Dyson did it again: The brand launched a new hair device that excited everybody: the Dyson AirStrait. But we all know that when it comes to Dyson devices, affordability is not a word we can use to talk about them, so if you are like me, you were asking yourself: is it worth it? To help answer this question, here is my review of the new Dyson Airstrait.
What is the new Dyson Airstrait?
The Dyson AirStrait dries and straightens hair simultaneously. That means you can take your hair from wet to a finished look – with only one machine. Ok, technically, you can do that with Dyson Airwrap or any other Hair Dryer Brush – like the Revlon One Step Volumizer. But the difference is that Dyson Airstrait is not a brush and provides a natural straight style – different from a brush that helps you to achieve a blow-dry look.
When you look at the device, it reminds you of a hair straightener, but a little bigger and wider. The difference is the technology that uses high-pressure airflow to straighten hair as it dries. Air is precisely heated and projected evenly through the tress as you style.
Also, Dyson claims that you achieve these results with no heat damage. We will talk about this later.
Dyson Airstrait features
- Temperature control and air-speed control – Three pre-set temperatures – 175°F, 230°F, and 285°F – take your hair from wet to a finished style with one machine.
- Wet/Dry hair mode – you can dry and style your hair by choosing the wet hair mode and you can also use the dry hair mode to touch up or refresh your style from dry. You can style at 250°F or 285°F or use the optional Boost mode for maximum styling impact.
- Hair dryer mode – there’s a button to lock the device and you can use it as a hair dryer. I think this is a really cool and useful feature.
- Auto-pause – I also love this feature: after three seconds of inactivity, the machine will automatically pause. So smart!
How to use Dyson Airstrait
As with any other device used to dry your hair, you have to make sure that your hair is damp, not super wet. What I like to do is use a microfiber towel to remove the excess of water – I leave it for at least 20 minutes.
Then, I apply a heat protectant – my favorite ones are Keune X and Keune Y. Even though the product claims that it doesn’t damage your hair, I believe that it doesn’t hurt to apply this kind of product; plus it helps the final look.
The first step – as recommended by Dyson – is to pre-dry your roots, and that’s why I think the hair dryer mode is such a cool and convenient feature of this device.
After doing that, I like to section my hair in 4 parts. FYI: My hair is medium length and is thin – but it gets wavy if I don’t dry with a hair dryer or something similar. I select the Wet Mode and I also choose the max temperature. Then, you start styling by holding the straightener so that the airflow is directed downwards and start to pass sections of hair through the arms. It’s like using a hair straightener – but the movement is faster. And here’s when I had my first WOW moment with this device, because it immediately changes your hair from wet to dry – all right, all right, it does take a few times, but you see the difference from the beginning of the process, you know? It’s different from all the hair devices I’ve ever tested before.
Dyson Airstrait also has a cool mode, and you can use it to set your style.
Last but not least, you can also use the dry mode – which has a higher top temperature – to refresh your style. For example, a good night’s sleep can mess up your hairstyle, lol. As the name suggests, this function is meant to be used on dry hair only.
No heat damage?
As someone who has been using the Revlon One-step brush hair dryer for almost 2 years – and you can read my review here – I never got the Dyson hype. Especially when they launched the AirWrap – which offers the hair brush dryer concept, allowing to dry and style your hair as a blow-dry – I mean, it’s very expensive. But there were always people saying things like “Dyson doesn’t damage the hair” or “The Revlon one destroyed my hair and the Dyson is so much better for my hair”. I never got it. At the end of the day, it’s a hair tool, so, of course, there’s damage.
I remember when I bought my Revlon and I got a lot of messages from people saying that I had to be careful cause it would destroy and fry my hair. Well, almost 2 years later, I can say that my hair is doing fine, thanks. I never skipped heat protector and I always use a lot of great hair masks. I have highlights, so, of course, every 3-4 months I have to get a haircut to get rid of the dry ends.
Now, going back to the “Dyson doesn’t damage your hair” statement. I was checking some reviews about the Airstrait when I found an article from Allure magazine and I finally understood why they claim that. So, apparently, when you go above 375°F, that’s when a hot tool becomes damaging to the hair. And the Airstrait’s highest heat setting is 285°F, with a touchup boost setting at 320°F (for use on dry hair). So that’s the explanation. Sounds legit to me.
Is Dyson Airstrait worth it?
I decided to try the new Dyson AirStrait after my Revlon one-step hair dryer died – and before I found out that I had the warranty and I could get a replacement, which I did. As someone who washes their hair almost every day – and uses a hot tool every time – I thought to myself that I could justify the amount of money that I’d spend on a Dyson Airstrait. Or, at least, I could give it a chance, because you always have a 30-day window for return, right?
So, that’s what I did. And, as it happens with a lot of hot tools, I’ve seen good and bad comments about it, but I decided to take my chances, I needed to try on my hair – because we all know, every hair is different.
And, I must say, my impressions couldn’t be better. Dyson AirStrait does a really good job of getting your hair from wet to dry in one step. I love how the hair feels soft and how it looks sleek and straight – plus, my ends don’t look very dry. Also, it’s summertime now, and we had some bad, humid days and still, it got the job done. I’m excited to try during Fall/Winter time – I bet the results will be even better (cause I don’t know about you, but my hair gets better during that time, lol). On top of that, I like the way that it styles my hair. And I’m not going to lie: it’s a very convenient tool – cause you got the hair dryer, the wet-to-dry function, and the touch-up function, like 3-in-1.
And I’d be lying if I said the heat damage doesn’t count – now that I learned more about it, I’m curious to see how my hair is gonna look in a couple of months.
To summarize: yes, for me the Dyson AirStrait is worth it.
And for the record, I tried the AirWrap, and I didn’t like it. So, like I said, every hair is different.
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