Expensive but effective grooming device – The Irish Times

Dyson Airwrap Multistyler

Price €549

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Hair care is not something you would consider particularly high-tech. We see our hair dryers and stylers as simple tools. At least, that’s how they used to be viewed.

Like everything in our lives, they have become more and more high-tech.

A few years ago, Dyson focused on hair care. The motor technology developed for use in bagless vacuum cleaners has been scaled down and adapted for the Supersonic hair dryer. The result? A powerful yet slim and light device that can dry your hair faster while promising less hair damage.

Then came the next phase, the Airwrap, a hot air styler that can smooth and shape your hair or style it with curls and waves, just by swapping a few attachments. Again, the Dyson engine was at the heart of that, creating something called the Coanda effect, created by air pressure bending a high-speed jet of air around a surface. In this case, that means your hair will wrap around the curling iron and hold it there, creating your curls and waves with very little effort on your part. It is designed to be used on damp rather than wet hair, so you hold each strand of hair around the barrel for a few seconds before moving on to the next.

But that was in 2018. Meanwhile, in 2020 Dyson added a third device to its hair care line with the Corrale straightener. had a Dyson hair care product.

Between unveiling a new portable air purifier/headphone combo and developing home help robots, the company found time to update the Airwrap.

The new version of the Airwrap is still powered by the Dyson digital motor V9, which spins up to 110,000 rpm to create the aforementioned Coanda effect.

Then there is the intelligent heat control on the device. The system measures the temperature of the airflow 40 times per second to ensure it stays below 150 degrees and prevent damage to the hair from extreme heat.

The underlying technology is virtually identical to the original Airwrap, suggesting Dyson is quite happy with the formula it has applied here. The main difference between the older version of the Airwrap – which has been almost impossible to get since the end of last year – and the updated version is in the appendices. Dyson has refined a few and added a few to help you take control of your unruly locks.

There are six in the box: the 30mm and 40mm curling cylinders, a firm smoothing brush, a soft smoothing brush, the volumizing brush and the Coanda smoothing dryer.

The barrels have airflow in multiple directions, so you only need two instead of the previous four, with the airflow direction controlled by turning the tip. The ability to change the direction of the airflow means you get more natural looking curls, rather than a uniform block on your head, all in the same direction.

The vented brush has also been refined for a better Coanda effect; you feel your hair being sucked against the styling tools. Maximum effect, minimum effort.

I have very little patience with styling my hair. It has a natural loose curl as is, so “wash and go” has become the norm, especially in the past two years of pandemic lockdowns, working from home and casual wear. The idea of ​​having to dry most of my hair and then style it seems like an effort I can do without.

But the Airwrap makes it relatively easy. The most time consuming thing is to get my hair 80 percent dry before using the curling irons. And the ability to change the direction of the airflow instead of having to swap barrels makes the whole process a lot easier. The tip of the barrel stays cool so you don’t burn yourself.

The same goes for smoother styles. The vented brush is easier to use and with the addition of the smoothing blow dryer tool, I’m starting to wonder if I need another separate blow dryer.

Here’s the crucial point: the Airwrap is expensive. Like suck-your-breath-in duration. At just under $550, Dyson’s hair tool is a serious investment, replacing multiple devices in one. It won’t suit everyone either. But — and it’s worth noting — if you’re having trouble styling your hair with traditional curling irons and heat stylers, the Dyson Airwrap can make your life a little easier.

The good

The new version of the Airwrap is easier to use to get the style you want, thanks to its refined tools. It’s almost effortless to get a decent curl or wave in your hair and, if you need extra help, Dyson has a range of tutorials on its site. The redesigned attachments also mean that you have fewer curling drums that clear up the space, and more space for the wide-toothed comb attachment, for example.

It’s not so good

This styler is only for those with deep pockets. It’s a lot of money to buy a hair styling tool, although it will replace a few you already have.

The rest

There are several versions of the Airwrap, including one that is made for longer hair, with a longer curling iron for longer locks. The good news? If you have invested in the original Airwrap, you can buy the new attachments for the original. No need to drop another $500 to get a more convenient curling iron or the improved hair softening tools.

The verdict

An expensive but effective high-tech hair tool. However, try it before you buy, just to be sure.


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