How to use the Dyson Airwrap to style your hair into effortless curls

There aren’t many people left who haven’t heard of Dyson’s revolutionary Airwrap Complete styler device – which when it was released in 2019 sold out globally in less than a week.

It’s the first of its kind to provide a hair dryer, curling barrels and straightening brushes in the same kit, so no matter what event you’re attending – and what you want your hair to look like – it’s achievable in next to no time at all.

Like any cult classic product I was intrigued by the Airwrap – and its sell-out status – but wasn’t sure whether the $799 investment was worth it, particularly as my success rate with straighteners and curling wands wasn’t anything to write home about .

So I tried the limited edition Valentine’s Day product, which arrives in a delightful red box with similarly colored detailing on each of the haircare tools, to see whether the hype was indeed worth it for an amateur beauty buff.

Like any cult classic product I was intrigued by the Airwrap - and its sell-out status - but wasn't sure whether the $799 investment was worth it (pictured after using the Airwrap)

Like any cult classic product I was intrigued by the Airwrap – and its sell-out status – but wasn’t sure whether the $799 investment was worth it (pictured after using the Airwrap)

So I trialled the limited edition Valentine's Day product, which arrives in a delightful red box with similarly colored detailing on each of the haircare tools, to see whether the hype was indeed worth it for an amateur beauty buff

Dyson recommends the Airwrap be used on slightly damp hair, with the pre-styling dryer only needed if you've just stepped out of the shower and your locks are dripping wet

So I trialled the limited edition Valentine’s Day product, which arrives in a delightful red box with similarly colored detailing on each of the haircare tools, to see whether the hype was indeed worth it for an amateur beauty buff

It didn’t take very long to discover why it’s such a popular tool.

Dyson recommends the Airwrap be used on slightly damp hair, with the pre-styling dryer only needed if you’ve just stepped out of the shower and your locks are dripping wet.

To garner the full experience – and to test out all of the tools – I did shampoo and conditioner my hair in the shower with Oribe’s Gold Lust products before pulling it into a microfibre drying towel for 10 minutes.

Once released from the towel it was time to moisturise, mainly because my hair is dyed blonde and gets brittle easily, so I used Olaplex’s No. 6 and No. 7 treatment creams with R+Co’s High Dive moisturizing leave-in conditioner.

Prepped and primed it was finally time to put the Airwrap to work.

This is my hair immediately after drying

PICTURED: This is my hair (left) before any heat styling.  I used Olaplex's No. 6 and No. 7 treatment creams with R+Co's High Dive moisturizing leave-in conditioner before I started

PICTURED: This is my hair (left) before any heat styling. I used Olaplex’s No. 6 and No. 7 treatment creams with R+Co’s High Dive moisturizing leave-in conditioner before I started

The styling device uses jets of air to allow you to achieve voluminous curls, natural waves and smooth blow-dry finishes, rather than the continuous high heat other products rely on.

It also incorporates a motor that produces the Coanda effect, which 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.

Taking advantage of this principle, Dyson’s team of aerodynamicists created a way to style hair using only air combined with heat – and our locks are all the better for it.

So I attached the pre-styling dryer to the motor and dried my hair until it was only slightly damp, which took all of two minutes.

So I attached the pre-styling dryer to the motor and dried my hair until it was only slightly damp, which took all of two minutes

Hydrogen bonds line each strand of your hair.  When hair is wet this breaks down the hydrogen bonds - resetting the natural texture of your hair and priming it for styling

So I attached the pre-styling dryer to the motor and dried my hair until it was only slightly damp, which took all of two minutes

Hydrogen bonds line each strand of your hair. When hair is wet this breaks down the hydrogen bonds – resetting the natural texture of your hair and priming it for styling.

Then I decided to test out the firm smoothing brush to straighten my dyed hair. The other option for my fine-haired friends is the soft smoothing brush, which is perfect if you have shorter, finer tendrils.

Starting at the top of my head the heat, despite being on a high setting, was barely noticeable. No burnt foreheads or fingertips here.

The brush-like apparatus is easy to navigate and doesn’t give a dead straight result in the same way a straightener would, which I find immediately drops the volume factor.

Instead the air creates volume in the roots and smooths out the midlengths and ends, minimizing frizz and the appearance of split hairs.

The brush-like apparatus is easy to navigate and doesn't give a dead straight result in the same way a straightener would, which I find immediately drops the volume factor

The brush-like apparatus is easy to navigate and doesn’t give a dead straight result in the same way a straightener would, which I find immediately drops the volume factor

Then, to curl, I chose the 30mm curling barrel - over the 40mm option - to produce tighter curls and prevent them 'dropping', as my hair has a habit of resorting back to its natural state quickly

The most incredible aspect about the curling add on is that it 'sucks' the hair towards it so you don't have to perfectly position your hair around the cylinder base and wind your hair up

Then, to curl, I chose the 30mm curling barrel – over the 40mm option – to produce tighter curls and prevent them ‘dropping’, as my hair has a habit of resorting back to its natural state quickly

Then, to curl, I chose the 30mm curling barrel – over the 40mm option – to produce tighter curls and prevent them ‘dropping’, as my hair has a habit of resorting back to its natural state quickly.

The most incredible aspect about the curling add on is that it ‘sucks’ the hair towards it so you don’t have to perfectly position your hair around the cylinder base and wind your hair up.

I used the hottest available setting until the barrel was at the top of my head, where I blasted the locks with six seconds of cold air to ‘seal’ the look.

The result is effortless, and with a spritz of Oribe’s texturizing spray, will last hours.

The result is effortless, and with a spritz of Oribe's texturizing spray, will last hours

The result is effortless, and with a spritz of Oribe’s texturizing spray, will last hours

The round volumizing brush is a take on the hot roller – a trend very much coming back into fashion – and produces a larger, bouncier wave if that’s the old school look you desire.

When you break down the cost of buying each of these elements separately – a hair dryer, curling wand, straightener, appropriate brushes – it becomes obvious why the Dyson Airwrap is priced in the way that it is.

It took six years to develop, 642 prototypes and 230 engineers and scientists to manufacture the product as it is now – and it will produce the salon-quality look you’re hoping to achieve in less than half the time of its competitors.

This Valentine’s Day the brand is selling its Corrale straightener, Supersonic hair dryer, and Purifier Hot+Cool in a daring red shade so you can create a hair look appropriate to your date night.

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