Beauty brands and products come and go with the times, but Conair is a company with serious staying power. We’re talking over six decades—impressive, right? Conair has delivered hot tools that have changed with the times, breaking ground along the way.
In 1959, Leandro Rizzuto and his parents started Conair by selling hair rollers and dryers. To fund their new company, Lee sold his Cadillac, paid off his debt, and jump-started the business with the hundred dollars he had left in his pocket. “The Conair corporation soon began to breathe with new life, growth and innovation, creating tools for women that would enable them to achieve salon results in their own homes." says Paulette Heller, Vice President, Marketing of Conair LLC. “One of these was a revolutionary, and now iconic, pistol-shaped hair dryer.”
"By the 1990s, most American households owned at least one of our products," says Heller. "With a contemporary design focus, Conair quickly grew into one of the largest consumer product manufacturers in the world.”
Founded: Leandro Rizzuto and his parents, 1959
Based In: Stamford, CT
Best Known For: Reliable hot tools that get the job done without breaking the bank.
Most Popular Product: Some of most iconic Conair items are the Conair Pro Yellow Bird Hair Dryer, which was one of their first models, InfinityPro by Conair Curl Set, which is loved for its tech forward technique to effortlessly create the perfect curl, and their top-selling hairdryer, the InfinitiPro by Conair Quick Styling Salon Professional Ionic & Ceramic Hair Dryer.
Fun Fact: Conair is all over TikTok. “Because we started the brand so long ago, we are at the cornerstone of resurfacing trend cycles." Heller says. “Currently, some of our retro items are seeing a resurgence on TikTok, such as our Hot Rollers and our Bonnet Dryer.”
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The Conair corporation was started to craft personal care and home-use product solutions that simplify customers’ lives without banging their budget. “We didn’t invent style, but over the years we’ve been in front of millions of mirrors helping people invent their own,” Heller says. “We believe that ‘beautiful’ is more about the way people feel, when they feel their very best. So, we create tools that help them cultivate their confidence, allowing anyone to express themself each day, in ways uniquely their own.”
What makes Conair different from other similar brands on the market is they’re able to engage the consumer at multiple price levels. “Whether we sell at opening price points or prestige price points, we always offer an appropriate value proposition," says Heller. "Other brands in the space typically will compete at one range of price. Conair offers a very robust and broad priced portfolio of product; we can be both basic and aspirational.”
Many decades after they launched, Conair LLC now encompasses brands like Cuisinart, Conair, Babyliss, Scunci, and Waring, which continue to push into more new markets every year, spanning hair care, men’s grooming, personal health, beauty and skincare, home solutions, and travel.
Conair’s mission is to celebrate beautiful thinking and love for self. “We constantly evolve and create at-home and on-the-go products while taking advantage of emerging technology,” Heller says. “We are fortunate to serve both home consumers and professionals. We’re proud to be a brand generations of people all over the world trust and admire—embodying the premium quality, reliability and durability they have come to expect for over 60 years. These and many others are the reasons we’ve become a $2+ billion company with more than 25 brand names in 120 countries across six continents.”
Read on for our favorite Conair hot tools products and links to our full reviews.
Go for a vintage vibe with this old school hair tool that has been making a comeback. “These are our best-selling hot rollers,” Heller says. “Our hot roller category has been booming over the past year and these are going viral on TikTok! With a dozen rollers that come in jumbo and super jumbo sizes, you can create big, bouncy salon-style curls right from home, it’s so easy!”
This little workhorse is Conair’s number one selling hair dryer. “Consumers love its affordable price point that does not sacrifice on benefits,” Heller says. “The ceramic technology and conditioning ions keep hair healthy while adding shine, while it has 50 percent faster drying time.”
Want to work your natural curls? Then you’ve found your hairdryer. “This dryer is really winning with the consumer as people show off their natural texture and waves,” Heller says. “This dryer features an innovative diffuser with multi chamber design that circulates airflow around each curl, instead of pushing air straight against, leaving your curl pattern undisturbed.”
“This is our newest innovation for the InfinitiPro portfolio,” Heller says. “This is a treatment for all hair types that reduces frizz and maximizes body for a new hair drying experience. The more you use it, the more your hair health improves.”
You’ll want to show this one off on your vanity. “Rose gold and sleek matte, this is one of the more stylish hair dryers that our consumers love,” Heller says. “It features double ceramic technology for greater heat protection, plus frizz-fighting conditioning ions for healthy looking, shiny style.”
Work your waves with less damage! “This is our latest launch that works great for curls and waves,” Heller says. “The innovative cool air curling technology creates luxurious, modern waves with less damage.”
“Our Hot Air Styling Brush is designed to detangle, defrizz and dry and style with one tool,” Heller says. “You can remove the detachable head from the handle to remove excess moisture from hair before styling.”
Talk about a multitasker! “The best-selling Double Ceramic Flat Iron that consumers love for smooth styles,” Heller says. “Its design lets you curl with it as well.”
“Conair leads the market in curling irons and this Double Ceramic tops the list,” Heller says. “The turbo heat setting offers 30 varying levels of heat, making it ideal for use on all hair types, and comes in various barrel sizes.”