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I naturally have coarse, curly, frizzy, unruly, frankly disobedient hair. I am so excited to share my Dyson Corrale experience, as I’m writing this with soft, silky and smooth tresses. This is my honest review of the hair straightener. I do love it, but I also have some suggestions.
The product: Dyson Corrale hair straightener
The rating: 4.3 / 5 stars (as posted on Dyson’s website)
The price: $649.99
Where to buy: Dyson | Amazon | Best Buy | Shoppers Drug Mart | Sephora
The review summary: I absolutely love how my hair turns out when I use the Dyson Corrale. Compared to other straighteners, my hair burns far less. My hair also comes out a lot softer. It feels like a hairdresser well-versed in unruly hair just gave me a blowout.
I wish the battery lasted longer. It lasts for about 25-30 minutes on full heat (210 °C/410 °F) when cordless (most hair types don’t require full heat, the machine is a lot more efficient). There’s the option to use the straightener cordless or corded.
The cord uses a magnetic attachment to either power up the base or the straightener itself. I wish the magnet was a little stronger because the cord has fallen off a few times.
Overall, it’s a fantastic innovative tool that has some room for improvement. I have more thoughts; I hold nothing back below (including addressing the $649.99 price point).
Side note: First off, let me say I feel lucky because Dyson gave me this straightener with a set of instructions. I mean I know the ins and outs of my hair, but I wouldn’t have received the full benefits of the Corrale without having spoken to the Dyson team.
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1. It’s all about the plates. This is the only straightener that is made with flexible manganese copper alloy plates. The plates are able to form your hair, giving you more control and using less heat; inflicting half the damage.
When using the Corrale, it’s very evident that my hair is receiving less damage than when using other straighteners (I’ve tried several ceramic and titanium professional-level straighteners). My hair burns less and I don’t have to keep going over the same tresses again and again (once is enough).
2. It’s round. The Corrale is round, so it’s a dream to use as a curler. I’m no hair expert, but Dyson works with world-renown stylists to illustrate how to get the most out of the straightener. If you scroll down on the Corrale webpage, there are videos of some styling tips, including my favourite “beach waves.”
3. It’s cordless. Whoomp, there it is. This is visually the most obvious differentiator. The straightener comes with a charging base that is attached to the power source. The battery is in the handle, and as mentioned, lasts 25-30 minutes when it’s ramped up to full heat. It takes around 70 minutes to fully charge.
The best way to use the straightener is by making sure it has a full charge before getting started (there’s an indicator on the digital screen). It doesn’t work if it’s fully drained. Even if you’re using it with the cord. It expends energy faster than it can charge (once again, this is when it’s at 210 °C).
The straightener heats up really fast, well under a minute. If you keep the Corrale on the base at all times (and the base plugged in), then it will always be ready to go.
There’s also a travel safety feature. There’s a small piece with a picture of a plane on it that you can pull out when travelling with the straightener, so it can’t turn on.
4. The results: I know it’s the combination of the three aforementioned differentiators, but the results are worth their own mention. I’ve been straightening my hair twice a week for 17 years. The hair straightener technology has improved tenfold over the nearly two decades, but this is a huge leap (for Mann-kind).
My mom used to straighten her hair with an actual iron, and now I have a beautiful (it really is beautiful) piece of machinery in my hand that considers the health of my hair. For the first time, aside from when professionally blown out, my hair is super soft and silky.
My favourite features: Pretty much see “the results” section. It’s an efficient and effective straightener that reduces heat damage. I can style my hair much faster (even though I have long lockdown hair) because I’m not going over the same section.
It also feels like luxury. The straightener comes in a beautiful heat-resistant travel pouch. It also looks nice on my bathroom counter, so I don’t have to rummage underneath the sink to find my straightener.
My least favourite features: The battery and the cord. I feel like if either of these were perfected, there wouldn’t be an issue. If I’m paying attention, working efficiently and without distractions, I can style my hair in 15-20 minutes. But if I’m also checking emails, seeing how my muffins are coming along, picking up my fallen hair strand by strand, the process will take longer. I would like a longer-lasting battery (tale as old as technology time) or a stronger magnetic cord attachment.
The price and recommendation thoughts: It’s $649.99 — very expensive in the world of hair tools. So who would I recommend this to? If you straighten your hair often and are concerned with heat damage, it’s a great option. I have only used it for about a month, so I can’t say how it will fare long-term, but there is a solid two-year warranty.
There’s no question about it, the Corrale styles hair more effectively with less damage. I’m sure professional hairstylists can get similar results with a regular straightener or a blow dryer, but I certainly don’t have those skills.
If you only use a straightener once in a while, you may not need to worry so much about the heat damage and can opt for a less expensive machine.
- When you’re using the Corrale with its cordless function, place it on the dock when you’re not actively straightening with it; save the battery.
- Slow down. Try what works best for your hair, but a good place to start is one second per inch.
- Don’t squeeze hard while styling. It drains the battery and it’s unnecessary. The Corrale is designed to be used without that familiar hair straightener squeeze.
- Make sure it’s fully charged before using it.
- Apply product to your hair when it’s wet. Even though the Corrale uses a lot less heat to style, might as well coat your hair and give it another layer of protection.
Styling products: My hair is very dry and loves to soak up any oil in its vicinity. KMS Tamefrizz De-Frizz Oil and KMS Tamefrizz Smoothing Lotion work really well for me. They are both lightweight and leave my hair super soft and smooth.