Here’s what we know about the Dyson Airstrait and when it's coming to the UK
Dyson is a brand known for being at the forefront of technology, whether that’s for vacuums, air purifiers or hair styling gadgets. And their latest offering is no exception. Meet the Dyson Airstrait, a wet-to-dry hair straightener that uses zero heat to dry and straighten hair with as little damage as possible.
This is not the first time Dyson has pushed the beauty boundaries. The launch of the Dyson Supersonic hairdryer completely changed the styling tool landscape in 2016 thanks to the way it combined speed in such a lightweight and quiet machine. It has been featured in our best hairdryer edit ever since. The brand shook things up again in 2020 with the launch of the Dyson Corrale cordless hair straightener, which also was all about speed styling and reducing damage to the hair.
However, this time Dyson is slightly on the back foot as this is not the first wet-to-dry styler that takes wet hair to straight with just one gadget. Ghd has already released its own: read our Ghd Duet Style review.
But there are a few differences between the two, the main one being that unlike its Ghd competitor, the Airstrait doesn’t have heat plates to straighten hair. So how does it work?
Dyson Airstrait: how does it work?
It blows the hair straight
Instead of conventional heat plates, the Airstrait uses precisely angled ‘apertures’ that force air quickly and accurately in a jet down the hair to dry and straighten it in one go. Like all other Dyson hair gadgets, it is powered by a tiny but very powerful motor that fits into the handle.
It doesn't heat damage the hair
As with the Corrale straighteners, the Airstrait also contains technology that measures the temperature of the airflow 30 times per second and regulates it so hair is never exposed to unnecessary damage.
You can also use it like a hairdryer
You can close the plates and use it like a hairdryer, holding it up to the roots of the hair to get them fully dry. This is quite different from the Ghd Duet Style which only has the option to clamp around the hair and makes drying the roots of the hair slightly trickier. Similarly to the Ghd, Dyson recommends on average three passes of the styler to get hair from wet to dry.
It has two settings; wet and dry that have a preset temperature. There's also a cool shot to set the style.
However, you can also choose three heat settings in the ‘wet’ mode which may work better on your hair type. Coarser hair will need a higher temperature to get hair dry and straight.
It works on very curly hair too
It has been tested and used on all hair types and TikTokker Hermela Solomon demonstrated it on her curly hair.
@hermela_solomon Here’s my first impression using the Dyson Airstrait on my naturally curly hair. Thank you to @Manes by Mell for walking me through how to use this tool 🏾🥰 This video was filmed back in March when I had the opportunity to visit the Dyson campus in London #dysonhair #dysonpartner #dysonairstrait #curlyhair #naturalhair ♬ original sound - Hermela
When is the Dyson Airstrait coming to the UK?
Dyson has launched the Airstrait in the US, Canada and Mexico ahead of launching it in the UK later on this year.
How much does the Dyson Airstrait cost?
And, as you might expect, it doesn’t come cheap. The Dyson Airstrait is priced at $499 so it’s going to be around the £400 mark when it is available. The Ghd Duet Style is slightly cheaper at £379.
Airstrait reviews: what testers say so far
Reviews that we’ve seen so far have said that while it does dry and straighten hair brilliantly, you can’t put waves or any shape into hair so it’s fairly limiting from that point of view (which was our main criticism of the Ghd Duet Style too) but as soon we can get our hands on the Dyson Airstrait we’ll give it a go and let you know what we think.