The Dyson Airwrap makes getting salon-worthy hair a breeze

(Even for complete styling newbies like me)

The Dyson Airwrap makes getting salon-worthy hair a breeze
The Dyson Airwrap makes getting salon-worthy hair a breeze
31 Oct 2018

The Dyson Airwrap makes getting salon-worthy hair a breeze

I have a confession to make: after 20-something years on this planet, I recently realised that I have never curled my own hair in my entire life. As ridiculous and embarrassing as this sounds, I honestly wouldn’t even know the first thing to do with a curling iron.

This is why the brand new, much-raved-about Dyson Airwrap styler is perfect for a hair-styling newbie like me. When I attended a hands-on demonstration of the device’s superpowers at the brand’s Robinsons The Heeren store last week, I was blown away - no pun intended - by how simple it was to achieve fresh-out-of-the-salon tresses with just that one item.

You may have seen clips of how hair magically curls around the Airwrap’s styling barrel. This sorcery is not due to video editing or high level styling skills, but good ol’ science. Specifically, the Coanda effect, which is described as a physical phenomenon that “occurs when a high-speed jet of air flows across a surface and, due to differences in pressure, the air flow attaches itself to the surface”.

In short, say goodbye to manually wrapping hair around and rotating the barrel, because these high-speed jets of air take care of that for you. It definitely still takes practise and a bit of trial and error, but it feels like a less steep learning curve compared to getting the hang of a traditional iron.

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The Airwrap creates very natural, flattering waves
The Airwrap creates very natural, flattering waves
31 Oct 2018

The Airwrap creates very natural, flattering waves

One major reason I find wielding the Airwrap so fuss-free is because it’s essentially a one-handed operation, leaving your other hand available to easily adjust your hair and grab sections to be styled, something that’s much more difficult when both hands are occupied by, say, a hair dryer in one, and a brush in the other.

Plus, I’m comforted by the fact that I never have to worry about accidentally burning my ears and fingers (a much bigger concern than just poorly styled locks, if you ask me). Intelligent heat control regulates the air flow’s temperature, so not only is skin saved from being singed, precious locks are protected from extreme heat damage as well.

Now, I was honestly told that because of the lower, controlled temperature, the effects of a regular curling iron do last longer than that of the Dyson Airwrap…but at the expense of a higher risk of the aforementioned hair damage. I don’t know about anyone else but personally, I’d want to prioritise my hair health as much as possible.

And besides, it’d be wrong to claim that the styles produced by the Airwrap have no staying power on their own. I have gone to bed after curling my hair, and woken up hours later with nice, bouncy, wavy locks - definitely an upgrade from my usual bedhead (although I also must add a disclaimer that my hair has a bit of a natural wave to it to begin with).

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A model uses the Dyson Airwrap's smoothing brush
A model uses the Dyson Airwrap's smoothing brush
31 Oct 2018

A model uses the Dyson Airwrap's smoothing brush

The curling barrels certainly seem to be the main stars of the show, but the other attachments - two smoothing brushes (one firm and one soft, each for different hair types), a round volumising brush and a pre-styling dryer that’s like a mini version of the renowned Dyson Supersonic hair dryer - each boast fantastic strengths of their own and are in no way lesser supporting characters in the set.

I’ve personally grown particularly attached (get it?) to the smoothing brush (I use the soft one because my hair is very fine), which works like a charm in taming frizz, flyaways and overall messiness. I used it before leaving for work one morning and noticed that my hair stayed nice, smooth and voluminous all the way until knock-off time, another testament to its decent styling longevity.

It was a lovely change from leaving the office looking like I’d been through a wind tunnel even when I’d essentially just been at my desk the entire day.

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The Dyson Airwrap Complete set
The Dyson Airwrap Complete set
31 Oct 2018

The Dyson Airwrap Complete set

I could go on and on about how the Dyson Airwrap has changed my hair-styling habits (and entire life, pretty much), but I think it’s also something best experienced by each individual, especially since everybody has different hair types, spends time in different environments etc.

The good news is that the Dyson boutiques at Robinsons The Heeren and TANGS at Tang Plaza both have Beauty Advisors who will be there to give helpful one-on-one demonstrations, advice and hands-on sessions. And yup, walk-ins are welcome.

The bad news is that the Dyson Airwrap Complete set (which boasts all the attachments i.e. a pre-styling dryer, two 30 millimetre barrels, two 40 millimetre barrels, a firm brush, a soft brush and a round brush), $699, is completely sold out in Singapore (it was snapped up within 24 hours of its launch here).

Sources tell us that the next batch will likely come in end November to early December. In the meantime, the Volume + Shape set (pre-styling dryer, two 30 millimetre barrels, soft brush and round brush) and Smooth + Control set (pre-styling dryer, both sets of barrels and firm brush), $649 each, are still available, but we’re told that they’re also moving very fast.

The Dyson Airwrap styler is available online and at selected departmental and electrical stores such as Robinsons The Heeren and TANGS at Tang Plaza.

The round brush is great for smoothing out locks too
The round brush is great for smoothing out locks too
31 Oct 2018

The round brush is great for smoothing out locks too

The photo on the left was taken in the morning before leaving for work, with hair that was styled using the Dyson Airwrap's round brush (including my fringe).

The photo on the right was taken later that evening before leaving the office, about nine hours later, and my hair, which usually turns itself into an unkempt mess by then, remained smooth even without additional brushing.

Went to bed with curled hair, woke up with natural waves
Went to bed with curled hair, woke up with natural waves
31 Oct 2018

Went to bed with curled hair, woke up with natural waves

This photo was taken in the morning after curling my hair with the Dyson Airwrap the night before. I only needed to do a light brushing and smooth out my fringe again (which the round brush is perfect for).

I prefer looser waves for more casual days
I prefer looser waves for more casual days
31 Oct 2018

I prefer looser waves for more casual days

Overall, I think the Dyson Airwrap's curling barrels are great for those who are aiming for a more au naturel, "born this way" kind of look, as opposed to something too dramatic.

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