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Can the £40 Babyliss air styler beat celebrity-favourite Dyson’s £400 version?

THE versatile Dyson Airwrap Volume + Shape styler, loved by the likes of Millie Mackintosh and Sam Faiers, will curl and blow-dry hair without causing any heat damage – but it costs a frightening £399.99.

Now BaByliss has brought out the Air Style 1000 which claims to do exactly the same but for a tenth of the cost, just £40.

So is it all hot air or can BaByliss trade blows with Dyson?

Beauty writer Tara Ledden tried both and rated them out of five for four styles.

Poker straight

WITH naturally straight hair, a sleek ’do is my everyday go-to.

Both stylers require hair to be 80 per cent dry before using the different heads, so I started with the blow-drying attachments to rough dry.

I have to say, I really was seriously impressed by the Dyson.

Someone with fine or short hair could get rid of their other hairdryer altogether. The BaByliss wasn’t great. It’s much less powerful and took twice as long.

The paddle brush heads are quite similar, and I saw the same results with both. My hair was so silky, it looked like I had used straighteners.

But with the time difference factored in, the Dyson definitely won.

BaByliss: 4

Dyson: 5

Bouncy blow-dry

A VOLUMINOUS blow-dry is something I’ve never managed to master myself, but I had high hopes for both tools.

It took a while to get to grips with the BaByliss – the heat glove it comes with is very important, as the copper brush gets very hot.

The bristles are plastic and not very flexible, which meant my hair snagged a bit as I brushed it through.

Plus the result was disappointing – it creates a small flick at the ends of your hair, but not much else. I could have achieved the same look with straighteners in a fraction of the time.

The Dyson, however, was a revelation. No tangles, and the slight waves, through to the mid-length and ends, looked like the work of a professional. Dyson wins.

BaByliss: 1

Dyson: 4

Beachy waves

BEACHY waves are something I can never pull off with my normal styling tong, but this is the area the BaByliss really shines.

The conical wand created irregular- sized ringlets, and it was really easy to change the direction you wrap hair to introduce more texture. I could not believe the results, and it’s fast too.

The Airwrap fell short, though, on this challenge. Creating an un-done, laidback hairstyle was near impossible. It did create uniorm waves, but more of a tight curl.

Great if you’re after 1940s Hollywood-style glam, but not so ideal if you’re aiming for a more toned-down look.

The BaByliss won hands down.

BaByliss: 5

Dyson: 1

Classic curls

I AM in a committed relationship with my curling tong so was sceptical about either of the stylers stacking up.

But having a tool that dries while it styles saves time and helps lock the waves in place for longer.

The Dyson allowed me to curl my hair one-handed in just eight minutes.

The BaByliss also surprised me. I really like that it doesn’t have a clip so you don’t get any kinks where it clamps down, but the finished result was much more relaxed than my usual curl.

Also it got quite hot on my scalp, so don’t skip the heat-protector spray.

If you like a lived-in look and can stand the heat then the BaByliss is good, but I was blown away by the Airwrap and can see it replacing my normal tongs.

BaByliss: 3

Dyson: 5

Final verdict:

WE are all looking for cheaper alternatives to hyped-up beauty buys, so I hate to admit that the costly Dyson Airwrap really can’t be beaten.

If you’re looking for a tool to help you add some texture, the BaByliss makes quick and easy work of loose curls and waves.

But once you get used to it, the Dyson can achieve a salon finish that will save a fortune in blowdries – not to mention hairdressers being closed in lockdown.

Dyson explains how to use the Airwrap tool to dry and curl hair

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