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Revlon’s One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer
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It was a sad day when I sat in front of my bedroom mirror desperately trying to turn on my flat iron to no avail. It was clear that little red bulb had cast its last flicker no matter how many times I pressed the test and reset buttons. We had a good run—five faithful years. What I couldn't wrap my mind around was dropping another $150 to replace it. It just seemed so steep. On a whim, I decided to go in another direction, abandoning my flat-ironed hairstyle altogether in favor of a path less known. I hopped over to Target and picked up a Revlon hair dryer brush for less than half the price of my now defunct straightener—and it has changed my hair game for good.

You might have heard about the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizing Styler, but until you've really experienced it you have no idea what you're missing. This hot air brush is a gem. It clocks in around $42 on Amazon (your local Target might have a few in stock if you, like me, don't have the patience for two-day shipping).

The secret is to work in small batches and, whatever you do, don't let your hair get too dry. When I first plugged it in and turned it on I was immediately skeptical. It was a little loud and not nearly as powerful an air-flow as I was expecting—or so I thought. The next morning I took it to my damp hair and was suddenly singing quite a different tune. I watched as my first section of hair emerged from the hair dryer brush bristles smooth, shiny, and full of bounce. Perhaps a fluke, I tried it again. Nope, this blow dryer brush was the real deal, folks.

My technique has since been perfected with a combination of downward brushing to smooth out fly-aways and squelch that kinky area on the back of my head near my scalp before flipping my hair over the top for that amazing volume I crave. I'll twist my hair around the brush after proper root heights have been reached and slowly pull the tool outward to release soft, bouncy ends. It truly is as good as it sounds.

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Just remember, this is a heated brush so it gets hot. You'll want to do your best to keep it away from little fingers, wet noses, and clumsy husbands. Also, be sure to let it properly cool before storing.