This Alien Elephant Dryer Bonnet Is As Useful As It Is Ridiculous

The idea behind this blowdryer attachment is to give your arms a rest while your hair does important things such as set in rollers or undergo a deep condition.
Publish date:
March 12, 2014
hair treatments, blowdryers, White Sands, weird products, dryer bonnets

Sometimes I get some really hilarious press releases in my inbox. Fresh-off-the-assembly-line products that make me say, "Really!?" and news alerts that seem extremely far fetched.

For example, I got a release a couple of weeks that claimed selfies were the potential cause of head lice spreading in the greater Phoenix area. And just days before that, while going through an onslaught of emails (oh god do they ever stop?), I landed on a picture of a futuristic, wacky "hooded dryer attachment" from White Sands that made me do a real life LOL.

Obviously, I had to test it out myself.

While the odd, Marie-Antoinette-meets-the-30th-century contraption is good for a few laughs, it actually serves a purpose. The idea is to give your arms a rest while your hair does important things such as set in rollers or undergo a deep condition. Consider it the lazy girl's alternative to sitting there and applying heat with a hair dyer.

It also touts benefits that go beyond giving your arms a break. Most importantly, it claims to distribute heat evenly, preventing any ouchy scalp burns (totally been there) or lopsided hairdos.

True story: The package actually happened to be sitting on my front porch after a night of (responsible) drinking, which is also the best time to rip open a product such as this one. Laughs were had. Husband was scared. Cats threatened to move out.

Here she is:

It's lightweight and easy to fold up, making it travel-friendly. Plus it comes in the loveliest shade of Extraterrestrial Silver.

While it looks futuristic, this product isn't revolutionary and there are plenty of others like it on the market. That said, I decided to try out this particular bonnet and was pleased with the results.

So far, I've used it to set an olive oil hair treatment for about 15 minutes. It was nice to be able to catch up on my Facebook feed while my hair became more fabulous. Also, there were no tired muscles afterward. Win!

As far as my hair's concerned, I couldn't tell if it was more effective to use this product or sit there with a plastic cap on and apply heat with a hairdryer. It was nice to not have to constantly rotate the hairdryer around my scalp, though.

Let me show you how it works.

Start by placing all hair within the bonnet. The bonnet shell is pretty big, so even if you have super long or thick hair, you shouldn't have a problem making it all fit. (I'm demonstrating the setup process on dry hair for convenience's sake.)

Pull the string and secure so it fits snugly on your head.

Stretch the elastic around the nozzle of your hair dryer. It's pretty tight, so it won't go anywhere and the product says it fits all hair dryers.

And turn it on! The first time you do this it may feel super weird and you may make funny faces, but you eventually get used to it.

If you have multiple settings, I recommend using the lowest amount of airflow. I originally switched mine onto full blast and the whole thing flew off my head, which was very disconcerting and also hilarious. I have an extremely powerful blow dryer, though, so your results may vary.

Let it set, turn off the blow dryer, remove the bonnet and then continue with the rest of your hair regimen. Easy-peasy!

To conclude, my only complaint about this product is that there's not an attachment on it that allows me to affix it to my car's vent unit. Can you imagine the looks I'd get riding around town running errands while my curlers set?