I don’t know what exactly happened, but immediately after Christmas 2021 it seemed like every girl with a TikTok account had a Dyson Airwrap. It was THE gift of the year. While I’ll admit to coveting the Airwrap for a while now, I’m here to tell you that in spite of what social media tells you, you don’t NEED an Airwrap. In fact, I’ve got lots of affortable Dyson Airwrap alternatives that will give you bangin’ hair.
I know I’ve already said this, but it bears repeating. You do not need a Dyson Airwrap. We’re talking about a hair tool that is $550. It’s okay if that feels out of reach. It’s a luxury item! Social media is an illusion!
Now that that is out of the way, I’m coming to your rescue with some affordable alternatives to the Airwrap.
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For a Great Blowout – The Revlon One Step Volumizer and Styler
I heard a Dyson rep shade this Revlon tool on TikTok the other day and wanted to tell him to take a seat. Is it possible that the Airwrap is technologically superior to the Revlon One Step? Sure. It’s also ten times the price. I’ve been using the Revlon One Step Volumizer for YEARS. In fact, I dropped mine one too many times and it finally broke and I immediately replaced it.
Does the Revlon have a bit of a learning curve? Yep, but guess what? SO DOES THE AIRWRAP. The Dyson doesn’t come with a team of fairies to do your hair for you. You still have to learn how to use it. Trust me that with a little practice, this dryer will give you the blowout of your dreams!
Tips for Success with the Revlon One Step Dryer
- Don’t be afraid of this hot round brush. Practice with it off and unplugged so you can get a feel for how to handle it
- As with all hot tools, use a heat protectant before drying your hair
- Consider rough drying your hair about 70% of the way and then finishing with the Revlon. Although in the video below I use the Revlon from start to finish, most days I only use it to finish styling my hair.
Update: Revlon recently released the One Step Plus, which has some additional heat settings and a smaller barrel. I haven’t tried it yet, but if the original One Step feels unwieldy to you, this might be a good alternative.
For great curls – The Conair Ceramic Curling Iron
When I tell you that this curling iron is under $15 and readily available in most drugstore, as well as Amazon, I wouldn’t be surprised if you don’t make it to the end of this post before purchasing.
The Conair ceramic curling iron comes in several sizes, ranging from .5 inch to 1.25 inches. For my loose waves I prefer the 1 or 1.25 inch barrel. Again, I recommend both a heat protectant and practicing with the iron off and cold. Watch the video below for my hair curling technique! No kinks in your hair from the iron with my technique, I promise!