IS Boots’ top-selling Christmas hair tool really a cut above?
Siobhan O’Connor compares the £70 Revlon volumiser with the feted £450 Dyson Airwrap and gives her verdict.
Here, we compare the feted £450 Dyson Airwrap with a £70 Revlon model before giving our verdict on which one really works bestCredit: Fab Daily News UK
YOU know a product is a hit when it becomes a TikTok sensation. And that is exactly what happened with the Revlon volumiser.
RevlonHairdryerBrush has racked up more than 150million hits, with accounts dedicated to the tool.
The Revlon volumiser dries and styles hair at the same time, and is so easy to useCredit: Fab Daily News UK
It has wowed fans with its smoothing and volumising powers.
Like the far pricier Dyson Airwrap, it dries and styles hair at the same time. So no need for a hairdryer.
It has also achieved more than 12,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. And a manager at Boots told me it is the store’s top-selling gift this year.
So it has to be worth a try, right?
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: The brush head is very large and much wider than the Dyson. That is great if you have long hair like me — but trickier if you have short hair and tough to get in close to your roots. With nylon bristles designed to detangle hair, it is not heavy to hold.
IN ACTION: It is so easy to use. You can dry large chunks at a time due to the wider brush head and it gives a nice wave to the hair. It is also really simple to do a sleek, straight look.
I noticed quite a few flyaways with this styler. That wide brush means more air can get under and blow hairs up. But overall, this gave a really glossy finish. The brush makes it best for creating a smooth, straight, sleek look with volume — like a salon blow-dry. It was more difficult to create a thick wave.
A sleek finish usually drops out as soon as you battle wind and rain — but with this mine lasted all dayCredit: Fab Daily News UK
Extremely easy to use, though, with none of the tangles you often get with a hairdryer and brush. It dried my hair in just 15 minutes. A sleek finish usually drops out as soon as you battle wind and rain — but with this mine lasted all day.
This is definitely more of a no-frills workhorse that nails practicality. It cuts getting ready time in half, allowing you to dry and style in one go with ease — and you don’t need to worry about misplacing any of the attachments.
IT has already sold out this year, with dyson.co.uk and Boots currently waiting on stock due to high demand ahead of Christmas.
The Airwrap promises to dry hair in seconds, giving users an Adele-worthy blow-dry without visiting the salon.
The Dyson Airwrap’s bouncy curls are said to last up to three days, its heat is much higher than the Revlon and gives an ultra-smooth shine
Reviews have been watched almost 650million times on TikTok, with some users praising it as the best money they have ever spent.
Fans point to its speed and results that don’t damage your hair. The bouncy curls are said to last up to three days.
But is it worth that hefty price?
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: It is pricey, yes, but comes packaged in a beautiful box along with eight attachments including a dryer, bristle brush, two paddle brushes and four tongs to create bouncier curls.
The bristles are finer than the Revlon and work well with finer hair. The barrel is narrower, so you can get in closer to the roots to lift hair and create volume.
IN ACTION: I like that you have a few attachments to play around with, so you can alter how your blow-dry finishes. I stuck to using the bristle brush and not the tongs to ensure it was a fair test against the Revlon.
It dried my hair very quickly and gave an ultra-smooth shine. The heat is much higher than the Revlon — and it can get a bit too hot closer to the roots. But the technology is meant to be less damaging for your strands.
One of the more noticeable differences between the two is the style and design. Dyson is surprisingly light and easy to handle, though it’s much longer than the Revlon.
It’s relatively quiet too, so you can get away with styling your hair first-thing without waking up your partner or flatmates.
This looked like a professional blow-dry and my hair was very shiny, but the steep price is off-puttingCredit: Fab Daily News UK
The silver and pink colour combo makes it look a lot more boujee too — a tool you would willingly leave resting on your beauty cabinet.
Overall, this looked like a professional blow-dry and my hair was very shiny. It gave my locks volume and shape. But the steep price is off-putting.
I WAS blown away by the results of both – but Revlon comes out top. It was super easy to use and required no faff. While it’s nice to have all the extra heads that come with the Dyson, most busy women stick to one style, don’t they?
With the Revlon, in just 15 minutes I gained a frizz-free, straight blow-dry that sat in place all day, and it was more than six times cheaper than the Dyson version.
The result was a salon-worthy do that doesn’t break the bank.
Revlon comes out top as it is super easy to use and requires no faffCredit: Revlon
Revlon is more than six times cheaper than the Dyson version
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