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It’s been just over a week since I witnessed the announcement of Dyson’s new hair tool, the Airwrap Styler, in New York. Waiting on my desk when I returned was my very own (personalised no less) tool, which has given me the opportunity to use it IRL. Since my first Airwrap Instagram post, I’ve probably had more questions than I’ve ever had about one beauty product. Is it worth the money? Does it really curl your hair? Will it be good to style my unruly fringe? Finally, I feel qualified to answer all the questions and tell you what the tool is really about.
I have the Complete set with all the attachments which is a bit more expensive, but means you can try every style. Cost aside (for now), I’ve found as the days have gone by that I’m getting faster at styling my hair. The rough-drying attachment is brilliant and, as predicted, it really is an amazing tool all in itself. Great when you just want to, well, rough dry and create that air-dried look, without actually having to walk out the door with dripping wet hair. Not too styled, just the right amount of drying power.
If I don’t have time to do the rough-drying stage, I’ve just been using the Round Brush attachment. It smooths, dries, and adds volume if I want it, which I usually do as my hair is so flat. I’ve also been using the brush to lift the front of my hair at the roots and its given it some natural lift. I also think this would be perfect for setting and styling a fringe for those of you who asked. If you don’t want the bullet-proof look (who does?), don’t let your fringe wrap too tightly around it or use the Smooth Brush attachment instead.
I’ve tried both brushes, the soft one is better for me because my hair is finer. It leaves it smooth and more polished which, despite my naturally straight hair, helps to keep control of my 4pm tangles. As my hair is long, I do have to take it slowly through my hair and that takes a bit longer than using my hairdryer, but it’s easier to use because I don’t have to hold a brush and direct a hairdryer. You only need to put the heat and power on medium. The Firm smoothing brush is for frizzy or textured hair, or mine if it hasn’t been washed for a day or so.
Next up, the Curling barrels. These are a bit trickier than the other attachments because you have to completely retrain the way you curl your hair. First things first, don’t worry about your hair catching on anything or being sucked up by the tool. It won’t be. Secondly, it works best if your hair is damp so dry it to 85 per cent. Make sure you take small sections and hold it about 10cm away from the bottom of your hair and align with the arrow on the barrel. This takes me on to the importance of the arrows. You must make sure that you have a mirror in front of you as the barrels have arrows on them which need to be facing away from you (when you look into the mirror) so, for each side of your hair, you need to change the barrel for symmetrical curls. If, like me, you struggle with the angles and directions when using a normal curling tong, this eliminates the guess work and guides you both with the arrows and the automatic wrapping action.
Move the barrel up towards your head to encourage it to wrap the section of hair around it (move your hand holding the base of the styler up and down to grab all strays if it doesn’t wrap the whole section first time round) and resist physically wrapping your hair around the barrel like a traditional tong – you really don’t need to but it will feel strange at first. As mentioned before, you need to retrain your curling brain.
The other crucial part to remember is the cold shot to set the curl. You need to do this on every section for the last 10 seconds. It’s built into the power switch so you just need to slide it up and then you release it as you release your curl. If I haven’t had time to completely curl my hair, I’ve just been adding a few waves at the front for a bit of movement and that’s something I wouldn’t normally bother to do. You still need to set with hairspray and you probably should use a bit more because you’re not styling with the same heat.
That brings me onto the main point that I want to make about the Airwrap. Remember it’s styling with hot air. There isn’t a hot surface, no skin burning risks, but this does mean your curls won’t last as long. But it does mean that your hair will thank you for it. You won’t damage it as you would with some heat tools so you’ll be investing in the quality and health of your hair and, if that means going over the style you created in the morning later in the day, then so be it. I admit, it’s pricey. But it’s about re-educating and changing your hair styling mindset. We’ve only ever really had heat tongs and tools on the market that pretty much style your hair in the same way. This is the biggest hair innovation I think I’ve seen in my beauty career. It’s introduced a whole new way to style your hair. A complete set of attachments that will cut down what you actually need to own as it comes with a variety of attachments to give you a blow-dry finish, however you like your blow-dry style. But it’s the health of your hair you should focus on.
Despite only launching last week, it’s already sold out but you can sign up to the waiting list or wait until November 1 for it to hit department stores. Would I recommend it? Yes. But I also think you should go and trial it first in the Dyson store or in John Lewis who have specialist Dyson hair counters where they will explain and demonstrate how to use it.