Drybar's Baby Buttercup Blow Dryer

drybar buttercup travel hair dryer

I have been quietly testing Drybar's Baby Buttercup Blow Dryer since last summer and I'm finally ready to share a full review! 

This is not sponsored. This new travel hair dryer was actually a trip gift from AMH. What's a trip gift? Well, whenever AMH goes on a business trip, he brings me back a gift. Sometimes it's something regional like the time I got outfitted with t-shirts and sweaters from the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team and other times, they are just something that he finds in his travels. AMH knows I love Drybar (getting a blow out is just about the best thing ever!) and I did mention a few times that my old hair dryer was getting on my nerves so while in Indiana he happened upon a Drybar and here we are! *A round of applause for all the caring spouses out there 👏

That was back in August and I wanted to let a good few months go by so that I could share a well thought out review. Here we are six months in and I have so many things to share! But first, here are the complaints I had about my previous hairdryer

- It was heavy. I purchased the SexyHair hairdryer from my then hairdresser. It's the one she used in the salon and she highly recommended it. While I'm sure the weight was fine if you're holding it at waist height, having your arms above your head to blow dry your own hair was painful after some time. 

- Started taking too long to dry hair. The hair dryer lasted me a good number of years but in the last year it seemed to be taking an inordinate amount of time to get my hair dry. If I wanted my hair properly and fully dry, it was taking around 15 minutes. I worried what that was doing to my electric bill and more importantly, what damage it was causing to my hair. 

- Awful to travel with. It was big and heavy which is not travel friendly. As someone who travels quite often, this was a problem. And relying on hotel hair dryers wasn't a great option, plus there are the times when we stay with Airbnbs. I needed something I could travel with. 

A review of Drybar's Baby Buttercup Blow Dryer

The Baby Buttercup Blow Dryer ticked all the boxes for me! It is light at less than one pound, travel friendly and I can dry my hair in no time at all! It takes less than seven minutes to blow dry my hair. I know that because I have a Google Mini in our bathroom and while I'm blow drying I listen to two songs on my Spotify playlist that are 3 minutes each and then I'm all done! 

A review of Drybar's Baby Buttercup Blow Dryer

It's a cheery yellow colour, which is Drybar's signature shade. Here I have it stored in my bathroom vanity drawer. The hairdryer comes with two concentrator nozzles for targeted airflow and a travel drawstring canvas bag that reads "I'm full of hot air". I love that it folds down for storage. It barely takes any room at all! Once extended, it feels quite sturdy. The material is smooth and the handle feels nice in the hand. 


I wash my hair every other day (sometimes I'll go three days) it's one of the ways that I try to protect my hair. Washing too often can strip your hair of its natural protecting oils. I also use a Wet Brush to gently detangle and a wide toothed comb to set my part. And I always use a heat protectant before blow drying. I've been using and loving Drybar's Hot Toddy heat protectant lotion for years. I like to buy the mini version ($21 CAN) because it's great to travel with and you only need a little product so the bottle lasts a long time. 

drybar hair dryer

I have a lot going against me. My hair is long and coloured which instantly means damage. I am also quite prone to frizzy hair, which is why you'll never see me air drying. One of the things that really drew me to this hairdryer is their Ionic Technology. It blows billions of negative ions into the hair to seal the cuticle and reduce frizz while drying. 

I use the concentrator nozzle and will rough dry my roots first. If I'm looking for some extra volume, I'll flip my hair over and rough dry upside down. Once I feel like things are starting to dry, I'll start drying my hair in sections with the nozzle pointed straight down. This is one of those tricks to help seal the cuticle down to prevent frizz. After drying my hair feels lovely. It's soft and always has a fun bounce to it. And while I still have a little frizz to contend with, it's significantly less than with my previous hair dryer. 

A review of Drybar's Baby Buttercup Blow Dryer

Once everything feels dry and I've listened to my two songs on my Google Mini (currently it's Dua Lipa's Don't Start Now and Sam Smith's How Do You Sleep?) I will give everything a once over holding down the cool shot button, the one with a snowflake on it. This locks in your style and cools your hair quickly. 


Here's my Baby Buttercup all packed and ready for our next adventure! I've brought it along on a few different trips, in a weekend carry on and in a larger checked bag, and it's been fantastic for travelling. I used to dread washing my hair on vacation and now it's no trouble at all! 

I also really like the price. The larger version that the stylists in Drybar use is $250 Canadian/$195 US. My travel version is $175 Canadian/$135 US. A penny saved is another one I can put towards our next trip! 

I've used cheap hairdryers in the past and have always regretted it. I find they break after only a few months and in the time that they did work, they didn't do a great job of drying my hair. I paid $250 for my previous heavy hair dryer and it was the first time I had ever made the leap to a more professional product. That one lasted me 7 years so I'm quite happy with what I spent. I'm hoping I can get close to that with my new Baby Buttercup. So far, it's looking good!