I tried the Dyson hairdryer so you don’t have to
I’ve always been what my mum fondly – at least I think it’s “fondly”- refers to as “an ad-man’s dream,” because I only have to see something on TV once, and I will want to buy it.
Actually, I’m SO suggestible in this respect that Terry’s now taken to watching TV shows on a slight delay, so he can forward-wind the ad breaks, and hopefully minimise my exposure to them. All THAT does, though, is forces me to talk really, really fast, like, “IwantthatIwantthatIwantthatIwantthat!” It’s a very hard life he has, seriously.
Naturally then, as soon as I saw the advert for the Dyson Supersonic hairdryer, I wanted it: mostly because it looked amazing, I’m not gonna lie, but also because I absolutely HATE blow-drying my hair. Hate it. So much so that I’ve recently broken the daily-washing habit of a lifetime, and have started skipping a couple of shampoos every week, purely because I just can’t be bothered with the blow-drying afterwards. Now, I realise this is a very first-world kind of problem to have, obviously, so it’s not like I cry into my coffee over it every morning, but seriously, I HATE blow-drying my hair. It just seems to take such a long time, and lately my hair has been incredibly tangly, too, which means I have to stop every few minutes to attack it with the Tangle Teaser and try to get all of the knots out. And I need both hands to do it, too, so I can’t even waste time on Instagram while I’m drying it: THE HUMANITY.
So, I wanted a Dyson hairdryer, but I knew there was absolutely no chance in hell of me getting one, for the simple reason that these bad boys cost £300 each, and even I can see that £300 is a lot of money for a hairdryer. Luckily, though, my friend Lindsay recently got one as a gift, and very kindly offered to let me borrow if for a quick review. She even packaged it up all nicely in the box it came in:
First impressions? LOVE it. It’s pink, it’s as light as a feather, it comes with no less than three different attachments … and OK, two of them look pretty similar to my un-educated eye (I know most of my readers already know this, but for those of you just joining us, I am Not A Hair Person. I know absolutely nothing about hair other than that it grows out of my head, so if you’re hoping for expert commentary here, I’m afraid that, “It’s pink!” is probably as technical as this review is going to get, unfortunately…), and one of them is a diffuser, which I’ve never really understood, but still: it might be expensive, but at least it LOOKS it, right?
The thing I liked most about this hairdryer was the magnetic attachments. You know how with regular blow dryers you have to kind of click/screw the various different attachments into place? You know how sometimes that can be a bit of a pain, and the stupid thing won’t click in, and you just KNOW it’s going to fall off and hit you on the head at some point? Yeah, you don’t have any of that here, because as soon as you get the nozzle a few centimetres away from the unit, it just effortlessly snaps into place, like magic. Or like magnets, rather. I might have done this a few times in a row, just because I found it strangely satisfying. Look, I have to take my thrills wherever I can find them these days, OK?
Now, I usually dry my hair without using any attachments at all (Because I’m not much use with styling, I use a hairdryer to rough-dry my hair, and then switch to my Babyliss Big Hair or a curling iron to style it), so I tried that first, and HOLY CRAP, people, it was like a tornado blew through my bedroom and left me with a tumbleweed on top of my head. Basically, without the attachment, this dryer will blow you hair in every single direction at once, and it will dry pretty fast, but it will dry it in knots. KNOTS. So DON’T DO THAT if you have long hair: this is NOT like a regular hairdryer, and, because the motor is so powerful, you have to be quite careful about where you’re pointing it, or you’ll end up with tangles. Or, at least, I did, although, having said that, Not a Hair Person, remember? Look! Lights!
Another thing I really liked about this is the LED lights on the display at the back. The two buttons control speed and temperature, and, as you can see, I just have both rammed up to max, because I just don’t know any other way, really.
For my second attempt at drying my hair, then, I attached one of the two nozzles (One is for smoothing and one is for styling, apparently, but please don’t ask me to tell you which is which…), and off I went. This time, I’m pleased to report, there were no knots in my hair: in fact, I didn’t even have to stop halfway-through drying for my usual untangling session, so I’d say that it definitely gave me a smoother blow-dry than I’m used to. What’s more, it was also a much more comfortable blow-dry, in the sense that the dryer is so light that it’s really, really easy to use: I’ve honestly never thought of my current hairdryer as being particularly heavy, but it felt like a brick when I switched back to it after a few days with the Dyson, so I noticed a big difference there. As for the speed and sound, however, I’m unconvinced. I didn’t actually time myself blow-drying my hair, but it didn’t feel any quicker to me, and although it’s certainly quieter than a regular hairdryer, it’s still pretty noisy – like, I wouldn’t use it in the room if Terry was still sleeping, for instance. (Or not unless he was really annoying me, anyway…)
As for my hair, meanwhile, well, as I said, I did feel it was smoother than usual when I used this, and, something I hadn’t really anticipated, it somehow looked thicker to me, too. Now, I’ve tried pretty much everything in a bid to give my poker-straight hair some volume, and absolutely nothing has worked. This, however, did: I normally start off drying my hair by just tipping my head upside down and blasting the roots, and when I did that, I noticed much more volume, so make of that what you will.
Overall, then, I loved using this, and did feel it was a step ahead of any other hairdryer I’ve ever used. Would I pay £300 for one, though? Er, no. Because, although it did make a difference to my hair, it wasn’t £300 worth of difference, if that makes sense? For that price, I’d literally want to look like I was starring in a shampoo ad: as it was, I just looked the same way I always do, only with slightly more volume to my hair. I can’t justify dropping that much money for that kind of difference, unfortunately, but…
I still want it.
Funny how that works, isn’t it?
(Did I mention it also comes in a pink box, for a little extra cash?)