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Shark's answer to the Dyson Airwrap is the most powerful hair tool I've ever used, and it's a rare $70 off

Until six months ago, a hair dryer was just a hair dryer to me. For three years, I'd been using one I got at Target for $17, and it worked just fine. But over the holidays, I received Shark's FlexStyle Air Styling & Drying System — and my mind was blown. This little hair dryer is super-fast, saving me tons of time and effort. And it doesn't just dry my hair: It can curl it, straighten it and make my strands super-smooth. I've taken it on three vacations because I can't use any other hair dryer now. I'm totally spoiled! I'm telling all my friends to get it, especially while it's over 20% off at Amazon.

You'll get way more than a hair dryer. This system comes with five attachments for straightening hair, curling it and adding waves.

$285 at Amazon
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$299 at Sephora$300 at Macy's

The Shark FlexStyle Air Styling & Drying System rarely goes on sale, so the fact that you can save anything at all is kind of a big deal. The 23% discount brings this styler from $300 to $232. Yes, that's still a lot of dough for a hair dryer, but this thing is at least four tools in one.

This is Shark's version of the Dyson AirWrap, and on Amazon, it even ranks higher on the bestseller list than the latter. (The Shark is Amazon's No. 1 selling hair multi-styler.) The Shark is a little heavier at 1.5 pounds, but I haven't noticed at all, and my arms don't ache when I use it. It dries my hair so fast, I feel like I'm hardly using it at all compared with my last hair dryer.

The FlexStyle morphs from a standard hair dryer to a straight styler, and it comes with four attachments (well, five, but two of them do the same thing). Let me explain: You'll get a concentrator, paddle brush, round brush and two autowrap curlers. The concentrator can help you focus air in one direction, like if you want strands to dry straight. The paddle brush is great for drying hair straight too. You can use the round brush attachment to give yourself an easy at-home blowout, adding a little volume where you want it.

However, the autowrap curlers are the big seller. Simply float them over the hair you want to style, and the barrel will gently suck hair around it to create a curl. You get two of these because each one curls hair in a different direction, so you can use one for the right side of your head and the other for the left.

Most days I use the FlexStyle without any attachments to simply dry my straight hair. I'll use the concentrator to make it look extra smooth. The round brush is my second go-to for adding a little more volume and wave. Using the autowrap curlers takes a little practice, and as someone with shoulder-length hair, I've found it's best to use them on slightly damp hair rather than towel-dried hair, or the curls are a little too tight. Shark sells additional attachments separately, including bigger autowrap curlers, a diffuser and my favorite, an anti-frizz tool.

Overall, I've hardly used my straightener or curling iron since I've gotten this bad boy.

The Shark FlexStyle can cut your hair drying time in half, and then style it with ease. (Amazon)
The Shark FlexStyle can cut your hair drying time in half, then style it with ease. (Amazon)

More than 2,400 Amazon shoppers are five-star fans of the Shark. Like me, they love how fast it is, but some even mention that it's made their hair look and feel healthier. "It healed my hair," wrote one happy shopper.

"I cannot express how amazing this product is," raved a five-star fan. "For one, it dries my hair so fast it's insane. And I have very thick and long, long hair. The curler works amazing — it does take a little getting used to, but it works great and my curls definitely last for days. I have no frizz in my hair. I do not have to put product in my hair."

"I have had this dryer now for a couple months, and I must say I absolutely love it. My hair is dry and styled in five minutes and that is not a joke," said another. "I have chin-length, thick hair and this dryer knocks out the drying time by a lot."

"Life-changing!" exclaimed a third enthusiastic customer. "Everything in one tool! Very powerful and easy to use. Takes up hardly any space and makes my hair look healthy, shiny and bouncy!"

Some shoppers who compared it to the Dyson AirWrap even said they liked the Shark FlexStyle better. One said: "My sister has a Dyson and let me use it and I loved it. I would not (and could not) justify spending $800 for a hairdryer. After much research, I opted to purchase the Shark. I am so glad I did! I actually like it better than the Dyson."

Some customers found this hair dryer to be a little loud. I guess I'd agree, but it's not a lot louder than my last hair dryer.

"I waited about six months to review this so I could get a good handle on it," said one four-star shopper. "It loses one star because it is loud. I use earbuds when I'm drying my hair because the high-pitched noise hurts."

"Works amazing, a little loud. Worth the money. Best hair purchase I’ve made in a while," stated another.

Think Swiss Army Knife, but for hair. 

$285 at Amazon
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$299 at Sephora$300 at Macy's

Got frizz? Shark's FlexStyle FrizzFighter Finishing Tool will help smooth things out.

I use this attachment once my hair is totally dry — simply float it over strands and watch it tame frizz like a champ.

"I don't usually write reviews but this is magic!" said one happy customer. "Still trying to figure out how it makes this magic happen."

$29 at Amazon
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$29 at Sephora$30 at HSN

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