Everything you need to know about Dyson's new hair dryer

From its price tag to what makes it so special

Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / April 11 2024

When Dyson launched the Supersonic hair dryer in 2016, the brand completely changed the way we thought about drying our hair.

Since then, the leaders in home and beauty technology have turned their attention to air styling with the Dyson Corrale and the Dyson Airwrap respectively. 

Now, Dyson is revolutionising the very hair tool that put them on the map in the first place, bringing to market a hair dryer that sings the same tune about limiting heat damage. However, this newcomer — the Dyson Supersonic Nural — is forcing us to take a closer look at our scalp health with a range of world-first features in the category. 

"If you’re able to limit heat damage, you can get a healthier scalp; and healthier hair. Our new Supersonic Nural™ has a time of flight sensor which recognises your head and reduces the heat as it gets close to your hair, preventing heat damage to both your scalp and your hair," James Dyson (Founder and Chief Engineer) said in a statement released by the brand. "Innovation only comes from investing in research and development. Our obsession to truly understand the root of the problem continues, as we build up some of the most sophisticated hair laboratories in the world."

"From our research into the science of hair, we know that there is a connection between the quality of hair and a healthy scalp," Dyson's Head Of Research, Shawn Lim, went on to say. "The scalp tissue comprises different layers, with the outermost layer serving as a barrier against external stressors. But when your scalp is damaged, moisture loss can occur, a key factor in our development of the Scalp protect mode feature. This helps to maintain scalp moisture levels, and allows for gentle drying."

Image provided by Dyson

Image provided by Dyson

Dyson Supersonic versus Dyson Supersonic Nural

Although the Nural may look very similar to its predecessor, the Dyson Supersonic, it couldn't be more different. Dyson's new Nural technology boasts Nural™ sensors, which work in conjunction with the hair dryer's intelligent features; Scalp protect mode, Attachment learning and Pause detect.

"This product is groundbreaking for scalp care, however it also allows for a seamless transition between styling tools, with it’s attachment learning technology," Renya Xydis (Dyson Styling Ambassador) said in a statement released by the brand. "This will revolutionise the way I style my clients hair, as well as how they can replicate the style at home."

Scalp protect mode ensures that the Dyson Supersonic Nural maintains the optimum temperature for scalp comfort and speedy hair drying (55°C), regardless of whether the hair dryer is held at a distance from the hair or is just an inch away from the scalp. Time of flight sensors project an invisible infrared beam, which continuously measures the distance between the hair dryer and your hair. Capsule illumination utilises a variety of coloured LED lights in order to communicate the hair dryer's heat settings to the user. In Scalp protect mode, the lights will automatically change between cool blue or yellow (low heat), to orange (medium heat) and red (high heat), depending on the distance the machine is from the head. 

Attachment learning means that the hair dryer is able to remember your styling preferences. For example, if you are using the Gentle Air attachment on a low heat setting and a high speed airflow setting, the hair dryer will remember this. This means you can easily rotate through the hair tool's multiple attachments without having to manually reconfigure your desired settings every time you reattach the attachment.

The Dyson Supersonic Nural™ also uses pause detect technology to deactivate the heater, airflow and noise functions of the hair dryer using a motion-sensing accelerometer which detects breaks in between styling passes or if the tool has been set down to rest on a hard surface. 

The hair dryer has a new styling attachment called the wave and curl diffuser, which is a two-in-one styling attachment that can be used on gently wavy hair and very coily hair types too. The attachment features a traditional curl diffuser, which sits inside a domed bowl that uses reverse air cycle technology to quickly enhance hair's natural curl pattern without damaging the scalp with direct heat. 

How much does the Dyson Supersonic Nural cost?

Dyson Supersonic Nural prices start from AU$749 and the hair dryer will be available to purchase exclusively for Dyson Owners from April 8th, while the general public will be able to purchase the Dyson Supersonic Nural from Thursday April 11 at dyson.com.au and Dyson Demo stores.

Looking for an airstyler with an affordable price tag? These are the best (and most affordable) Dyson Airwrap dupes in Australia.

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Briar Clark got her start in the media industry in 2017, as an intern for Marie Claire and InStyle. Since then, her keen interest in fashion and beauty has landed her gigs as a Digital Content Producer and Beauty Editor with titles like Girlfriend, Refinery29, BEAUTYcrew and beautyheaven. She loves the way seemingly innocuous topics like skin care and style have the ability to put a smile on people’s faces or make them think about themselves a little differently. A big believer in self love and experimentation, Briar has made a point of becoming the Australian beauty industry’s unofficial guinea pig for unusual treatments and daring hair trends. When she’s not testing out the latest beauty launches, Briar is big on broadening her horizons, mostly in the form of food but she’s also partial to travelling to new destinations both near and far (and of course, allocating an extra bag to bring their best beauty offerings home with her).

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