Did you finally break down and buy the Dyson Airwrap styler? I was going back and forth all year before my sister-in-law convinced me to finally click the “check out” button. One of the major selling points for me was that it dries and styles your hair without extreme heat. However, as with any brand new technology, it takes a bit of getting used to. With the hefty price tag attached, you want to make sure your money was well-spent, so I am sharing my 5 tips for using the Dyson Airwrap styler. 

First, I want to make sure I touch on the basics. There are 3 buttons on the body of the Dyson Airwrap:

  1. Airflow control- I like this button to be on the highest setting. It basically controls the speed of the spinning vortex of air.
  2. Temperature control – I use the medium setting for drying and the highest setting for curling.
  3. Cold shot on/off switch – This is very important to use at the end to set your curl

Tip #1 : Make sure your hair isn’t soaking wet, but also not completely dry

Use the blow dryer attachment to get your hair about 75% dry. It’s important that the roots of your hair and scalp area are dry but the middle to ends are damp.

Tip #2: Work in sections and switch barrels 

You can section your hair using clips. For curls going away from face: do one side, switch barrels, then do the other side. Yes, there are TWO curling barrels for each size: one clockwise and one anti-clockwise barrel. The barrels have arrows printed on them so you know the direction of airflow or the direction of the curl. (Some people like to alternate barrels as they go, but I find that too time-consuming.)

Tip #3: Prime your hair with product 

My secret weapon is the L’Oréal Pli Thermo-Modeling Spray. It’s a heat activated spray that will hold your curls just like a hair spray, but without the crunchy feeling. I lightly spray this onto each section before using the Airwrap.

Tip #3: The tension technique

After turning the Airwrap on, latch the barrel onto the ends of your hair first and then move the barrel towards your head without twisting. Create tension with the barrel by moving it up and down your section of hair. Make sure you keep all of your hair on the barrel part.

Tip #4: Timing is everything!

Keep your hair wrapped for about 10-15 seconds or until your hair is dry. Then push and hold the cool shot button up for about 5-7 seconds to set the curl. Too long or too short will affect the quality of your curl.

Tip #5: Cool and Release

Turn the Airwrap off BEFORE pulling down to release the curl. I found that if I tried to pull my hair out while the Airwrap was still on, the curls became twisted and tangled. 

If your hair doesn’t usually hold curls well you can go the extra mile by holding the curl in hand for about 5 seconds or even pinning your curls after each one.

When you are all done you can comb through your hair to create softer curls. Find a great texturizing hairspray to finish the job! It won’t weigh those curls down like your regular hair spray will. (I like the OUAI Texturizing Hairspray.) 

It’s important to note that my hair type is thin and flat, so if you tend to have frizzy hair you can use the smoothing brush attachment when drying and then apply a hair oil after you finish. 

If you are in a pinch and don’t have time to wash your hair, but you still want to style it using the Airwrap, you can grab a spray bottle filled with water and rewet your dry hair. 

It’s no secret that the Dyson Airwrap styler is a serious investment, but if you’re concerned about hair damage and you style your hair often, then the Airwrap is 100 percent worth it. I hope my tips will help you achieve salon-worthy voluminous curls!

Disclosure: I only recommend products I would use myself. All opinions expressed here are my own. This post may contain affiliate links and I may earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you. Thanks for your support!

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