We put the most up-to-date hot brushes to the test in order to give you that classic blow-dry look.

BIG hair is back!

The classic blow-dry is the hottest hairstyle of the summer, as seen on Farrah Fawcett in the 1970s and Cindy Crawford in the 1990s, as well as Adele’s recent album cover.

Tara Ledden, Beauty Editor, puts the newest hot brushes to the test in order to help you replicate the look.

BEAUTY: with Tara Ledden

Revlon one-step hairdryer and volumiser (£45; argos.co.uk):

If you spend half as much time on TikTok as I do, you’ve probably seen a lot of women praising – and then hating – this cheap brush.


A similar occurrence occurred to me. This is an excellent piece of equipment for the price.

While the super-sized head is great for adding volume and bounce without adding too much curl (the ideal at-home blow-dry), the equally large handle is difficult to grasp.

It requires two hands at all times to operate. As if that wasn’t enough, my long hair kept getting tangled and snapped in the plastic bristles.

You’ll get along fine if your hair is short and you don’t need to wrap it completely around the barrel or overlap sections.

However, if your hair is longer than shoulder length, you should spend a little more money to get real results and avoid long-term damage.

MID – T3 AIREBRUSH Duo (£170, currentbody.com):

As a brand, T3 is seriously underrated.

The T3 AIREBRUSH Duo is great for anyone who lacks the co-ordination to use a round brush all over their head


It’s a hidden gem that produces some of the best-looking heat tools that actually work, and they’re affordable.

The interchangeable brush heads on this drying brush are fantastic – the handle is a bit clumsy, so the paddle attachment is ideal until you get used to it.

It also dries my hair much faster than a round brush, making it ideal for anyone (like me) who lacks the coordination to use a round brush all over their head.

That means I can keep my lengths sleek and use the volumizing attachment to add bounce and a salon-style flick around my parting and at my ends.

I was concerned about the plastic bristles, but I didn’t need to be because the addition of shorter, nylon bristles around them prevents tangling.

It has three speeds and five heat settings, unlike most hot brushes, so you can pick the lowest combination to avoid heat damage.

They’re also great for restyling second-day hair that doesn’t require the same amount of heat as wet hair.

Dyson Airwrap Multi-Styler (£479.99, dyson.co.uk): LUXURY

Nothing else on the market compares to the Airwrap as a hair styler.

The Dyson Airwrap Multi-Styler is a big step up from the original, thanks to the all-new anti-frizz attachment


Because of the all-new anti-frizz attachment, which hides flyaways around the root of the hair and down the lengths, the new multi-styler edition is a significant upgrade over the original.

Since I got it, I’ve been using it every day to cover up my parting regrowth. It works better than any other smoothing serum I’ve tried and prevents product build-up.

The round brush has flexible bristles, and the handle is small enough to be held with one hand.

In addition, instead of having to swap attachments for each side of your head, you only need one curl barrel that changes directions.

If your hair is longer than armpit length, you’ll need the long barrels because there’s not enough room on the barrel for longer hair.

While it gives me the perfect Kate Middleton-esque pricey blow-dry, my curls don’t last as long as when I use tongs.

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