Comparing the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer to the T3 Luxe 2i

The Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer is ALL over social media these days.  Users of the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer praise its ability to achieve a salon quality blow out in minimal time and with ease.

The results I saw on youtube and instagram were so good that I hopped onto Amazon and immediately ordered one.  I have never been able to achieve a “blow out” effect at home because I lack the coordination to simultaneously use a round brush and blow dryer.  My usual routine involves blow drying my hair with the T3 Luxe 2i and styling with either my T3 single pass 1″ hair straightener or curling with either a wand or iron.

What is this device, you may ask?

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Revlon One Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer

It is an oval brush with nylon and boar bristles designed to gently grip the hair without tangling to decrease drying time, frizz and achieve the salon quality blow out effect.

Here are the key features as listed on the website.

Key Features:

  • Oval brush design
  • Less time, less damage
  • Mixed bristles
  • Ionic technology
  • Ceramic coating
  • 3 Heat settings
  • Ergonomic handle and cool tip
  • Lightweight design
  • Tangle-free swivel cord
  • 4 year limited manufacturer’s warranty

The list price is $59.99 and I found mine on Amazon.  They go in and out of stock frequently but as of late it’s available via various stores online.

After receiving the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer, I set out to discover three specific things.

  1. Would the result be better than styling as usual?
  2. Would I save any time with my routine?
  3. Would the process be any easier?

To do this, I first washed my hair and let dry about 80%, the recommended amount of dryness before styling.  Then, I recorded myself blow drying my hair (riveting footage) and recorded the time from start to finish.  I took a photo after the “blow out” with the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer was complete and repeated the process later in the day with my usual styling routine.

If you’re interested in seeing the actual footage, follow me on  Instagram and look under “beauty” highlights.  It is sped up 20x so rest assured you won’t be watching 45 minutes of blow drying.

So, let’s get to the results.

The photo on the left is the result of the Revlon One Step Dryer and Volumizer and the right is the result with my T3 blow dryer and hair straightener.

  1. Is the result better than styling as usual? 

I would argue, yes.  While the differences may be subtle, the look on the left is sleeker and there is more lift at the root.  Additionally, my hair felt much softer than with my typical styling routine.  Another notable difference that is much easier seen on the video is the taming of the post-partum baby hairs.  Like many new moms, I have a crown of wild baby hairs and the Revlon One Step Dryer and Volumizer did a great job of smoothing these down.

Verdict: Revlon One Step Dryer and Volumizer wins

2. Would I save any time in my routine?

The answer to this is not straight forward.  I was surprised to learn that the Revlon One Step Dryer and Volumizer took 10 minutes and 43 seconds total, while the combined time of blow drying and straightening took 10 minutes and 52 seconds.  All in all, pretty much negligible.  However, if I had curled my hair instead of straightening, I imagine this would have taken much longer.  This will certainly vary from person to person and depend on their typical styling routine.

Verdict: Negligible

3. Would the process be any easier than usual?

The Revlon One Step Dryer and Volumizer is surprisingly light weight, quieter than my T3 blow dryer and has an area to grip at the end of the brush for ease of use.  My arm did get a bit tired because of the overhead blow-out motion, but otherwise I felt this product was easier and more enjoyable to use than my typical blowdryer.  My skin is also very sensitive and I break out into heat rash with even mild heat, so it was nice that the air flow was directed just at my hair and not skin, unlike my blow dryer.  Although the time difference was subtle, it is also nice to only have to pull out and plug in one apparatus versus two.  For these reasons, I feel more inclined to use the Revlon One Step Dryer and Volumizer over my old routine.

Verdict: Revlon One Step Dryer and Volumizer is easier than usual routine

Another factor is the combined cost of a hair dryer and styling tools.  Since most of us probably already own various styling tools, it won’t be a cost savings.  You’ll have to dish out more money for another product.  But overall, I think the cost is worthwhile.

I’m excited to continue using it and to get better at the technique to increase its volumizing effect.

Have you tried this product and, if so, what did you think?