As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a ton of new products every day (we know—tough life). Reviewed is a series where we report on some of the best products we’ve tried. Whether it’s a drugstore lipstick that lasted all day or a hand cream that saved us this winter, you’ll find all of our favorites in this column. Enjoy!
If you saw our story about at-home blowout products, you know that we love a good store-bought product that'll spare our wallets from having to fork over a big chunk of change for a salon service. As amazing as a professional blowout looks, it's just not always feasible, so we're welcome to easier (and less expensive options). Enter Revlon's One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler ($40).
Call me old-fashioned, but I've never attempted the whole "round brush in one hand and hair dryer in the other" technique. Okay, maybe once, but it was so physically exhausting that I probably just said "screw it" and went back to my regular allover blow-dry method. That's why when I came across this paddle brush–blow dryer hybrid from Revlon, I was intrigued. I've seen hair-dryer brushes before, but never with a paddle brush, so naturally, I wanted to see if it would give me that silky finish I hope for in a blowout.
First, I washed my hair as I normally would, then I let it air-dry a bit. (What can I say? When a new Housewives episode is on, I put all other obligations on hold.) Then, I clipped the top two-thirds of my hair on top of my head, plugged in the hair dryer, and went to town on my bottom section of hair. I started from the roots and slowly made my way down each hair section until it was dry and had a nice curve to the ends.
There are three settings on the unit: cool, low, and high. However, I noticed that low and high were super hot. The unit was even getting to be a bit too hot to handle, so I wonder if that was just a first-use bug. Because of this, though, I kept switching from high to cool (low is just a slower version of the high heat setting). As I made my way through each section of hair, I found that overall, my hair was looking very smooth, but it lacked volume. This is where I think blow-drying my hair upside down comes in handy, because the roots are automatically being dried in a different direction, whereas this just wasn't being achieved with the paddle brush, even after lifting at the root. (It's completely possible that my formation was wrong and I need to readjust how I use it, so if there are any seasoned pros out there, I'd love some input!)
All in all, I would probably use the brush again when going for a sleek, smooth look, but for my everyday styling, I'll likely stick to my old-school method of blow-drying.