Whether it’s creating waves or getting a slick straight ‘do, styling hair has always been a bit of a hassle. While Markeeta Waddington loves nothing more than spending time on applying make-up, she always leaves her hair undone because it’s too difficult battling with hot tongs and singed hair.
I am notorious for never doing anything with my hair. It doesn’t matter whether I have it cut long or short, I just honestly can never be bothered. This is mostly because, a) it takes too long, b) one side - when curling - always ends up perfect and the other not so, and c) the plumes of smoke emanating from the heated plates surely can’t be good for my locks. So, when Dyson announced the launch of the air wrap, it’s an understatement to say I was intrigued.
What is it?
The Dyson Airwrap styler is basically the lazy girl’s (in this case, me) answer to having styled hair without getting hot and flustered and ending up with a frizz ball instead of beach waves.
The science behind the product was years in the making, but in simple terms it uses air to curl your hair around the wand. The name for this process is called the Coanda effect and basically means that when a jet of air is shot at high speed past a curved surface, it will wrap around the curve instead of passing it by. Dyson use this effect in the Airwrap by shooting air up through the inside of the wand and out of the panels on the end of the wand, which then pick up your hair and easily wrap it around the barrel.
All of this is done without extreme heat – FYI your hair experiences damage from 150 degrees up – so you’re protected from heat damage. Keeping the temperature under 150 degrees also eliminates that stiff, abrasive feeling hair often gets after being styled with high heats and means that the barrel itself doesn’t get scorching hot.
What does it come with?
Obviously, I was most impressed by the two (small and large) barrels for curling, especially since there are two of each size. There’s one that directs the hair anti-clockwise and the other clockwise so you get perfect curls on both sides of your head – no awkward twisting your arms.
But, the kit also houses a two smoothing brushes, to create sleek, straight styles, a round volumising brush, for extra bounce and movement, and a mini dryer.
Does it work?
After learning about the scientific stuff, we really want to know if it actually works, right? Well, in short yes, it does.
After seeing so many products that promise ease of use and styling, I admit I was sceptical. I have tried many and always end up reverting to the occasional blow dry, leaving my hair out or tying it up. But, this product is completely different.
To create simple waves, you hold a section of damp hair about 10cms from the end and turn on the Airwrap. Bring the wand closely behind the section of hair and the air magically picks up the hair, without pulling, and neatly wraps it around the barrel.
There’s no twisting involved, you simply move the wand in a straight line toward your head as the hair wraps. I held it in place for 10 seconds then gave it a cool shot of air for another 10 seconds, to set the curl, then turned the wand off to release the curl.
When using the brushes, you simply smooth through the hair or if you want to get some volume with the round brush, brush up and outwards from the roots to create lots of body.
For anyone out there, like me, who struggles to style their own hair, this product is a great answer to a problem we all thought was unsolvable without heat damage and burned fingers.
Dyson Airwrap styler RRP $699, available from Dyson online, Myer and David Jones.