The FlexStyle is not only a severe different to the Dyson Airwrap. It’s an ideal multi-styler in its personal proper.
When you’ve been hankering after a Dyson Airwrap however can’t justify the expense, this Shark sizzling air multi-styler may offer you what you need with out emptying your pockets. We take a look at the Shark FlexStyle.
Design and construct
Twists to grow to be hair dryer
Airwrap-style, auto-wrap curlers
The FlexStyle is a trendy five-in-one styling equipment. It’s a hair dryer, volumiser, straightener, diffuser and roller in a single.
Considered one of its main promoting factors is that its curling wands are modelled on these from the Dyson Airwrap. Shark calls them “auto wrap curlers” and similar to the Airwrap, they use the Coanda impact to attract strands of hair across the roller.
Which means that, in contrast to a standard sizzling curling iron, you gained’t burn your hair – or your fingers – when utilizing them. They’re kinder to hair and are far simpler to make use of than conventional curlers. They’ll make waves and curls a practical choice for individuals who’ve by no means been in a position to handle these seems to be beforehand.
The FlexStyle is available in two color choices: black and rose gold, or “stone” – a gold and beige colourway. We’re testing it within the latter.
Within the field, you’ll get the styling deal with which – in a intelligent twist, and actually, with a intelligent twist – turns into a 7-shaped hairdryer. To this, you possibly can add the hair drying attachments: a styling concentrator and a diffuser.
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Then there are the styling attachments. There are two auto-wrap curlers (one for both facet of your face), an oval brush for smoothing and including quantity, and a paddle brush for straightening.
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The FlexStyle’s deal with is cylindrical, with a diameter of 14.5cm and a size of 29cm. In hair dryer kind, it’s a compact 22cm however, when in its styling mode with an attachment on the top, it’s nearly 44cm, which is longer than most particular person stylers.
Nonetheless, it’s across the identical dimension because the Airwrap. I didn’t discover it to be cumbersome to make use of however different reviewers have disagreed on this level, so that you would possibly need to bear that in thoughts.
It weighs nearly 700g, together with the twine and plug, however it’s simply 400g with out them. It feels gentle within the hand and is simple to carry whereas styling. That is maybe why the size didn’t trouble me.
The controls are simple, however with sufficient choices to tailor the settings to your wants.
Above the On/Off swap is a warmth button that permits you to cycle by means of 4 warmth settings: none, low, medium and excessive. And above that’s the airflow button, which has three energy settings. Indicator lights that illuminate in crimson imply you possibly can verify the settings at a look.
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Positioned away from the remainder of the controls is the cool shot button, which is used for setting your model. It ought to be straightforward to seek out with a finger whereas styling your hair, however it took me some time to have the ability to achieve this with out looking out first.
It has an extended, 2.44m swivel-set twine that’ll offer you loads of room to manoeuvre.
Attachments are straightforward to make use of
You’ll must prep and watch tutorials to grow to be an professional
Hair dryer is gentle and efficient
I’m somebody with restricted endurance the place hair styling is worried – and even much less ability. That’s partly why I needed to check the FlexStyle. It’s an costly little bit of equipment and if I can use it, just about anybody can.
When you’re contemplating shopping for it, one of many important causes should be for the Airwrap-style auto-wrap curlers. So these had been the primary equipment I examined. The advertising and marketing tells us that they’re straightforward to make use of – however is it true?
I’ve by no means efficiently used a curling iron earlier than, besides to provide myself a couple of minor burns. So it was with some trepidation that I picked up a curling barrel.
There are two barrels, helpfully labelled left and proper. Use them on the indicated facet of your head and your hair will curl away out of your face. For comparability, the up to date Airwrap allows you to change the route of airflow on the curling wands, however if you happen to’re new to styling waves, you’ll respect the FlexStyle’s foolproof system.
All you should do is separate a bit of hair and maintain its finish to the curling barrel. The present of air will pull your hair in the direction of the barrel and wrap it round.
The hair curling course of is straightforward, efficient and genuinely a little bit of a mini scientific marvel. I’m removed from an professional however the next waves took me simply a few minutes to attain on a kindly take a look at topic, who has lengthy, thick, straight hair.
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My very own hair is skinny, flyaway and unhelpfully, neither silkily straight nor reliably wavy. However I used to be nonetheless in a position to obtain constant waves that lasted all day with minimal problem.
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The FlexStyle comes with a styling information, that will help you use the attachments. Nonetheless, I’d advise that if you wish to benefit from it and create extra advanced kinds, you need to discover a tutorial to observe on-line.
I adopted the recommendation given by my colleague Hannah in her wonderful overview of the Airwrap. I used it on simply barely damp hair, gave it a spritz of salt spray beforehand and, for longer-lasting outcomes, pinned up the curls and used hair spray afterwards.
Though it’s straightforward to make use of, you’ll nonetheless must develop your ability, and take your time to model your hair correctly every time. When you do, it’ll pay dividends.
The oval brush attachment turns the FlexStyle right into a styler that’s much like the Revlon One Step. You should use it to easy your hair and provides it extra quantity. Basically, it’s a blowout device. Then there’s a paddle brush, which is used for straightening. On my hair, these attachments had been efficient however had just about the identical end result. Nevertheless, in case you have longer, thicker hair, I think about that there might be an even bigger distinction.
The FlexStyle is an efficient hair dryer. It’s not noisy however then it’s not as highly effective because the Dyson Supersonic or (my private favorite) the Zuvi Halo. Nevertheless, it’s light-weight, efficient and an ideal choice for journey, given you could save a lot area on different styling equipment.
The concentrator works properly to create easy kinds and the diffuser has a wonderful characteristic: you possibly can retract or prolong the prongs to fit your hair size. The Dyson Airwrap doesn’t embrace an official diffuser attachment, so the FlexStyle might be a greater choice if you wish to protect your pure curls.
In use, the attachments click on into place satisfyingly and there’s a launch button to take away them. The FlexStyle feels sturdy and properly made.
Worth and availability – Is the FlexStyle price the fee?
There’s no getting round the truth that the FlexStyle is costly at $299.99/ £299.99. However it’s an ideal all-round styling equipment. Nevertheless, not all styling attachments will likely be helpful for all hair varieties. Folks with curly hair or coils might discover that there are fewer helpful instruments.
However there’s a manner round this if you happen to’re within the US. You’ll be able to head to the Shark web site and select the three equipment you need for $279.99. Or you should purchase a $299.99 set for both straight & wavy or curly & coily hair. There’s at the moment no value benefit to purchasing from any retailer. Any value variation depends on equipment.
UK patrons don’t have a customisation choice but. This offers the Dyson Airwrap the sting on this market. Order the Airwrap on the Dyson web site and you may take a hair kind take a look at and get a personalized choice of equipment.
You should buy the FlexStyle from Shark, Currys or Boots, amongst different retailers, and also you’ll get the usual set of attachments as outlined above. The one value distinction depends on the colourway you select. The black FlexStyle comes with a case and prices £20 extra. In order for you the stone colourway, you should purchase a case individually from Shark for £22.99.
When you’re within the US, the FlexStyle doesn’t include a case, though you could find loads of appropriate choices on Amazon. Shark additionally doesn’t supply an official smaller journey pouch if you wish to take one or two attachments away with you.
When you’re searching for one thing even cheaper, then you could possibly contemplate the Revlon One Step sizzling air brush for $59.99/£59.99, however this doesn’t supply any further attachments for versatile styling.
The FlexStyle will popularly be generally known as the extra inexpensive competitor to the Dyson Airwrap. However it’s under no circumstances an inexpensive choice, both by way of its construct high quality, efficiency or, to be truthful, its price ticket. For most individuals, it will likely be an enviable hair styling equipment in its personal proper. We’d advocate it.
When you’d wish to see the way it measures as much as the Dyson Airwrap, take a look at our in-depth overview.