My wonderful Fiance Joe (*waves* hey Babe!) surprised me with a RevAir Reverse-Air Dryer for Valentine’s Day. He sneakily grabbed my iPad and posted about the RevAir dryer on the Just Grow Already Instagram page so I had a few days notice to completely geek about the dryer.
I’ve wanted to try the RevAir dryer from the first time I saw it on Instagram so needless to say I was over THEE moon when I found out my wonderful bear bought one for me.
What’s in the Box
- Reverse-Air Base Unit
- Wand stand (this is listed as gift with purchase on RevAir’s site)
- 7 foot hose
- “Live Large” carry all bag (not pictured, I forgot to snap a pic, but it’s large enough to hold all pictured)
How It Works
Unlike traditional hair dryers, the RevAir gently pulls the hair into the wand of the dryer and uses reverse flow heat to consistently dry hair from root to tip. Here are a few points from RevAir’s site:
– Reverse-air moves heat in natural direction of cuticles helping to smooth hair.
– Reverse-air eliminates hot air blowing onto the skin providing a more comfortable user experience.
– Heated reverse-air completely envelops strands while pulling water away increasing drying efficiency – so less heat is needed for less time.
– Half the wattage of a traditional blow dryer, yet dries and straightens 3 times faster.
– Reverse-air eliminates hot air blowing onto the skin providing a more comfortable user experience.Source: myrevair.com/pages/how-it-works
Putting the dryer together was incredibly easy. The wand comes already attached to the hose so all that was left for me to do was to place the filter inside the reverse-air base unit and attach the hose to the unit.
The dryer has 3 heat settings and 7 speed settings. From left to right below, high heat, cold, and low heat.
I absolutely dread, DREAD blow drying my hair. The chore takes forever and ultimately is an upper-body work out since my arms end up aching. Using a traditional dryer and detangling attachment, I’d be happy if I dried my hair within an hour. With the RevAir last weekend, I dried my hair in half an hour and honestly it only took 30 minutes because I had to pause to detangle my hair in sections before drying in the RevAir.
To prep my hair, I pre-pooed with Lush’s Jasmine and Henna Fluff-Eaze, applying it to dry hair for 20 minutes. Next I shampooed, with Henna Sooq’s Mad Moisture Shampoo Bar. After shampooing I deep conditioned with Shea Moisture’s Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Treatment Masque for an hour under my Hot Head conditioning cap.
With hair clean and freshly conditioned, I applied Shea Moisture’s Smooth & Tame Blow Out Creme and Shea Moisture’s Smooth & Tame Thermo-Protect Milk. Both serve as heat protectants but in hindsight, I wish I’d only used one or the other; I was a little heavy-handed and I think using two made my hair stiff.
I detangled each section after applying my leave-ins and grabbed my RevAir. Working in sections no larger than 3 in. by in. as the guide advises, I started with the dryer set to level 2/high heat setting, but quickly switched to levels 5, 6 and ultimately used level 7. Going from 2 to 7 may sound like a drastic jump but the dryer was still very gentle and little old level 2 just wasn’t going to effectively blow out my kinky, coily type 4 hair.
Y’all. Y’ALL. I LOVE THIS DRYER! I dried my whole big head in in 14, F-O-U-R-T-E-E-N sections. Drying time per section? 1 minute and 30 sections. Exactly. Because the instructions state that the hair shouldn’t be held in the wand for more than 2 minutes.
After drying my hair, I flat-ironed my hair with my trusty Sedu Revolution. Surprisingly, once I was done, I wish I hadn’t straightened my hair. I’ve grown so used to my hair in it’s fluffy state that straight-hair feels foreign. As soon as I was done, I nearly instantly wanted to throw some conditioner in my hair to cause it to revert. After spending 20+ years with relaxed hair, you’d think I miss it sometimes but I really don’t. I used to but not anymore.
Straight hair? Meh. Stretched hair? Yes please! I loved how easily the RevAir dryer stretched my hair without low heat. I should’ve trusted my gut and did a twist out on the blown out hair but oh well, lesson learned.
Overall I love my Revair dryer and look forward to using it to stretch my hair to snip out single strand knots, do fluffy twist outs, or to finally bring out my flexirods again. I’m definitely getting rid of the two blow dryers I currently have. The only ‘con’ I have is how loud the dyer is but put on a movie or show, turn on the captions, and it’s a quick 30 minutes.