For the past few months, I’ve felt like the Dyson Airwrap is following me. On Love Island Great Britain, we saw future winner Ekin-Su wrap thick sections of her hair around a wavy barrel. And at a recent girls’ lunch, I was so mesmerized by the full head of hair of the friend sitting across from me that we hadn’t even served our drinks before I asked her to tell me how she did her hair. My friend’s secret, as well as Ekin-Su’s, was the Dyson Airwrap multi-styler. I needed to know more.
In June, Dyson launched a new version of its multi-styler for $899 — a cost that quite reasonably got people’s attention. While the updated Airwrap’s concept remains the same as its predecessor – working both as a styling tool and as a replacement for your regular hair dryer – there have been changes to several of the attachments: two brushes now rotate as hairdressers; a new blow dryer smoothing fly away; and redesigned curling barrels eliminate the need to change stylers when changing the direction of curls. And in September, Dyson launched a customization tool on their website that lets you choose your attachments based on your hair type, as well as choose a hair color and add initials to the case – all the touches you can’t help but be drawn to.
I’ve had a somewhat troubled relationship with my hair since 2016 when I bought a voucher for a cheap keratin treatment on Groupon (I know) which left my hair flat, brittle and thin. Now, I’ll try just about anything that promises to improve the health of my hair while providing much-needed volume and shape. Every time the Dyson Airwrap came into my life, it seemed like it might be the answer to my prayers. So I decided to give it a try.
What does the Dyson Airwrap do?
Just as the name ‘multistyler’ suggests, the Dyson Airwrap can do everything from drying to styling. The new Airwrap comes with six attachments:
- Two curling barrels – one thick and one thin – that can create classic or beachy waves, depending on how you use it. (For chest-length hair, the Dyson Airwrap Complete Long comes with extended barrels.)
- A round brush that’s perfect for styling fringes, front layers and creating that classic salon blowout look
- Soft and firm accessories designed for different hair types
- A classic hair dryer accessory that transforms into a precision blow dryer that makes hair smooth with one easy click
When using the Airwap, most people “dry” their hair to about 80% using the dryer attachment, then style it as they would like to use it on others. My go-to routine involves blow-drying, before using the soft brush attachment to add volume to the roots, then blow-drying the mid-lengths and ends with a barrel curler, leaving soft waves. Fortunately, it’s easy to switch attachments – they all turn on and off easily – so it’s not as cumbersome as it sounds.
It’s also worth noting, for anyone who already owns a Dyson Supersonic, that there’s a Flyaway attachment for that hairdryer, which is based on the same technology as the Airwap’s smoothing attachment.