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Up until my early teenage years, I never really touched a hair appliance. My mom curled my hair with a curling iron for special occasions and used a blow-dryer on my hair maybe once or twice, but other than that, my fairly straight hair had always naturally air-dried and remained free of hot tools when styling. But, for some reason that remains unknown, my hair started becoming wavier and a bit frizzy. Hair Straightener
Fast forward to today, and I still prefer to keep all my beauty routines to a minimum, so I was a bit disappointed when I discovered that I would have to straighten my hair after every shower if I wanted it to go back to its fairly wave- and frizz-free self. Because my "new" hair bothered me so much, I gave in, and for most of the past decade, I kept to that drill.
However, over time, straightening got too tiring and my hair became even a bit more unruly. Since I had been using a wet-to-dry straightener up until this point, I thought about adding a blow-dryer to the process to make sure my hair was fully dry and more manageable while straightening. But, as someone who had no experience with blow-dryers, I was a bit daunted by the fact that I would have to juggle a brush and a blow-dryer for at least 10 minutes in addition to straightening — that was before I discovered blow-dry brushes.
About two years ago, I bought the original Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer and added that as a predecessor to my straightening routine. This blow-dryer was the answer to my search for an easy-gliding experience since I was able to simply use the One-Step as I would a big heated straightening brush. "Not having to hold a blow-dryer really allows you to have more control and tension while rolling it," New York City-based hairstylist Henry De La Paz adds.
After a few months of the One-Step and straightener combo, I realized I didn't really need my straightener at all — as long as I didn't desire a pin-straight look, the mostly-straight look satisfied me. This, in turn, saved my lazy self both time and energy.
This year, I found out that Revlon had released an updated version — the Revlon One-Step Volumizer Plus. This new hot tool has all of the same basic functions as its predecessor, but with a few upgrades added to improve the styling experience In fact, these upgrades helped the brush win a 2022 Allure Best of Beauty Award for Best Brush Dryer.
The bulk of these updates deals with the blow-dryer's design. These include a smaller (now 2.4 inches as opposed to 4.25 inches) and now-detachable barrel, the addition of a fourth heat setting, medium (in addition to high, low, and cool), and a slimmer handle. Additionally, Revlon claims that the updated brush's ceramic titanium tourmaline technology results in 50 percent less heat exposure, compared to the original's ceramic coating that simply claimed to "protect hair from over-styling with even heat distribution."
As if I wasn't satisfied enough already with the original One-Step, this upgraded version took care of the few quips I had. One of my main complaints concerned the original's bulkiness but this improved One-Step is more lightweight and has a smaller handle that makes for an even easier and breezier styling process.
Much slimmer than the original brush!
Now, after every shower, I use the Revlon One-Step Volumizer Plus to tame my hair. I like to put my hair in a hair towel and wait at least half an hour post-shower to make sure my hair isn't too wet. "Most of us put [blow-dryer brushes] to our locks when our hair is still pretty wet," NYC-based hairstylist Drew Schaefering warns. "The issue here is that the brush collects our hair and puts it directly next to the stream of hot air coming out from the brush. I would recommend drying your hair a bit to release some of the moisture in the hair beforehand.” Schaefering explained that this is similar to how stylists usually blow-dry your hair a bit before using a brush to go in and shape it, which helps get rid of excess moisture and prevents essentially cooking your hair.
Ever aware of the horrors of heat damage, I always spray each section with some heat protector prior to running the blow-dryer brush through. As someone who sticks to vegan and cruelty-free products, my go-to favorite has become Sun Bum's Heat Protector Spray. Not only does it reduce damage, but I've found this one does the best job at continuously reducing hair frizz.
Writer Symphony Barnes before and after using the Revlon One-Step Plus.
After finishing each section, I run a bit of Desert Essence's 100% jojoba oil through my hair, focusing on the ends, for extra moisture. Then, I run through my entire head one or two more times with the brush-dryer and then finally end with a little dry shampoo — I like Hask's Charcoal Purifying Dry Shampoo, which just so happens to be a Best of Beauty Award winner — to give me a nice, clean finish.
The Revlon One-Step Volumizer Plus works like a charm for me, and thankfully, it's suited for all hair types, and not just for my own. Sure, it's not absolutely perfect — the noisiness factor brings it down — but I'm overall not really bothered. It gets my naturally wavy and frizzy hair looking manageable and straight enough in less than 20 minutes and the new blow-dryer design makes this task all the easier. I've never used a regular blow-dryer before and I honestly never plan on switching to one, thanks to Revlon's innovation.
If you want to try out the Revlon One-Step Volumizer Plus 2.0 Hair Dryer Brush for yourself, shop it now at amazon.com or target.com for $45.
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