Dyson Airwrap Review: Is it worth the money?

DYSON'S Airwrap is one of the leading hair stylers on the market, but at £450 it doesn't come cheap.

In our Dyson Airwrap review we put the impressive styler to the test, to find out whether it is worth your cash.

At £450, the Airwrap is more than double the price of many competitor hair stylers.

It's available from:

  • Dyson Airwrap Complete Styler, £449.99, Selfridges – buy here
  • Dyson Airwrap, £449.99, Boots – buy here
  • Dyson Airwrap, £449.99, John Lewis – buy here
  • Dyson Airwrap, £449.99,  Currys PC World – buy here
  • Dyson Airwrap, £449.99, Dyson.com – buy here

Dyson Airwrap Review: Quick Summary

The impressive Airwrap is a wet to dry styler that can straighten, curl and dry your hair all at once.

Despite its huge price tag, the Airwrap has been a huge success, shortening styling time for many and promising a professional, salon-fresh look at home; as well promising less damage thanks to more even heat displacement and it's ground-breaking Coanda effect.

The Airwrap has been raved about since launch, and two years down the line it's still top of our wish lists, so we've put it through it's paces to see if it's all it's cracked up to be.

Dyson Airwrap Full Review

The Dyson Airwrap has been engineered for multiple hair types, and comes with barrels to curl and wave, and brushes to control, smooth or add volume.

Its real beauty lies in how easy it is to use, meaning anyone lacking in serious styling skills (me included), can master salon worth results.

With the smoothing brushes I achieved, easy, super shiny blow dries, and the Airwrap stylers gave me perfect curls each time – without burning my hair to a crisp (something I have done before).

However, if you're going to part with hundreds for the styler, we're sure you'll want to do your research, so we've broken it down for you.

How to use the Dyson Airwrap?

We reviewed the Complete Styler, a wet-to-dry styler which comes with the standard six attachments.

It'll arrive in parts, but it's pretty easy to set up, you simply click the chosen attachment into the main body and that's it.

For the brushes, you simply would use as you would a brush. We'll break down how to use the Airwrap barrels in a bit.

What Attachments are included?

First off there's the drying attachment, which Dyson recommend you use first to get most of the moisture out your hair, and then when it's 80 per cent dry, you can move onto using your chosen attachment to give you a perfect blow-dried look.

It'll depend which model you buy, but the Complete Styler includes:

  • 30mm Airwrap™ barrels
  • 40mm Airwrap™ barrels
  • Firm smoothing brush
  • Soft smoothing brush
  • Round smoothing brush
  • Pre-styling dryer

The Airwrap barrels come in a pair, with each curling in the other direction and are designed to swap when you do each side.

The smoothing brushes will give you the most gorgeous straight blow dry, but if you're looking for volume; then the round smoothing brush is for you.

Dyson also sells longer attachments if you're blessed with Rapunzel style locks, and smaller Airwrap attachments for tighter curls.

How to curl your hair using the Dyson Airwrap

One of the most hyped about features of the Dyson Airwrap is how it curls your hair.

Using it's (now) legendary Coanda effect, the Airwrap stylers use jets of air to achieve the finished look by using Dyson's digital motor to create the curl.

Dyson said: “The Coanda effect 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.

“This attracts, wraps and curls the air around the barrel."

“Taking advantage of this principle Dyson’s team of aerodynamicists created a way to style hair using only air combined with heat."

In practice, this means you essentially hold the Airwrap styler near a the piece of hair you want styled, and it'll wrap it round and style.

When we tested the Airwrap, we found that these could easily drop out, but setting the curl with a blast of cold air (just toggle the temperature down to cold after a few seconds of curling) helped to set the curls; and of course hairspray!

For anyone who struggles to style their hair, the Airwrap makes light work of it.

Does it damage your hair?

Another impressive feature of the Airwrap is that it doesn't damage your hair as much.

As the Airwrap uses air, not heat to style your hair, the effect on your hair is lessened, with ultimately less damage cause by heat.

After a couple of months using it, my hair is noticeably in better shape. It's softer, less breakage; and despite 2020 throwing two lockdowns our way, it meant that despite fewer trips to the salon, I was able to keep it in relatively good condition with my hairdresser remarking on its good condition – if that isn't the ultimate test, what is?

Dyson Airwrap Review: Is it worth the money?

Apologies to your bank balance, the Dyson Airwrap is definitely worth the hype.

The main selling points for me was that it made my routine much easier; previously, however much I tried, I could never master a traditional blow dry – but I can with the Airwrap.

The Airwrap also gave me gorgeous bouncy curls; but it took a while for me to master them to set – just need practice!

It's also been less harsh on my hair, and as the bearer of a thick, unruly head of hair, it's a noticeable difference with less breakage, split ends and is ultimately in better condition – and the absence of hot styling tongs and straighteners can not go unnoticed.

I'm a convert. Yes, it may cost a lot of money, but if this is all you're using on your hair (and we guess it will be) it's worth the cash.

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How much is the Dyson Airwrap?

The Complete Styler, which comes with 6 attachments, costs £449.99. If you don't feel like you need all the attachments, you could opt for the Smooth and Control styler, which come with 4 attachments and costs £399.99.

  • Dyson Airwrap Complete Styler, £449.99, Selfridges – buy here
  • Dyson Airwrap, £449.99, Boots – buy here
  • Dyson Airwrap, £449.99, John Lewis – buy here
  • Dyson Airwrap, £449.99,  Currys PC World – buy here
  • Dyson Airwrap, £449.99, Dyson.com – buy here
  • Dyson Airwrap Smooth and Control, £399.99 – buy here

How to make Dyson Airwrap curls last?

Like with any curls, to make your curls set, you'll need to make sure they cool before you do anything else.

With the Airwrap the best way to do this is to turn the heat to cold for a short blast before turning it off and pulling it away to drop the hair.

Before styling, brushing or anything; make sure it's cold and don't forget hairspray.

Can you use it on dry hair?

The Dyson Airwrap is designed to be used on wet hair, but it can be used to style dry hair too – the possibilities are endless.

How to clean the filter?

In order to keep your Airwrap in tip top condition, you'll need to clean the filter regularly.

You'll know when it's time to clean it as there's a white light at the base of the Airwrap which will tell you when to clean it.

You can follow all the steps here.

Where is the serial number on Dyson Airwrap Stylers?

To validate your warranty, or to insure it you'll need your Dyson Airwrap's serial number.

The serial number can be found in the following locations: On the front of the instruction manual. On the box of the machine. On the power cord near the plug.

You can find out more about the serial number here.

Considering purchasing a Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer? Make sure to read our comprehensive review first.

We reviewed the Dyson Corrale too, so if you're looking for a new straightener you'll want to read it first.

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