Last Updated on February 13, 2024
A few months ago, I treated myself to a Dyson Airwrap. It’s been on my wishlist for years, but spending over $500 on a hair tool is a big investment, especially when you have short, thin, fine hair like me. Now that I’ve used it for a few months, I figure it’s time for an honest review. If you’re considering buying one, here are the pros and cons from someone who is not a social media beauty influencer on TikTok with beautiful, long, thick hair sharing their bouncy blowout tips.
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My Battle With Fine Hair
Dyson is one of those household names everyone knows and a brand I’ve trusted for years. (I’ve shared the Purifier Cool (the air purifier and fan combo that lives in my bedroom) many times on my Amazon Must Haves posts. So when they released the original Dyson Airwrap a few years back, I wanted to try it on my fine hair, but it sold out immediately.
With the wait, I had time to question whether or not the original Airwrap would work for me. My fine hair is also thinning on top and a frizzy mess during the summer months, so it usually winds up pulled back in a scrunchie. If I let it air dry, it winds up in sad, frizzy waves of chaos. I’ve tried everything from fancy brushes to straightening irons to anti-frizz sprays and even ventured into the world of keratin treatments and professional salon blowouts.
Oh, and I should also mention that recently, TikTok convinced me to cut my hair shorter with a blunt-cut lob. You know, cuz it’s French. Growing out my bangs and having my hair all one length helped it look fuller than the shoulder-length hair with face-framing. But it was just my luck that the Dyson Airwrap styler was back in stock, but I had shorter hair. Was it worth it? We were about to find out.
Is There A Learning Curve?
Yes, it will take you a few times to figure out the curling barrels because, depending on how you hold it, you have to adjust the Coanda airflow. Go the wrong way, and your hair blows away from the barrel. If that happens, turn the knob at the top of the curling barrel in the opposite direction to change the airflow.
My hair got stuck in the barrel the first time I used it. If that happens, don’t panic. Just turn the multi-styler off, allow your hair to unwrap itself from the barrel, and try again. Whatever you do, don’t immediately try to pull your hair out like I did. It hurts, LOL.
My At-Home Blowout Styling Process
I always start with styling products to help hold the volume and beachy waves. My go-to hair products are heat protectant, a thickening spray, hair oil, and mousse (linked below). Side note: mousse doesn’t receive the hype it deserves, and it’s srsly a game changer for us fine hair girlies when using the Dyson Airwrap. IYKYK.
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Blowout or not, always use a heat protectant. Unlike a traditional curling iron or straightener, the new Dyson Airwrap does not use extreme heat, but it still pays to protect your hair from any and all heat.
I always have flyaways, so I dry my hair using the smoothing dryer attachment to about 90% of the way.
Before using the curling barrels, I section off my damp hair and finish drying each section with the round volumizing brush attachment to add more oomph to the roots. If you have shorter hair, you can also try using the soft smoothing brush with the ball-tipped bristles instead.
If I want beachy waves, I’ve found the 1.2-inch barrel works best for shorter hair and still gives you looser curls. Don’t forget, if your hair doesn’t get sucked toward the barrel, turn the knob on top of the curling barrel attachment. The biggest learning curve is knowing the direction of the curling barrels.
I like to wrap small sections of my hair around the curling barrel and hold the ends to maintain control while styling. Hold the curl around the barrel for a few seconds. Even at the higher heat settings, the barrel attachments are warm to the touch but not scalding like a hot tool with high heat. For best results, hit it with the cool shot to set the curl before releasing.
When I have one side of my head curled, I spray the hair with hairspray. This is the best way to hold those bouncy curls, especially if you’re going from straight hair. Let the curls sit for 5-10 minutes and brush them out with your fingers only—NOT A HAIRBRUSH. The final result will be wavy hair with minimal effort.
I like more of a soft curtain bang look for the front rather than curls, so I use the round brush attachment to dry the front. Roll the bangs up one last time, letting the heat do its thing. Remove the wand from the attachment, leave your bangs in the roller, and let the hair cool with the roller in place. Finish styling the rest of your hair, and remove the attachment from your bangs. Comb through and push back with a soft brush, parting your hair down in the middle or off to the side.
How Does The Dyson Airwrap Work?
When you look at the Dyson Airwrap, trying to understand how it works is like trying to decipher quantum physics, but in a nutshell, the Airwrap uses an aerodynamic phenomenon to create a spinning vortex of air around its cylindrical barrels (that’s called the Coanda effect). The hair is attracted to the curling barrel, which makes styling easier. It comes with multiple attachments, so it works with all hair types—fine hair like mine to frizz-prone hair to thick hair. Rather than using extreme heat like a curling iron or flat iron, the Dyson Airwrap uses hot air technology that is more controlled.
So, Is The Dyson Airwrap Worth It?
Yes, the Dyson Airwrap Multi-Styler Complete comes with a higher price tag, but I think it’s worth the investment because it’s a blow dryer, round brush, and curling iron all rolled into one. Plus, it protects your hair with intelligent heat control and provides salon-level results. Also, if I add up all the random hair tools, salon blowouts, and treatments I’ve replaced with this all-in-one styling tool, the Dyson Airwrap gives me the bigger bang for the buck.
Next Dyson Hair Tool On My Wishlist
Dyson recently released the Airstrait, and because I like to change up my hair, this is next on my wishlist. It works the same as a straight iron, but it works with air, so you can go from wet to dry. The best part is there are no heated plates, which means no damage to your hair with extreme heat like with a regular hot tool. Have you tried it? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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