Somehow, Dyson has managed to shake up the hair-care industry once again. Meet the Dyson Airstrait–a tool with the ability to style wet or dry hair without hot plates—just hot air—inspired by the airflow technology the brand’s been perfecting for years. Dyson has been making headlines in recent years for its covetable Airwrap styler and Supersonic hair dryer—both known to treat tresses with minimal heat. But where does the new Airstrait fit into an already stacked hair regimen?
“Delivering the ease-of-use that people love about straighteners but with high-velocity air blades, saves time, maintains hair strength, and achieves an everyday natural straight style,” says founder and chief engineer James Dyson in a press release. The desired result? A smooth, shiny, naturally blown-out mane. Below, read on to discover everything you need to know, from how the technology works to helpful usage tips and our initial thoughts.
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How Does the Dyson Airstrait Work?
To state it simply, the Airstrait is a sort of hair dryer-meets-flat iron. But unlike your go-to straightener, this does not use hot plates but rather air accelerated through the arms of the device in place of the plates that power your flat iron. From there, the air is projected at a 45-degree angle; directed down the hair shaft in order to straighten while drying. This directional airflow down the hair shaft straightens while drying to reveal a smooth and shiny finish with less frizz and flyaways.
Dyson explains that hair styling begins with breaking and resetting hair’s hydrogen bonds to hold a new shape; wet hair is ideal because these bonds are more elastic and can be set without extreme temperatures—a science the Airstrait capitalizes on. “By using the optimum level of heat and controlled airflow, we’ve found a way to style hair with less damage,” Dyson states.
To be clear, you can use the device on wet or dry hair through two respective styling modes: along with a Cool mode to lock your style in place. Each setting features an intelligent heat control engineered to maintain optimal hair health and shine. Wet mode offers three heat settings (175°F, 230°F, and 285°F), while Dry mode offers two temperature settings (250°F or 285°F) plus a quick ‘Boost” mode for a quick heat surge. There are also two speeds and a root drying mode.
How to Use the Dyson Airstrait
Once you turn the device on, you will see the settings displayed on an easy-to-read LCD screen. After selecting your desired mode, clamp the Airstrait close to the root of your hair. (The LCD screen should be facing upwards, by the way.) Once the airflow automatically begins, glide the device down your hair shaft as you would with a flat iron. Here, moving slowly is best to allow the air to treat each section of hair. Typically, one to three passes are all you need. Continue until your entire head is finished to your liking.