The one thing holding you back is the price tag. But is the engineer’s dream your worst nightmare?
I’m sure almost all of us have heard of the Dyson hair dryer. And the offensive price point of £300. Many of our vacuums aren’t worth that never mind hair dryer’s. Once you begin to get over the initial heart attack, seeing the white light, and you’re back in the room quenching that dry throat you have all of a sudden, you still can’t get over the price.
I’m sorry, I reacted like that when it first came out and all these years later I still can’t bring myself to account for the cost. But one day, out of many days, contemplating “Will I? Won’t I?” I found myself on the checkout page, knowing I can’t find any valid explanation for such a significant purchase, I was about to enter my security code on the back of my card before I was told, I’ll be the recipient of a gifted Dyson hair dryer for Christmas. You can imagine my reaction.
I took a sigh of relief. Wanted to bend my card back, forward, 360 and thought, “Wow there’s someone more stupid than me on this planet!”. I definitely wasn’t complaining. I felt like I had just won a gold medal, being the proud owner of a Dyson. It was a bittersweet feeling though, I was ecstatic, but I knew their bank account wished I was bald already. Almost… but not yet. We still have a few strands going strong!
It arrived, the box was pretty simple, just a brown compact box, packed within an inch of its life. It felt more like a Dyson from Wish.com, but we move. The machine itself is a nice bit of kit. Much lighter than your standard dryer. The buttons are a little fiddly, but I overlooked all that as… IT’S A DYSON PEOPLE. YOU DON’T QUESTION A DYSON! They could make a brick and sell it on for £100 and consumers wouldn’t care. Those 5 letters make all the difference.
I tried it for the first time on Christmas Eve with a paddle brush as I can find barrel brushes a bit too harsh for my tender scalp/hair. Long story short, It does make styling a lot faster! Butttt, I have a few downsides. It’s a powerful piece of kit. I have quite long hair, almost hip-length, and even on the lowest setting, it blasts your hair so much, where it just tangles. Bee hive vibes. But on the second and third attempt, it wasn’t so bad.
Long-haired ladies, it takes a while to style your hair already, even combing it takes 10x longer than most. The Dyson does make it faster, but not a mind-boggling difference. I think ladies with mid-length hair or shorter hair-lengths would really benefit from this £300 fortune. As I can see it cutting your styling time by half at least!
The buttons… easy to use but too fiddly. It makes the device feel quite cheap.
Heat wise, it’s good. I use the lowest setting for heat, it doesn’t get as hot as most machines, but it can still leave your scalp feeling hotter than maybe you’d like, and I wouldn’t keep the dryer on in one position as the temperature is cooler but still not as cool as you might expect. Maybe I’m sensitive!
Good points is that I did find it made my hair feel smoother. The Dyson straightened it better than my older hair dryers, so it’s not an absolute must to go in with straighteners afterwards. It did cut styling time by a bit (depending on length and thickness of hair I’d say) and it didn’t feel as damaging on my hair.
Is it worth buying?
This is a tough one. If you’re rich (I wish), go for it. If you’re suffering from health problems affecting your mobility issues, or if you have alopecia/thinning hair, go for it. As it’s always worth a try getting a device that has a good chance of lessening heat damage, or that isn’t heavy on fragile bones/muscles. And the price point may not be so frightening if you have valid reasons. If you’re gifting someone, and have the money, go for it.
If you have great hair and don’t struggle to hold your pre-existing dryer, you might not see as many benefits, paying £300 for the privilege. BUT, the Dyson air-wrap might be the perfect alternative for you. I was having a dilemma before I received the dryer whether to go for the air wrap or dryer. And from trialling the dryer, I think you’g get more use out of the air-wrap. It can give you salon looking blow dries, and that’s something I simply cant do. Not due to the dryer, simply as I’m not talented enough in that department. The air-wrap does it automatically for you. BUT the air-wrap isn’t made for very short hair style’s like pixie cuts. Any longer and you’re good to go. The dyson hair dryer is suitable for all hair lengths, air-wrap, not so versatile as it needs to be able to gather your hair around the barrel.
FYI, quite a few people online have said their Dyson hair dryer has stopped working after a year or two. I haven’t had mine that long yet so I can’t comment. It comes with a two year guarantee, but after that, Dyson only have options to buy a refurbished version or just buy a brand new one. All I can say is that I would’t be surprised if these expensive gadgets don’t last long. But if that happens, I’ll be on the warpath! So keep all these aspects in mind while purchasing!
What do you think? Do you own a Dyson? Are you interested in buying one? Does the price put you off? Do you find Dyson products are worth the price or heavily inflated? Did you find this post helpful? Comment below!