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Dyson Airwrap Tutorial on short hair (using the round volumizing brush attachment)

Like many of us, I had my eye on the Dyson Airwrap for some time. It took me a few months to finally decide to buy it, and then once I decided to get it, I couldn’t find it anywhere online. One night I checked Dyson’s website and somehow thought to check their refurbished section and they had ONE Airwrap on that page. So I ordered it as quickly as I could. I was a little unsure about how it would work on shorter hair, but after a few google searches, I noticed that there were lots of women using the Airwrap for short hair…and it looked GREAT.

Needless to say, when it finally arrived, I was thrilled to try it out. So today I’m going to share how I use it for short hair, and why I LOVE it. I’ll get into more details below! I also have this Airwrap reel so you can see the tutorial in action!

Dyson Airwrap Tutorial on short hair

Dyson Airwrap

Dyson Airwrap Tutorial on Short Hair – How I use the round volumizing brush attachment

Before using the Dyson Airwrap, I always wash my hair. Starting with wet, clean hair has given me the best results.

1. Wash

My favorite shampoo and conditioner is by Beautycounter. I’ve used it for years and while it’s nothing fancy, it works well and it’s clean. I also love this Innersense’s shampoo & conditioner and have also used Rahua Shampoo & Conditioner, another clean brand. (This post talks about what ingredients to avoid in your shampoo.)

2. Spray In Conditioner Tonik

After towel drying my hair, I spray this Cult and King Tonik light hold leave in conditioner all over my damp hair. It improves hair health, gives it very light hold, shine and just makes my hair look amazing. My stylist has used this on me for a few years and I finally broke down and bought my own since my hair always looks SO much better when she uses it! It also contains menthol to help stimulate hair growth, which I’m all about in my postpartum phase! It tingles a bit which I also LOVE. (Apparently I love tingles in personal care products – another example: these peel pads.)

3. Volume Foam

After the Tonik, I use two pumps of Innersense I Create Lift Volumizing Foam, focusing on the roots and distributing any excess on my hands throughout my hair. It gives great volume without any crunchy texture or stiffness. It also smells amazing.

4. Styling Cream 

This is a styling cream by Cult + King. I use just 1-2 pumps and apply only to the bottom half of my hair. I don’t apply it near the roots since it can weigh hair down. It has heat protection in it and a light hold. And it works great whether I’m using the Dyson Airwrap volumizing round brush attachment to smooth my hair or a curling iron to create nice waves.

hair care essentials

5. Rough blow dry with the pre-styling dryer attachment

Now I start with the Airwrap. I use the pre-styling dryer attachment on my wet hair until it’s about 80% dry.

5. Blow out each section with volumizing round brush attachment

Once my hair is about 80% dry, I switch to the volumizing round brush attachment and dry my hair layer by layer. I use the pre-styling dryer attachment on the highest heat setting but I switch the heat to medium with the round brush since it gets VERY hot.

I haven’t perfected wrapping my hair around the brush so I just pull it straight up, away from the roots to create volume. Using my hand, I gently press my hair against the brush to create a little bend in it from root to tip. I do this the same way I would use a traditional round brush and hair dryer, pulling my hair away from my head at the roots and working it into a slight curl at the ends. And I just don’t wrap it all the way around the brush. I can accomplish that on the left side of my head but not my right so I guess it takes coordination I don’t have yet! 🙂  I go over each layer multiple times until the section is smooth.

If I’m in a hurry, I don’t bother pinning up layer by layer. I just rough dry and then use the brush to smooth it and bend it under a bit. But doing it one layer at a time, definitely helps it look more polished, more curled and gives it more volume.

6. Blow out the top layer and my bangs

When I let the top layer out of the clip, I part it down the middle. Then, I start at the back and pull that piece straight up and under, with slight tension towards the front of my head. Then, I take the next section forward, picking up pieces on each side of my part and blow those straight up and curling towards the back. I may have to do this 1-2 times to get all the pieces dry.

I leave my bangs for the end of the blow out. Then I start with the shorter section of my bangs and use the volumizing round brush attachment to pull my bangs up and then directly forward, over my face. Then, I take the next layer beyond my bangs and bring those forward too. By this point, I’ve taken two sections back and two sections forwards.

I don’t do the top pieces directly out to the side since pulling the hair in a different direction that it typically fals helps create volume when it falls back into place. Then, when I flip it over for a side part (which I prefer when styled this way), there is extra volume and movement.

7. Touch up

I prefer my hair to feel soft and touchable, so I don’t typically use any product on my hair to finish. If you do like a more finished feeling, the Cult & King Cream or Innersense I Create Finish spray are both great options. If you want even MORE volume, the VIP Volumizing Root Spray or HairStory Hair Powder are good options.

Dyson Airwrap review

My Honest Review

I truly LOVE the Dyson Airwrap. While it’s very pricey and hard to find in stock, it’s well worth it if you can get your hands on one. I specifically love how easy it is for me to create a salon-style blowout at home, anytime I want. Another thing I love about the Dyson Airwrap is that it’s powerful enough to dry my hair fully without using extreme heat.

I also really like the smoothing attachment if I’m really in a hurry since that seems to be the fastest for me but I prefer the volume of the round brush. And I like the AirWrap barrels, but I’m not very patient using them and I’m so much faster using a curling iron. But, when I DO take the time I love the volume that those barrels give me. While it is a challenge to learn how to use the Airwrap at first, with practice it becomes more effortless.

I got my refurbished directly from Dyson, but you can also find it at Sephora when it’s in stock.

Do you own the Airwrap or have it on your wishlist? If so, let me know in the comments below! And let me know if you have questions!

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