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Our editor swears this hair instrument can sustain with a visit to the salon

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If I've learned anything in the past seven months, I'm a creature of habit. My routines make me happy; I'm more productive when I get ready. and I realized the importance of a little self-care. I am slowly realizing that many people are discovering the same thing about themselves. "Right now it's easy to let our favorite little rituals on the track," says Michaela Bushkin, my associate and senior fashion editor at Who What Wear. "I hardly did anything to my hair during the quarantine and it made my mood worse," she tells me. "But now I'm just so bored with wearing my hair straight all the time." She made it her business to find a product that would give her a makeover without harming the health of her strands.

So she suggested a close friend and collaborator to Lauren Eggertsen for advice. "I trust Lauren in pretty much everything from the fashion trends I should try to the restaurant orders. She has never let me down." So she didn't think twice when Lauren suggested investing in a product from Dyson experts Dyson. The Dyson Airwrap ™ styler – a tool that curls, waves, straighten, and dries hair all at once without extreme heat – could be just the thing to get your mood up and bring your hair back to life. If intelligent heat control and the Coanda effect (an aerodynamic phenomenon that only attracts and envelops hair with air) cannot do this, nothing can. Did it work? Check out the IGTV above to find out, then just keep scrolling for a step-by-step guide on how Michaela can make her hair look even better than after a trip to a salon.

Before you get started, keep in mind that the Dyson Airwrap comes with six styling attachments so you can create a range of hairstyles with one tool. Each set includes a pair of 1.2- and 1.6-inch barrels, a firm straightening brush, a soft straightening brush, a volumizing brush, and a dryer before styling. Now that that gets out of the way, let's get into using it in a moment.

Start with wet hair and use the pre-styling dryer until your locks are 80% dry before attaching the 1.2-inch barrel. The hair should be slightly damp before using a styling attachment, as the Dyson Airwrap dries while styling – the most ingenious feature.

Start on one side with high heat and air, making sure that the arrows on the barrel are pointing away from your face. Hold a piece of hair to the center of the shaft so that the tip of the hair can wrap around the barrel with just air – this is known as the Coanda effect. Michaela wanted looser, looser waves, so she used the 1.2-inch barrel styling attachment here.

Before you let go of the curl, it should be completely dry. Then set your style with the cold shot for five to 10 seconds and turn off the machine. Repeat until this half of your hair is done.

When you've finished one side, switch to the other. Turn off the barrels so the arrows are away from your face and repeat the previous steps until this side is complete.

Spritz on some hairspray and that, my friends, is it. All in all, this style takes Michaela 20 minutes and as she puts it, the results are insane. "I'll admit the tool is an investment, but I'm more satisfied with the results than with a salon breakout. Unlike visiting a salon, I know exactly what I'm going to get and I can get the same look without extreme heat damage, really a win-win situation, "says Michaela.

If you still have to convince with the investment, we have carried out a cost-per-use analysis to make your decision easier. Spoiler: it's worth it.

Interested in the Dyson Corrale ™ straightener? It's one of the Who What Wear editor's secrets for a good day out.

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Melinda Martin