RevAir "Reverse Hairdryer" Review: A Big, Clunky PIA That Just Might Change Your Life
Here’s how big of a wuss I am: I received, for free, a RevAir contraption to test on my frizzy, gnarly, humidity-hating locks at least six weeks ago and I just let it sit in a box in my office, unopened.
Because I was literally afraid of it.
It’s super-ginormous, and basically it’s like a vacuum that sucks in your soaking-wet, fresh-from-the-shower hair into a big tube-like gizmo, and then spits it back out in mere seconds all soft, shiny and - most importantly - dry.
It bills itself as a “reverse hair dryer” and I guess that’s because you’re not blowing hot air at your poor, defenseless strands, you’re sticking a small section inside the tube-y thing and surrounding it with heat.
OMG it is SOOOOOOOO fast. I divvied my wet hair into six sections, and it took about 90 seconds to do each. I just did the Barbie Math on that, and guess what? That’s a total of 9 minutes. NINE MINUTES to sleek, shiny locks.
Do I look like I just stepped out of a salon? Almost. If just-from-the-salon is a 10, I’m about an 8.5 right now.
I need to practice with it to get my true RevAir groove on. To be honest, I totally rushed through it today because I wanted to blog about it before I headed out to an event I have to go to tonight.
But imagine if I took my time, and adjusted it to the perfect settings? (I had everything on the lowest setting, which they recommend for newbies like me.) I think I could go a little hotter, and produce even more shine.
Based on my first use, here’s my list of Pros + Cons:
1. It’s insanely fast. I’d be really surprised if you didn’t cut your drying time by at least 70 percent.
2. It’s literally cool. That’s because you’re not blasting hot air right at yourself. With temps already in the 90s around these parts, more hot air is not our friend.
3. It’s less damaging than blowdrying. I don’t know this for a fact, so I’m kinda going out on a Beauty Editor limb here. But it has to be, right? I just did my entire head of hair in under 10 minutes, and it felt like a “cool shot” the entire time.
1. It’s huge. Hubby popped into the master bathroom while I was Revving, and kinda freaked-out. Honestly? For the sake our marriage, I think I’ll store my precious new RevAir in my office. (Pic below, taken in my bathroom, if you’re curious.)
2. It’s realllllly heavy. I mean, I’m all for lifting weights, but this is craaaazy. Good thing it works so fast - even on the curliest and kinkiest of textured hair.
3. It’s pretty spendy. On the RevAir website, you might be able to find a salon in your area that offers it as a service. Maybe test it that way before you plunk down $400. But then if you decide you love it, go for it. I spend about $35 with tip for a blowout at the Fantastic Sam’s by me. Over time, I think a RevAir could be really cost-efficient.