Before I give you a full review of the ever-so-famous Dyson Blow Dryer, let it be known that I had never purchased such an expensive hair tool in my life before this. I used my old hair dryer until its very last leg, and honestly, it worked just fine. I didn’t have many complaints. But as the skincare and beauty junkie I am, I was very curious about the $400 Dyson hairdryer I kept seeing online. I read that many hair driers use negative ions to add moisture back into your hair which reduces static–but Dyson learned that to retain the moisture in your hair that helps reduce that pesky static, you really need a hair dyer that stops over-drying your hair from the get-go. I loved that philosophy.
So when my trusty old hair dryer finally kicked the bucket, I decided to go for it. I ordered my Dyson Hair dryer from Nordstrom because I knew if I hated it, they’d let me return it (best return policy ever). And, yep, sure enough, it is amazing. I’ll give you the full run down in this post.
Dyson has been around since 1993 making vacuums we know and love, but they didn’t start getting into hair tools until 2012. And since they are a market leader in the world of air-flow (yes, that is a thing), when they did start making hair tools, people freaked out. I was SO excited to see if the Dyson hair dryer was worth the hype. Let’s get into the review.
The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer makes some serious claims. It’s engineered to protect hair from extreme heat damage, with fast drying and controlled styling to help increase smoothness by 75%, increase shine by up to 132% and decrease frizz and flyaways by up to 61%.
It uses patented Air Multiplier technology which produces a controlled, high-velocity jet of air for SUPER fast drying. It’s the same powerful feeling as the Dyson hand dryers in some restrooms.
And get this: This hair dryer measures airflow temperature over 40 times to prevent extreme heat damage. I also love that it’s engineered for all different hair types.
The Supersonic Hair Dryer has five magnetic attachments. Some sets come with them but not all (mine didn’t!). Since they’re magnetic, the attachments can spin 360 degrees, which is nice when you need to angle the attachment differently for different sides of your head.
This is SO cool. This attachment is for taming flyaways in one pass. If you struggle with frizz, you’ve gotta try this attachment. From the videos I’ve seen, this truly does hide flyaways–it’s actually wild to watch.
This is similar to a traditional hair dryer nozzle that allows you to dry your hair in sections with controlled airflow. This attachment is ideal for blowouts with a round brush.
This attachment disperses air evenly to simulate natural drying, helping to reduce frizz. The longer prongs allow you to style more hair with greater control – and reach deeper into the hair. If you have super curly hair, this will be great for you!
The gentle air attachment diffuses the air, creating a gentle, cooler air flow. If you have very fine, thin hair, you’ll like this attachment for extra control and to help prevent heat damage (this is the closest option to letting it air dry).
Helps shape and lengthen curly and textured hair as it dries.
Maybe. The Dyson has been one of my favorite beauty purchases ever, and I loved it so much I even decided to splurge and get the Dyson Airwrap too. I’ve found that Dyson products are so effective at drying my thick hair quickly (it takes about 7-10 minutes TOTAL which has cut down on drying time dramatically), and my hair feels SO healthy.
My old hair dryer got SO hot and looking back, I know it wasn’t great for my hair. I love that the Dyson is super powerful, but the heat isn’t super hot which is a perfect combo. It dries my hair faster and gentler than my old hair dryer.
I will say, because the Dyson is so powerful, it takes some time to get used to. I LOVE that the nozzle comes off (and when it’s on, it’s super short), so this hair dryer doesn’t take up a ton of space, which is great for packing. My only qualm is how bulky the cord is. If you have a vanity, I’d keep your Dyson plugged in and tucked away since pulling out the bulky cord each time is annoying.
So, if you want a hair dryer to dry your hair as fast as possible, yes, it’s worth it. If you struggle with heat damage and/or frizz, it’s a great option for that, but not necessarily the BEST or only option. I also think the T3 hair dryers are solid options if you struggle with heat damage and want to minimize that.
I do this the cord and power brick are annoying enough that I’d probably buy a T3 instead (this is the one I’m eying) if you want something that will dry hair quickly, protect hair but isn’t as clunky to use and store. The barrel isn’t as short as the Dyson one, but I’ve learned I’d rather have a slightly longer barrel that an annoying cord.
I always start with clean hair. I’ll also share the products I use every time I dry my hair since I do think they make a difference!
I also recently got the Colleen Rothschild shampoo and conditioner and find it slightly more hydrating, but they’re both really similar, honestly. I do slightly prefer the smell of Beautycounter’s, however.
Beautycounter is the “cleanest” of the two brands, but I’m an 80/20 type of person. (This post talks about what ingredients to avoid in your shampoo!)
I use Divi Scalp Serum on my hair once it’s towel dried. I apply about 3/4 a dropper right at the roots, especially. And I make sure to focus near the front where I have some postpartum hair loss. I’ve been using this for about 4 months and am blown away by the new hair growth I have! (I lost so much hair after having Thomas and then getting sick with the big C word twice.)
Next, I use the ELEVEN I Want Body Foam on wet hair. I love this because it gives me great lift and volume without any crunchy feeling. It also smells amazing. I use 2-3 pumps and apply it only at my roots.
Before I blow dry, I apply a small amount of this Colleen Rothschild Shine Serum just to bottom half of my hair. It helps nourish and protect my hair from the heat, while also making sure it stays smooth and shiny.
Now I use the Dyson. First, I give my wet hair a rough blow dry to knock the water out of it. This typically takes 2-3 minutes for my thick hair. I flip my head over and dry my hair upside down to add extra volume, and at this stage I use my fingers rather than a brush to run through my hair as I’m drying it.
When my hair is damp (not soaking wet), I section my hair off. Starting with the bottom later, I use the styling concentrator nozzle and a round brush. Using the round brush underneath the layer, I point the Dyson straight downward onto the section over my brush while rolling the brush down my hair. This takes some practice, but once you get the hang of out, you can style your hair easily at home without needing to hit the salon for blowouts.
I use this same technique until I get to the last layer, which is my bangs. For my bangs, I pull my hair with a brush to the opposite direction of how it lays, dry that way, and then flip my hair back over for more volume. Then I use my round brush and roll my hair on it towards the back of my head, drying the section above my forehead.
To hold my hair up while I work on each layer, I use these Alligator Clips.
After I’ve dried and styled my hair, I use this ELEVEN AUSTRALIA I Want Body Texture Spray. I flip my head over and spray the roots, and then I’ll also spray the ends of my hair for a little extra texture and finish.
Then, I apply this Colleen Rothschild serum on my ends one more time for extra shine and to get rid of any frizz.
If I need my hair to last all day, I LOVE the Kenra Dry Oil Control Spray. It’s lightweight and gives great hold without making hair crunchy. It also smells amazing but isn’t so strong that it bothers me. I’m pretty sensitive to scents and I currently have two hairsprays in my drawer that I can’t use because of the smell. (I need to just give them away!)
Like I mentioned above, I got my Dyson at Nordstrom, but you can also find it at these retailers:
You can often find a refurbished one from Dyson.com. That’s how I got a great deal on my Dyson Airwrap – and you can read my review of that here.
I’ve been so happy with mine, and I hope this post helps you make an informed decision too!
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