Dyson Airstrait Straightener Assessment: Straight’n Shiny
It is no secret that Dyson has been dominating the hair care house—proving itself thrice over with the fast-drying Supersonic blow dryer, the futuristic Corrale flat iron, and the versatile Airwrap (all acquired excessive scores from WIRED). I am continually making an attempt to steer everybody round me to put money into at the very least one among them. A few years in the past, I purchased my mother the Supersonic for Mom’s Day. Final 12 months, I satisfied my mates to pool our cash collectively to purchase the Corrale for our greatest pal’s thirtieth birthday.
However when Dyson introduced the Airstrait, its wet-to-dry flat iron, I had my doubts. Maybe it is as a result of I am nonetheless scarred from my Croc Moist to Dry Flat Iron from center college. It has been over a decade, however I can nonetheless clearly hear the sizzle from my moist hair being clamped between the warmth plates—leading to crunchy, broken strands with every cross. So, you may perceive my apprehension towards the Airstrait.
I used to be barely relieved to see that it is extra of a hair dryer-straightener combo. As an alternative of compacting your moist hair between scorching plates, it makes use of airflow to dry and straighten your hair. Nonetheless, I wasn’t utterly satisfied. My mixture of wavy, curly, and coarse hair requires as a lot warmth as potential to keep away from wanting frizzy and puffy. And that $500 price ticket does not assist. However as with the corporate’s earlier hair instruments, I ought to’ve recognized. After solely two makes an attempt, I used to be able to throw my blow dryer and flat iron within the trash.
Divide and Conquer
With no warmth plates, you are most likely questioning how the Airstrait works. Situated alongside each arms of the system are 1.5-mm gaps. Airflow travels by way of the motor, splits into each arms, and accelerates by the gaps to create two high-velocity downward blades of air. At a 45-degree angle, these blades merge to create one centered jet of air that strikes downward to straighten the hair because it dries—leading to a pure, clean end.
Along with watching your hair dry, you will additionally hear the Airstrait working. With the power to sense when the hair is clamped throughout the system, it mechanically will increase airflow. As soon as your hair is out, it instantly decreases it, like a Dyson vacuum that will increase suction when it senses dust or switches ground sort. It additionally has clever warmth management to manage airflow temperature 30 occasions per second, so it’s going to by no means exceed the temp you set.
The Airstrait has diffusers (the gold items that stand out from the aspect) that assist hold the air flowing onto your hair as an alternative of onto you. As somebody with delicate pores and skin, I am at all times left with plenty of redness after blow-drying my hair. No matter how excessive the warmth setting is, I do not expertise irritation with the Airstrait. The diffusers are detachable, making it simple to wash away any product, like a warmth protectant, that will construct up over time.
To set the temperature, there is a digital colour show to see what mode you are on and buttons beneath to cycle by every setting. Select from two predominant styling modes—moist and dry—and three temperature settings for every. With moist mode, you will have the selection of 175, 230, or 285 levels Fahrenheit. In dry mode, you may decide between 250 levels, 285 levels, and increase mode. You’ll be able to alternate between low-flow and high-flow velocity settings as nicely. There’s additionally the choice for a cool mode, which helps set the model.
In case you could not inform, there are plenty of methods to customise the Airstrait, which is nice! It means there are a number of choices for various kinds of hair. Every button is labeled intuitively, with a crimson for warmth, a blue for cool mode, a raindrop icon for moist hair mode, and so forth. However I discover myself staring on the controls for longer than I would wish to, making an attempt to recollect get to sure settings. Dyson may have made the show larger and merged a couple of of the buttons as an alternative. I extremely advocate tapping by all of the menus first, so that you’re accustomed to each.