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Dyson Supersonic is the ultimate travel companion for winter getaway

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Booking a winter getaway? FEMAIL tests whether Dyson’s famous $599 hairdryer is worth the investment when you’re travelling

  • The Dyson Supersonic ($599) is the brand’s famous all-in-one drying tool 
  • It comes with five separate attachments that snap in place with a magnet
  • FEMAIL tested out the five-star product on a bob cut to see if it’s worth it
  • Plenty of experts herald the Supersonic as the ultimate travelling dryer 

With winter well and truly digging its heels in across Australia many lucky travellers are packing their bags in search of sunnier climes – but they don’t want to leave behind their beauty essentials in the process.

With a four-week European holiday on the cards for July I was frantically searching for a travel-sized hairdryer that would still have enough power to blast my short hair dry in seconds, so as not to waste precious relaxation time on nailing the perfect style.

Countless websites suggested Dyson’s Supersonic as the ultimate choice, and despite not being marketed specifically as carry-on sized, experts maintained that its lightweight nature and detachable styling tools were far superior to the tiny, plastic-ridden dryers you can pick up at the airport on your way out of the country.

As with any Dyson product it’s an investment at $599 but comes with five attachments, including the new Flyaway tool, and promises no extreme heat alongside maximum efficacy. So I decided to test it.

I washed and towel-dried my hair before beginning the process

I've recently cut my hair short, as in above the shoulders length, and as anyone with shorter locks can attest it almost doubles your styling time trying to create volume and a slick 'do with less strands to play with

As with any Dyson product it’s an investment at $599 but comes with five attachments, including the new Flyaway tool, and promises no extreme heat alongside maximum efficacy

The Dyson Supersonic comes with five different attachments that snap onto the motor using a magnet

The Dyson Supersonic comes with five different attachments that snap onto the motor using a magnet

I’ve recently cut my hair short, as in above the shoulders length, and as anyone with shorter locks can attest it almost doubles your styling time trying to create volume and a slick ‘do with less strands to play with.

No longer can I just let my hair ‘air dry’ as I once did with waist-length hair… now it’s straight to the dryer the moment I’ve finished towel-drying it.

I started by snapping the Styling Concentrator attachment onto the V9-powered motor and putting both the heat and strength settings on medium. Rough drying my hair took all but a few seconds, and I did so with my head flipped upside-down to build volume from the root.

Next I picked up my Dyson vented barrel brush ($49), and using the same Concentrator tool, began smoothing out the slightly wavy strands until they looked like they’d been newly straightened. So far about four minutes had elapsed.

To finish I chose to change the attachment to the new Flyaway option, smoothing the top of my hair on both sides of the part in seconds.

I started by snapping the Styling Concentrator attachment onto the V9-powered motor and putting both the heat and strength settings on medium

Next I picked up my Dyson vented barrel brush ($49), and using the same Concentrator tool, began smoothing out the slightly wavy strands until they looked like they'd been newly straightened

I started by snapping the Styling Concentrator attachment onto the V9-powered motor and putting both the heat and strength settings on medium (left)

My arm wasn't tired from holding the dryer aloft and the motor wasn't searing hot like most other dryers get at the end of a session

My arm wasn’t tired from holding the dryer aloft and the motor wasn’t searing hot like most other dryers get at the end of a session

My arm wasn’t tired from holding the dryer aloft and the motor wasn’t searing hot like most other dryers get at the end of a session.

The Flyaway attachment harnesses the Coanda effect – a phenomenon first engineered for styling within the Dyson Airwrap styler – to attract and lift longer hairs to the front, whilst pushing flyaways through the tress and out of sight.

The Flyaway attachment harnesses the Coanda effect - a phenomenon first engineered for styling within the Dyson Airwrap styler

The Flyaway attachment harnesses the Coanda effect – a phenomenon first engineered for styling within the Dyson Airwrap styler

‘Our engineers are driven to rethink convention and our obsession with airflow led us to push the potential of Coanda after observing how stylists use a “brush and blow dryer” technique to smooth flyaways,’ Dyson Hair Care Category Director Emma Sheldon said.  

‘Traditionally this skilled technique involves the stylist using a round brush to section and manage the hair, whilst directing airflow from the dryer to push the flyaways into the style and out of sight. 

‘We set out to find a way to innovate a way to mechanise this method for the everyday styler.’

The size of the Dyson digital motor V9 allowed engineers to reposition the motor to the handle for optimum balance in the hand when it was first launched in 2016.

Intelligent Heat Control measures air temperature over 40 times a second and regulates the heat. This prevents extreme heat damage, to help protect your hair’s shine. 

While my hair is normally straight after regular washing there are other attachments for use on afro, wavy and curly hair including the Diffuser and Wide Tooth Comb

While my hair is normally straight after regular washing there are other attachments for use on afro, wavy and curly hair including the Diffuser and Wide Tooth Comb

While my hair is normally straight after regular washing there are other attachments for use on afro, wavy and curly hair including the Diffuser and Wide Tooth Comb.

If you’ve got a more sensitive scalp or finer locks the ‘Gentle Air’ attachment can also be used to diffuse the air, creating a gentle, cooler airflow – while still drying hair fast.

I’ll certainly be packing the Supersonic with me on a month-long trip overseas to cut down on drying time and ensure I’m looking polished even by the beach. 

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