Best of Beauty 2016: The Big Breakthroughs
It’s crazy fast, maneuvers beautifully, and cost $71 million to create. We’re talking about a blow-dryer, not an Aston Martin.
Motor. It’s three times lighter, six times faster (on average), and one third the size of a regular blow-dryer motor—and it’s in the handle instead of the head. “Other dryers are top-heavy,” says hairstylist Matt Fugate. “You can flip, shake, and blast this one with more freedom.”
Impeller. The thing that helps create airflow was designed by acoustic engineers—it’s faster than the speed of sound, so you hear only the softest whooshing. It pushes out 13 liters of air per second—and dried one tester’s thick hair in four minutes, 17 seconds flat.
Nozzle. It’s magnetic, so it pops on and off easily. And if you touch your blow-dryer to your brush (a common mistake), your hair won’t fry—the hot air coming out is sandwiched between sheets of cold air.
Thermistor. Other than sounding fancy, it measures the air temperature 20 times per second to make sure it never exceeds 302 degrees. “Dryers that get hotter than that— and most do—dull and damage hair quickly,” says cosmetic chemist Jim Hammer.