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A Brush That’s Also a Hairdryer


Revlon One-Step Dryer and Style: review

Revlon One-Step Dryer and Style: review

Me, looking back at these photos: “Wow, I look way, way too excited to just be drying my hair here!”

TERRY: “Yeah, I know, I thought that when I was taking them: I was like, ‘Calm down, dude, it’s just a hairdryer…”

Naturally, though, it didn’t occur to him to share this observation with me at the time, which is why I stand (Well, sit…) before you today, looking like the most excited woman to ever wield a hairdryer. Well, except in that one photo where I look like I’m just barely managing to hold back the tears, obviously.

Things we’ve learned from this experience: hair-drying is a complex and emotional business, which can affect you in a range of unexpected ways. Also, it’s really freaking hard, when having photos taken during this process, to strike exactly the right facial balance between smug glee, and that time Dobby the House Elf died, and I have clearly not mastered that particular art. In my defence, though, it IS a pretty cool hair dryer, no?

This is the Revlon Pro Collection Salon One Step Hair Dyer and Styler, and, as you can see, it’s notable for being a hairdryer that doesn’t actually look like a hairdryer, but which looks like a brush instead:Revlon Hair Styler and Dryer review

Revlon Hair Styler and Dryer reviewThis was obviously designed with people like me in mind, who struggle with the complexities of trying to use a hairdryer AND a brush at the same time, as it handily combines both of those functions in one handy hair tool. The brush has detangling bristles (Which I really, really appreciated, as I generally emerge from the shower looking like there’s a bird’s nest on my head: I do have a Tangle Teaser brush, which helps, but when I’m blow-drying my hair, I have to take regular breaks to stop and untangle the mess on my head, and ain’t nobody got time for that…), and there are two heat settings, plus a long, swivel cord which makes it easy to get to the back of your head etc, without having to change position.

And that’s really all you need to know, in terms of how this works: the beauty of this styler, you see, is in its sheer simplicity – you literally just switch it on, and start brushing through your hair with it, while it blasts out hot air to dry it. It’s much easier than trying to juggle brush and dryer, and I’ve found that it leaves my hair looking a whole lot smoother, too. It’s not a straightener, but it does help separate out my layers, and generally makes the hair look a bit more “polished” than it would do if I were to just blast it with my regular dryer.

The one downside I’ve found to this so far is that it’s not quite as powerful as my regular hairdryer, so it does take a bit longer to fully dry my hair with it. This probably won’t be an issue if your hair is shorter than mine is, but I’ve mostly been letting it air dry for a while, and then using this to finish it off and get it looking nice and smooth. I try not to look quite as manic as I do in these photos while I’m using, but… I mostly DO look like that: whoops!

[This post was sponsored by Revlon]

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  • Jenny
    August 2, 2017

    This sounds like a great idea – I don’t think I’ve heard of anything similar before x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

  • Myra
    August 2, 2017

    Why did nobody think of this before – now you can use one hand to hold the dryer, and the other hand to guide and finger dry

  • Fi
    August 2, 2017

    Is it better or not as good as the Babyliss Big Hair brush dryer?

    • Amber
      August 2, 2017

      It’s not really comparable – the Babyliss is designed to give you a salon-style blow dry, whereas this is just designed to allow you to brush and dry at the same time. I find it dries quicker from wet than the Babyliss does, but as it’s not a round brush, it won’t create the same kind of bounce!

  • CiCi Marie
    August 2, 2017

    I was totally there until you said it wasn’t as powerful as your regular dryer… Having hair about the same length as yours (and loads and loads of irritatingly fine layers of it) I can’t contend with anything but MAXIMUM POWER or I will literally never leave my dressing table every day. The motor would probably burn out before I got to the end… If they make a more powerful one though I will be the first to sign up because I have the same tangles problem you describe. Bah.

  • Brenda
    August 2, 2017

    I think it is a brilliant idea — in theory — but I kind of agree with the concern about a lack of power… I would lose my mind if I had to spend even MORE time on my hair my hair than normal….

  • Julie
    August 3, 2017

    love your hair! 🙂

  • Julie
    August 3, 2017

    love your hair… 🙂

  • Sarah
    August 29, 2017

    I’m always intrigued when a new product solves a problem I never knew the modern world had, but you (and Revlon) are right: it’s nigh on impossible to wield a hairbrush AND a dryer at the same time if you’re drying your own hair. In the salon it’s an art to blowdry someone else’s hair, but it can feel confusing and annoying when doing it yourself. I’d really like to try one of these, to see if it could offer my hair a little something more, as well as making sure it’s all fully dried. However, the angles and lift achievable with a hairdryer are difficult with a brush-dryer. Although I’m sure that hairdryers will adapt and change in design over the coming years, and this brush may be part of that, I see it only as a stepping stone towards more effective and stylish hair care.