Whoever designed my BaByliss Pro Italo Luminoso dryer is an idiot. I bought my hair dryer in 2017/2018 (I can’t exactly remember). But the point is, it was recently enough that the whole “heatless hairstyles” trend was in full swing. By 2017/18 everyone and their momma had already heard that heat is bad for your hair. So who on earth thought it would be a good idea to put a cold setting on a hair dryer that doesn’t stay down unless you hold it there?
I use my hair dryer for drying rollersets. This necessitates a bonnet dryer attachment. Let me tell you Sis, it gets hot up in there under the dryer, especially with the soft bonnet attachments that have a drawstring cinched around your head, unlike the more open design of the hard bonnet salon dryers. In fact, it gets so hot under that soft bonnet, I sometimes have to run the cold hair for a while or turn it off. But I don’t want to cramp up my finger holding down that dang button. I don’t want to use tape. What I want is the cold air setting to function like a proper switch, just like all the other switches on this dryer. This dryer has 4 switches. 4! I had expected the cool setting switch to stay down like a normal switch but for whatever reason, they decided to make the cool setting a temporary thing. For shame, BaByliss, for shame.
I assumed that there would be some kind of spring inside the switch that was making the cool button pop back to hot without someone holding it down. I was correct. What I wrongly assumed, however, was that I would need to open the entire hair dryer to fix it. Don’t do that. Do not open the entire hair dryer. I did do that and thankfully it still works but you don’t need to do that so don’t. Also, messing around with the dryer and the switches is probably a warranty voiding activity. Proceed at your own risk.
The Italo Luminoso is not a cheap hair dryer. It retails for $80, I snagged mine for like $48 with an employee discount at the department store where I worked at the time. I was on the verge of giving it away or putting it on eBay so I didn’t care what happened to it. But I did want to try and see if I could fix this minor issue on my own before buying a new dryer. It’s surprisingly hard to find a hair dryer with a cool setting that doesn’t require holding down a button. I was bamboozled by this dryer myself.
But anyways, now that I have successfully turned my cool shot button into a permanent switch that you flip on instead of a button that you hold down, you won’t have to risk ruining your dryer. But again, proceed at your own risk.
You Will Need…
- a flat head screwdriver
Step 1: Pop off the switch
Using a flat-headed screwdriver, pop off the switch. I’d like to point out that you don’t need to take off both switches, just the top one that control the hot/cold setting. My photo has both off because I was messing around with it and didn’t know what I was doing.
Step 2: Remove the spring
Remove the spring. And that little plastic piece inside there. And the spring went flying across the room when I first opened the switch so watch out for that. I still can’t find it.
You need to keep the tiny stainless steel ball and the flat-ish metal thingy.
Step 3: Put the switch back together
This part took me forever. I thought I had broken it. I could not figure out how I was supposed to put the switch back together. Until I went rummaging through the interwebs and found this picture:
Then it all clicked. You want to have the center of the rocker switch resting on the little steel ball. And the little steel ball should be resting in the center of the flat-ish metal thing, once the flat thing is placed inside correctly.
I found that putting the flat thing inside correctly required tweezers to ensure the correct position. On my hair dryer, the point of the flat thing faces to the left and the nub faces down to make contact with the tiny metal part on the left of the inside of the switch. The flat thing also had some notches in the center to help keep it in line.
Then you just pop the switch cap back on. Just make sure you have the switch facing the right way. Otherwise you’ll end up with the dryer blowing hot hair with the cold side down and cold air with the hot side down. On my dryer, the cold side belongs on the left.
Voila! Your dryer should now be fixed and the switch should flip back and forth between hot and cold like all the other ones. I will say however, for this specific dryer, I advise against turning on the cold setting and the high heat setting with the two red dots. I have a feeling my machine doesn’t like it; she sounds like she’s being overworked when that happens. Besides, it doesn’t even make sense to have on the cold setting and the high heat setting at the same time. So when the cool setting is on, the button with the single red dot which is the low heat setting should also be on.
Since I did open up the whole dryer (which is not necessary, please don’t do that) I was nervous when I first turned plugged the dryer back in and turned it on. I was low key expecting it to catch on fire. But it didn’t. I just did this whole project with the dryer today and I haven’t had the dryer running for any meaningful length of time. But it did not catch fire. I didn’t go messing with wires or anything so it should be ok. And if you happen to follow my instructions, I see no reason why your dryer would have any issues as long as you don’t open it up and you only mess with the one switch.
But like I said, proceed at your own risk.