An honest review of the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer

My hair and I have had many style adventures together. From short, black, sleek-cut bobs to waist-long locks highlighted blonde, I’ve tried everything under the rainbow – including rainbow-coloured hair (not kidding).

As someone who has chopped off bleached hair many times, I (like many people) didn’t realise that my hair dryer was badly hindering my determination to grow a healthy head of hair.

No matter the hundreds of dollars spent on products, shampoos and treatments, I feel silly for not realising that all my good intentions were being reversed by the damaging heat I put my hair through almost every single day.

I know daily drying sounds excessive and will not be the case for every person, but unfortunately, I’ve been cursed with quite fine hair that gets oily very, very quickly.

As a result, I am obliged to wash my hair too often – not leaving it for more than a maximum of three days going unwashed and even then it is “perked” heavily with dry shampoo! Told you, cursed.

My hair dryer plays a regular part of my daily/beauty regime and, in all honesty, I don’t know why I never thought of replacing it. I was so used to it that I hadn’t realised that it could and should be better.

When I found out that Dyson was putting a hair dryer on the market, I knew it was something I had to try. I own two Dyson vacuums and thought that if the hair dryer were anything like their other home appliances, I’d be in for a real treat.

What I was immediately impressed by – without even seeing the product firsthand yet – was Dyson’s research on hair. The company acknowledged that creating a product for hair, that helps hair, requires understanding hair first and foremost.

The research and development behind the Supersonic was the real deal. Dyson built a state-of-the-art hair laboratory and recruited some of the world’s best engineers (103 of them!) and award-winning hair stylists.

Countless factors played a part in each aspect of the design. From heat and sound to balance and weight, Dyson considered everything for hair health and usability for all hair types.

If you can’t tell already, I’m excited to try the Supersonic for myself. I have quite high expectations after reading about all of its high-tech features, and I don’t want to be let down!

I should also point out that the first use of the Supersonic isn’t the only time I want to be blown away (not sorry for the pun). Like applying cream to skin, I’m looking for a long-term solution and progression in my hair’s health over time.

First impressions say a lot, and my first impression of the Supersonic’s box is that it’s modern and luxe. You can immediately tell that it’s holding an upmarket product within it.

I open up the box to find the Supersonic laid out beautifully with its three attachments around it – the styling concentrator, the diffuser and the smoothing nozzle. It also comes with a non-slip mat and a storage hanger which I think is super handy considering how guilty I am of dropping my hair dryer on the bathroom floor!

Picking it up, all I can say is WOW! It’s so much lighter than my hair dryer. I had read about the Supersonic’s motor being much smaller than a typical hair dryer motor, but I didn’t expect it to be this lightweight overall.

I’m finding it so effortless and comfortable to hold, and I would say that’s thanks to the motor being in the handle of the Supersonic rather than the head.

 

The attachments are as easy to put on as souvenir magnets on a fridge. They just pop into place and twist to the desired direction without much force at all, but still have a good enough hold not to prop off if you accidentally knock it.

I also have to mention how pretty it is. I love the pop of purple on mine and the seamless buttons. The fact that the head resembles a doughnut reassures me that there’s no chance my hair will get stuck in a grill!

There are three precise speed settings (fast drying, regular drying and styling) and four precise heat settings (100˚C, 80˚C, 60˚C and a constant cold at 28˚C).

For my first use, I just want to dry my hair for an everyday look. Nothing special, but smooth enough to go to work with.

I’m going to use the regular drying speed at 80˚C. I’m also going to use the smoothing nozzle to start because I like to dry the top of my head and the crown thoroughly – it keeps my hair looking fresher for longer.

The small light indicators are so chic and stylish! I’m able to control the settings exactly as I want and the Supersonic responds instantaneously.

I slide the button to turn it on and, to my surprise, the Supersonic is much quieter than my regular hair dryer which resembles the sound of a blower vac.

It’s really quite pleasant to use. The air blown out isn’t uncomfortably hot, so I don’t need to move it as rapidly for fear of burning my scalp. The air is also smooth and constant.

Within a few short minutes, the roots of my hair are dry, and I decide to switch to the styling concentrator. Switching between them is a cinch. Off pops the smoothing nozzle.

At this stage of the drying process, I have to admit that I am not very good at coordinating my brush and my hair dryer to style it properly. So I usually opt for switching between brushing and drying. Considering how much more relaxed the Supersonic is to hold, I’ve decided to attempt to do it the proper way.

And it’s a success! The styling concentrator aims air exactly where I need it and the sheer size of the Supersonic doesn’t make me feel like my arm is about to fall off as I navigate through the sections of my hair.

I continue to blow dry the rest of my hair, and before I know it, it’s finished! A job that usually takes me 15-20 minutes to complete (25 minutes if I try to do it the proper way to avoid going over it with a straightener) has taken a total of… 7 minutes and 40 seconds.

I’m in awe. The Supersonic has halved the shortest amount of time I could possibly dry my hair with my blow dryer.

I could not be happier with how my hair looks and feels right now. I don’t have any flyaways, my hair isn’t frizzy nor do my ends feel like they’ll break off from dryness.

Here’s a before and after shot of my hair. Unruly with dry ends on the left, effortlessly smooth on the right – no fancy lighting or cameras, just less than 8 minutes of dry time.

I definitely feel that my hair is smoother and lighter, and I can tell that the regulated heat is something that will keep my hair healthy in the long run. To get this kind of result, I certainly would’ve had to follow my drying process with the use of a straightener.

The verdict?

  • Less than eight mins of drying time with the results of straightener-smooth style
  • Comfortable to hold and balance for styling without strain
  • Significantly quieter and lighter than typical hair dryers
  • Easy-to-use attachments and settings
  • Looks incredible and feels luxe
  • Dries hair without flyaways or static

I’m sold. The Dyson Supersonic is something dreams are made of.

While many headlines point to the higher price point of the Supersonic, I think that like any other item you spend a good amount of money on – it’s all about the quality of the product.

If you’re after just a drying solution, heck, a towel and time will dry your hair! If you’re looking for hair care, I’d recommend the Supersonic. It’s an investment in the same way skincare is.

It’s fantastic in that it caters for all hair types too. I can’t wait to see how the diffuser works on my sister’s curly hair.

In the spirit of festivities, Dyson has a special edition Christmas case that you can purchase with the Supersonic. I’m telling you – gift someone special (why not yourself?!) the Supersonic this Christmas and they’ll thank you for sharing the joy of hair-managing bliss.

The Dyson Supersonic is a Christmas present that will surpass expectations and you can purchase one online or in-store at Bing Lee today!

Try it out and let us know your experience in the comments below!

The perfect hair dryer for every hair type: Dyson Supersonic

Hair care can get a bit strenuous. Anyone with a hair routine will know that. No matter what type of hair you have – straight, curly, oily or dry – the amount of attention, care and time it requires is probably more than what you can (or want to) give.

If your hair routine involves a hair dryer, you especially know this too well. There’s the strained wrist from repeatedly turning the worn-out brush, the risk of over-drying your hair and causing breakage, and the sheer amount of daylight that passes before your hair is actually done drying.

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer Bing Lee

Oh, did we forget the external complaints about taking too long in the bathroom or making too much noise? Ugh.

Sometimes the struggle is too much. We give in, and the good ol’ bun comes into play the next day.

Luckily, Dyson has heard our desperate cry and dire need for fabulous hair every day. Introducing… Dyson’s Supersonic Hair Dryer.

Love at first sight

Before getting into the technical parts of why you’ll love the Dyson Supersonic, let’s take a minute to appreciate its simplicity and oh-so-chic design.

With its silver body, you can pick from a white or fuchsia accent. We’ve gone all heart-eyed! And rather than a typical chunky head with a fan, the motor is set within the handle for a balanced shape and weight.

Using four buttons to control and select your drying type, it’s still aesthetically pleasing while maintaining its easy-to-use functionality. The small lights on the head indicate how hot and how fast your setting is. Ultra-stylish!

Magnetising attachments

Dyson has made it incredibly easy to switch out attachments by making them magnetic. No more clicking, locking or struggling when wanting to try out something new. It complements the simple and sleek design perfectly.

The Supersonic comes with three attachments – here it comes – that cares for each hair type. Hooray! (Check out the videos to see for yourself!)

First, there’s the Dyson Styling Concentrator that releases high-velocity, focused air. It lets you style one section of hair at a time without disturbing the rest. It’s perfect for those fancier ‘dos that you want to rock on a night out.

 

Then there’s the Dyson Smoothing Nozzle that’s ideal for your everyday drying. It’s gentler, using smooth, wide air to dry and style at the same time.

 

Lastly, but definitely not least, there’s the Dyson Diffuser. This is a wider, spout-looking attachment that’s created specifically to dry curls. It’s engineered to disperse air evenly around each ringlet to improve definition – not frizz!

 

Oh, and did we mention that the magnetic attachments have heat shield technology? Well, they do. The surfaces will stay cool even during close-up styling.

It’s as quiet as it is elegant

Dread drying your hair at night for fear of waking up the kids? Your hair dryer shouldn’t sound like a rocket taking off. Dyson knows that.

The Supersonic is engineered to produce one inaudible frequency that’s enveloped by what’s called a vibration reduction system. The system involves a rubber mount that prevents the motor from vibrating against the inside of the handle, producing less noise between the motor and the case.

The result means that a hair dresser can dry their client’s hair while still being able to have a conversation with them using their regular indoor voice.

Star performance

Sounds great so far, right? Let’s not forget about the core of how it benefits your hair.

It protects your natural shine by keeping the temperature under control. The air is measured 20 times every second (!) so that the temperature is just right. Preventing extreme heat reduces damage to your hair.

A lack of extreme heat doesn’t mean it will take you longer to dry your hair, though. It’s extremely fast-drying with a focus on high-velocity airflow rather than heat.

It’s taken years for Dyson specialists and engineers to tackle the science of hair but it’s been well worth the wait. Hair care has never been more enticing. Test