Dyson AirWrap vs Revlon One-Step Volumiser

By Pavlina Nikolova & Jessica Spike

The Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumiser has quickly become a cult-classic, drugstore favourite. It has now been named an Amazon beauty best-seller for it’s at-home, salon blow-dry results which similarly compare to the Dyson Airwrap.

So, we decided to put it to the test and see if it really is an affordable dupe for the renowned Dyson Airwrap.

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Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumiser- Tested By Jess

Revlon One-Step Volumiser

The Revlon styler has been around since 2016, however it has recently resurfaced from viral TikTok’s, making it rise to fame again. Bouncy blow-dries have made a comeback, with Hair dryer brushes being key tools in achieving this look at home.

What do you get for £62.99?

For £62.99 you get a 2 in 1 hair styling tool which gives the power of a hairdryer and the volume of a styler. The detangling bristles aim to leave your hair soft and frizz-free.

How it went…

On damp, freshly washed hair, I put the Revlon styler to the test! It is recommended that your hair is damp but not extremely wet, as that can be damaging to your hair. Of course I also sprayed some heat protectant onto my hair beforehand. I turned the device onto it’s top setting and used the brush underneath sections of my hair, brushing through the hair first, whilst drying it. After a few strokes of the brush, I then rolled the ends of my hair around the round brush and held it there for around 10 seconds. I then carefully unravelled my hair to reveal the final look.

The result!

The result was fuller, textured hair. I would say that my hair felt more dried out than usual, as it is usually quite glossy and smooth. However, I really liked the final look and it definitely gave me 70’s vibes. I think that with more practice I could master the technique and achieve a better look. Next time I will split my hair up into smaller sections as I believe that this will give my hair a fuller looking affect and allow the curls to last longer. Additionally, throughout the process my hair began to naturally dry which meant that not all sections reached their full potential.

Jess: Before
Jess: After

Dyson Airwrap – Tested by Pavlina

dyson airwrap complete
Dyson Airwrap Complete

Since its launch in 2018, the Dyson Airwrap has had its ups and downs when it comes to reviews. With a new resurgence on TikTok of bouncy curls and effortless blowouts came a new hype, selling out the Dyson Airwrap over the holidays. So here I am with long, straight, medium hair, which easily falls flat and doesn’t hold curls… ready to take the Airwrap on [again].

What do you get for £449.99?!

It comes with two 30mm barrels, two 40mm barrels, two smoothing brushes, round brush, dryer end, storage case (which weighs a ton) and a non-slip mat. This should give you the possibility to pretty much do any hairstyle, or so they advertise.

To keep it fair I tested out the round volumizing brush on my hair as this was the closest match to the Revlon styler.

How it went…

There is definitely a lot to learn when using the Dyson for the first time. Luckily this wasn’t my first time but after a few failed attempts I was feeling very sceptical.

As recommended, I started with damp hair and spritzed heat protectant all over. I also watched a few tutorials online beforehand.

In most videos they would brush the section of hair almost dry before wrapping the hair around the brush. I found this the most effective method because if you tried to curl your hair whilst wet you would end up with a damp curl which would fall out pretty quick.

I held each strand of hair in the round brush for a few seconds before switching on the “cold burst” which is the setting for cold air on the Airwrap, this is meant to lock the curl in place. Then I gently unravelled the section and finished off with some hair spray. 

The result!

I am not going to lie, it looked much nicer from the front. Having said that, I can’t expect crazy curls as I was only using the round brush which is meant to give volume and it definitely felt bouncier than if I was to just dry it normally. Once I got the hang of the technique it went much faster and wasn’t difficult, even on my long hair. Overall, I don’t think I’m going to get much more volume in my hair as it’s just so long! I loved how it looked from the front but it only lasted for a few hours and after brushing it at the end of the night it was fully straight again.

Pavlina: Before
Pavlina: After

Dyson vs Revlon Our opinion:

If you’re interested in trying a dual-purpose tool but don’t want to spend on the Dyson Airwrap, the Revlon One-Step Volumiser is a great starting place. It is a lot more affordable and does achieve a 70’s blow-out look with it’s volumising brush. However, the Dyson is more expensive but also includes several barrels and brushes, which makes it perfect for someone who styles their hair on the daily.

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