HOLY MAC, you guys. Readers have been applauding this $35 One-Step Styler for a while now as an easy way to give yourself blowouts at home, but I only just got around to trying it a few days ago. I must admit I was dubious that anything would work for my thick and curly hair — when I used to blow it out regularly with a round brush it would take me easily 25-30 minutes for mediocre results. In fact, my policy over the past few years has been to just let my hair air dry/do what it wants 90% of the time, and get a salon blowout if I actually wanted to look nice. But I tried the Styler on Friday, and couldn’t believe it — after ten minutes of using the product on 85% dry hair, my locks were smooth, and silky, and actually looked about 95% as good as they would have if I’d gotten a salon blowout. (The crink in the back of my hair is hard to get out, but I’m assuming that’s technique/product and not the problem of the Styler.) The finished look was so good I ran over to show my husband. The blowout lasted for days; the only products in my hair were my usual winter products: leave in conditioner and an anti-frizz serum. I clipped my hair into three main layers to do the styling. At this late date you’re probably looking for an after-Christmas delivery, but obviously pick-up and delivery options vary by region; you can also find it for $35-$59 at Amazon, Target, Ulta, Walmart, and Bed Bath & Beyond. Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush
(As noted on Thursday’s discussion about Dyson hairdryers, this is generally seen as a great dupe for the $550 Dyson AirWrap — but note that if you’re trying to avoid regular intense heat on your hair, you may want to investigate the Dyson a bit more.)
2020 Update: This thing is amazing! So we’re adding it to our our Office Beauty Hall of Fame!
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