I Hate Blow- Drying My Hair—But This Raved-About Blow-Dryer Has Actually Made It More Bearable

I've never met a blow-dryer I liked until I tried the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer.

My Nemesis: The Blow-Dryer

For as long as I can remember, there's been one hair styling tool I've despised: the humble blow-dryer. Hand me a flat iron, a curling wand, even a crimper—no problem, but there's something about the blow-dryer that I hate. Maybe it's the unwieldy size and weight, the targeted heat seemingly aimed at burning your scalp, or the two-armed requirement that's beyond my own skills—whatever it is, I'm not a fan. Also, I'm so lazy, and blow-drying my hair requires both physical and mental effort, and I'm not about that in the mornings.

So in my quest to never use a blow-dryer ever again, I began showering in the evenings, letting my hair dry overnight, and heat styling it in the morning. On the rare occasions when I did need to wash my hair during the day I'd have to choose between air-drying and blow-drying and neither result was satisfactory. Air-drying resulted in a half wavy, frizzy, bird's nest (ugh!) and blow-drying made my arms so tired I ended up scrapping the whole affair before my hair was even entirely dried, giving me frizzy flyaways galore.

Finally, I decided it was time to invest in a radical new tool for those occasions that blow-drying is inevitable. After being persuaded by the many amazing Amazon reviews, I turned to the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer. And reader, I haven't looked back.

...But Then I Met the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer

The reviews for the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer are, at first, a little hard to believe. After all can a tool hyped as "a dream come true," "a huge time saver," and "worth every penny" really ever live up to the hype? Plus, the brush has nearly 13,000 five-star reviews on Amazon attesting to its magic qualities. So when I actually gave it a try myself, I was skeptical. Could it really drastically shorten my drying time and give me a professional-looking blowout with less effort, like the reviews promised? Yes, yes, and yes.

For starters, The Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer is remarkably easy to use. Simply run the barrel (which is conveniently shaped like a slightly flattened round brush) through small sections of your hair until it's dried, which for me takes four or five passes. Repeat through the rest of your hair, and voilà, you'll have the voluminous, smooth hair of your dreams. While I did feel a little tired trying to smooth the hard-to-reach back of my head, the entire process was far easier than I'm used to, and only took 15 minutes—far shorter than a typical blow-dry. Gone was the frizziness I used to experience, the mental gymnastics I used to have to perform to get two separate hands to perform two different tasks with two different tools, and the sheer exhaustion after finishing a blowout. Instead I had an amazing, salon-worthy blowout.

Though using the Revlon tool is obviously not as simple as letting your hair air-dry—in my humble opinion, it's worth every bit of effort. The tool does really heat up, but I'll happily take that if it means a shorter drying time and less exertion. In the end, my hair was soft, perfectly straight with some swingy volume, and you can even add some subtle wave in there if you're really feeling motivated.

I'm still trying to limit the number of times I blow-dry my hair, but for those unavoidable occasions where I must manually dry, the Revlon One-Step Blow Dryer will forever be my go-to.

To buy: $58; amazon.com