I’ve never been a fan of blow-drying my hair. My blowdryer makes an appearance a handful of times a year because my hair takes forever to dry and as someone who is a night showerer, I will typically let my hair air dry before bed. That’s until I was introduced to Revlon’s One-Step Hair Dryer.
My mom, who has been a professional hairstylist for 30+ years, is the one who introduced me to this new tool. As soon as I saw the result after she blew out my hair, I thought to myself…I need this.
My mom gifted it to me for Christmas (thanks mama!) and frankly, I haven’t looked back. That’s why I’m excited to bring you this Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer review.
For those who do not know, the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer is a blow dryer and volumizer in one. It has a barrel with “bristles” that act in a similar manner to a blow dryer, without the tangles or having to use a barrel brush. Think of it as your one-stop-shop for voluminous, “full of life” hair. The moral of the story is its intention is to conveniently straighten, smooth, and volumize your hair. Now let’s get into the details.
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How Good Is The Revlon One Step?
To begin, I must say that overall, the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer is a very good hair tool. It’s an awesome tool that will give you beautiful, voluminous hair without any ripping or tangling. There is a little bit of a learning curve but you will catch on in no time.
Let’s break it down and really dig into the nitty-gritty details so you can decide if it’s right for you.
First, let’s walk through how to use this tool. For reference, please note that I have naturally straight, flat hair. It may look curly/wavy in the pictures but please know that this is before I brushed it and even if I let it air dry without brushing it, it would just be a tangled mess.
How To Prep Your Hair
In order to make any hairstyle stay throughout the day, you must prep your hair correctly. I found the below steps to be the best when prepping my hair for the Revlon One-Step.
First, I wash my hair with my favorite sulfate-free products, the REDKEN Color Extend Shampoo and REDKEN Color Extend Shampoo. I remove any excess water by gently squeezing my hair with my towel so it isn’t sopping wet.
Then I’ll chill in my room and maybe contemplate the meaning for 10-15 minutes to let it dry just a smidge. This is not completely necessary as you can absolutely use the Revlon One-Step with pretty wet hair.
How To Use The Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer
I first sectioned my hair into two sections. If your hair is thicker or longer, I suggest you do more than that.
I then put my favorite mousse, Matrix VaVoom Foam throughout my hair. Another great mousse I’ve used in the past is Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam. According to my mom (remember, professional hairstylist) these are the best mousse products to use because they’re not too sticky or airy.
I then place a section of my hair on top of the dryer, with the handle facing the front. I start at the root and slowly pull down, all while twisting the tool with my other hand guiding the tip to ensure an even pull.
Keep brushing and twisting through the sections of your hair and don’t be afraid to play with it a little bit! I will use the tool to brush from my forehead backward so get some more volume.
What’s important when trying to get full hair is to focus primarily on the roots and the ends. Be sure to twist the tool a couple of times to get the perfect “flip” at the end of my hair and to maximize volume at the root. I also spend time on the front sections of my hair, aka the “face-frame” pieces too because this is where the look really becomes complete.
After you’re done, finish styling it with REDKEN Frizz Dismiss which gives an added layer of smoothness and shine. Then, finish off your look by topping it off with Paul Mitchell hairspray. The total process took me about 15 minutes from beginning to end.
Before And After
As I mentioned above, please note that although my hair looks like it has some form of life to it in the picture on the left, it does not. My hair gets incredibly tangly easily (you can see in the picture) so although it looks like it may be wavy or curly, it’s not. It’s just a tangled mess and that’s where the Miracle Leave-In Spray helps me out.
You can see below the final look. As you can see, my hair has the perfect amount of life and volume to it. Sure as heck beats my flat, straight hair! I’m seriously obsessed with this tool and see myself using it for years to come.
Also shoutout to my Gap robe you’ve seen in all of these pictures. It’s super cute, lightweight and I love the color. It’s sold out on their website but click here and you’ll find some other great options in their pajama and loungewear section.
Can You Use Revlon One Step On Dry Hair?
Yes and no. In general, this tool isn’t meant to be used on dry hair.
However, if you aren’t able to wash your hair for whatever reason, you should purchase a spray bottle and use it to lightly dampen your hair with water before you style it. Can you style it bone dry? Eh, no. Does it need to be soaking wet? Also no.
My mom says you’re probably able to style it slightly with dry hair but it won’t do much. However, she does not suggest even trying because it can significantly damage your hair. We want to avoid that as much as possible! This actually brings me to my next point below.
Does Revlon One Step Damage Hair?
Let’s be honest. Any heat that you apply to your hair is somewhat damaging. But you can mitigate the damage by taking a few steps before you apply any heat to your hair.
This goes for anything, not just the tool I’m talking about here. Whether you’re blow-drying, straightening, or curling your hair, you need to take some steps for preventive maintenance.
This is where one of my favorite products come into play. It’s called “It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Spray” and trust me, it does work miracles (so corny).
Not only is this product a heat protectant but it also has 9 additional benefits that help take care of your hair, hence the “It’s A 10”.
This product helps dry, damaged hair, adds shine, protects colored hair, prevents split ends and so much more. But in my opinion, the most important thing is heat protection! Everything else is just an added benefit. Protect your hair, people!
If you’d like more affordable heat protection, my mom recommends Not Your Mother’s Beat The Heat Styling Shield Spray.
Are There Any Cons?
There are a few cons to the Revlon One-Step but nothing that should deter you from purchasing if you want to try it.
One con is that the tool does get really hot. It only has two heat settings and a cool setting. It heats up my ears a little bit but not to the point where it really bothers me a ton. Usually, when that happens, I need to let the tool cool down for 30 seconds, but that’s typically after I’m 75% done with styling my hair. All in all, not that big of a deal to me.
Another con is that it is moderately loud. So if you have super thin walls and roommates that may be bothered by this, you should definitely rethink about purchasing. Or if you’re sensitive to loud noises in general then I would reconsider your purchase. But you can use the lower hear setting to make it quieter, it may just take a little bit longer to do your hair. Your call!
The last con is that it smells when you use it the first few times but that is expected from nearly any new hair tool. It’s not that bad and went away after about two uses for me. But if that severely bothers you, then I would avoid this product.
Who Sells The Revlon One Step?
This tool is sold at a variety of major retailers. You can find them all listed below! You can pick whatever one is most convenient for you.
However, I recommend Amazon because of that two-day free shipping babyyyyy. You definitely don’t want to wait for this tool!
Final Verdict: Is It Actually Worth The Hype?
I hope you enjoyed this Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer review!
Overall, I believe this product is worth the hype, and I 110% recommend it. As someone with pretty flat, boring hair, I’ve struggled to give it some life for quite a while now. But since I wasn’t someone who liked to blow dry my hair a ton, I never thought to try something like this. But I’m so glad I did.
Not only is this product extremely easy to use but it does something to your hair that you wouldn’t be able to do unless you went to a salon and got a blowout.
The only thing I recommend is that you need to take proper care of your hair to prevent damage because as I mentioned, this product gets very hot! And no matter what type of tool you’re using on your hair, you should always protect it as much as you can.
Trust me. This is a product you won’t regret purchasing. I promise!
Go grab yourself a Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer today and let me know how you like it! If you have any questions about it, feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll be happy to help you out.
With love or whatever,