As a beauty editor for over a decade, I’ve tested enough products to know that many are good, but few reach unicorn status. You know the one: That find that makes you want to tweet its praises and stop strangers to tell ’em about it. Recently, I found that hidden gem in Revlon’s Pro Collection Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer ($60). Yes, a brush that’s also a dryer! I feel you rolling your eyes at me; brush dryers are intimidating, but hear me out.
I have thick, curly hair that could previously only be tamed with three tools: a dryer, straightener, and a round brush. It took about an hour to create a decent coif, and most of the time I’d worry for an hour after leaving the house that I’d left the flat iron turned on. It wasn’t easy, but it worked.
Then, after a friend insisted I try the Revlon tool, I gave in. The results left me speechless. No that’s a lie; the results made me want to post on Facebook and insist that everyone run out and buy their own. In 21 minutes (I timed it), I’d created a salon-worthy blowout with only one tool.
I sectioned off my hair and used the oval brush-dryer hybrid to zap water from every segment. Each piece fell to my shoulder dry, shiny, and voluminous. My curls were easily straightened thanks to the grippy nylon pin and boar bristle combo strategically placed around the brush. And on one of the frizziest days in New York history, my fresh blowout stayed smooth.
It worked for me — but will it work for you? Well, it’s best suited for someone with medium to long hair that’s wavy or thick, and not so much for those with super cropped hair or extremely long strands. My personal feeling is that there’s too much pull for someone with straight and/or thin hair.
Be prepared when you unwrap this glorious gift; it’s big. I was surprised by its size, but that was a bonus for me since it holds a mountain of hair at once. Maybe the best part of the whole shebang is that it costs $60. A small price to pay for results that blew away my former stylers, which totaled $205.
As if all that wasn’t enough, I no longer have to be paranoid that my straightening iron is left on at home. And frankly, that piece of mind is priceless.
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