Dyson Airwrap Honest Review & Tips to Curl Asian Hair | Long-Lasting Curls

I have been using my Dyson Airwrap for about a half a year now and I wanted to share you my thoughts and honest opinion about this super expensive hairstyling tool. Was it worth it? Would I recommend it? Would I buy it again? Any tips regarding long-lasting curls with the Airwrap?

Before I answer all these questions, let me quickly recap my purchase back in December. I got the Dyson Airwrap Complete in the red colour with the short barrels. The whole set comes with several styling tools, brushes and dryer and is around CHF 600 (USD 660)! This is almost a flight to Japan (during special offers and before COVID-19 times) and one of the most expensive tools that I ever bought so far. The Dyson Airwrap uses the Coanda effect (aerodynamic phenomenon) to style hair without extreme heat, which was one of the main reason why I actually bought this styling product.

So after a half a year, would I buy this hairstyling tool again? I would say yes and no – or to be concrete, I would have done things different… so first of all, I really regret buying the shorter barrels. I believed that my hair would still work fine with the short barrels, but I never ever thought that it would make such a difference using the long barrels! I just got them from my best friends for my big birthday in April and since I am using them, everything works so much smoother, easier and styling makes even more fun. Even if you have short or semi-long hair, I really recommend to buy the long barrels, if you still want to buy the Dyson Airwrap (after you read my whole review). I made a quick test with the short and long Dyson tools and you can see the difference here below or in my Youtube video. But more than the usual 30 or 40mm barrels, I was super impressed by the 20mm barrels (only long version available). They work best for my Asian stubborn straight hair and had the most long-lasting curling effect.

How long do Dyson Airwrap curls last? So speaking about long-lasting curls, I definitely should have watched or read more reviews before buying the Airwrap (I am honest with you guys, I got influenced by Instagram lol)! From my experience (I have super straight and thick Asian hair), the Dyson Airwrap will NOT last long, especially if you don’t use any hairstyling products. In general, the curls look great the first one hour, after that, my curls fell out pretty much completely and became almost straight again. It is even more worse when you use the Airwrap on dry hair! The Dyson Airwrap is a tool, which works on wet hair. So if you don’t like to style your hair right after shower and you prefer to use zero hairstyling products (like gel, wax, hairspray etc.) just like me, think about it again before buying a Dyson Airwrap! Anyway, the Aiwrap performs different depending on your hair structure, a friend of mine for example has thin and bright (Western) hair and the Dyson Airwrap keeps her curls for a very long time without using any hairstyling products.

Is the Airwrap able to style your hair without causing heat damage? I can’t give you any clear answer yet, even though I am using my Airwrap quite often during the past half year, I think I still need to keep using it for a while before I can give you a honest answer. But so far, my hair is still super healthy and I have no single split ends! And the last time I cut my hair was two years ago in Japan (I cut my hair only once a year, when I am usually in Japan). I love my hair iron, but it causes so much damage on my hair. The Dyson Airwrap uses powerful airflow technology (intelligent heat control) rather than extreme heat while styling, which was one of the main reason why I wanted to buy this product so badly.

Is the Dyson Airwrap easy to use? I would say if you have the long barrels, it is clearly a YES! I never had so much fun using a hairstyling product like the Dyson Airwrap. My hair are curled up more evenly thanks to the longer barrels and everything goes super quickly. My personal favourite is the integrated “Cold Shot”, where you can let your curls cool and ‘set’ before releasing it, in order to lock in longer-lasting curls.

My personal Summary: Last but not least, would I buy the Dyson Airwrap again? I would say yes, because I am super happy with my Dyson Airwrap so far, but if I could turn back time and if there is an option to get the heat styler and the 20mm long barrels separately, I would have ONLY bought these two parts. The Dyson Airwrap is expensive AF, I never used the other attachments (brushes etc.) and probably don’t use them in the near future and the whole set is very heavy and bulky to store if you ask me. The Airwrap works best on wet hair and hairstyling products is a must, if you have straight, thick Asian hair like me, otherwise the curls will not stay! Nevertheless, my hair is still healthy, thanks to Dyson’s Coanda effect, which styles hair without extreme heat and the Dyson Airwrap is simple to use and makes even curls. The Dyson Airwrap works different and the result can vary widely, depending on your hair type and lengths!

So if you have stubborn, thick, straight and heavy Asian hair just like me and still seeking for the long-lasting curling method with the Dyson Airwrap, here comes a quick tutorial, which worked best for me so far. I used several hairstyling products (from styling mousse, gel, wax, hairspray etc.) over the past few months and I think that I finally found the best option for myself:

What you need for long-lasting curls (Asian Hair):

  • Heat Protection Spray/Lotion
  • Thermo-modelling Spray from L’Oreal
  • Hairspray (Cien from Lidl is cheap and without any bad chemicals!)
  • Hair Clips
  • Dyson Airwrap 20mm long barrels

1. Start with damp hair and protect your hair with heat protection spray or lotion

2. Section your hair into 4 sections

3. Use the thermo-modelling spray from L’Oréal

4. Style your hair with the 20mm barrel for a longer lasting curl

5. Pin your curl down with a hair clip

6. Repeat all steps and curl/pin all your hair

7. If you’re finish, fix your hair with some hairspray

8. Now wait for about 30min and let your curls cool down

9. Take out all your hair clips

10. Ready are your bouncy long-lasting curls!

If you have the same issues with stubborn Asian hair or have any great tips for long-lasting curls, please share your review in the comment box below. I am still learning from day to day and appreciate all tips and tricks with the Dyson Airwrap!


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