Ah, the Dyson Airwrap. It changed the way we styled our hair forever, using an invisible force to lure hair towards the barrel and twirl it effortlessly into waves. Using your actual hands to wrap hair around a tong? A thing of the past – along with the accompanying singed fingertips.
Despite the incredibly hefty price tag, the Airwrap has been a sales phenomenon, which might just explain Dyson’s latest move. You now buy a v.2022 upgrade, the Airwrap Multi-Styler, which has re-engineered the original with the promise of “faster, easier styling”. Needless to say, it’s not easier on the bank balance at £479.99.
So what’s your money buying you this time – and is it actually worth it? Here’s my take on the four attachments that come as standard with the new kit, which is available in versions for longer and shorter hair.
Dyson Airwrap Multi-Styler review
For me, the biggest change is in the curling barrel. In the past, you had to switch between two different attachments, depending on whether you wanted the Coanda effect to whirl your hair clockwise or anti-clockwise. Now the barrel has a reversible airflow effect, which I found was definitely more convenient… once my mirror dyslexic brain had figured out which way I needed my hair to wrap itself.
The kit comes with that reversible curling barrel in two different sizes, depending on how tight or loose you want the curl to be.
The actual curling technique is, I’d say, something of knack. I’d strongly recommend watching the Dyson how-to video first, although be prepared to feel useless – the serene-faced woman makes it look supernaturally easy, like there’s a poltergeist doing her hair.
(I’d like to think there are loads of outtakes of her huffing, swearing under her breath and ranting GO ON, WRAP, DAMMIT! as she dangles a rogue lock that’s not taking the Coanda effect bait.)
It takes a bit of practice and patience, but when you’ve worked out where you need to hold your hair to coax it onto the whirling vortex of the Coanda effect, it’s honestly quite do-able. And I say this as somebody who literally cannot tell left from right. It took about 20 minutes to create a proper red-carpet barnet.
Having tried the original Airwap, my biggest criticism was that I found the curl didn’t hold as well as one created by my ghds, doubtless due to the lower styling temperature. However with the upgraded Airwrap and a good dousing of setting spray, my bouncy hair actually lasted really well rather than deflating like a cake when you’ve opened the oven door too early. (Perhaps it helps that I followed the instructions properly this time, ensuring that I started with my hair at the right level of dampness.)
The curl itself is – if I do say so myself – pretty glorious. It’s round, fat and a joy to behold as it plops off the tong. Even my often sneery daughter was impressed. “Mummy! Your hair looks so nice! It’s so… pouffy!” she exclaimed. I’ll take that as a win.
The flyway tool
Oh how excited was I to see this being included in the Airwrap package. This puts the Coanda effect to a whole new purpose, using it to lure flyaways into a neat new downwards direction. It basically performs the same trick as a salon blowdry, where those ugly stragglers are pushed downwards and hidden beneath unbroken longer strands – like kicking clutter under the bed, out of sight.
This technology already exists as an (ugly trunk-like) attachment for the Dyson Supersonic, but here it really comes into its own. The tool looks like a sleek seamless addition rather than a clunky bolt-on, and it’s actually even easier to use. Again, be sure to watch the how-to. I attempted to wing it and discovered, upon checking the video, that I was trying to use it the wrong way round. Duh.
Used properly, however, this tool is an absolute wonder. Just a few quick strokes gave a professional-looking sleekness to my amateur blowdry, instantly erasing my scruffy halo of flyaway frizz.
The smoothing brush
The curling barrel might be the Airwrap’s signature party trick element, but it’s relatively time-consuming. For that reason, I’d say the Airwrap stands or falls by the attachments you’d use on a very regular basis. And it’s the smoothing brush I’d put at the top of the list, along with the flyaway tool. It’s not as showy, but by goodness is it useful. The kit includes firm and smooth versions as standard, to suit your personal preference.
While the original Airwrap’s smoothing brush doesn’t utilise the Coanda effect, the Jedi-like invisible force is strong in this one. There’s a satisfying slurp of air as it sucks onto your locks, drying and shaping them in one. It’s easier than a blowdry for a two-left-hands type like me, that’s for sure, although I’d still want to run irons over my hair as finishing touch. It’s also nifty for second-day hair that’s been slept on badly. Just dampen your barnet down and run the smoothing brush through for a quick fix-up.
The round brush
I have to be honest, this probably isn’t a tool I’ll use much. I have long, quite fine hair that’s mostly one length, and I think this brush is going to be more useful for either layers or shorter hair. However, I note that all things 90s are back, and if you’re keen to relive that bevelled-under, flicked-up Rachel effect, this brush could be for you.
I did test it out on my daughter, who has much thicker hair than me, and she absolutely adored the swingy, curled under look and is now requesting it daily. So actually, come to think of it, this tool is likely to get heavy use after all.
Verdict: is the new Dyson Airwrap better?
I was a bit sceptical about how different the new Airwrap would be, but having tried it out I can genuinely say it’s an upgrade on the original. (Stock of which I note Dyson is currently keen to shift on its website “while stocks last”.)
Considering that this new version is "only" £30 more expensive than the original, I would 100% advise anyone thinking of investing in the Airwrap to spend the extra. The new version is slicker, more convenient and, I think, better at styling hair. It’s a shocker at nearly £500 but, like the Coanda effect itself, it does an impressive job of drawing you in.
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