If you thinning hair or a sensitive scalp, it might be just what you need. To help you decide, here are 5 things we know so far

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It’s not often that I feel like a spy, but when I arrive at Dyson’s London HQ on a rainy Tuesday - having signed a hefty non-disclosure agreement not to spill the beans until today. But right now that’s the vibe I’m channelling. 

I’m taken into a deserted showroom and presented with a box draped in fabric and asked if I can guess what’s underneath. It’s at this point that my brain stops working and I can’t remember how to think of an idea never mind magic on one out of a box. Thankfully, I’m put out of my misery, the cloth is lifted and I am shown a hairdryer but not any old hairdryer, this is the new Dyson Supersonic Nural, £399.99.

The Dyson Nural looks similar to the original Supersonic, £329.99, but has their most intelligent, technology, I'm told (Nural ... neural, geddit?). 

I'm looking at a prototype - the actual model launches today in South Korea - and am presented with what looks like a jet engine inside the old Supersonic. 

The main intelligent tech is in the scalp care mode which has sensors that can tell how far away you are holding the Nural and save you from accidentally frying your head. So if you have fragile or thinning hair or a sensitive scalp, the Nural may be the model you would buy if you were looking to invest in a Supersonic.
Scalp care is a huge global trend - the healthier your scalp, the better your hair – and nowhere more so than in South Korea, which is probably why they are getting it first. I don't get the chance try it on my hair yet but I can switch it on (it's pretty quiet) and  see the inner workings behind a perspex case flashing 'intelligently'.

It will not replace the existing Supersonic, which is only £70 'cheaper' but it does beg the question, why didn't they just upgrade an already fabulous piece of kit? To be honest, I’m not sure. 

The Nural won’t be available to buy here in the UK until around the end of April. Scroll down to discover what I found out, so you can think about whether you want to invest.

5 things to know about the Dyson Nural

1. It has a see-through back so the tech can talk to you

The design is not far off the Dyson Supersonic, but here are two main differences. It has a jet-like shape going through the centre of the head. And at the back, the LED lights and electronic workings are visible so as you use the hairdryer and change the setting to scalp protect mode, lights flash, you can see it 'doing stuff' flaunting its 'intelligent' design. 

2. It senses when you get too close to your head

The new scalp protect mode button gradually reduces the heat to 55°C (the optimum drying temperature for scalp comfort) as it gets closer to your head. An invisible infrared beam measures the distance between the machine and your hair and this is the jet engine-style tech you can see.

What you see, is a colour change in the back of the hairdryer as you move it closer and further away from your head and you feel the temperature dropping the closer it gets. It goes cool blue when you are close, then as you move further away it goes yellow (low heat), to orange (medium heat) and red (high heat). This may not be essential for everyone but if you have delicate or compromised hair or you simply want to futureproof your hair against heat damage then this gives you the option.

3. It remembers how you programmed each attachment

This is the functionality I think will prove the most useful to most people. Intelligently, the hairdryer remembers which heat and speed setting (it has the same three heat and speed settings of the Supersonic) you set it to with each of the five attachments. 

The Nural attachments (above) include a new 'wave and curl diffuser,  a 2-in-1  standard diffuser which morphs into a bowl, into which your curls can be dropped, to make them tighter and more defined. 

There is a gentle air attachment for rough drying, a styling concentrator for a sleek blow-dry, a wide-tooth comb for teasing out curls and coils and a flyaway attachment that smooths frizz and flyaways down. 

4. It powers down when you put it down

You know those annoyings moment when you’re blowdrying and trying to resection your hair and you don’t want to switch your dryer off, so you end up with it between your legs hoping it doesn’t burn you, or you put it down and the air ends up knocking everything off the worktop? 

Well, the Nural has this solved. When you put it down it automatically powers down to a very low setting so as not to blow anything over off or burn anything in its vicinity, but also to remind you that it’s still on. As soon as you pick it back up it goes back to whichever speed you were using.

5. It comes in two new colours

Perhaps not the most important detail but if you are going to spend this sort of money on a hairdryer, it should look nice. And the Nural does. It comes in two new shades for Dyson: royal blue and aqua green, both with rose gold buttons. It will come in a storage caddy with the five attachments.

Should you buy it?

It’s tricky to say as we haven’t tried it properly yet - as soon as we do we guarantee a full review. 

The main purpose of the Dyson Nural is to offer a hair tool that reduces damage to the scalp and the hair. If you have hair that is already delicate or have suffered from hair loss or thinning, or you regularly colour your hair and can see the condition of it worsening and you want to do everything you can to help reduce that damage then this could be a great investment for you. 

We all know that extreme heat is bad for our hair and scalp but we also all want to style our hair and have it look good, so this could solve that problem. It just, annoyingly, comes with a hefty price tag; but that hasn't stopped Dyson, or consumers, so far.