Dyson expanded into the hair styling market with the Supersonic Hairdryer in 2016, claiming faster quieter and less damaging drying. As expected, the device came with a hefty price tag. I was intrigued for sure, but was definitely not in a position to spend £300 on a hairdryer.
Two years later Dyson released their next product, the Airwrap Styler. Similar to the Supersonic, the Airwrap claims styling suitable for multiple hair types without extreme heat. I purchased the Dyson Airwrap Styler Complete over a month ago now for £449.99, who knows maybe I lost my mind a little during lockdown..!?
Here in the UK you can get the pricey hair tool from numerous places; Boots, Curry’s, John Lewis and of course the Dyson website itself. I decided on purchasing mine from Boots to get the reward points, I also used a cashback site, making me feel slightly better about spending such a huge chunk of cash.
The complete styler comes in a cushioned tan storage case, which I find a real positive, it looks great as well as providing an organised place to store all of the various pieces. This set comes with the complete set of styling attachments, as follows:
- Pre-styling drier (partially dries your hair ready for styling)
- 30mm barrels (voluminous curls and waves)
- 40mm barrels (loose curls and waves)
- Soft smoothing brush (smooth finish)
- Firm smoothing brush (straighter style with less frizz)
- Round volumizing brush (bouncy blow-dry style)
Claims and Technology
The Airwrap Styler is powered by the Dyson V9 motor which creates the Coanda effect. The Coanda effect is a phenomenon in which fluid or airflow attaches itself to a surface and flows along it, even when the surface curves away. In the case of the Airwrap, air flows around the barrels meaning your hair ‘attaches’ to it and wraps the piece of hair for you. There’s no need to clamp your hair, no awkward twisting or heat protection glove required. The Coanda effect is also used to attract your hair to the brushes, propelling air along the strands to create a smooth blow-dried look.
The temperature of the Dyson always stays below 150°C, much less damaging than most popular hair straighteners or curlers.
Ease of Use
Before making such an expensive purchase I made sure I had watched plenty of tutorials on using the various attachments, so I was already familiar with how to use each different tool. Something I would highly recommend it you are at all considering buying this, there are some helpful videos from Dyson but of course you can find plenty of reviews and tutorials on YouTube.
The only attachments that require any sort of technique are the barrels for curling the hair. The barrels include a clockwise and counter clockwise motion in order to curl away from your face without having to turn the whole devise upside down. When I say technique, there really isn’t much to it, you simply hold it and your sectioned piece of hair and it will wrap itself around the barrel. Depending on how thick your hair is you may need to section your hair multiple times, taking the same size pieces you would as if using a curling wand.
The three different brushes give slightly different finishes, depending if you’re after a sleeker, straighter style or something a little bouncier. All are easy to use and you don’t need to be good at ‘doing hair’ to use them.
The drier attachment is included to partially dry your wet hair before going straight in with any of the brushes or barrels. I love the inclusion of this attachment, it’s better than my previous hairdryer! Generally, as long as you are prepared to watch some tutorials, and spend a bit of time to practice, it’s very quick and easy to master this tool.
I’m not saying I’m about to throw out my GHDs, but I am in love with the Airwrap. As much as I love makeup, I never enjoyed doing my hair. I’d get hot and flustered, and because my hair is quite thick it generally took me ages to do a complete head of curls. I find the Airwrap so easy and fun to use, there really isn’t a technique to master – such as curling with straighteners which I’ll admit took me a lot of practice (this should give you a hint into my hair styling abilities).
Prior to my purchase, I’d heard some reviews say that the curls don’t last long at all, some stating even after a couple of hours they had flattened, which worried me somewhat. However, I don’t find this to be true at all, even if I don’t use any hairspray. I’ve slept on the curls and yes, they’re not quite as bouncy but I can still make it look good the next day.
Perhaps I just had a rubbish hairdryer, but the pre-styling drier is way better than the one I already had, and I can use it to completely dry my hair. Just a tip – before using the styling tools definitely make sure to fully dry your roots as the barrels won’t do this.
To sum up, I really enjoy using the Dyson Airwrap and (thankfully) I have no regrets whatsoever about spending this much on a hair tool. You very much likely already own a hairdryer, straighteners and a curling wand and you definitely don’t need this. It is far from a ‘need’ purchase. However…if you’re concerned about damaging your hair from heat styling, and of course are comfortable spending this much money then I would definitely say go for it, you won’t regret it!
Talk Soon x