I’ll admit that when I first read about this feature, I thought there might be sensors that interpreted the moisture levels in my hair as I was drying, and that the hair dryer would then adjust the heat levels. But I was over-excited in my estimation of how this works. Instead, the glass bead thermistor is only making sure the air doesn’t get too hot, which, in theory, reduces damage to your hair over time.

There are other details of the Dyson that are worth mentioning, like the fact that the three plastic attachments that come with it — a styling concentrator, a smoother, and a diffuser for curly hair — are all magnetized, and pop on and off the end of the hair dryer with ease. (I sincerely apologize to curly-haired readers: I cannot give an accurate review of how the hair-dryer-plus-diffuser works on curls.

At the end of the day this is a luxury hair dryer, there’s no doubt about it. And at $400, I personally will not be buying it anytime soon. But I can appreciate Dyson’s high-tech approach to rebuilding a product that has essentially remained static for decades. And Dyson claims that it is fully committed to the hair dryer as a new product line, following an overall positive reception to this first one, which makes me think there may be more to come. A cheaper version, perhaps? A long-haired person can dream. Until then, I’ll keep wasting my morning minutes.

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