Paradigm Pivot™



The Paradigm Pivot™ is a hand-held hair dryer with a dual-axis pivoting handle. The cord is attached to the barrel section of the dryer, allowing for non-tangling movement. Controls on the handle can be utilized from any position.

Holding a hair dryer by the barrel is more beneficial to the user. Hands are not constantly moving back and forth while directing the hot air. This method prevents damage to wrist muscles and tendons, preventing cramping, strain, and even injury. Controls on the handle can be reached easily, eliminating the need to use both hands.




Special Features of Production Model

  • Ergonomic design
  • Pivoting handle
  • Less wrist movement
  • Easy to handle
  • Easy access to settings
  • Cord attached to barrel
  • Cool shot function
  • Ionic generator (optional)
  • Lightweight




The Paradigm Pivot™ is a 21st Century ergonomic hair dryer that is specifically designed for stylists. It is lightweight, simple to use, and easy to store. The cord is attached to the barrel for tangle-free use, and its design will ease wrist strain and possible injury.

The pivoting handle folds up to rest next to the barrel, and the control buttons are within easy reach for desired operation in any position. By holding the dryer by the barrel, the back-and-forth movements normally caused by holding a dryer by the handle are eliminated, and the risk for muscle damage is greatly reduced.

The Paradigm Pivot™ has additional features, such as a cool shot function and haptic operability. Many stylists can increase the length of drying time without strained muscles and wrist fatigue.


Survey Monkey Haircare Product survey Medical Report,

     Ergonomic risk factors for the wrists of hairdressers


This study utilized a portable data logger to measure the wrist angles and forearm flexor and extensor electromyography (EMG) of 21 hairstylists. … Analytical results suggest that the relatively higher force exertion and wrist velocity of female hairstylists, combined with prolonged exposure, may account for the higher rate of hand/wrist pain in female hairdressers than in male barbers…

EMBRY-RIDDLE Aeronautical University Ergonomic Analysis of a Hair Salon

…Cosmetologists are at risk for a variety of work-related injuries. Their job is characterized by standing for prolonged periods of time in awkward body postures, handling a variety of chemicals, and undergoing repetitive hand movements…The musculoskeletal disorders experienced by cosmetologists are primarily cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs). A study by the Korean Group for Occupational Medicine demonstrated that pain among hairdressers was distributed as follows: 61% complained of shoulder pain, 59.9% of neck pain, 53% of lower back pain, and 42% of hand and wrist pain…

Upper extremity kinematics during the functional activities of a hair-blow-drying task Three-dimensional studies of professional hairdressers.

Musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) is a term given to a group of conditions representing a wide range of illnesses that involve the nerves, tendons, muscles and supporting structures.

Materials needed to produce the Paradigm Pivot™:

  • Hair dryer barrel
    • Cord attached
  • Pivoting handle
  • Control buttons on handle
  • Cool shot function
  • Ionic generator (optional)
  • Haptic operability




The  Paradigm Pivot™ is covered by United States Utility Patent: 8,813,384















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