Dyson Airwrap Hair Styler Review: Is It Worth the $500?

Two years ago, if someone said I needed a $400 hair dryer, I’d probably ask if it’d de-clog my shower drain and do my laundry too. But that was until Dyson came along in April 2016 with its honest-to-god revolutionary Supersonic hair dryer. It’s one of the few truly expensive tools I’ll admit is worth every penny: thanks to its powerful motor, my straight, fine hair dries perfectly in pretty much 10 minutes flat.

Since then, the brand has released a few versions of the dryer—some in different colors, a pro version with longer cords—but it’s left everyone hooked on its magic wondering what’s next outside of vacuums and humidifiers. Now, we’ve finally got an answer, and that would be the Dyson Airwrap, a dryer with multiple attachment tools that let you style your hair as it dries.

Sound familiar? The concept basically marries the idea behind thermal blowout brushes (like this) and self-curling irons like Beachwaver. But where it differs from the latter is that it uses entirely air—not heat—to set curls.

The Airwrap comes in three kits: one for fine hair ($499.99), one for coarse hair ($499.99), and one that contains the attachments for both kits ($549.99). Each set features a mini, more travel-friendly version of the Dyson dryer. The top of the dryer then detaches to add the styling pieces: two 1.2-inch barrels (for fine and coarse hair), two 1.6-inch barrels and a firm brush for coarse hair, and a soft and round brush for fine hair. Like the OG, all the attachments are heavy-duty and lock solidly in place.

The various attachment pieces for the Dyson Airwrap

The brush attachment is fairly intuitive to use. And the whole thing is way lighter than it looks. You just drag a small section from root to tip on top, and then again from underneath; lifting your hair slightly at the root to give a volume boost. The trick is to get your hair about 80 percent dry with the brush (or the dryer if your hair is already fairly straight) before moving on to the curler attachments.

Navigating the curling wands is a little trickier and definitely takes some getting used to. The barrel literally sucks your hair in (much like a vacuum) and wraps itself around the barrel. Because of the way the technology works, there are two different barrels for each side of your head—not super ideal, but it still takes up less space than both a hair dryer and a curling wand. They’ve also got little arrows to show you which direction it’ll curl, based on how you look at it in the mirror (I made the mistake of looking down instead of in the mirror; blame on my Beachwaver obsession).

Once you let the machine vacuum up your hair, you let it sit for about 10 seconds and then blast your hair with the cool shot button on the wand for 5 more seconds—that, the brand says, is what helps lock your curls or waves in place all day. Altogether, the tool is supposed to be less damaging for your hair since it uses a far lower heat setting than that of a traditional curling iron.

Like a regular curling wand, it’ll also give you a different curl pattern based on the way you hold it and if you pull your ends out. Straight up gives more of a bouncy blowout, while holding it slanted creates more of a beachy wave.

So the million dollar question: Is it worth the money? That depends. Are you the person who spends forever drying and curling your hair every morning? Because if so, welcome to your future.

Dyson Airwrap Volume + Shape Styler, $499.99 to $549.99, dyson.com

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