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T3 AireBrush Duo review: hands on with this brush+blow dryer combo

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Erin L

Erin L

 T3 AireBrush Duo, review, how does it work, dryer, stylerJust when you thought you had all the hair tools you needed, comes some thing brand new. T3, makers of a wide array of hair care products and styling tools have combined all the benefits of a powerful hair dryer with the ability to smooth or add body to your locks. The T3 AireBrush Duo is both a blow dryer and dual-purpose styling brush that, depending which of the two attachments you choose, can either give you smooth straight hair, or add plenty of body to your bob. I recently received a sample of the AireBrush Duo to test and review in my home over a few weeks. I’ll tell you what it’s like to use, what it does well, and what its downsides are, as well as whether I think it’s a good addition to your hair care routine.

What is T3 AireBrush Duo?

This tool is part blow dryer part styling brush. You’ve likely seen incarnations of this tool before in your local drugstore. Older versions tend to be fairly weak, get caught in your hair easily, and I really just not fun to use.

The airbrush duo has both a paddle attachment and a round brush, and either one swaps easily in with a twist.

At first glance: Unboxing T3 AireBrush Duo

When I first unboxed this styling tool, I was rather shocked at its size. The entire device is extremely large and could be considered oversized. Particularly the handle is less a handle and more of a blow dryer nozzle. It’s pretty much not possible to hold it in a closed hand; you only get to wrap your hand partway around. T3 AireBrush Duo, review, how does it work, dryer, styler

This was a bit of a challenge to get used to; I’m used to having precise control of my hairdryer or styling brush because the handles tend to be easy to grip. With this one it’s a whole different motion and set of balancing skills to use. It’s not difficult, but it does definitely engage different muscles. I also felt more comfortable most of the time using two hands with this device, since trying to hold the large air nozzle in one hand while properly smoothing or curling my long hair around the brush and was a bit of a challenge.

What you get

In the box you get the air nozzle and, plus the paddle brush attachment and the round brush attachment. There’s also a storage bag. In my opinion this whole kit is a bit big for bringing while traveling, particularly because it’s not meant to fully dry your hair. But we’re getting to that…

Using AireBrush Duo

T3 has set up some really good educational videos and helpful tips for using this device since it it’s not really a blow dryer, and not really like a styling iron. The first thing you need to do is rough dry your hair using an actual blow dryer. Initially, this surprised me and seemed a bit counterintuitive, but when I consider the fact that I often rough dry my hair first anyway, then spend time sectioning and doing smoothing passes with the blow dryer, I suppose this is not too far out of line from that.

To use it your plug it in and then choose one of the five heat settings and three speed settings. Then push the power button. I would say this device is not as loud as a blow dryer, but it is noisy in the same way a blow dryer is. After all, all that air has to get forced out somehow!

 T3 AireBrush Duo, review, how does it work, dryer, stylerT3 says this AireBrush is “engineered with T3 IonFlow technology, (which) features a negative ion generator that produces 10 million negative ions per second for shiny, frizz-free results from root to tip.”

That said, I have since read some reviews where people do you use it to completely dry their hair from start to finish. For now I am using this as T3 recommends, but it’s good to know others are getting results going their own way.

Paddle brush: T3 AireBrush

Started by using the smooth paddle brush attachment. After a rough drying my hair, I chose medium size sections and round the brush slowly through my hair. Despite my very long hair length, there was absolutely no catching or pulling, thanks I imagine two T3’s “SmoothGrip Bristles” and “CeraGloss Ceramic Surface”.

It didn’t take long before I ended up with completely dry and extremely smooth and soft hair. Having never used a brush dryer before, I was pretty happy with the results. T3 AireBrush Duo, review, how does it work, dryer, styler

Round brush: T3 AireBrush

Next go round was with the round brush. This brush is rather large at 2 1/2 inches in diameter, meaning it should add some pretty powerful volume to my hair. Initially, I wasn’t sure how well it would do drying around the roots, since there seemed to be no way to get the airflow vents close to my head with the length of the bristles.

Results

Even so, I think I got pretty good results, though I’d like to practice with this attachment a little bit more. I was also surprised that my hair never got tangled while trying to use it. Particularly with the round brush, I did feel like I needed two hands to grip and turn the device to keep it moving properly over my hair.

Initially, I was also seeing the two handed operation as a bit of a downside, but when thinking about it, if I am drying my hair with a brush and a hair dryer, I’m using two hands anyway. This just narrows down how many things I’m manipulating with those two hands.

I think using this device will definitely take some practice to develop a proper technique and some finesse, as well as speed that comes with familiarization. But so far I’ve been pretty happy with the results.

 T3 AireBrush Duo, review, how does it work, dryer, stylerCan I use AireBrush Duo to completely dry my hair?

Though T3 does recommend rough drying with a blow dryer first, I’ve seen some folks try to use the AirBrush Duo from wet right to dry so I did try it. It took me about 15 minutes to completely dry my hair, about twice as long as it normally takes me for a regular full blow dry at home, but the results were smooth and sleek. The biggest downside was I didn’t feel like the roots got as dry or as volumized.

Overall review: T3 AireBrush Duo

 T3 AireBrush Duo, review, how does it work, dryer, styler

The results!

Overall, if you’re looking for a salon blowout type look, this device can definitely help you get there. The results are smooth and safe and leave my hair looking healthy and shiny. It also seems to work quickly, though I’m going to have to do some more timed tests to see if it’s much faster; given my awkwardness and in experience with the device I suspect not, but that will probably come with time. Downsides? It is a very large machine and is quite difficult to hold in one hand, even with my freakishly long fingers. But switching to a two handed operation helps balance things better, and like I say, with practice will come improvements.

I’m still a bit split on whether I think this device could become my go to for daily blowouts, but I’m sure willing to give it some more time.

T3 AirBrush Duo sells for about $179USD/$224CAD and you can get it from T3’s website or Amazon.

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Erin L

Erin L

I'm a journalist, tech blogger, writer, TV producer, silversmith& jewelry designer, foodie and world traveler. I blog, write for publications, and supply freelance writing services to Calgary, and the world.

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