Which Dyson Airwrap to buy for Christmas? This quick guide tells you...

The Dyson Airwrap has revolutionised hair styling; here's how to choose one as a Christmas present

Dyson Airwrap
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Thinking of buying the Dyson Airwrap as a Christmas gift, either for someone else or for yourself? This premium curling wand from Dyson has been attracting rave reviews for a while, but, somewhat confusingly, there are three different versions of it on the market. So, if you're considering getting a Dyson Airwrap, it is worth doing a bit of research before deciding which kit to go for. 

Of course, if you're buying for yourself, you may wish to wait until Boxing Day sales to get it at a discount. If you're buying as a gift, though, you haven't got much time left to order in time for Christmas. So, at a glance, what are your options where it comes to buying the Airwrap?

First, the similarities. Whichever Dyson Airwrap you buy, the main unique feature is the Coanda effect – the eponymous airwrap effect. The mechanism in the barrel attracts hair to it and wraps it around, without the need to do anything with your hands, or to clamp strands of hair as with traditional curling tongs.  

Where the Dyson Airwrap models differ is in the hair types they suit best. 

For fine, damaged or short hair: The Dyson HS01 Airwrap Volume + Shape Styler is best suited to finer hair types, damaged hair (over-bleached or over-straightened hair in particular), or short hair that needs volume and lift. This Airwrap is highly rated by people who have hair that needs a bit of oomph. It's £399  at John Lewis. 

To thick or frizzy hair: The Dyson HS01 Airwrap Smooth + Control Styler is much better suited to thick and unruly hair that tends to go frizzy. Its Firm Smoothing Brush attachment is especially good at creating a more polished, straighter look without creating poker-straight hair. The Airwrap barrels give you the choice between creating slightly tighter curls or smooth, voluminous waves. Also £399.

For different hair types: If you feel like properly splurging, there's also the Dyson HS01 Airwrap Complete Hair Styler, which includes all of the attachments. It is £50 more, but is a great option if two people with different hair types will be sharing the device. 

Whichever one you choose, the Dyson Airwrap has an edge over pretty much every other hair curling wand on the market – and a great many hairdryers, too. 

Dyson HS01 Airwrap Complete Hair Styler | £449 at John Lewis 

For everything from creating glamorous waves to sculpting short haircuts, the Airwrap is a powerful tool that will not damage your hair, because it doesn't overheat. And there's no more manual wrapping of hair strands around hot curling tongs – the innovative technology in this hair styler attracts the hair to the barrel, wrapping it round for you. View Deal

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