$399. That’s the price of this little baby. And I know, you’re thinking – “What in the what! No way.” But hear me out. If you’re like me and have crazy thick, curly hair you’ve most likely spent over an hour trying to tame your mane with a blow dryer and round brush (it’s probably why my hair is up in a messy bun 98% of the time.) But the Dyson promised to take on the curly, thick hair and make drying my hair 10x easier than a traditional hair dryer. I can’t say I wasn’t intrigued… But was I ready to fork over that kind of money? I wasn’t so sure…
But then Black Friday happened and I found a deal for the Dyson Hair Dryer for $150 less than retail and I told the hubs it would be my Christmas present this year. Justifiable (at least I’m telling myself that) and the purchase was made! I did wait until Christmas to open it up (the struggle was real) and I’ve waited a few months to write this review because I wanted ample time to really use it and make sure it was (or wasn’t) worth the money before I gave my opinion.
Let’s start with the aesthetics of it first. SHE PRETTY. I love the futuristic design of the dryer (and that hot pink, obviously). It looks completely different than all the other hair dryers I’ve used in the past and feels completely different too. Instead of the motor being in the top part it’s actually in the handle – which means you arm doesn’t cramp up and want to cry as you dry your hair.
There are 3 speed settings: Fast drying, Regular drying, and Gentle drying. Little lights on the left will illuminate when your option is selected signaling which “mode” you’re in. I usually use “fast drying” mode!
There are 4 heat settings: 212°F fast drying and styling, 176°F regular drying, 140°F gentle drying and Constant cold. Little lights on the right will illuminate to showcase which “mode” you’re in there too. I usually use the 212°F fast drying mode.
See that little blue button at the bottom? That’s the cold shot button to set your hair after styling.
Remember when I mentioned the motor placement? Well, it’s worth mentioning again. The Dyson digital motor V9 is uniquely positioned in the handle and it spins on average 6 times faster than other hair dryer motors with one inaudible frequency (it’s so quiet!) yet is on average one third of the weight.
It also has air Multiplier™ technology which means the airflow is amplified to produce a controlled, high-velocity jet of air for fast drying. So while yes, the temperature is in fact hot, it doesn’t feel really hot and also you’re not subjecting your hair to high heat for a long period of time because of how rapidly is dries!
The “power cord” on it made me a chuckle a little bit because it’s pretty heavy duty for such a small hair dryer. But I guess when that kind of power is packed into a little device – you need a power cord that packs the punch.
It also came with a variety of rotating magnetic attachments which I was pretty excited about because it allows you to quickly snap on and off the different tools as you’re styling your hair.
Smoothing nozzle: dry and style your hair at the same time with gentle, low-velocity airflow.
This is the first one I pop on after getting my hair about 50% dry (I use no nozzle at first).
Styling concentrator: style your hair one section at a time with precise, controlled airflow. You don’t have to worry about disturbing the rest.
Then I pop this one on and use a round brush to start styling my hair.
Diffuser: disperse air evenly around each of your curls. Simulates natural drying, helping to reduce frizz for improved definition.
I use the diffuser when I’m keeping my hair curly but don’t have the time to air dry.
So how does it work on my hair?
I’m super impressed, guys. I mean honestly I can’t imagine ever using another hair dryer again. In fact, I bring this one with me even when I go to the hair salon because I prefer it and how it makes my hair feel!
The picture below shows my hair out of the shower, towel dried, and brushed out. You can see it immediately had started to curl up no less than 5 minutes after being brushed.
The picture below was taken about 15 minutes later. I used the Dyson Hair Dryer for 5 minutes without any nozzle attachment and then placed the Smoothing Nozzle on and dried for another 10 minutes. In just 15 minutes my hair went from being wet to completely dry and pretty smooth. In comparison, it would take me about 25-30 minutes to dry my hair with a traditional hair dryer.
This last picture below was taken 5 minutes later after using the Styling Concentrator nozzle with a round brush. You can see how smooth and straight it is even without using a flat iron.
So we’re looking at 20 minutes from wet to dry and smooth! For me that makes this dryer worth every penny.
This dryer, because of the technology, is also better for your hair. So while it makes my life easier it’s also causing less heat damage than a traditional hair dryer and for someone that has thick, dry, coarse hair as it is – anything to keep it feeling as smooth as possible is a major win!
So where do you buy it? Well Bed Bath & Beyond is one place I recommend since you can use a 20% off coupon! Another place is E-bay where you can buy a refurbished one for $100 less!
I know, it’s a big investment. But it’s something that you’ll have for years and with all the benefits it’s hard not to want to pull the trigger!