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Dyson Airwrap Review: Is it worth the $500?

It felt like the Dyson Airwrap was anything anyone could talk about in 2020. So while I’m a little late to this review, I figured better late then never! I’ve been wanting to try it out since 2020 but honestly didn’t love the idea of spending $500 on a hair tool. But as luck would have it, my hair stylist ended up getting an airwrap and was kind enough to let me borrow it. For the past month I’ve been able to test it out for myself, and now it’s time for me to share my thoughts with you. So the big question is – do I think the airwrap is worth the $500?

For starters – before getting into the details of the cost, ease of use, etc. I want to show y’all what my hair looked like on day 1-5 of using the airwrap. In this reel, I showed you what my hair looked like on day 1 all the way through day 5. I didn’t do any touchups, use any dry shampoo, no extra hairspray, etc. I literally used the airwrap on day 1 and then didn’t touch it for five days. Overall, it held up better than I thought it would. No, it doesn’t look like it did on day 1 but I feel like it looks pretty good on days 1-4. And let’s be honest, when I’m on day 4 hair, it’s probably going up in a bun or ponytail regardless of what tool I’m using on it! So the fact that my hair was still somewhat acceptable was great (especially since the airwrap is $500).

In terms of ease of use/the learning curve, I honestly thought it was very easy to get the hang of. I know a lot of people said that there is a bit of a learning curve but I felt like it was really pretty easy. The thing that took the most time for me wasn’t learning how to use it, but the time it took to actually do my hair. I usually curl/wave my hair with a flatiron which takes me about 15 minutes. The airwrap though takes me about an hour to do my whole head. To be fair, I have pretty thick hair but I’m using how long it takes me to use a flat iron for comparison. And yes, the overall look of flatiron waves (see photo below) vs. the airwrap are different but there is a difference of 45 minutes which is pretty significant in my opinion.

Waves with my flat iron – tutorial here.

One other thing I will say – there were a lot of different opinions on how to help keep the curls lasting longer. However, the majority of you that messaged me said the hair will end up falling regardless, which makes sense. I mean, if my hair looked like it did on day 5 like it did on day 1 I’d be like “Please take my $500” haha. But after trying 3-4 different approaches, I actually found that my hair held best when was about 85% dry, used smaller pieces for each curl and did a light layer of hairspray on each strand BEFORE curling. Then once it’s curled with the airwrap (and your hair looks like a poodle lol), do another layer of hairspray and let the curls sit for a few hours if possible. After they have had time to hold for, then just tussle the curls with your fingers. This is the approach I did most recently (as shown in the reel) and I felt like my curls/volume lasted the longest this way.

Edit: Adding a couple other thoughts after some of you have DM’d me! Some of you have asked how I slept on my hair to maintain the style. I wish I could share a magic technique but I literally just slept with my hair down like I normally would. I didn’t do anything different. Another separate thought I had was, my friends who have longer hair who use the airwrap – the curls don’t seem to hold nearly as well. I feel like for longer hair the airwrap is great for more of a blowout/straight look vs. the bigger “roller” curls. I think if my hair was a few inches longer it wouldn’t hold nearly as well.

So overall – do I think the airwrap is worth the $500? First off, no item is worth buying if you’re stressed financially or can’t afford it. But if you can afford it, is it worth it? For me, I would say that it is IF you’re planning on using it at least 2x a month. Because while it is expensive, if you’re using it often and you aren’t really having to touch up your hair in between styling, then I feel like it’s a good use of money and saving you time during the week. However, if you’re someone who isn’t going to spend the initial 45 minutes styling their hair in the first place, or you’re only using it once every couple months, probably not worth it in my opinion. And yes, people are like “but it doesn’t damage your hair as much as other hot tools.” Why this may be true, I’m only putting my hair on heat 1-2x a week max anyway with my flat iron (I don’t blow dry it) so for me personally it’s not like I’m putting heat on my hair allll the time and the airwrap is preventing me from doing that. So maybe just something else to think about depending on your current hair routine but those are my overall thoughts!

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