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Without being dramatic, my hair is my most prized possession. After experiencing the trauma of a bowl cut as a child (which my mother still hears about to this day), I put time and effort into styling my hair almost daily.
Which, in itself, is not the easiest of tasks considering my long, thick, and curly locks have more than once required two hairdressers to straighten my hair simultaneously, as it is a gargantuan task for one person.
The thickness of my hair is the reason why I rarely wash it in the mornings, as unless I have time to air dry it, I'm not overly interested in waking up two hours early to shampoo, blow-dry and style my hair.
This all changed when I was introduced to the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush by my older sister, a fellow thick-haired gal. As a mother of three little ones, my sister swears by the Revlon hairdryer. She says the affordable beauty tool has made it possible for her to actually do her hair in the mornings instead of repping a toddler-mom messy bun seven days a week.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $58 (originally $65)
What is it?
The Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush combines the power of a hairdryer with a unique oval brush design to dry, smooth and style your hair in a single motion.
The hot air brush rounds the edges of your hair while creating volume at the root for full-bodied, salon-quality blowouts at home.
It's designed with tufted bristles to detangle your strands and has two heat and speed options and a cooling option to set your style.
Based on my sister's recommendation, I went ahead and purchased the Revlon hot airbrush, and I can honestly say it remains one of the best beauty buys I have ever made.
Thanks to the Revlon brush, I can now go from just-washed hair to a dry, professional-quality blowout in under 20 minutes, a feat I could not previously dream of.
I find it works best when I dry my hair in layers and use the lowest heat setting. Because, as a word of caution, I once used the highest setting in a closed-door bathroom, and when I opened the door, the combination of steam and smoke set off my smoke alarm (all was fine).
My sister and I talk about the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush so often that our mom, whose hair sits just above her chin, gave it a go and soon became the third woman in my family to buy it.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $58 (originally $65)
What people are saying
Earning more than 13,400 reviews, Amazon shoppers say the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush "cuts drying time in half and styling time to zero."
"I can't believe how effective and useful this tool is," writes one user. "Unlike gadgets of the past that promised big things and fell flat, this is easy to use, doesn't tangle your hair all up and dries even that back bit that somehow is always wet when I use my professional blow dryer. If you are looking for the tool that does it all, especially if you have limited room when you travel, this might be the thing for you!"
"Revlon, will you marry me?" writes another Amazon shopper. "I have very intense curly hair — imagine a Cabbage Patch doll having a child with Sideshow Bob (my hair would be very similar). It's shoulder-length, dry, fine, curly, and I have a ton of it. This tool just blew my mind — from wet to dry and so straight and soft in less than 20 minutes! I thought everyone that reviewed it was lying; they weren't, they weren't at all!!! Don't tell my husband but doing my hair today and having these results almost made me happier than the day we got married. YOU MUST BUY THIS!"
"I have very fine and thin hair that never cooperates like everyone else's. It's impossible to get volume, hold curls, etc. I have given up over the years," says another reviewer. "From the first day I used this, my hair looked so good (and it was SO easy). I went on a video call, and my coworkers commented how nice my hair was and asked if I had just been to the hairdressers. It takes 10 mins flat to do my hair (and I feel like I'm pretty slow), my hair still doesn't hold a ton of volume (that's just my hair!) but it is shinier and bouncier! I never want to go back to a regular hairdryer. Highly recommended!"
However, before you head to checkout, some reviewers found the Revlon hot air brush was too heavy for their liking. "I only took a star off because the unit is heavy, and the handle is uncomfortably thick; it's a good thing it dries my hair so fast because otherwise, I likely would have returned it due to the weight and thickness of the handle. Hard for smaller hands to maneuver for long."
With more than 10,000 five-star reviews, Amazon shoppers and I agree that the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush is a must-have for any beauty collection.
Best of all, Amazon shoppers can take home the hairdryer for $58 right now, a 10 per cent discount from its usual price of $65.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.