How good is the Dyson Air­wrap Styler?

It costs ¤ 500 but it is a re­mark­able and ex­cit­ing beauty tool

The Irish Times Magazine - - BEAUTY - LAURA KENNEDY

The Dyson Air­wrap styler is the most ex­cit­ing elec­tronic beauty tool re­leased since the com­pany launched the Su­per­sonic hair dryer. Yet, at be­tween just un­der ¤ 450 and ¤ 500, it is a ma­jor in­vest­ment. The Air­wrap uses the coanda ef­fect, which ( ap­par­ently) oc­curs when a high- speed jet of air flows across a sur­face and, due to dif­fer­ences in pres­sure, the air flow at­taches it­self to the sur­face. Es­sen­tially, the jet of air curves it­self around the curved styling at­tach­ments, tak­ing the hair with it – it is re­mark­able.

The Air­wrap is light but large – the av­er­age user might prefer smaller, more eas­ily ma­nip­u­lated de­vice and I found it less ideally pro­por­tioned than Dyson’s Su­per­sonic hair dryer. As a curl­ing tool, it is in­ge­nius. If you can blow dry your own hair well, then the brush at­tach­ments are not bet­ter than a great hair dryer and a round brush. How­ever, if you find blow dry­ing your hair im­pos­si­ble, then this is a rev­e­la­tion – the vo­lu­mis­ing round brush does give that bouncy, pro­fes­sional- look­ing fin­ish. It is also su­pe­rior to the likes of the Babyliss big hair ( a ro­tat­ing hot brush) be­cause it is eas­ier to use and doesn’t ro­tate, so catch­ing, tear­ing or tan­gling doesn’t hap­pen. There is a stiffer brush at­tach­ment for coarse hair which comes in the Smooth and Control Set (¤ 449.99), and a softer one for finer hair which comes in the Vol­ume and Shape set (¤ 449.99)– only a pro­fes­sional stylist would need both.

The curl­ing or wav­ing at­tach­ments are where the de­vice shines. Two bar­rel op­tions are avail­able, 30mm and 40mm, and both come with the com­plete set (¤ 499.99). The 30mm are good for tra­di­tional curl­ing, or for thicker hair. For that loose wave which has been around fash­ion for years now and seems to be go­ing nowhere, the 40mm bar­rel is bet­ter. The lower power set­ting was not get­ting my hair to com­ply – it cre­ated a fuzzier and less de­fined curl. Turn the power up, how­ever, and the wrap­ping ef­fect is en­hanced, the fin­ish smoother and the hold bet­ter; you can change the heat set­ting too. There is no drag or pulling on the hair at all, but you will prob­a­bly need to style smaller sec­tions of hair than you would with a tra­di­tional heated styling tool.

The Air­wrap uses air in com­bi­na­tion with heat, so there is only so much hair the de­vice can hold at a given time – your re­ward for this is the abil­ity to style the hair from wet, and the im­proved con­di­tion you will see over time for ditch­ing ag­gres­sively heated metal or ce­ramic styling tools, which work, but at a much higher cost to hair health. The Air­wrap is not par­tic­u­larly quiet, but less noisy than the av­er­age hair dryer. While in­cred­i­bly ex­pen­sive, it makes com­plex styles achiev­able.

This is not a good in­vest­ment for some­one look­ing for a straight­en­ing or smooth­ing tool alone – it sim­ply costs too much. For those who want skill- free, pro­fes­sional- look­ing and var­ied styling op­tions with min­i­mal heat dam­age, how­ever, there is gen­uinely noth­ing like the Air­wrap styler.

■ The Round Vo­lu­mis­ing Brush

■ The Soft Smooth­ing Brush

■ The 40mm Air­wrap Bar­rel

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