I love applying makeup, but I don’t spend much time styling my hair. At the very most, I would blow dry it to tame any frizz and sort out the kinks in my wavy hair. When I do decide to style my hair, I opt for beachy waves or curls. But that involves first drying my hair and a combination of strength and dexterity to get through an entire head of thick hair, wrapping section after section around a hot tong without burning my fingers.
So I was really looking forward to trying the new Dyson Airwrap styler—the wet to dry styling tool that promised to dry and style hair at one go. Launched last month for a not-so-small price range of $649 to $699 the Dyson Airwarp styler comes with series of attachments: a set of large and small barrels, pre-styling dryer (it’s like the Supersonic but more diffused airflow for rough drying), firm and soft brushes and a round brush, which allow you to dry, smooth and curl your hair.
What makes it so special is that it uses the V9 digital motor (which is also in The Dyson Supersonic hair dryer) along with specially designed styling barrels to create a Coanda effect. This phenomena manipulates air to grab the section of hair and wrap it around the barrel. The added heating and cool shot functions help seal the curl.
As someone who has a lot of thick hair, this changed my entire approach to styling my hair. Not having to wrap sections of hair around the barrel myself made my hair-styling experience less tiring. The styler also has intelligent heat control, checking temperatures up to 40 times a second to ensure hair does not become exposed to extreme heat. This means my hair suffered less heat damage and I didn’t burn my hands on the barrel as I sometimes would when using the regular curling iron. And as we have come to expect from Dyson, it is incredibly light.
But despite the ease of styling the Dyson Airwrap promises, curling my hair with it still took some getting used to. For starters, I had to remember to change barrels for each side of my head as the styler comes with set of symmetry barrels to ensure symmetrical curls on both sides. And my hair couldn’t be too wet or too dry or it wouldn’t wrap around the barrels. I also found that the smaller 30mm barrel gave me tighter curls that lasted longer.
When I used the 40mm barrel, the curls didn’t last as long. Having said that, both the barrels seemed to make my hair frizzy. I suspect that this is because I have broken hair and the high-speed airflow that works to curl the hair also blew away the broken hair that didn’t warp around the barrel. I’m also not a big fan of the hot air that blew on my face as I was curling the hair close to my face.
Using the firm brush was much easier but if I started with extremely wet hair, it took ages to dry my hair. But the good thing was that I could dry and style my hair with one hand as opposed to holding the brush and hair dryer in each hand if I were to do it the regular way.
I have thick hair that is prone to frizz so I used the attachments that came with the Smooth + Control Set, $649. Those with limp, or flat hair can opt for the Volume + Shape set, $649 and those who might want to use all the attachments can opt for the Dyson Airwrap Complete, $699.
Ultimately, the Dyson Airwrap does make styling my hair much easier, but it doesn’t completely replace my curling tong for smooth, lasting curls because I have incredibly thick, stubborn hair. But I do appreciate how easy it makes styling my hair and that fact that I’m not completely exhausted after I do. And there’s always the option to try the Dyson Airwrap styler at the store before you try it.