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Dangerous Revlon Hair Dryer Malfunction

Posted Sat April 1, 2006, by Diane R. written to Revlon

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This morning, as I was drying my hair with my Revlon model RV417 1600 watt hair dryer, an enormous spark quite suddenly shot out from the dryer followed by a puff of smoke. The dryer then went dead. Fortunately, though the dryer was inches from my scalp at the time, my hair didn't catch fire and I was not injured. But I would say it was rather a close call. I do not normally include a head barbecue as part of my morning hygiene, so I am a bit disturbed by this incident.

I should point out that the dryer was nowhere near water when the sparking occurred. In the approximately two years I owned the dryer, it had never been wet, dropped, had its cord unduly scrunched or been abused in any fashion. It simply failed in a spectacularly dangerous way.

I think an apology is in order.


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by Candycane Posted Thu August 22, 2013 @ 4:05 PM

I am sitting here writing this with half wet hair. I WAS drying my
hair moments ago, but the handle of my Revlon RV410 started getting
very hot...too hot for comfort. I once had a scary experience years
ago when an older hairdryer caught on fire while I was using it. The
dryer started buzzing and popping. The chord caught on fire in one
spot and melted in two, leaving a terrible burnt plastic and electric
smell in the air. I was quite shaken because of how close I was to
possibly catching my hair on fire. That hair dryer was old and it was
most likely a short in the wire that caused that incident (wasn't a
Revlon by the way. Since then, I can't use a blow dryer without being
paranoid that it could happen again. I'm pretty uneasy about using a
dryer with a handle that gets very hot while in use (its not that old,
either)...SO, I started looking to see if there was a recall for my
particular Revlon model. I found this site and seeing all these posts
assures me that I should stop using my hair dryer and get a new one.
What is especially jarring is the story about the hair dryer that
wouldn't power off until she had to un-plug it! I will ALWAYS unplug
my hairdryers after use from now on!!! Thank you ladies for sharing
your experiences!

by Renee S. Posted Fri February 22, 2013 @ 2:29 PM

I am sorry this happened to you! Mine shot flames out and left me
scared to death with a third degree burn on my forearm and a scar for
life! Mine was an Ionic 1875. After much debate and consulting with an
attorney, I am going to sue them.

I appreciate your sense of humor about this! :)


Revlon Hair Dryer by Cindy N. Sun May 19, 2013 @ 10:46 PM

Revlon Hair Dryer by Colleen777 Fri August 16, 2013 @ 1:55 AM

Revlon Hair Dryer by Colleen777 Fri August 16, 2013 @ 1:56 AM

burning hair dryer by m k. Wed December 25, 2013 @ 11:55 PM
by M K. Posted Fri January 4, 2013 @ 12:36 PM

The Pink Revlon Hair Dryer 1875 Ionic caught on fire while my daughter
was drying her hair. She burnt her hand and nearly caught her hair on
fire. This was the SECOND TIME we experienced this with this model.
The first time the store replaced it with the same one, on the
assumption that it was just a fluke with that particular item.
Needless to say, it is apparent that it is a manufacturing flaw for
all of the dryers. We will NOT be getting this brand/model ever again.
After reading so many of these reviews, I do not know why Revlon
continues to make this product?


by Janeighzing Posted Thu May 17, 2012 @ 3:11 PM

I bought a brand new revlon travel blow dryer and literally pulled it
out of the box, plugged it in and it made a humming noise, so I
actually unplugged it. The heating element was still glowing brightly
after I unplugged it, and then to my amazement, the element caught on
fire. I have long hair. Thank God I did not have it near my hair. I
am absolutely amazed and hugely dissappoint in revlon!!!

by Robin S. Posted Fri April 27, 2012 @ 12:42 PM

I am on my 2nd Revlon Ionic Ceramic 1875watt, with Ion switch and
attchments, that sparks. It is has a silver plastic body with maroon
accents. My first, I bought and had only begun to use for about 3
weeks when it began to spark. I contacted Revlon on their web site
and they inturn directed my e-mail to Aphrodite Hair Products, Ltd.
They manufacture and distribute electrical hair care products around
the world and specifically Revlon.
Aphrodite sent me a "new" (not sure if it was new or reconditioned)
hairdrier. I waited 2 weeks for it. I asked them if they wanted me
to return to them my original hairdryer. They told me to just throw
it away. This bothered me that some unsuspecting person might dig it
out of the trash and use it....they might get hurt. I decided to toss
it as they said but not after writing on it in black Sharpie "Danger"
"Fire". It was not more than a month when the 2nd hairdrier began to
spark. Needless to say I marked "Hazard" and broke the second haire
dryer before tossing it out as well. I then bought another
professional hair dryer NOT manufactured by Aphrodite, Ltd. and
haven't had any problems Those here who think these complaints are
foolish and unfounded, most probably work for Revlon and / or


Revlon 1875 Ionic Ceramic blow dryer by Phyllis K. Fri June 8, 2012 @ 8:21 AM
by skibunny Posted Wed May 26, 2010 @ 8:28 PM

I am contacting the consumer affairs dept. of Florida over the 1875
Revlon Pink and Gray blowdryer that you purchase at Walgreens. I was
drying my hair before work and it started sparking. I thought I was
imagining it until a large fire shot out of the dryer. It almost
singed my hair but I pulled it back really quickly. I love my long
blonde hair and have never had a blowdryer do this. I am calling
Walgreens tomorrow to get a refund. ALL THE REVLON IONIC PINK AND


Yet another bad experience with this product by Jana C. Mon August 30, 2010 @ 12:56 PM

by kakola Posted Tue January 26, 2010 @ 2:24 PM

When you write to Revlon for an apology, make sure you use the correct
form of Chinese, or their public relations department won't know what
you're talking about.

by kim g. Posted Wed January 20, 2010 @ 9:32 AM

Apparently problems with this dryer continue. Ealier this week I used
my Revlon 1875 ionic ceramic cryer. When done, I turned it off and
put it back in its holder on my vanity. I heard a vibrating noise and
realized it was on. The switch was set to off. It began shooting
sparks and smoke from the air intake area. The only way to stop it
was by unplugging. I am so thankful I was there when it happened, as
I am quite sure I would have had a fire in my bathroom had I not been
there to unplug it. I have written to Revlon and am awaiting a
response, but wanted others to be aware that this problem is not


Sparky dryer by M Cullen Tue February 1, 2011 @ 11:09 AM
by Sheila F. Posted Sun July 19, 2009 @ 4:11 PM

I have had the same experience with REVLON hand held dryer, the type
that has the brush attachments. It is SCARY! It gave off a burning
smell and the motor would malfunction and go from low to high without
warning. The dryer was about two weeks old and I just took it back to
Kmart! Funny...while I was there they asked me to get another one off
the shelf to scan the bar code and when I walked back to that dept.
they had all of thoses dryers loaded up on a rolling cart???? Ha!
Being sent back to the company perhaps! OMG I can just see someone's
hair catching on FIRE Thank God it wasn't me. Shame on RELVON for
treating their customers so bad. I'll be sure to tell all my friends
and family and ignore ALL REVLON products in the future. A recall is
what right!


by Pheeeg Posted Tue February 3, 2009 @ 3:08 AM

I had the exact same thing happen to me this evening with a Revlon
hair dryer. It was so bizarre and unexpected, I didn't quite realize
what had happened at first. When it sank in, I was freaked out and
quickly unplugged it.

Funny thing is, I was just thinking the other day how great it is that
the dryer had lasted for several years, and that I would buy the exact
same one when this one died. So much for that idea.

I believe a blanket apology is in order. I don't understand the other
posters on here that are basically saying we're whining - they clearly
haven't had an appliance blow sparks and smoke at their head from
close range. I don't even want to think about the fire risk involved
when I read other people's accounts of hair dryers malfunctioning
while no one's around - yikes.

The dryer should be redesigned so as to die in a less dangerous
manner. I would hope there would be some kind of safety regulation
that would cover this - ?????

Well, I'll be shopping for a new hair dryer tomorrow...

by uhohpilikia Posted Mon November 17, 2008 @ 4:00 PM

I haven't even had my Revlon 1875 Ionic blow dryer for five months and
it has already started to spark. At first I thought it was doing this
because of where I was using it. I was using it at first in my
downstairs bathroom which is quite small and I thought I was just
using too much power with the lights on. Then I used it in my bedroom
which is upstairs and on the complete opposite side of the house. Now
I know something is wrong and its not just my fault. My blow dryer has
not come into contact with water or been mishandled in anyway as well.
I have searched the internet for a recall and have not found anything.

by Kim-Mom-2-3 Posted Thu May 1, 2008 @ 10:04 PM

Yep - mine died a sparky death tonight too. I was blow drying my
daughter's hair and a blue spark shot out. Scared the poor baby to
death (Mommy too)! I had the Revlon 1875 Ionic Ceramic hair dryer and
have already replaced it with a Conair. Wish me luck with this


by blondie01 Posted Wed June 13, 2007 @ 9:34 AM

My revlon 1875 watt blow dryer did the same thing this a.m. I am
looking on line now to contact them because i have had this dryer less
than a year and it cost me 30 bucks. Its the ionic ceramic one.
Weird how all of a sudden with no warning it happened.
If anyone knows how to contact them please let me know at
Lynn0270@aol.com good day


Revlon 1875 Ionic Ceramic hairdryer by Pinkie Thu August 16, 2007 @ 8:24 PM
by houseonfire Posted Wed April 26, 2006 @ 8:42 PM

I have a Revlon blow dryer (1865 watts) and it caught on fir the other
day. My husband used the blowdryer at 7:15 am. At about 8:45 am I
went into the bathroom to wash my face, I smelled nothing. I went to
take a morning nap and at 9:10 my smoke alarm was going off. I ran
into the bathroom to see flames shooting out of my blow dryer. It was
still plugged in. The cord was fine, the outlet was fine.

I am now in the process of having all my clothes cleaned and my
bathroom cleaned and re painted etc....ugh. The insurance company
wants me to mail the blow dryer to them. I am doing that tomorrow.


by Julie2071 Posted Fri April 21, 2006 @ 12:47 PM

i've had hair driers last longer than 4 years, and i don't think that
2 years old is really that old. i think that even if the drier had
been old, it still should not have died with a huge spark. that's just


by Taya Posted Wed April 5, 2006 @ 7:53 PM


by Bellagurl Posted Wed April 5, 2006 @ 6:30 PM

I think that her letter is in order, while I don't think that she
will get an apology.
All of you are saying that you should have known better because the
hair dryer was old. Well think about this what would you have said if
she was drying her childs hair. Sorry your child was electrocuted but
the dryer is two years old. I've owned plenty of hair dryers as have
my sisters and mother and none have shot a spark at any of us. As for
you who have, it seems like a problem the company should be made aware
As for the apology, I don't think anyone within Revlon is going to
loose sleep because they had to open their computer window and key in
Apology Letter and have their secretary sign it.


Re: by Brenny Wed April 5, 2006 @ 10:34 PM
by S. Brown Posted Tue April 4, 2006 @ 2:37 PM

What you described is what happens to every hair dryer in the world
when they die and it's the risk one takes when using them. Although
it is a bit unnerving when it happens, asking for an apology is just


Not mine by Venice Tue April 4, 2006 @ 10:14 PM

I've had smoke come out by tickytack Wed April 5, 2006 @ 8:26 AM

Actually... by Venice Wed April 5, 2006 @ 10:49 PM

How funny by tickytack Thu April 6, 2006 @ 8:28 AM

haha...go figure! by Venice Fri April 7, 2006 @ 3:13 AM

by Aleyria Posted Mon April 3, 2006 @ 12:35 PM

I never undertstand the need for an apology. Especially in this
situation but here goes:

Dear Diane R,
We at the Revlon Co. are beside ourselves to hear of the trouble that
plagued you when using our hairdryer. We sincerely apologize for his
near disater and hope that you will continue to use our fine

Mr. X
Revlon CEO

Better now?


Waste of time. by Dee H. Fri March 13, 2009 @ 4:37 PM

Re: Dangerous Revlon Hair Dryer Malfunction by mary jo Sun April 2, 2006 @ 10:43 PM

I agree - why is an apology necessary? by tickytack Mon April 3, 2006 @ 10:57 AM

hate to break it to you... by jrdng Mon April 10, 2006 @ 1:59 PM
by SER Posted Fri September 12, 2008 @ 10:46 PM

My "higher end" Vidal Sassoon nearly set my head afire this morning.
I had no idea hair dryers were considered old at 2, so mine was very,
very old. I usually have my blow dryers for many years and certainly
never had one catch fire before. I didn't buy another Sassoon, I can
tell you.

by Alan M Posted Sun April 2, 2006 @ 9:16 PM

I've had the same thing happen. There are some products that just
aren't safe when they fail - a hairdryer is definitely one of them.

I would not be surprised if there is some product regulation with hair
dryers. By their nature of use, they are prone to the heating element
to work loose and short out. Makes you really want to look at their
construction (such as the exhaust grill) when you buy one.

At least safety plugs are required.


by Cass Posted Sun April 2, 2006 @ 12:06 PM

Not to make light of your complaint, and I'm glad you weren't hurt,
but you may want to check the outlet you had the dryer plugged into,
in case that's where the problem is. If it's the outlet that's
malfunctioning, something else plugged into it could suffer the same
fate as your hair dryer, or worse, start a fire.


revlon 1600 by pablo2 Mon September 24, 2007 @ 9:37 AM

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