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Tired of splurging on salon visits? Or maybe you’re hoping to get your hair looking like J.Lo’s locks at the Super Bowl earlier this year? Or maybe you just like yourself a little bit better when you’re having a good hair day?
Well, my friends, it’s time to add a new styler to your hot tool collection.
After a ton of research (a.k.a. reading approximately 1,308,462 reviews), my personal search for the best styler came down to two: the Dyson Airwrap and the Revlon One-Step Dryer and Volumizer.
Both stylers have received a sort of Team Jacob vs. Team Edward cult-level status, and nearly everyone who’s tried them has a strong opinion. While the Airwrap and One-Step are designed for the same purpose, each has its fair share of pros and cons.
Let’s get ready to rumble — and see which styler has the upper hand. But first, for the sake of comparison, here’s what my hair looks like naturally with no heat styling.
Meet the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer, the hot tool with almost 100,000 five-star reviews on Amazon alone. This styler is an absolute game-changer. In fact, “game-changer” is the word that I keep seeing in the reviews for it. When the styler went viral this year, I couldn’t order it fast enough — and immediately sang its praises on You Need This. I had never found a hot tool that worked so well at such an affordable price point.
As someone with long, thick hair, styling my locks with a round brush in one hand and a blowdryer in the other is a full-on arm workout. The thought of it alone is so exhausting that I give up before lifting a brush to my head. That’s where the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer comes in. This simple tool features an all-in-one non-detachable brush that dries, adds volume and increases your hair’s shine for a salon-worthy blowout at home. It won’t give you hair straight off of a Victoria’s Secret runway, but it will smooth your hair and give you a healthy, voluminous look.
Here’s my hair after using the Revlon One-Step:
If I were giving out a first impression rose à la The Bachelorette, it would go to the Dyson Airwrap. Opening the box felt like Christmas — I was giddy and excited like a five year old hopped up on cookies. The Airwrap comes neatly packed in a sleek cognac-colored storage case that looks and feels expensive. But, just like the Bachelorette, I’m here to find “the one” and not just some hot hunk with no substance. With that in mind, I immediately dove in and inspected all the different pieces.
The Airwrap comes with several interchangeable heads that click into a motorized base. And the base itself looking like something out of a sci-fi movie. I’ll be honest, it’s a little intimidating at first. But, at the high price point, I wanted to be swept off my feet, expecting some ride-off-into-the-sunset sort of magic. Let’s just say I wasn’t disappointed.
The multipurpose Airwrap is designed for all hair types and can dry, smooth, curl and wave your hair. In addition to the base, the case comes with two smoothing brushes (smooth and firm), a round volumizing brush and four barrels (two in each size, providing loose, bouncy curls or a more voluminous, wavy look). Finally, you get a pre-styling dryer attachment, designed to prep your wet hair.
Here’s my hair after using the Airwrap: