The Dyson supersonic hairdryer is finally in South Africa. The hairdryer that’s known for never getting hot was said to have been tested on 1 625 km of real human hair – 1 625 km of Caucasian and Asian hair, that is. How would it fare when put to the test on my Afro-textured hair?
Firstly, the Dyson is a stunning-looking product. As well as being aesthetically pleasing it is easy to handle, with three magnetic attachments and four heat
settings, three airflow settings as well as a cold shot.
The Dyson uses a fast but focused airflow and intelligently controls the temperature to help protect hair from extreme heat damage. A glass bead thermistor measures the temperature 20 times a second and transmits this data to a microprocessor, which controls the heating element.
The heat setting is great for the textures the product was tested on, but Afro-textured hair requires more heat and a lower wind setting. Although any possibility of heat damage has been eliminated, it took longer for me to dry my hair on the highest heat setting than it would on any conventional hairdryer.
The tech inside Dyson’s motor is up to eight times faster than other hair dryer motors, half the weight and way less noisy. That annoying sound
associated with hairdryers is drastically minimised.
By using a motor impeller with 13 blades instead of the usual 11, Dyson engineers pushed one tone within the motor to a sound frequency beyond the audible range for humans.
In addition to this, because the Dyson digital motor is engineered to be powerful yet compact, it is small enough to be positioned in the handle rather
than in the head. That’s great for balance and ease of use. But there’s another benefit: in its location in the handle, it’s surrounded by acoustic silencers to further reduce sound.
The three attachments, which include a diffuser, easily snap on and off and always remain cool to the touch. Heat shield technology ensures that the hot air is contained within a sandwich of cold air, meaning that the surfaces of the attachments are not affected by heat.
The Dyson retails for a hefty R6 499. That’s an amount that I can’t see myself spending on a hairdryer, let alone one that takes more than 15 minutes to dry my hair.
However, given its lack of noise and striking design, the Dyson does make an excellent product for professional hairstylists.