Drybar Straight Shot Blow-Drying Flat Iron Review: Time Saver

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Drybar says the hair instrument is sweet for wavy, curly, straight, and all hair varieties. But I’d say “all hair types” is a stretch. I’ve Type 2 hair—wavy, wonderful, frizzy, and coarse—which inserts the kind this instrument is designed for. But it provides me extra of a voluminous blowout than pin-straight hair, regardless of being half flat iron. And that is on the very best temperature setting.

You’ll have the selection between cool, medium, and excessive temperature settings. But in an effort to scale back warmth harm, it solely goes as much as 250 levels Fahrenheit. I crank up my blow dryer to excessive and my flat iron to 450 levels, so I used to be skeptical this may work. But it is simply sizzling sufficient. If your hair is much like mine, and even thicker, it is best to hold it on excessive. Otherwise, you won’t see any outcomes in any respect, or it is going to take an eternity to dry.

It additionally packs Ionic Technology—which is supposed to scale back frizz and shine whereas styling—and nylon tufted bristles round every plate that the corporate says “provide the perfect amount of tension to create an enhanced straightening effect.” I nonetheless want my flat iron to clean over the puffiness and flyaways (relying on the look I need to obtain), and I’m unsure the tufted bristles do a lot apart from snag my hair. And OK, I do know that bristles are supposed to raise useless hair and pores and skin cells off my scalp, but it surely’s nonetheless gross to observe it construct up.

I do, nevertheless, really feel like my hair appears and feels more healthy. This may very well be as a result of I’m washing it often, because it would not take me as lengthy. With damp hair, I’m achieved styling in about 10 to fifteen minutes. With towel-dried hair, it takes me slightly over 20 minutes. So it does reduce my styling time in half. But it is also as a result of I’m not making use of practically as a lot warmth to it.

Weigh Your Options

If your hair is de facto thick, the RevAir Reverse-Air Dryer (9/10, WIRED Recommends) is a greater different. It’s costlier, at $399, however the vacuum-style machine packs options that is likely to be extra appropriate for you—together with seven rigidity settings and two warmth settings (158 and 220 levels Fahrenheit). It additionally has small openings to dry your scalp and dries the remainder of your hair with air downwards to stop frizz.

There’s additionally the Dyson Airstrait (8/10, WIRED Recommends) for $500. It has no sizzling plates and dries solely with sizzling air, so it is a fantastic possibility for those who’re nervous about warmth harm. It additionally comes with a moist and dry mode, so you need to use it as a blow-dryer and flat iron concurrently with moist hair or dry hair. It works lots higher on my thicker hair, and the flexibility to modify to dry mode has fully eradicated the necessity for my straightener. But it is very costly.

If you are still leaning towards the Straight Shot, it is price reiterating that until you will have thinner hair, it most definitely will not provide the similar stick-straight look as a flat iron. It did, nevertheless, give me the identical blowout I get with a spherical brush and hairdryer in about half the time. If you go together with this feature, I’d nonetheless maintain on to your flat iron. But at the very least you’ll half methods along with your blow dryer.

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