Not What I Was Expecting, But WOW!!
I purchased in-store because my friend had the Revlon version. She's got pin straight shoulder length hair though, and I really didn't trust it. I go to DryBar usually once a week, and the styles will last about 4 days with dry shampoo. I usually only wash my hair once a week, so it's something that works for me. I have hard water at home and the salon water makes my hair feel soft and refreshed.
My scalp has been increasing its dandruff production with summer though, and I've needed to wash 2x week now.
The problem is I've never been able to recreate the blowout look at home, and I can't afford 2 blowouts a week. My hair is naturally curly, and I can style it just fine for curls, but I get really hot with my curls (I work in the medical field so I'm in surgical gown, scrubs, masks, face shield, and a really hot overhead light).
I've seen curly heads prefer this one to Revlon, and a girl at DryBar even told me it's because the Revlon isn't meant for wet hair, but this brush actually is. She said for the Revlon, I'd have to blow dry, straighten, then use it.
I'm the type of person, if I'm going to spend money on something I'd rather buy "the best" than buy the knockoff and eventually end up buying the better one.
Also, this is a round circle brush compared to the Revlon oval and the DryBar oval double shot.
I've never used either, this is my 1st dryer brush.
I showered, used my DryBar liquid glass shampoo/conditioner because it smoothes my thick cuticles well. A lot of reviews/YouTubers said to not use it on dripping hair. I did what they typically do at DryBar. I wrung out my hair before twisting it in a microfiber towel. I tied the towel and my hair with a hair tie for about 10 minutes. It was damp but not dripping at all, I was honestly worried it was a little too dry. I sprayed prep rally detangle/heat protection spray and brushed it with a Tangle Teazer wet brush, sorry AND the drybar heat protection/quick dry serum. I probably could have just done the quick dry serum(2 pumps) but I didn't think about it until after the spray. With the quick dry serum and a normal blow dryer, it takes me 40 minutes to dry. Without the serum, we're looking at an hour. My hair is thick, curly, and to my mid back when straight/styled.
A lot of people said to section your hair like you're curling or straightening it.
I critiqued some YouTubers for flipping their hair different ways, at DryBar they blow dry it one direction (like you would curling/straightening), and it gives a nice half curl/flip at the ends. I don't think this brush could do that with my hair specifically. It probably would give nice curls/flip for shorter or straight hair.
It would dry large sections 3-5inches across in about a minute. I HAD to use the brush both directions to dry the hair completely. I noticed my ends would dry before my roots, so I started letting it rest at the roots before dragging it down to the ends. It WILL get caught/stuck on your ends if you try to curl it too far up on the shaft. I could only flip it at the ends, and this I think is due to how the barrel is round/smaller than the double shot.
So with sections, curling it both directions, I eventually turned my head upside down and used it like a hair brush to get my slightly damp scalp dry. It did the trick!
I had my whole head straight & voluminous after just 20 minutes. It had a slight curl on the ends but not what it gave a lot of straight/shorter hair.
I sprayed DryBar hot toddy on my hair, heat protection but not a wet spray, dry like hairspray before I went over it with a 2" barrel curling iron from Kristin Ess. I notice that a 2" curling iron gives more of blowout curls than a wand. (I use a Paul Mitchell 1" flat iron, Paul Mitchell 1" wand or 1.25" Kristen Ess wand to do tighter curls depending on what type of curl I want.) I wanted more of a body wave than full curls.
Did a full blowout and everything in 40 minutes! It looks amazing! For long curly hair, I think you won't get an immediate blowout from this, and I wanted to rate it 4 stars for myself, but it just got my hair dry so fast I don't think it deserves anything less than 5 stars. My hair was smooth and glossy too!
The brush DID NOT snag my hair like a YouTuber said it did her hair. I do wonder at how to clean the hair out of it over time though. It's just a few strands, but the bristles are course and hold onto it pretty good. I definitely recommend just trying to pull out what you can after each use. I'm THRILLED with being able to get great results on my 1st use. There's usually a learning curve.
I wanted to love it…..
I wanted to love it, BUT… I was sadly disappointed! I like the idea of a round blow drying brush. I thought it would give more volume at my scalp… NOPE! I have short, shoulder length hair and it did nothing that WOWed me, AT ALL. I see people talking about how shiny it made their hair, it did the total opposite for mine.. it was super dull and frizzy when I finished. The tip of the drying brush was very short and awkward. It was way too slick, it needs some sort of gripping feature if they can't/won't make it any longer. I burned my fingers numerous times because of the short, slick tip. I feel like there aren't enough bristles on this drying brush. I have thick hair and I don't feel like it reached every strand as well as my hot tools oval blow drying brush does. I still had a lot of un-smooth/frizzy pieces after multiple passes with the drying brush. You're pretty much just paying for a name when you buy this drying brush. I'll stick to my hot tools one. It's by far the best I've tried yet!
i have a lot of hair, it's thick and wavy/curly. it usually takes me about an hour or two to style my hair but i have gotten my hair done in 30 min with this. i am still learning, its a process to learn what your hair likes. in the beginning it would come out super frizzy, but i learned that i just needed to keep going thru it with tension until it got smoother. it also depends on the products you use. i kinda accepted my frizz, considering its split ends and they're bound to stick up regardless. i still have to master using this on the back of my hair, thats where i struggle the most. overall i do like it and it makes my hair soft.
I absolutely love this hair dryer
I have tried a few brands and this is my favorite . Smooth, comfortable and doesn't hurt to pull through. I strongly recommend it.
I purchased this item last Sunday only to discover it was a used item that someone returned. The brush had hair stuck in it and the small vents on the sides were 1/3 of the way clogged with lint. I will be returning this item in the next day or so when I am able to get back to that store.
Dried super fast and easy
Love this tool. Only downside is the hair does get caught occasionally under the yellow and gray seals. Other than that its perfect. Dried my hair in 10 minutes. Wouldve been faster if i sectioned my hair.
I would buy this again.
I like that this dryer is also a styler. One appliance to do both.