Straightforward and simple to use, this two-in-one dryer brush cuts styling time significantly. If you struggle to achieve the swish of a salon blow-dry using a traditional dryer and round brush combo, this sturdy tool will create a smooth, voluminous finish.
2-in-1 function saves time
Easy to master
Choice of colors
Controls are fiddly
A little noisy
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This Revlon hair dryer brush review begins with an important question. What is this device actually for? Does it fall under the hair dryer category, or is it more of a styling tool? In a Venn diagram of heated appliances, it would sit bang in the center.
Cord length: 2.5m
Warranty: 4 years
This tool is basically the best hair dryer and styling brush in one, delivering oomph at the roots, a smooth finish through the lengths, and bouncy blow dry style bends to the ends. Let's be honest, there are few beauty services more uplifting than a pro blow-dry. But away from the salon, mastering the art of the DIY blowout, armed with a brush in one hand and hair dryer in the other is no mean feat.
If you’ve nailed the wrap, pull, and smooth technique used by the pros then bravo! If, however, you’ve never had the dexterity, coordination, or arm power, learning how to use a blow dryer brush, specifically this viral Revlon One-Step Volumizer could be a game-changer. On TikTok, videos tagged #revlonhairdryerbrush have amassed more than 227 million views. It has over 266,00 reviews on Amazon, almost 80% of which are five-star. It’s clear from the before and after photos that this hair dryer brush does magical things to every hair type, from fine and straight to beach hair waves or natural hairstyles.
But how easy is it to use, and does it really give you the silky swish you’d enjoy from a professional blow-dry? Our Revlon hair dryer brush review will break down everything you need to know.
w&h beauty editor's Revlon hair dryer brush review
Revlon One-Step Volumizer design
In terms of build, the Revlon One-Step Volumizer is a bit different from other hot brushes. You might be familiar with the rotating cylindrical brush head on the Babyliss Big Hair, which mimics the pull and wrap technique of a salon stylist. This version is a lot simpler and actually easier to use.
The brush head is on the large side (it has a diameter of 7cm), which means you can work through your hair pretty quickly, especially useful if you have a long hairstyle or it's on the thick side. The head doesn’t move and is shaped somewhere between a paddle brush and a radial brush. The oval design means you achieve smoothness via the flat side, while the gently rounded edges offer that signature volume and flick you get from a traditional blowout. This elliptical shape also means you can get the brush right into the roots to recreate the glamorous volume of Adele's blow dry
This is a tool that feels solid and sturdy. The bristles, which are made from a combination of nylon pins to detangle and tufted bristles that smooth, do a fantastic job of passing through the hair without turning it into a pile of knots. It also has a cool tip at the end which means you can use your opposite hand to gain maximum tension on the hair when making each pass. On a superficial level, it comes in teal, mint, or classic pink, which will bring a far more uplifting vibe to your hair dryer stand than your average black or grey dryer.
How well does it perform?
That brings us to the most crucial part of our Revlon hair dryer brush review, what's it actually like to use? At 1100-watts, this is no piddly dryer, and the ceramic coating on the brush head ensures even heat distribution to dry and smooth hair quickly. The Revlon One-Step Volumizer also boasts an ion generator to dry hair faster and give a glossier finish, which it certainly delivered on.
The end result was definitely shinier than when we've used a hairdryer alone to try and achieve a smooth finish on frizzy hair. The combination of the ceramic coating, ionic technology, and uniquely-shaped styling head all help to significantly slash styling time and the 2.5m cord was a welcome addition that meant we could get it across the room to the mirror without any drama.
Does it come with any attachments?
The Revlon One-Step Volumizer doesn’t come with any fancy nozzles or diffusers. In fact, the only things in the box are the brush itself and an instruction booklet. This could be a letdown if you like your hairdryer to offer styling versatility through snazzy gadgetry, like the Dyson Airwrap Styler.
On the plus side, with the Revlon hair dryer brush, you have everything you need to create a smooth blowout in the palm of your hand. The non-detachable brush head means there’s no big conundrum over which nozzle to use for a smooth finish, no time wasted swapping accessories over and no panic because you’ve misplaced the volumizing attachment.
What’s not good about the Revlon Hair Dryer Brush?
The 1100-watt power packs a punch but with that comes a fair bit of noise, so if you’re used to the whisper of the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer, this could be jarring. Speaking of the D-word, this is often billed as one of the best Dyson Airwrap dupes, but while it does a nice job replicating the round brush attachment it won't replace any of the other styling options offered by the Airwrap. There are just two heat settings and a cool shot, which doesn’t allow for much control over the temperature and airflow compared with other modern dryers. The high setting could feel a little harsh for some when close to the scalp. As with all hair tools, the concentrated heat could cause damage over time, so good heat protection for hair is a must.
The settings themselves are operated using a twisty ring around the base of the dryer, which means it cannot be done one-handed. A traditional button that you operate with your thumb would have been easier to switch from hot to low to cool shot. The Revlon hair dryer brush does say it can be used to dry damp hair but as we know, wet hair is more prone to breakage and damage. For a really smooth finish, we found the brush worked better after leaving the hair until it was about 80% dry before taking this tool to it.
Revlon hair dryer brush review: w&h verdict
Whether our Revlon hair dryer brush review will convince you this device is worth snapping up probably comes down to your styling habits. As someone with naturally wavy, frizz-prone hair, I’m not sure I would be able to give up my ghd Platinum+ Hair Straighteners and rely solely on this. My hair needed an extra pass through with some grade-A 185-degree heat to achieve the kind of liquid swish I look for from a blow-dry.
What the Revlon hair dryer brush did do was massively speed up what is normally a long, drawn-out, and arduous styling process. Its two-in-one design also means that it’s going to save you bags of time once you hop out of the shower. So if you’re looking for something to simultaneously dry and style your hair and you're not sure you can spring for a Dyson Airwrap Styler, this is a great option, and absolutely idiot-proof to master.
Personally, I dread washing my hair, simply because of the 587 hours it takes to style. The Revlon hair dryer brush essentially helps you to skip a step (as well as arm ache) and did a great job of taming my coarse mane, injecting plenty of bounce and shine that lasted long after I'd washed my hair - which can be further enhanced with shine serums or an at-home keratin treatment. So if ultra-swishy is your hair goal, as opposed to ultra-sleek, this well-priced volumizing tool will help you get there at breakneck speed.
Stephanie Maylor is a Beauty Editor working across five national magazine titles, with almost 15 years' experience in the industry. She has written for many brands, including woman&home, Grazia, Now, More!, Fabulous, NW, Woman, Woman's Own, Woman's Weekly, Essentials, Best, Chat, and OK! online.
In 2010 she launched her own beauty blog, which was shortlisted for Best Beauty Blog in the 2011 and 2012 Johnson & Johnson Beauty Journalism Awards. She has interviewed many high profile industry experts and celebrities including Alesha Dixon, Twiggy and Christina Hendricks.
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