Thursday, December 7, 2023

Revlon One Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer

by Cristina

Back in January, I purchased a new hair tool that I’d been hearing about everywhere. It was all over facebook in my beauty and fashion groups and all over youtube. You may remember my Amika Hair Straightener purchase from 2017. I still really love that tool but this new gadget intrigued me and I caved to the hype. Because its a drugstore brand hair tool and not a steep investment, I was willing to try it out to see what all the fuss was about.

Revlon One Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer

I’ve been using the Revlon On Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer for a month now, several times a week. Spoiler! This is such a great hair styler, especially for the money. I love it. The hype is justified.

Thinking about the Dyson?

If you have been thinking about trying the Dyson Airwrap Styler for $649, try this one first. It will give you a sense of whether or not this type of styling tool makes sense for you and if it’s worth investing in a much higher price tag version. I love this type of styler but I’m happy enough with my Revlon that I don’t feel tempted to upgrade to a Dyson. There are some features on the Dyson that the Revlon is missing (heat control, precision, and speed), but if you are not super serious about hair and not looking to spend a fortune, the Revlon is a great option.

Revlon One Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer

I love that the Revlon can get a great blow out without me having to navigate two tools. I’ve never been coordinated enough to get my entire head with a brush and blow dryer. I end up with lopsided volume, and usually flat at the back where I can’t see or reach. This makes it so much easier to get to those hard angles which you really need for a good blowout. The oblong shape of the brush is great for giving you a nice natural lifted look without a dramatic scoop under which I sometimes get with my round brush.

This styler cuts down on my drying time to about 15 minutes from damp to dry. That’s a huge time saver for me. I love how smooth and shiny my hair is after and that I can get a good lift at the roots. The shine is thanks to the boar bristles, ceramic coating and ion technology which really cuts down on frizz and flyaways. I’m actually really surprised that after a months use, I don’t have a ton of hair stuck in this brush. I was a bit worried that it would tug at my hair but I’m getting much less fall out and shedding.

The settings at the bottom of the handle are great too. I usually find with blow dryers that have on/of switches near the top that I tend to accidentally turn them off. This has a turning switch at the bottom so my hand is well away from it. I also find the handle nicely balanced with the weight of the motor at the bottom.

The Negative

My one negative with this is that it only has three heat settings and no temperature indicated. The hottest setting is very hot and I’m sure it’s near 400*. Heat styling over 400* is hair damage territory if you do not use a heat protector. I make a point of spraying my hair with heat spray every time so I haven’t experienced any damage, but I can tell that it’s very possible if you are not careful. I use Living Proof Blowout Spray which also helps to style. my hair

Have you tried the Revlon One Step Volumizer Hair Dryer?

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emily March 3, 2019 - 3:29 pm

I love my Revlon styler for when I’m straightening my hair. It’s so much easier than a traditional blowout. And I just can’t justify spending the money for a Dyson. So, it works for me! If I have any pieces that need it, I just run a large curling iron through to add a bit more straightening (but I live in a high humidity area).

Jen March 4, 2019 - 7:41 am

I purchased mine back in December and love it! I have fine limp hair and never could get the brush/dryer combo down. I have noticed a lot more volume on the days I use this. Most days I do not need to go over my hair with a straightener or curling iron after. It really is great! I will say it is louder than my blow dryer was, but it doesn’t stop me from using it.

Kim March 4, 2019 - 10:37 am

I just got mine last week and love it. Agree with the others that I do not need to straighten after I use this – hair is smooth with some volume – enough that it looks like a great blow out.

Danika March 4, 2019 - 12:23 pm

thank you so much Cristina and all of you ladies. good to know this product is worth buying.

Anon March 16, 2019 - 6:37 am

The first time I used this, my daughter asked if I just had my hair cut –biggest compliment ever because I can never replicate the salon blow out look — huge fan — but definitely use heat protectant spray – — super easy — super fast and I did not need to use a straightener after at all — and I have thick coarse hair that is difficult to say the least

kate March 20, 2019 - 12:40 pm

Thanks so much for this review. It inspired me to buy the Revlon styler. I got it yesterday and blew out my hair last night. I thought it worked VERY well. Although my hair does not look perfect, it fairly closely replicates a salon styling — something I have never been able to do before.

FYI, I used a heat protector and the Living Proof spray mentioned above.

BTW, my hair is fine, wavy and I have a fair amount of it; that being said, it is not thick and I always seek more volume, especially near the roots. Since I have highlighted my hair for years, it is somewhat dry and definitely prone to frizzing, particularly in humid weather. This item smoothed well and added a small amount of volume.

Given the relatively modest price of the Revlon product, I AM HAPPY. It is not life-changing, but it is a good investment. THANK YOU LULUMUM!!!! 🙂

Deanne April 9, 2020 - 7:16 pm

Cristina …I’m curious. As always, I love your reviews. I read this when you wrote it and filed it away in my brain as a future option. My current dryer is starting to near it’s end so I started thinking about the One Step again. Did you continue to love the Revlon One step or did you end up investing in the Dyson?
thanks so much!!

Cristina April 9, 2020 - 7:36 pm

Hi! So over the past 3 years I reviewed two hair styling tools – the Revlon and the Amika Brush. I use Revlon On Step all the time. Although, since I cut my hair short, when my haircut is fresh, the barrel is a bit too big. It gives me slightly too much volume proportionally. Once it’s grown out a few days the Revlon is my preferred styling tool.

Cristina April 9, 2020 - 7:43 pm

Oh and I do still like the Amika but the Revlon is just more comfortable and effective for my needs. I like the volume I get. I didn’t splurge on the Dyson and don’t regret it.


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