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.
Dyson Blow Dryer 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.
Dyson Blow Dryer Attachments
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.
1. Flyaway attachment
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.
2. Styling Concentrator
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!
4. Gentle Air attachment
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).
5. Wide-tooth Comb
Helps shape and lengthen curly and textured hair as it dries.
Features And Settings
- Intelligent heat control – Measures airflow temperature over 40 times per second (!!!) to prevent heat damage to your hair.
- Dyson digital motor V9 – Spins up to 110,000 rpm, propelling 13 liters of air up to the amplifier every second, which is how it’s such a powerful hair dryer.
- Air Multiplier™ technology – The airflow is amplified to produce a controlled, high-velocity jet of air for fast drying.
- 3 precise speed settings – this gives you more control as you style.
- 4 precise heat settings – From 212 to 82 degrees.
- Cold shot option – this helps set your style!
How to Use the Dyson Blow Dryer
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!
My favorite shampoo and conditioner is by Beautycounter. I’ve used it for years and have nothing but great things to say about it. I also love this Innersense’s shampoo & conditioner and Rahua Shampoo & Conditioner, another clean brand. I don’t currently use those but I have in the past and they work great. Beautycounter is probably the “cleanest” of the three brands, but I feel good about all of them. (This post talks about what ingredients to avoid in your shampoo!)
2. Volume Foam
After I towel dry my hair, I use the Innersense I Create Lift Volumizing Foam. I love this because it gives me great lift and volume without any crunchy feeling. It also smells amazing.
3. Spray In Conditioner Tonik
After the volumizing foam, I spray this Cult and King Tonik light hold leave in conditioner on my damp hair. It improves hair health, gives it very light hold, shine and just makes my hair look amazing. My stylist has used this on me for a few years and I finally broke down and bought my own since my hair always looks SO much better when she uses it! It also contains menthol to help stimulate hair growth, which I’m all about in my postpartum phase! (I’m still recovering from major hair loss!)
4. Styling Cream
This is a styling cream by Cult + King. I use just 1-2 pumps and apply only to the bottom half of my hair. It has heat protection in it and a light hold. And it works great whether I’m using a round brush to smooth my hair with the Dyson Hair Dryer or Airwrap or a curling iron to create nice waves.
5. Blow Dry and Style
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.
6. Volume Spray (again)
After I’ve dried and styled my hair, I use this Kerastase Volume In Powder Spray. I find that it helps keep the style for longer and makes my hair look full and bouncy. I lift my hair up and spray under it, right at the roots. Then, I rub it in using my fingertips (pretty aggressively!), creating volume as I do so. I run my fingers through my hair to settle the craziness back down.
7. Finishing Spray
I love the Innersense I Create Finish Spray for any leftover flyaways. It does leave a slight crunchiness which I don’t love but I can run my fingers through it to soften it. I also really like this Kenra Dry Oil Control Spray. Once I run out of the I Create Finish Spray, I’ll likely go back to the Kenra one.
Is the Dyson Blow Dryer Worth It?
1000%. 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.
That really is my only con!
I’ve been so happy with mine, and I hope this post helps you make an informed decision too!
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