The $600 Dyson Airwrap vs. the $40 Revlon One-Step: Which is worth the hype?

The Dyson Airwrap may be one of the trendiest hair accessories right now. But with a $600 price tag, is it really worth it? 

In The Know’s Lisa Azcona tested the latest Dyson Airwrap multi-styler for long hair on her curly strands. The hair styler is designed to curl or smooth wet hair while drying it without extreme heat. This can reduce hair damage and save you time — if it actually works. 

Watch along as Lisa tries the luxe accessory on her freshly washed hair. 

“I’m going to be reviewing how easy it is to use, its versatility and its affordability,” Lisa says. “To do so, I’ll be comparing it to the Revlon One-Step hair dryer and volumizer, which is another styling tool that promises salon-style results.” 

Lisa divides her hair into two parts using the Dyson Airwrap on one side and the Revlon One-Step on the other. The Airwrap included six interchangeable attachments, while the Revlon had none. 

First, she uses the Dyson Airwrap’s Coanda smoothing dryer to take her hair “from wet to damp before styling.” Then, Lisa grabs the round volumizing brush to blow dry her hair. Next, she tries the wider curling barrel to create loose waves. 

“So off the bat, it felt like there was a learning curve with the Dyson Airwrap,” Lisa says. “Because of that, it took me longer than I wanted to style my hair, and my hair was still kind of frizzy at the end of it all.”

Lisa tests the Revlon One-Step next. With fewer buttons and attachments, it was already easier to understand. 

“The brush promises to dry, style and volumize your hair in just one step,” she explains. 

Lisa says the Revlon One-Step styler is “incredibly straightforward and felt less overwhelming to use” compared to the Dyson Airwrap. However, there was a caveat. 

“It did get pretty hot in comparison to the Dyson Airwrap,” she says. “The results were definitely less frizzy, but it felt like the brush was burning my face at one point, which could mean that it’s more damaging to the hair.”

The major difference between the products is that the Revlon One-Step doesn’t curl and uses more heat. But it is $40 compared to $600 — and more portable. For those who use heat and curl more regularly, the Dyson Airwrap might be worth it just to spare your hair the damage. 

“The Dyson Airwrap claims to cause less heat damage and breakage to the hair. So if you’re someone who frequently styles their hair with hot tools, I’d suggest giving it a try,” Lisa advises. 

“On the other hand, if you’re someone like me who rarely uses hot tools and flaunts her natural hair, I think the Revlon brush would suffice if you want to save some money.” 

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