natural hair revive session; and truthfully, it’s the Maserati of afro blow dryers, powerful, sleek and attractive. It’s a relief not to be be subject to ugly, out of date, overpriced and under performing blow dryers.
Going natural doesn’t always mean I get to enjoy my afro the way I would like to.
Which is why protective styling techniques have since been my go-between place when trying to navigate between having healthy hair in a country with sporadic climate, hard water and a busy job that doesn’t stop.
So every six weeks, I prepare to take my hair out of whatever protective style I’ve wrapped it up in and acquire a new look, along with the replenishment of any hair products and accessories I need.
Thanks to London’s diverse population, Harlesden and Brixton alone host enough afro hair shops to protectively style myself into the next millennium. Which is great for acquiring hair products, but not necessarily hair hardware. It’s very rare that I find a technologically advanced hair blow dryer in an afro hair shop, with the exception of the overpriced options by WAHL.
Most models look like they’ve been on the shop shelf since 1994, with sales assistants who are of the opinion that if the hair dryer has an afro pick at the end, what else do I expect?
In contrast, the range of products for European based hair available from retailers like Boots, Debenhams and Superdrug and that offer hairdryers with fancy features like “superior nanoe technology”; whilst our budget hairdryers available across our local and very much separated hair care distributors offer below basic functionality, causing frequent overheating and harsh exposure to sensitive afro textured hair.
Having put the Ko: Kou Pro Pik through the works, I was impressed by its performance, and my wish is for products such as these to be given more accessible distribution channels to reach the wider market.
An all around great product.
Ko: Kou Pro Pick Professional Hair Dryer: http://www.kokou.co.uk/home/products.php
- 2000W Max Power
- Ionic technology
- 3 Temprature settings
- 2 Speed Settings
- Cool shot switch, low noise