BaByliss Pro Portofino Ionic Blow Dryer Review

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There are a lot of hairdryers presented on the market, but you should choose it very thoroughly, as the beauty of your hairdo as well as your hair condition depends on it.When buying a low powered hairdryer, you risk spending hours in front of the mirror and getting wet hair and failed hairstyle in the end.

On the other hand, a very powerful hairdryer can overdry your hair making it fragile. I’m going to review my Babyliss hair dryer but at first, let’s talk about professional dryer vs usual one.

Why a Professional Hairdryer When I Need It Just for Home Use?

The explanation is quite obvious:

  • a professional hairdryer will suit all the family members with different hair length;
  • it is quite powerful so the hair styling will take less time;
  • professional hairdryers have the ‘cold air’ function, which is necessary for fixing the hairdo;
  • some of them have ionization function which protects your hair from over-drying.

By the way, one of the members of my family, my husband doesn’t need a hairdryer for drying and styling his hair. He decided many years ago that the best hairdo is the bold head. So the hairdryer can fulfill some alternative functions for him:

  1. Use as a microphone.
  2. Dry clothes.
  3. Scare pets.
  4. Blow off the dust.

Main Features and Characteristics of Portofino Blow Dryer by Babyliss

Babyliss Pro blow dryer Portofino blue

Packing: The hairdryer is compactly packed in a box made of thick cardboard. The box has comprehensive information about the device on it.
Country of origin: Italy
Capacity: 2400 W
Airflow speed: 128 km\h

The higher the Babyliss blow dryer’s capacity, the faster and easier the process of styling. The most important here is to avoid over-drying, that’s why it’s better to dry and style your hair at home with such a device at the middle temperature. In this case, you get a quick hairstyle and prevent your hair from over-drying. Do not forget to apply thermal protector on your hair before styling and drying.

Handle: A comfortable and ergonomic handle is developed to release muscle tension. It fits your hand perfectly. The buttons placement is convenient: holding the hairdryer in your hand you can turn it off and on, reach the speed controller with your thumb while holding your forefinger on the cold air button. The design of the handle is thought out in details.

Concentrators: The hairdryer is supplied with 2 concentrators. The first straight 60 mm concentrator is used for smoothing the hair. The second one with a cant edge is perfectly suitable for brush styling and creates the Venturi effect.

Speed and temperature modes:

There are 6 of them:

  • cold air, middle speed;
  • warm air, middle speed;
  • hot air, middle speed;
  • cold air, high speed;
  • warm air, high speed;
  • hot air, high speed.

Cold air button: It’s a very useful button. For example, this button is the right solution when you feel your hair got overheated while drying. It cools down the overheated part of your hair immediately. Besides, alternating cold and the hot air we protect our hair from over-drying.

Another important function of this button is the fixation of the desired hair strand. Hair affected by hot air becomes soft and flexible. So you can create strands of any shape with hot air. Cold air fixes the strand by cooling it down.

Ionization: Hairdryers with the function of ionization have the built-in negative ions emitter, which makes your hair smoother and shiny.

Color: You can choose between blue, black and grey one. I’m really attached to my Babyliss ionic hair dryer


Professional hairdryers with ionization emit negative ions that smooth cuticle’s flakes, decrease the static electricity of your hair. As a result, the hair doesn’t get twisted or distorted stays moisturized. Drying and styling are safe; the hair becomes smooth and shiny.

Ionization function is built in the device and works while the Babyliss hair dryer is working. It cannot be switched off or on, it works constantly. Using a hairdryer with ionization only once, you won’t feel any difference. After regular using of a hairdryer, your hair will become smoother and sleek.

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Power cable length: 2,7 m

The power cable is thick and solid; its length allows to use the device without an extension cord.

Hanging hook: For those who keep hairdryers in the bathroom, the device is supplied with a hanging hook.

Weight: It is quite heavy for a home-use model, but much lighter than many professional devices. There is a feather mark on a box which indicates the small weight of the given hairdryer. It’s easy to handle the device so that your hand doesn’t get tired at all.

Warranty period: Warranty period is 12 months.

Manual: The manual for Babyliss pro nano titanium dryer is included.

My Conclusion


I recommend the professional BaByliss Hairdryer Pro Portofino. Drying and styling my hair now takes much less time than before, when I could spend about an hour doing these things. The hair doesn’t get overdried and damaged. It is an excellent device, and I hope it will serve me for many years.

Also, I advise you to use it only with wooden brushes for hair.

Last update on 2022-12-11 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

  1. Hi, Monica! I’m a hairdresser and I changed a lot of hair dryers already. Babyliss tools are awesome, a real example of Italian quality. The Babyliss blow dryer you described here is not an exception. Its versatility is so big that the dryer can be used by everyone, no matter if you are at home or in a professional hair salon. Another tool I like from Babyliss line is Babyliss ionic ceramic hairbrush. The ionic technology and natural bristles is what I like about it most. Hope you will write an interesting review on it for us too 🙂

  2. My husband and son also use my Babyliss hair dryer for drying their clothes sometimes, Monica 🙂 It really pisses me off but the model is very powerful and it cand dry just everything very quickly. My daughter and I are using the same hairdryer. Both of us have very long hair and it took ages for us to dry it with our old blowdryer. After purchasing Babyliss pro we forgot about wasting hours in front of the mirror. The handle of that tool is very convenient, it’s very pleasant to hold it. Actually, the whole dryer looks awesome and it’s very to use it.

    • Ahahaha, thank you for sharing your story about your husband and son, Sarah. It’s a strange way to use Babyliss hair dryer, to be honest.

  3. Hello, Monica! I’m Margaret and I’m really fond of your blog. Thanks for deciding to review Babyliss hairdryer, that’s one of my favorite professional blowdryer models. Due to a large amount of temperature and speed mods it has an amazingly wide range of possibilities. But the main thing I like about it is that the tool is compatible with any hair type. And the cold airflow button is something amazing – it allows forming your hairstyle exactly as you wish.

  4. Thanks for such an awesome review! I’ve purchased Babyliss blow dryer instead of an old cheap tool I had before. Using that old dryer was a real punishment. The temperature regulation was very bad so there was a great risk of burning my locks. Luckily, there is no such problem with my new Babyliss. The previous dryer was only for drying my hair after taking a shower but was totally useless for styling. Due to my new tool, I have an opportunity for styling my hair into dozens of different ways. Very convenient, safe and multifunctional blowdryer. Strongly recommend to everyone.

  5. I love BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Portofino Full-Size Ionic Blow Dryer. It is the best hair dryer I have ever used. It takes less time to dry my hair and it comes out feeling soft and silky.

    My hair has never been healthier and it actually feels like I am getting a blowout at the salon. I am so glad I made the investment.

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