I was assured, at a very young age, that I had a fine head of hair. This has thankfully remained the case despite the passing years. Of course I visit the barber but I have looked after my cuticles no more than the average man and I have certainly never put much thought in to my hairdryer. I’ve always lived in a house where there was one to hand, but I’ve never paid much attention to the gadget I dry my hair with most days. That all changed this week as I got to grips with the first foray in to haircare, for Dyson.
Unpacking the hairdryer reveals a remarkable looking gadget. Available in two colours, fuchsia and white this dryer is packaged like a tech gadget. As well as the dryer, there is a heat mat for laying it on, a wardrobe hanging cord and the three attachable styling accessories.
It doesn’t look like any other dryer I’ve seen, and it feels good with it’s smooth surfaces but it feels tough and resilient. Although it’s futuristic design looks stunning, it feels tough and would likely absorb the knocks and bangs of everyday use and travel. It weighs just over 500g, which is on the light side but a clever design innovation makes it feel lighter. The powerful digital motor that powers the dryer has been built in to the handle giving the drier a lovely sense of balance in the hand and it has a power lead that reaches to almost nine feet.
Powering it up reveals more of the innovation inside this dryer. It runs quieter than any other dryer I’ve used and it was easy to have a conversation whilst the drier was turned on. On the devide there are just four buttons that control the functions. A simple on/off switch and a cold-air shot are on the lower handle. On the upper part of the dryer are the speed and temperature settings and they have small LED lights to indicate what your settings are.
The speed button sets the dryer in to regular, fast and styling modes and the temperature setting is adjusted in the same way. The temperatures are precise, 28, 60, 80 and 100°C, and they give you constant cold to fast-drying and styling. The technology in the dryer for its temperature control is impressive. The dryer’s glass bead thermistor measures the air temperature 20 times a second helping prevent heat damage, in turn preserving the natural shine of hair.
I used the highest temperature setting and held the drier right close to my hair, and there was no trace of that worrying burning hair smell. Even at the highest temperature setting, the drier’s heatshield technology keeps the body cool to the touch but as impressive as the precise heat control is, it’s the drying speed of that impressed me most. The airflow through the dryer is directed well and the volume of air it blows is huge, 41 litres per second. I might keep my hair reasonably short, but there’s plenty of it and yet after towel-drying my air the Dyson had it dried in under five minutes.
The accessories that come with the Supersonic provide features for a few different scenarios. The attachments themselves are of a similar high-end quality as the drier, and Dyson have made them magnetic so they just clip straight on to the front of the drier. There’s a smoothing nozzle, that uses a gentle wide airflow, a styling concentrator that allows you direct drying on a specific part of the air and a diffuser, which is designed to reduce frizz and style curls. The first two I tried and they work exactly as designed and I watched as a friend reached peak-curl using the diffuser as she easily and gently nursed curls in to life with even me noticing that they looked more natural.
The price has too often been a talking point about this drier, but you can’t ignore that it’s a pricey gadget and while Dyson sell a nice storage box for the device it could be packaged with a better travel option. That said, I have never seen a domestic appliance like it. It’s stunning aesthetic might draw you in but the engineering and technology in this device make it special and they bring salon performance in to your home. Men, women, young and old will covet it and I found myself being thankful for my fine head of hair and having a reason to go Supersonic.