Two years ago, Dyson's launched the Airwrap Styler to high praise on and of the internet. Almost immediately, the styling tool sold out everywhere, with waitlists of more than 100,000 people.
The product, a hair styler/curler, uses Coanda Effect technology to give its users that fresh from salon look. However, as effective as it is, the Dysons drier is not your grandma's hairdryer in that it costs a whole lot of money; it's an investment.
Like any popular beauty item on the market, there is a dupe available. The dupes can even be found on Ali Express for around $50, which is excellent for the budget-conscious but are they worth it? On that note, let's explore the dupes below.
To start a comparison, we must first start with the original. The pricey dryer curler takes the work out of drying and styling your hair. It uses six different attachments that include brushes, a pre-styling dryer, and Airwrap barrels of various lengths.
As stated above, the tools use a technology called the Coanda Effect to effectively dry and style your hair at the same time without the use of excessive heat. It then uses an internal motor to vacuum your hair to wrap it around the curling wand.
The result is a salon-grade blowout or curls. However, for a product this efficient, the cost is pretty high and does require some know-how. For instance, Tati Westbrook was dumbstruck on first use; however, later, she admitted she used the product incorrectly. So be aware that it might take a few tries to get it right, but the results are so worth it.
First up is the Revlon One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer, which costs less than a fraction of the Dyson. As the name suggests, it is one step. It comes with a comb on one side, and another side is a bristle brush.
Unlike Dyson, it does a better job in separating the hair. It also adds loads of volume and bounces, much like the Dyson. In fact, there isn't much difference in a side-by-side comparison of Dyson and Revlon. However, the dryer was much weaker than the Dyson, but it does come with cool, medium, and hot settings like the Dyson. The Dyson has less heat, but the heat setting on the Revlon might be too uncomfortable.
The Babyliss Air Styler 1000 is another option for bargain-conscious beauty babes. It retails much higher than Revlon. It comes with four attachments: a curling wand, a comb, a brush, and a dryer.
Unlike Dyson, the drying function falls a little short, so you may have to spend a bit more time drying your lock. The smoothing brush does come with high heat, and it will smooth your hair out well. It packs more heat than the Dyson and will give you a smoother look for longer. The Dyson doesn't have a high Fahrenheit, so frizzy-haired girls must expect a little frizz as the day goes on.
The cooler brush attachment works well but, be wary, for it gets pretty hot, and for this reason, The Babyliss comes with gloves to protect your fingers. The Dyson, of course, does not get as hot, but the brush works just as well for a sleek finish. Lastly, the Babyliss curling wand is manual, unlike the Dyson, so your arms may hurt a bit.