Dyson targets hair beauty market with US$500 styling tool

The Dyson Airwrap Styler harnesses a phenomenon known as the Coanda effect, whereby a high-speed jet of air attaches itself to a surface, to curl, wave or smooth hair. (AFP pic)

LONDON: British vacuum-cleaner maker Dyson is making a second push into the high-end beauty market with a US$500 (RM2,078) hair styling tool that it has engineered to create curls, waves and smooth blow dries without extreme heat.

The Dyson Airwrap Styler harnesses a phenomenon known as the Coanda effect, whereby a high-speed jet of air attaches itself to a surface, to curl, wave or smooth hair, Dyson said.

The company, which was founded by entrepreneur James Dyson in the 1990s to make his revolutionary bagless dual-cyclone vacuum cleaners, is one of Britain’s most successful manufacturing start-ups of the last three decades.

It reported an annual profit of more than £801 million (RM4.4 billion) last year on £3.5 billion of sales of products like its air purifiers and its battery-powered cleaners.

Dyson entered the hair market two years ago with a dryer powered by one of its digital motors. The Supersonic dryer – which is priced at US$399 – had been a “runaway success”, it said.

“We have been obsessively manipulating airflow for more than 25 years,” James Dyson said on Wednesday.

“Harnessing the power of Dyson’s digital motor we have engineered a unique styling tool which prevents extreme heat damage when styling.”

Dyson, which is working on its first electric vehicle, said it had taken six years and £24 million to develop the Airwrap Styler.

The Airwrap will be available in two variations priced at 399.99 pounds in Britain and US$499.99 in the United States, or in one package that includes all accessories for 449.99 pounds or US$549.99.