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There is a plethora of bizarre-looking hair tools available on the internet, ranging in price from $10 for a headband that promises heatless curls to several hundred dollars for a high-tech styler. Shark's two newish tools, the Shark HyperAIR and FlexStyle, are bobbing around in the sea of styling devices. The tools caught my attention because they were high-priced but not ridiculous, they promised impressive outcomes but seemed simple to use, and they were from the future but could be mine right now. Will I be able to get Farrah Fawcett-worthy curls or a salon-worthy blowout with the help of these tools? ’
Reasons Why I Needed a New Look
With the 2-in-1 Concentrator and the IQ Styling Brush, the Shark HyperAIR Dryer can both dry and style your hair. Brush, dry, and straighten your hair simultaneously with the IQ Styling Brush and the 2-in-1 Concentrator attachment, which turns the appliance into essentially a blow dryer. You can use the HyperAIR without the accessories, but you shouldn't. The temperature and airflow can be customized to your liking regardless of the application, and some attachments can even be set to automatically optimize for their intended use. There are three temperature settings and a "cool shot" feature to complement your look. The machine is easy to use (in large part because of the smart technology it incorporates) and not as cumbersome as one might expect a device of this sophistication to be.
The HyperAIR: My Initial Opinions
It was a magical moment when I first tried out the HyperAIR. I had showered for the night and was about to turn in when I got the nudge to put the brand new HyperAIR through its paces for the first time. According to the HyperAIR's instructions, I should use it after a shower and towel drying my hair.
To begin, I used the 2-in-1 Concentrator's 'Pre-Style' attachment to roughly dry my hair. It was about the same amount of time as using a blow dryer, and the device, even with the attachment, felt about the same weight. Unlike a blow dryer, the 2-in-1 concentrator's head could be adjusted to fit my arm at any angle, and the cold blast button was located on the opposite side of the handle I was already holding. The attachment has a 'Pre-Style' and a 'Precision Style' setting, so you can easily change the airflow direction to suit your current styling phase. While the HyperAir's temperature and airflow are automatically set to optimal levels for each attachment, you can easily adjust either setting using the buttons on the back of the device.
It was as effective as a flat iron, but much simpler to operate. When I was done, I could tell a significant difference between the sections of my hair that I had gone over with the brush and the sections that I had not, unlike the results I usually get with a flat iron. The attachment did all the work, so there was no need for me to brush my hair first.
My hair was the least frizzy it had ever been after using the 2-in-1 Concentrator and the IQ Styling Brush. It was erect and smooth looking. Just by using the brush attachment, I felt like a million bucks. What benefits the FlexStyle would bring me is anyone's guess.
Should You Buy The HyperAIR?
Initial Thoughts on the FlexStyler
I used the HyperAIR 2-in-1 Concentrator to dry my hair almost completely, and then I went to work. My college roommate Maya (bless her heart) taught me how to curl my hair with a curling wand and iron, but these autowrap curlers are a whole new ballgame. Using the same technique I use when curling my hair with the 0 Auto-Wrap Curlers, 95" I started on my left side, so I simply snapped on the 'L' shaped curler and the appliance adjusted the temperature and the direction of the airflow accordingly. Learning how to properly apply the tool to your hair is the real challenge. You can't just hold it close to your head and expect it to work. I think you'll find the included manual very helpful; it explains how to make the most of your FlexStyle. Start by holding a half-inch to an inch-wide section of hair in the middle and wrapping the ends around the curler, as instructed. Once the strand's base has been wrapped around the curler, you can lift it up and grab the rest of it. If you grab too much hair at once, the curl will unravel, so be patient with the technique. To get the hang of it, I had to practice a few times. The curls I achieved after doing my entire head were my favorite part. After some experimentation, I found that they were buoyant, curly, and cute, and that they made me look like a subdued version of Farrah Fawcett. It was simple at first; I just had to curl my entire enormous head, which is the same issue I have when using a curling iron.
The next day, I attempted to increase the drama by using the oval brush. I once again started with spray-bottled rough-dried hair. I used the oval brush as directed, sectioning my hair before working downward from the roots to create curls. (Be careful, the bristles are scorching!) It took me about 40 minutes total, including reading the directions, to do my entire thick head of hair. The outcomes exceeded my expectations, as there was volume and no frizz. When compared to my attempts to mimic what I've seen my mom do with an oval brush and hairdryer, using the FlexStyle brush/dryer combo was a breeze. It eliminates the need for concentration and hand-eye coordination required when using two tools, making it ideal for use by novice hairstylists.
Should You Buy a FlexStyle?
The FlexStyle is worth the price if you frequently use curling irons or blow dryers because it protects your hair from heat. The variety of attachments offered (three are included with the FlexStyle and more can be purchased for $29) 95 each) offers more value because it replaces the need for two separate items (a blow dryer and a curling iron) with a single, versatile tool.
If you're just getting started with styling your hair, I recommend picking up a cheap curling iron or flat iron to see how often you use it before investing in a more powerful tool like the Shark FlexStyle. As a novice beauty girl who already styles her hair for events, social outings, and other occasions, I can confidently say that the FlexStyle has been well worth the investment. )