It really seems like 2022 is The Year of the Dyson Airwrap.
After Christmas 2021, my Instagram feed was flooded with pics of unboxings. My For You Page effectively became an advertisement for Dyson, with every second video being a tutorial or review.
Safe to say, I was suffering from a bit of FOMO.
However, that’s not to say I was instantly persuaded to drop the money on this beloved hair styling tool. My interest was initially piqued last summer, when my mum bought herself a Dyson Airwrap.
For my 23rd birthday, I gave it a try myself and was pleasantly surprised. While styling my thick hair has always been a long process, this tool cut the time in half with much better results.
Still, the price tag was a big drawback for me. I wasn’t able to just pop this bad boy into my cart and give it a go.
After copious research and a year of saving, I finally bit the bullet and bought myself the Dyson Airwrap Styler. And after months of using it, I’m ready to share my thoughts!
The Dyson Airwrap Styler
If you aren’t familiar with the tool, here’s a quick rundown to catch you up to speed.
The Dyson Airwrap Styler is a multi-purpose hair styling tool. It’s designed with a special technology that uses air to both dry and style your hair without excessive heat.
The first-generation styler, which I own, has the following components:
- Pre-styling dryer – used to dry your hair before styling
- 1.2″ Airwrap barrels – create bigger, more voluminous curls
- 1.6″ Airwrap barrels – create loose waves or bouncy curls
- Round volumizing brush – can create shape and body
- Firm smoothing brush – used to create a straighter, less frizzy style
- Soft smoothing brush – creates a smooth style with a softer brush
The set also comes with a filter cleaning brush and non-slip mat, as well as a storage case.
In addition to these attachments, I bought the 40mm Airwrap long barrels. These are sold separately. Although I currently have short-medium length hair, I am growing it out and expect that I’ll need the barrels for long hair soon enough.
What Do I Think?
Previous to purchasing the Dyson Airwrap Styler, I used the Revlon One-Step Volumizer Hot Air Brush for about 3 years. Funny enough, this is usually the tool people recommend as a dupe for the Airwrap but this was way before that became a “thing”.
Unfortunately, I had a super bad experience with the Revlon tool. Since there was no way to control the heat settings, the barrel essentially fried my hair. Now, this may not be the case for everyone—but it certainly was for me.
The Dyson Airwrap Styler largely appealed to me because of the minimal stress it puts on your hair. Since using it, I’ve noticed a huge improvement to the quality of my hair.
Best of all, the process of styling my hair has been cut in half. It used to take me at least 45 minutes to blow dry my hair. Then, I would have to straighten or curl my hair, which took another 30-45 minutes of direct heat. It’s a miracle there’s still hair on my head.
Now, it takes approximately 10 minutes to rough-dry my hair (aka 80-90% dry) and then 25-30 minutes to style with any of the tools. Usually, the styling process involves me using the firm smoothing brush and the round volumizing brush. So, for a 3-step process, it’s not too shabby.
Is the Dyson airwrap worth it?
At $579.99, there’s one question on everyone’s mind: Is it really worth it?
I can’t speak to everyone’s experiences, but only my own. And for me, it was definitely a worthwhile investment.
However, it has to be noted that the Dyson Airwap is an overly expensive hair tool. In other words, you can absolutely get the same ’90s blowout hair you see on your FYP with a round brush, rollers, and a hair dryer. The Dyson simplifies the process and lessens the stress on your hair. But you have to consider that those two factors might not be worth the pricetag—I wouldn’t blame you.
In addition, the Dyson Airwrap doesn’t always work on all hair types. It can actually be a big nuisance for a lot of people who have to put a lot of elbow grease into making this work for them. If your hair doesn’t often hold a curl, the Airwrap barrels are likely not going to be enough hold the shape for you—you’d be better off using a curling iron or straightener to achieve the look you’re going for.
What do you think? Is the Dyson Airwrap Styler worth it, or would you rather use a different tool?
Let me know in the comments!