I am a big believer in signs— little tips from the universe, pointing me in a certain direction. We live in a time where our phones are basically an extension of our brains, serving us ads for facial cleansers or fitness classes when prompted. So, it makes sense that life itself has become an even bigger illusion.
I first heard about the hairdryer, the viral product which has collected over 28,000 Amazon reviews, a couple of months back. Yes, I’m talking about Revlon's One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush.
A friend of mine pulled it out and explained it dried her hair in under 8 minutes. A week after that, I took a trip to my parents’ house, and lo and behold, I saw my mom methodically brushing through sections of her hair with it. But it wasn’t until I was scrolling through TikTok, as one does, that I stumbled upon a video of a girl whirling the tool through her hair. It created the most gentle and effortless tufts of hair, each complete with a layer of luster and shine. As soon as she gave a final hair flip to the camera, I was sold.
I generally detest doing anything with my hair. The extent of my hair care routine includes a little leave-in conditioner, my trusted Wet Brush, and a strong, forgiving breeze. With very straight and fine hair, I’ve been able to get by without doing a whole lot to it, and oftentimes, I’ll leave the house with my hair sopping wet, tucked into my jacket collar.
That’s now a thing of the past, though. This product is wonderful. I mean it moves just like the wind, Fair warning though, it does get very hot — part of the reason why it’s able to dry hair so quickly. If you have virgin hair like me, I definitely recommend spritzing a heat protectant into your strands before use.
During my first official use, I brought it to a morning yoga class. Standing in the women’s locker room, freshly showered, I pulled the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush out and felt extremely silly. I mean, it is not the most casual thing to whip out. Plus, it is kind of bulky. Regardless, I timidly (and cluelessly) began brushing from the top of my head, slipping the brush through to my ends. To my surprise, it indeed dried my hair in no time, but it also made each hair slick down to the side of my head. I was convinced then that I wasn’t using it correctly. For my future brush adventures, I did some research (watching TikToks) and realized I had been so busy flexing my new merch, I had forgotten a key step in blow-drying — sectioning.
Like most blow dryers, the best (and productive) way to start off using this would be sectioning off pieces of your hair and beginning with the lower half. With traditional blow drying methods, it definitely takes a lot of coordination to juggle a rounded brush and dryer at the same time. But with this product being all-in-one, the process becomes less complicated, and generally much more pleasant. Being able to simultaneously brush and dry at the same time enables you to have much more control, and also helps you avoid the chaotic knots that can pop up.
I definitely think a con to the product is its bulky size. It’s kind of a pain to lug around with you and ultimately feels pretty unnecessary when most locker rooms (with showers) have mini hair dryers that are perfectly adequate. However, if you’re still a hairdryer rookie like me, it’s well worth it.
So, if I am the third person this week to bring this product to your attention, I would like to first say, Hello! This may be the sign you needed to see to finally hit that purchase button.
Originally Appeared on Teen Vogue