Dyson Airstrait review: Is the wet-to-dry hair tool worth the hype? These are our thoughts

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Is the Dyson Airstrait worth the hype? We tried itHearst Owned

If you weren't blessed with the same ambidextrous skills as your hairdresser, listen up. Dyson has solved all our hairstyling problems with the launch of their newest tool: the Airstrait.

It's unlike the Corrale or Airwrap and aims to give you that enviable salon-worthy blowdry from the comfort of your own home, without the stress of bending your arms at awkward angles. Yep, our prayers have been answered.

In case you missed the news, I'm going to give you the run-down of everything you need to know about the Dyson Airstrait (including how it helps to prevent damage) and my full review when I tested the tool myself.

Is the Dyson Airstrait safe for your hair?

The innovative tech aims to deliver "no heat damage" by preserving "hair strength, promoting less breakage, and protecting natural shine to leave hair feeling healthier" – sounds ideal, right?

There are also no hot plates involved (more on that later), so no sizzling occurs. Not only that, but the device also goes down to a low temperature of 80°C – when you compare this to your standard hair straightener which often goes up to 210ºC, it's clear to see this is going to take less of a toll on your hair. The airflow design makes things less intense for your fragile strands; think of it as using the fan setting on your oven instead of the grill. I know, just call me Barefoot Contessa.

However, heat isn't exactly beneficial to your hair, so we'd always opt for a protection spray to prep.

How does the Dyson Aistrait work?

Think of it as a hairdryer and a straightener all in one.

It doesn't feature hot plates; instead, the device's two arms project airflow at an optimal 45° angle, which straightens your strands as you glide and directs the airflow away from your body.

Does the Dyson Airstrait work on dry hair?

Yes, you can touch up or add extra smoothness to your style using the specific mode for dry hair.

It features three settings: Wet, dry and cool. The wet mode is designed to be used on freshly-showered hair and is set at a lower temp (ranging from between 80°C - 140°C – crazily low for a heated hair tool). The dry mode can be used at 120°C - 140°C, to smooth dry hair. Whereas the cool mode is a cold shot of air to lock in your style and boost shine.

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Is the Dyson Airstrait worth it?

Since launching in the US last year, the hair tool has racked up over 2,000 five-star reviews on the Dyson website alone.

Here are just some of the highlights of what customers are saying:

"Just tried this out and it was the best experience, halved my styling time and my hair feels freshly cut."

"Just tried the Atrstrait and wow! Absolutely blown away, no pun intended! Sleek straight hair from wet in seconds and my hair is so shiny!! Very quick and easy to use. Love it!"

"I bought this a couple of weeks ago and I am in love with this styling tool. I have 4b/4c hair type and it does not damage my hair but dries and straightens in one step. My hair feels and looks healthier and fuller."

Now it was my turn. I put the new Dyson device through its paces. Here are my honest thoughts...

My review of the Dyson Airstrait

Upon first sight, it looks identical to your average hair straighter. Sure, it's sleek and lightweight, but I'm not forking over almost £500 for appearances – that's basically rent money.

The buttons on the side and the LED screen make it easy to get to grips and it surprised me with how quiet it was once I turned it on (I was expecting Top Gun-level noise). It was surprisingly lightweight too, but the plug is quite gigantic, so if your socket is squeezed behind a piece of furniture, you might find your options limited here.

Wet hair at the ready, I set the Airstrait to wet styling mode and got to work. Your hair needs to be semi-dry for this setting – not sopping wet – but if you clamp it together, the airflow starts coming out of the rose gold-coloured side, so you can rough dry first. Nifty.

Another smart feature of this tool is that if you're not using it for three seconds the 'auto-pause' setting is initiated, which automatically pauses airflow until you're ready to resume. Smart and energy efficient.

My hair is naturally wavy and way too long at the moment (who has time for a haircut? Am I right?), so I thought it would take an age to dry. However, the long plates got through really chunky sections of hair, leaving my whole head of hair dry in just 10 minutes. Unheard of. However, the large size of the plates did make it harder to reach the root and back of my head.

Due to the airflow angle, you're not getting hot hair blown in your face either. A game-changer for those (hi, hello, me) who often do their makeup first and end up sweating it off when styling their hair. It's the simple things.

Even better, there was no sizzling to be heard or snagging to be felt. Plus, my hair even smelt like my shampoo after drying – typical hair straighteners usually leave my locks smelling unpleasantly burnt, which is an indication of how much gentler this device is on my fragile strands.

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My natural waves vs. after using the Dyson AirstraitHearst Owned

Did it leave my hair pin-straight? No, but it looked more effortless and voluminous than if I'd gone in with my usual irons. It's also worth noting that it's basically impossible to create a curl with this; a straight blowdry is the only option on the menu.

My hair was noticeably smoother, shinier and touchable-y soft. Gold star, Dyson. Lasting power-wise, my hair didn't fluff up or resume its natural wavy texture for the entire day until it rained (classic UK) and I did start to see some frizz and a few curls start to form. This would be standard no matter what hair tool I used and considering it only took me 10 mins to do, I'm not mad at it.

It's also worth noting that I did use the dry mode to touch up my style but found its straightening powers weren't as impactful as when I was using it on my damp strands in the wet mode.

Dyson Aistrait vs. ghd Duet Hot Styler: Which is better?

For those that are into the world of beauty tech, you'll possibly be wondering 'Is this similar to the ghd Duet Hot Styler?' and the answer would be, kinda. The technology, the look and the price may be different but the overall idea is generally quite similar; straightening your hair with minimal damage.

You can read my full review of ghd's offering here, but in short, the Dyson is a lot quicker, quieter and more lightweight to hold. However, I think the speediness of the Dyson does compromise on straightness – the ghd left my hair more pin-straight but less voluminous than Dyson's, so it just depends on the look you're after.

The price is also pretty different; ghd's Duet Hot Styler retails for £379, while Dyson's Airstrait is pricier at £449.99. So it comes down to personal preference and budget.

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