New RevAir Reverse-Air Dryer (2022) Review: A smaller, sleeker hair tool | MarketingwithAnoy

My life was forever changed when I tried the original RevAir. This monstrously large vacuum-like hair tool is the future of blowouts. You section your wet or damp hair and feed it into the tube, wait 30 to 90 seconds, then remove your hair to reveal extended, straight, dry locks. It’s magical. Now the RevAir has an updated version with a higher price tag, but almost everyone can appreciate the small improvements.

It’s called an inverted dryer because instead of blowing hot air into your hair, it pushes down on the hose towards the hair cuticle, reducing frizz. Small holes around the opening of the wand direct air to the scalp, but it feels cool on your head. As scary as it looks, the wand will not eat your hair.

Size down

The main update to the RevAir Reverse-Air Dryer is its size. It consists of a tube, rod and base, but the old base was 10 x 9.5 x 9 inches – RevAir has shrunk it to 7.78 x 7.95 x 7.26 inches. It might not read that much of a difference, but my husband and I both gasped when we opened the box. The hose is also thinner and shorter. I don’t think RevAir will ever be smallbut my bathroom countertop sure appreciates these changes.

Not only does it take up less space, but the dryer is also lighter and easier to use—dare I say something you might even consider traveling with if you don’t mind the 8 pound weight. There is one Total package version for $70 more that adds a tote bag and a host of other accessories such as a hair towel, comb, spray bottle, clips, plus an extra filter and foam liners.

Other upgrades include a new removable rod rest that slides right under the handle, a small digital display for tension instead of a dial, and a small redesign that ditches the bright blue accents for matte black styling, giving it a sleeker, more professional look. The company says the machine is now also quiet enough that you can hold conversations while using it. I did not find that exactly; it’s not overbearingly loud, but it still sounds like any other hair dryer.

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As with the original, your results will vary depending on your hair type and you may need to try a few different methods before you master RevAir. My curls aren’t super tight, but my hair is thick and coarse, and a total pain to deal with. My results were smoother when I had damp hair instead of soaking wet hair and I held my hair in the wand between 45 and 60 seconds. Clean hair works better than day-old curls, and oils are best used after using the dryer.

You get the same settings: seven voltage levels and two heat settings — 158 and 220 degrees Fahrenheit — plus cold. When I straighten my hair, I typically use a flat iron at heat settings between 420 and 450 degrees, but going that hot can be damaging to the hair. I like that this is not a big issue on the RevAir. Unlike a blowout with a round brush, which often requires a lot of pulling, this vac-like system is also painless.

Even on the same settings, I noticed that the new model saved me a few more minutes over the original, although I still needed a second flat iron to smooth out some of the inevitable bumps. If your hair is already straight, you can probably skip this step.

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