If there’s one thing that I tend to avoid doing, it’s straightening my hair. After years and years of putting my curls through heat, for the last few I’ve tended to balk at the sight of hair dryers and straighteners in favour of a wash and go. It’s partly because I like my curls, but also because straightening is time-consuming and can damage my hair over time.
However, sometimes I feel like switching things up, and I couldn’t say no to trying out the new Dyson Corrale. I was hoping to see if this straightener would lessen my straightening time while also minimizing heat damage. The Corrale promises less damage, thanks to its flexing manganese copper alloy plates, which are coated in titanium nitride and nickel for snag-free styling. Plus, it’s chargeable, which means it can be cordless for up to 30 minutes. Not having a cord and a plug to deal with had me excited, and I couldn’t wait to give it a whirl.
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Normally, if I wanted to straighten my curls, it would take me about three hours. Three hours of me sweating, running a straightener over my locks getting hotter and more tired. It’s a workout. But in the name of seeing if this straightener lived up to the hype, I was eager to test it out.
The first thing I noted when taking the Dyson off of its charger was that it heats up fast. I hadn’t realized how long my old straightener took to get to a useable temperature, but the Corrale powered up quickly — within a minute, it was ready to go. I sectioned and combed out each section of hair and applied my favourite styling cream and a heat protectant and got to work.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that the straightener was beyond easy to control. The plates moved with my hair, and instead of feeling like I had to pull or fight with my strands, the plates bent with each wave and curl. After about half an hour, it was time to charge again. I realized I could also use it while plugged in, but I loved using it cordlessly. My hair didn’t feel fried, and there wasn’t that dreaded burnt-hair smell (those of us who grew up with hot combs know exactly what I’m talking about.)
After only two or three passes with the Corrale, my hair was pin-straight. I couldn’t believe it. My ends looked normal instead of dead, there was no frizz, and the entire process had taken two and a half hours. An entire 30 minutes had been knocked off of my typical straightening time.
When I finally finished and powered off the Corrale, it flashed to let me know that it was cooling down. I placed it back on the charger and ran my fingers through my hair. It felt sleek and shiny. I was into it! The next time I planned on straightening my hair, I had found my go-to. My sad, years-old straightener simply didn’t compare.
If you’re looking for a straightener that works without destroying your hair, this is it. And even though I don’t straighten my hair very often, the next time I do, without a doubt I’ll be using this.
Dyson Corrale Straightener, Dyson, $650