If you haven’t heard of Drybar’s Buttercup blow dryer, take a quick look at it on Amazon and you’ll see how it gets its name. Its bright yellow design immediately makes it stand out, giving it a fun and sleek vibe.
And if you haven’t heard of Drybar, well…it’s a California-based multistate salon chain that focuses only on blowouts. They don’t do haircuts, color, perms, or anything else—just wash, blow dry, and style as desired.
With that in mind, their blow dryer ought to be pretty high quality, since that is their specialty. Also, the Buttercup is the dryer that Drybar stylists use behind the chair, so theoretically, it’s going to be pretty amazing if it’s used for blowouts all day long.
Let’s see what we can discover about the Buttercup…
First, the Buttercup is available through several retailers, including Amazon, Sephora, Ulta, and Nordstrom online—and of course, thedrybar.com. While the cost generally floats around $200 for this dryer (typically $195), the idea is that you can recreate a Drybar blowout at home using the Buttercup Dryer. (Drybar also offers matching bright yellow clips and round brushes to assist in this endeavor.)
So does the Buttercup really work at home the same way it does in a Drybar stylist’s magical fingers? The majority of user feedback says a resounding yes!
Dry time is dramatically decreased, and hair is healthier, smoother, less frizzy, and more voluminous. The Buttercup boasts three temp settings and two speeds, along with a locking cool-shot button. How cool is that? (Ha.)
Seriously, though; how many times has your finger cramped from holding down the cool-shot button? It’s a problem. Drybar has solved it for you with the Buttercup.
Powered by Bio-Ionic, the Buttercup carries the same nanoionic mineral technology characteristic of all Bio-Ionic’s dryers, so that’s why the hair dries so fast and smooth. Bio-Ionic is a bestselling brand, known for its quiet, quick-drying motors; that also accounts for its light weight and professional quality.
In addition, the Buttercup has a nine-foot cord, making it easier to deal with (for both those in the salon and those at home). Because who ever said an appliance cord was too long? Generally they’re never long enough, so this is a nice bonus.
The Buttercup also comes with two concentrator nozzles for an at-home blowout boost—one for quick drying in larger areas and one for smaller areas, such as the bangs.
On top of all these benefits, the Buttercup weighs a scant one pound and one ounce, which is a very good thing for wrists across America.
Think about it: if a stylist at Drybar is using a dryer all day every day, doesn’t it need to be as light as it can be? This is still good news even if you only do a home blowout two or three times a week.
Even better if you do it every day! Let’s face it, blow drying your own hair is awkward and considerably less easy than blow drying another person’s. So anything that’ll make it easier is a definite bonus.
Pros and Cons
Let’s go over the cons first, getting the “bad news” out of the way. There aren’t too many, as Drybar has lots of happy customers.
• Heating element issues
For some the cost is a prohibitive issue. While $200 is a lot to spend on a blow dryer, the quick drying speed and the fact that the hair stays healthier and smoother balances it out. The Buttercup comes with a one-year warranty, but after that, you’re on your own. (But Drybar’s website says it comes with a 2-year warranty.)
So if your heating element goes out, you’d better hope it’s within the first year so it’s covered. However, the Buttercup is a fan favorite for the most part; the heating element problem is likely rare and an issue the company is working on.
The pros seem to far outweigh the cons:
• Dries hair much faster than other dryers
• Keeps hair healthier
• Adds volume
• Reduces frizz
• Seals cuticle, increasing shine
• Several temp settings
• Locking cool-shot button
• Nanoionic technology breaks down water molecules to keep hair hydrated
• Powerful motor
• Designed for professional, all-day use
The list could go on, but it has to end at some point. With all of its features, the Buttercup dryer seems to be a good choice for at-home blowouts like they do in the salon. And who doesn’t love looking and feeling like they just stepped out of the salon?
The light weight and fast-drying, smoothing technology make the Buttercup worth the investment. Sounds like Drybar knows their stuff!