My hair is long and straight, and frankly, quite boring at times. For as long as I can remember I have always curled my hair in order to make it more interesting. Seeing that I frequently do my hair, my boyfriend gifted me the Dyson Airwrap for my 23rd birthday. It was a super sweet gesture and I couldn’t be happier, but, after 2 weeks straight of experimenting with the tool, I’ve decided that unfortunately, this is not the tool for me.
For those who are not familiar with the Dyson Airwrap:
Now, the idea behind this tool is amazing and I don’t doubt the quality of Dyson products (my boyfriend and I have the Dyson v10 vacuum and it is amazing!), but the Airwrap just didn’t work all that well. Let me break it down into details.
The curls do not hold.
No matter how damp/dry my hair is, I just can’t get the curls to hold. The curls would loosen up really fast and my hair would become straight again. This is really sad because I love the curls that the Airwrap makes, it’s super symmetrical and bouncy. I tried many different techniques but I always get the same results. My hair would be curled, really tightly (especially with the smaller barrel and depending on how damp my hair is when I started), but not even one hour later the curls are gone. My hair becomes wavy and sometime later, it becomes completely straight.
I’m also thinking that this is because my hair is super long and it might be a bit heavy for the hair to hold the, already loose, curls? You can see photos down below (Note that I didn’t take photos of when it became straight as I had to leave right away).
Your hair needs to be the perfect level of damp.
This would also mean that you can’t just do your hair at any point in time. To get the best results, you need to have damp hair. I tried just spraying my hair, but it doesn’t make it damp enough and the curls do not hold. What I concluded in the end was that a full-on shower is necessary if you want to use the Dyson Airwrap. This is not super convenient if you need your hair done every day. I am used to doing my hair at night, but since the curls already do not hold when I don’t do anything else to it when I sleep over it, it’s even worse. I tried doing it in the morning before leaving to work, but this meant that I had to wake up even earlier.
Also, for those who are not familiar, washing your hair every day is not advisable for most since the shampoo removes the natural oils which keeps your hair healthy (a good article on that here).
It takes super long for me.
I assumed I would save more time when I got this because I can combine the drying and the styling. Unfortunately (and maybe this is just applicable for those with long hair) it takes just as long, if not longer, to do your hair. There’s a lot of sectioning going on, and you also need to use the dryer first. The Airwrap can’t attract your hair if the ends are too wet (because then it’s too heavy). Also, you need to make sure that you hold your hair long enough that it’s styled- but, you need to be fast enough to make sure that the other side of your hair isn’t too dry.
It’s loud (82 dBA)
It’s essentially a hair-dryer. It makes noise and it’s not super chill since you’re next to it for at least an hour (if you have hair as long as mine). I’m used to watching something when I’m doing my hair to make it a bit more enjoyable. With the Dyson Airwrap, I can’t do that since it’s so loud. I mean I guess you get used to it, but still.
It also gets quite hot.
I know they advertise the Airwrap as a tool without extreme heat but- the tool still uses heat. Of course, it’s not extreme heat (the hottest setting is at 150c/302f), but it still gets quite warm when it’s too close to my scalp. Keep in mind that per section, for my long hair, it takes about 2-3 minutes. It can get really warm and I usually get a bit bothered by it. I also don’t know if then 150c is the highest heat setting you should have in order to not destroy your hair. Because, if so, a lot of other styling tools (including the ones I already own) have this setting. If so, all you need to is dial back the heat and you’ll get the same hair benefits as if you would use the Airwrap.
It creates flyaways and a bit of frizz
This isn’t super bad but since this is a sort of hairdryer, you will by accident blow out little hairs which could not be held by the tool. As a consequence, those little hairs will stick out of place.
Huge packaging, it takes a lot of space.
If you don’t have a lot of space in your home, this isn’t for you. The packaging, although sleek and beautiful, takes a lot of space. It will make any space which is already quite filled looks busier. Not only that but I think traveling with the Airwrap would be quite hard given its size. You might end up bringing your old tools, but is this then the most practical tool to have (especially if you travel often)?
€€€€. It’s super expensive and it doesn’t do what I need it to do.
In the end, this is a very expensive tool. If it does what it advertises, the price can be justified. Unfortunately, I’ve learned after 2 weeks of constant use that it just does not live up to expectations.
I know I’ve been tough so far on the Dyson Airwrap, but I promise you that it’s not all cons. If this wasn’t so expensive, I would have kept it. With that, let’s get into the pros.
It dries and does your hair at the same time.
The Curls are beautiful, symmetrical, and bouncy!
My hair felt more voluminous and less damaged. Overall I feel like the Airwrap helps my hair to become healthier.
A better option if you like the Dyson hairdryer. For an extra 100€, you will not only get the hairdryer but all the other hair-styling stuff.
You really need your time with this tool. For me, the Dyson Airwrap doesn’t really do what I wanted it to do i.e. curl my hair. If it wasn’t so expensive I would 100% keep it because I do feel like it’s healthier for my hair. Unfortunately, what I really need is a styling tool that can curl my hair. I can’t justify keeping something so expensive which couldn’t even do what my cheaper hair straightener could do. Honestly, it’s super unfortunate especially since this was a well-thought gift by my boyfriend. We also really love Dyson as a brand. Again, it was really hard to let it go, I really wanted to love it. I tried and tried, but I couldn’t justify keeping a 500€ hair tool that doesn’t really work the way I wanted it to.
This is still version 1 after all. I have hope in Dyson (I really love their brand), and if in the future they come out with a newer version which can actually curl my hair, I would get it in a heartbeat.
I hope this has helped you in some way :). Please share your thoughts with me, I would love to hear from you. You can leave a comment down below or contact me here.
Sarah Linn says
I feel the same way! I have it and I have sexy Victorias Secret model hair for like 2 hours and then its just a loose wave, which is still okay, but for $500 (and I also already have the supersonic dryer), the main reason I wanted to keep it was for the curling feature and it does not do that very well. But your hair is way less damaged which is also nice. It honestly doesn’t take that long for me (but maybe I am doing it wrong), and my hair is blow out sexy that I can’t achieve with a curling wand, but I can’t get the style to last, and I don’t like loads of hairspray that make your hair stiff. I think I am going to try it a few more times, but ultimately it is going back.
I totally get you! I love how my hair looks with the Airwrap and the idea behind it is just so great. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t last 🙁 I truly hope Dyson is in the works of updating the airwrap. I’d totally give it another go if version two comes out.
I just got one for my birthday. My curls too do not hold. I think my hair need to be more wet- I was drying first with the brush then curling. I was thinking of spraying with hair spray first to set curl. Hair does feel really good though.
I tried wet and semi-wet and it just didn’t last for me. I was a bit nervous to use hairspray at first because I didn’t want to ‘stain’ the airwrap, but maybe that’s a good idea. I hope it does work for you though cause the airwrap is sooo good at making your hair soft and bouncy.
Thanks for your review. I have long, straight hair but it is much shorter than yours. I agree with all your points, especially the fact that it makes the little hairs frizzy and creates flyaways (most reviews say the opposite and don’t point this out) and that it still gets quite hot. It’s like drying my hair with a vacuum cleaner. Having said this, I am still on the fence b/c the curls hold “enough” for me. With a curling iron, I am afraid to use high heat and so it goes almost completely straight within the hour. This is the only option for me if I want to curl my hair. Am trying a new hair product to address the flyaways.
So glad to hear that I wasn’t the only one experiencing that! I almost never heard it too. If you don’t mind, I’d be interested to know which kind of products you’re trying cause I definitely miss the volume and bounce that the Dyson Airwrap can create. Not sure if this is what you’re looking for or if it helps but, right now I alternate between the Philips Moisture Protect hair straightener and the Remington Shine Therapy. They’ve been curling my hair quite good with minimal damage, but I do use the lowest setting at 150c. I don’t get a lot of split-ends or dryness but, I do use a lot of conditioner every two days or so and I’m not sure if that’s why my hair’s been good so far with the heat. Hope this helps!
Sabina Ong says
Have you tried to return it or complain?
Hi! I returned it after 2 weeks as I couldn’t make it work. I didn’t file a complain cause the airwrap I had seemed to work as it should, I didn’t remember seeing any defects. It just personally didn’t work for me and it didn’t do what I needed it to 🙁
Sabina Ong says
Oh that’s good that they accepted it , I tried to do the same but they said due to hygiene they can’t approve it.
Found exactly the same outcome of it.
Just wanted to let you know dyson came out with a new attachment that works much better for long hair! I am also Asian and have hair as long as you and I just recently bought the Dyson long hair set, but I also bought the new smaller 20 mm barrel. This is the only one that works for my hair! Just wanted to share in case you wanted to give it another try 😇❤️
Omg no way!! Thanks for sharing 🤍🤍 I definitely want to try again, I remembered wanting Airwrap to work so badly. Does it actually hold the curl and for long?