Is the hot air blowing between the closed plates or is it only coming down at that little vent on the side?
This is a great review and comparison! I am a type 4 natural and the Airstrait got my roots pretty straight. However, I only did a small section as a test. I am going to test a bigger section this weekend and compare it to another section using the RevAir. Do you plan on keeping the Airstrait?So, I finally tried the Dyson Airstrait, and…. it’s okay. Not a game-changer for me the way RevAir was, when it first came out.
If you already have the RevAir, I don’t see the point in getting it. Unless you want to spend $500 for a travel dryer. But then, there’s the Supersonic as well.
^^That’s the overall gist. Here’s my full detailed first use review.
The settings I used:
Wet Mode: 175 degrees
Dry Mode: Boost
Didn’t really use the cold shot because I saw a video where it created static on the strands, for some reason
Technique: at first, I used it like I have seen others in videos doing it - very slow for each pass - the way you would with a flat iron. This would get my hair mostly dry with one pass, but the ends wouldn’t be that straight and would be kinda dry. After that, doing more passes or higher heat on Wet Mode didn’t help. I discovered that one swipe with Boost did fix it.
More than half way through, I realized quicker and more swipes is better. It could be because I used the lowest heat setting, but I found doing more passes quickly, created smoother, straighter and sleeker hair. To the point I didn’t really need to use Boost after.
- It’s light! Doing my hair today didn’t feel like a whole arm and neck workout. While the new RevAir is lighter, it’s still a hassle holding it up and the hose being shorter, it tugs a little more. I’ve often wondered if it would be feasible to age with the RevAir dryer. With the Dyson, it was easy.
- Boost mode! This is by far and away the best feature of this thing. It turns the hair so soft and so supple! Not sure how. Maybe gives a boost of negative ions? It also is the highest blast of heat, though. So, I basically used it for doing a quick final pass. I compared the RevAir and the Supersonic to the same patch, and they didn’t give that feeling.
The Airstrait really does leave the hair feeling soft, not dry and not crispy like some dryers can, including the RevAir!
My gripe with the RevAir is that while smooth, my hair and ends end up kinda breaking, when I go to comb and short pieces of hair fall. I’ve found a quick pass with the supersonic on low heat gets rid of that. So, I’m left with using 2 dryers for every wash. Really annoying. This is the main reason I was hoping the Airstrait would provide better results.
- Idle mode. Nice and convenient feature, but I can take it or leave it.
- It does seem to dry a section really fast! It’s pretty dry after one pass. A few more passes gets it straighter and finishes it off, but again that’s on the lowest heat setting. Caveat: it’s fast when compared to traditional drying methods. I don’t see a big difference between the Airstrait and RevAir with drying time.
- It doesn’t tug
- It’s hot! What I love about the Supersonic and RevAir is that I can dry my hair without seeing steam or smelling burnt hair, like with other dryers. But, with the AirStrait, it happens on all the settings, except the 175 degrees Wet Mode. The Boost in Dry mode I believe is the highest and you can see the steam blowing off, which made me uncomfortable, so I limited that to a last quick swipe, to finish a section.
- It doesn’t really straighten the ends that well. I’m relaxed, but unintentionally underprocessed the entire back half of my head last time, so it’s like an Afro when wet. The ends stayed pretty curly. To be fair, they didn’t get much straighter with the RevAir and slightly straighter with the Supersonic using tension method.
So, I really wonder if type 4 naturals will get much benefit from this. I think for naturals, RevAir is still superior.
- Getting the roots straight not as easy. I did the tension method on the roots and aimed the dryer at them like in the videos. I do like how the shape lets you get close to the roots to do this. But it’s the same way I do it with the Supersonic and concentrator. Also, (again maybe because I used low heat), the roots never really got super straight, the way I can with the RevAir. This is key because I do long relaxer stretches, and the RevAir is critical in helping me really stretch the roots. I’m only 3 months post, and I’m thinking I may be reaching for the RevAir the longer I stretch.
I agree! I guess I should give the Corrale more credit.Thanks for that comprehensive review @secretdiamond it's really useful. And it’s how I thought it would be to be honest. I did have concerns about the heat, I find the curler function on the Airwrap to be very hot so I'm not surprised about that.
Regarding the Coralle, I actually like mine, it gets my hair straight in one pass. The only negative is I can’t really curl with it which is irritating.
Thanks! I read your review as well, and it seems like you used the highest temp on Wet mode, and I used the lowest. I think had I used higher heat on Wet Mode, with as much heat as it puts out, my roots definitely can get straighter! Plus, it wouldn’t take as long? It still did a pretty good job though.This is a great review and comparison! I am a type 4 natural and the Airstrait got my roots pretty straight. However, I only did a small section as a test. I am going to test a bigger section this weekend and compare it to another section using the RevAir. Do you plan on keeping the Airstrait?
I agree! I guess I should give the Corrale more credit.
Pros for me:
- Gets my hair and roots super straight with just one pass and on the lowest heat setting! Love that!
- I can curl/bump my hair with it. Creates tons of volume
Cons for me:
- While my hair initially looks sleek and shiny, the ends kinda frizz or slightly fray after like 30min-1hr and the sleekness fills a little, for some reason. Several others showed the same in YouTube videos, especially when they compared to GHD. I thought it wouldn’t bother me ( cause I love volume). I thought it was because my hair was damaged, so I chopped it off. Nothing changed.
But it began to bother me, when I used the Hot Tools flat iron or hot tools curling iron, or the Steampod. My hair stayed softer, sleeker, shinier with all those tools, than the Dyson.
So, my thought is, for $600 (what I paid) is it really that much better than the rest??? And, is copper actually better than Ceramic, in terms of preventing damage or giving better results? These questions are what led me to believe that it’s not worth the price tag.
Yeah I’ve heard about people having problems with their ends after using it, fortunately I never really had that experience, it leaves my whole head very straight. It’s very nice to have, but I agree with you, it’s not worth all of that money, so I wouldn’t buy it again at that price point. But watch them come out with a new and improved Coralle 2.0 now!
I’m quite tempted by the Steampod 4.0
You're as bad as me, you have ALL of the top hair tools!
WAIT!! There’s a 4.0 version out?!
yes, we’re both as bad, and look what you did telling me about this new one!
That was fast! I only bought the 3.0 last year!
Off to research
That is really the main con with the Steampod…. Can’t get really close to the roots like you can with Dyson. Also, wish it had lower temps than 350, like Dyson, so that my hair wouldn’t be so sleek and have more umph. But, I know that with the steam to not wet the hair, the temp likely has to be at least a certain temperature.Yeah the 4.0 came out late last year I think. I believe it's only available in Europe at the moment, but it will be released in the US soon.
What stopped me from buying the 3.0 is that I would prefer a tool that can get close to the roots, the 4.0 version looks to be more slimmed down so getting to the root should be much easier.
The way I'm talking this up, it's likely to be in my future very soon!
I’m so happy you bought it and love it!!! As always, your hair looks amazing!!The SteamPod is an absolute dream, those with the 3.0 will know that your hair needs to be totally detangled before using it otherwise it tugs. But once you have combed through properly it slides through like a dream. And the curl it gives are *chefs kiss* and the steam leaves my hair feeling so moisturised and soft. It will get your hair very straight too if that’s the look you’re going for.
And the shine is lovely, this pic isn’t just shine from the iron as I put some oil on it, but yeah it’s impressive.
I’m so happy you bought it and love it!!! As always, your hair looks amazing!!
And yes, I use a tangle teaser brush before each pass. At first, I removed the comb, but then realized the comb really allows the comb chase method for better results.
So jealous you have access to the 4.0! How was it with your roots?!
Just thought about it, and I was invited to Paris by a friend yesterday. I may just go and nab one while I’m there!
LOL! OMG you are so right. There goes my plan. lol
This is an excellent review and closer to the results I think I would get
I would definitely wear this blow out out
Omgeee, this is my video (and so is the YouTube short in @Mapleoats previous post)!! I just looked at my analytics and noticed that the video was getting views from this site and it warmed my heart . Had to go pay my $6.50 so that I could post lol. I’ve been gone for a couple of years but I first started lurking on LHCF waaay back in 2008, then I would post a bit in the Health & Fitness forum.This is an excellent review and closer to the results I think I would get
I would definitely wear this blow out out
@LHDC3 Aww thank you for coming in here!! You have such beautiful hair! Girl you sound just like me. I have the airwrap and revair as well and I definitely don't need the airstrait but it has (obviously) peaked my interest!
I cant believe that is over a week of blown out hair! Amazing! I would love to see your side by side comparison on the airstrait and revair. Do you think the air strait left your hair as soft as the revair does?