Breaking News

Dyson Invests $588.4 Million to Expand and Accelerate R&D Across Its Beauty Portfolio

Also shares findings from a comprehensive hair research study.

Dyson committed half a billion GBP ($588.4 million) to expand and accelerate its research and technology development across its beauty portfolio, announcing plans to launch 20 new beauty products in the next four years.

Alongside this investment, Dyson also released the results of its most comprehensive hair research study, deepening its understanding of hair types, styling behaviors and perceptions of hair types and hair health around the world.

Commitment to Research

Across Dyson’s four Technology Campuses, 6,000 engineers and scientists have access to hundreds of laboratories. These spaces allow for rigorous testing of new ideas and technologies 24 hours a day.

For Dyson to truly understand how all hair types behave, and continue to identify better, healthier ways to style, the team develops test rigs and employs state-of-the-art equipment. Machinery such as scanning electron microscopes, thermal cameras and airflow laser smoke machines help engineers better understand the impact of hair damage, global hair types and the effects of high-speed airflow.

Developing technology for all hair types remains a crucial focus for the research and development teams. For too long, there has been both a misunderstanding and misrepresentation across styling tools to truly cater for different hair types, while preserving hair from heat damage. This investment will create new lab spaces to both sharpen Dyson’s understanding of global hair types and damage, while also supporting the continued diversification of Dyson’s beauty technology.

Global Hair Study

Understanding owners remains a central part of the Dyson design process, underpinned by hair science and research. This research and understanding informs Dyson’s engineering decisions and empowers engineers to build machines that offer better styles backed by science, delivering healthy, stylish hair every day, no matter the hair type.

Dyson’s obsession with hair has led to the creation of one of the largest global hair studies. This research investigates hair health, hair perceptions, habits, and attitudes towards hair styling across 23 markets and 23,000 people – enabling Dyson engineers to gain a deeper understanding of real-world styling frustrations.

Key Study Findings

Hair perceptions and hair health misconceptions:

  • 7 in 10 respondents say their hair is damaged, with dandruff, hair loss and greying hair as top concerns. However, these are not damage concerns. 67% of all respondents also agree their hair is healthy, despite it being damaged.
  • However, respondents seem to understand what ‘healthy’ hair looks and feels like, describing it as shiny (36%), smooth (29%) linking it to a healthy scalp (26%).

“Dandruff, hair loss and greying hair are not forms of damage, but scalp and hair growth concerns. Hair damage refers to the breakdown of the hair cuticle and cortex, which can lead to your hair looking frizzy, dull, or snapping off. The best way to achieve healthy hair is through prevention and minimising exposure to causes of damage. This includes extreme heat which makes hair weaker and more susceptible to breakage and split ends,” said Rob Smith, Dyson senior principal hair scientist.

Habits and attitudes towards styling:

  • Be cautious of over-washing: Dyson global hair study reveals that 8 in 10 people wash their hair every day or once every 2 days.
  • Consumers brush off post-pandemic styling blues: Dyson reveals while 6 in 10 consumers shifted to at-home styling habits, at least 20% have returned to their pre-pandemic routines and this continues to grow.
  • 6 in 10 globally changed their hair habits due to the pandemic, styling hair less (17%) and using less hair products (9%).
  • However, there’s continued diligence in basic hair maintenance and styling. Hair holding spray, moisturising products, shine enhancers and standard conditioners are used 3-4 times a week.

“How often you wash your hair depends on your hair type, level of activity and environment. Over-washing can be very damaging, stripping the scalp of natural oils while leaving hair dry. Generally, the greasier your hair or scalp is, the more often you can consider washing your hair. Straight hair may feel limp more easily due to oil build-up, while waves, curls and coils absorb oil and require less washing. Be gentle to your scalp, and use shampoos suited for your hair type.  Be mindful to consider the pollution levels in your environment and wash off pollution from hair too, as a combination of pollution and ultraviolet elements can cause increased levels of hair damage,” explained Smith.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

error: Content is protected !!