We’ve heard it all before; repeated use of straightening irons can eventually cause your hair to become dry, dull and lifeless. That heat damage can ruin hair in the long run. And that no matter how much heat protectant you use, excessive use of heat can also cause split ends.
But what if I told you there was a straightening iron you could use that would leave your hair feeling soft and looking healthy? Dyson’s newest offering, the Corrale gives you the freedom to achieve exceptional style, without relying on too much heat so your hair is healthy and doesn’t look fried. It sounds exactly like the straightening iron we’ve all been waiting for. And I gave it a go to find out if it’s worth your money.
How is the Dyson Corrale different from other hair straighteners?
One of the things that sets the Dyson Corrale apart from other hair straighteners is that it comes with flexing plates. These move to accommodate the section of hair ensuring no loose strands flay out at the sides and escape—as is known to happen with traditional straightening irons. The plates are a mix of six metals which allows better flexibility, control and heat conduction. They are also edged with tourmaline that helps reduce frizz when straightening your hair.
But what really makes this a game changer is the 4-cell lithium ion battery that sits in the body of the Corrale that allows you to use it cordless. Drawing on their expertise of producing cord-free vacuum cleaners, Dyson ensured the Corrale works perfectly just like a straightener that is plugged in while allowing you the freedom to style your hair anywhere.
The other feature that makes it special is the Intelligent Heat Control that checks and regulates the plates’ heat 100 times per second to ensure precise, accurate heat is delivered the entire time you are straightening your hair.
But do all of these really live up to the hype?
Tried and tested: review of Dyson Corrale
I’m a fan of the lightweight Dyson Supersonic hairdryer and occasionally use the Airwrap to style my hair for special occasions so I was really curious to see how the Corrale would work for me. Before using it, I had to ensure it was fully charged—that takes 70 minutes. Once it’s fully charged however, you can use it cordless to straighten or style your hair wherever you want—like in your living room or the backseat of a Grab.
When I first lifted it, it did seem heavier than my regular straightening iron, but that didn’t seem to be an issue as I proceeded to straighten my hair. And this is where I really noticed the difference: I only needed go over each section once or maximum two times to get the desired results. I also noticed that I didn’t have to use a lot of tension while sliding down each section. This is because the flexing plates hold all the hair in and the Intelligent Heat Control ensures heat is precisely and evenly distributed which in turn makes straightening hair easier, thus reducing the number of times you have to go over the same spot. This way your hair also less likely to be damaged by heat.
Even though I used the highest heat setting—210 degrees Celsius—for my thick hair, it looked soft and healthy, unlike the straw-like texture it sometimes takes on when I use a regular straightening iron. You can also set it to lower temperatures of 165 degrees Celsius and 185 degrees Celsius that work better if you have fine hair or hair that is coloured or chemically processed. Also, the lower the heat the more voluminous your style will be. You can see exactly what temperature you’re using on the display that’s on the side of the body. This panel also shows you how much battery life you have left.
I like to use the Corrale primarily for straightening my hair, because as you will see from the image below I truly suck at styling my hair. So please believe me when I say, used by the right person, the Corrale can also be used to create curls or beachy waves.
The one drawback of the Corrale is that when used cordless the battery only lasts for about 30 minutes. That is about the time it takes me to straighten all my hair. If you’re slow like me, or know you might take longer on a more complicated style, you can always use the charging dock to keep it charged for your entire styling session. You can also use it on ‘hybrid mode’ which is with the cord attached and plugged in while styling. But because the cord is magnetically attached to the device it can snap off sometimes. And, if you’re going to wander off, as I did to take pictures for this post, know that the Corrale turns off after 10 minutes of idling.
Another thing to keep in mind about the Corrale is that you have to put it in flight mode (ie remove the flight ready tag which will disconnect the battery and deactivate the product) and pack it in your hand luggage each time you take a flight. But because of Japan’s travel regulations, you won’t be able to bring it along be it in your carry-on or checked-in luggage if you decide to go on a holiday there.
Is the Corrale worth it?
Finally there’s the price tag to consider: it’s not exactly cheap at $699. But if you’re someone who straightens their hair more often that not, it’s worth investing in a hair tool that will protect your hair and keep it healthy.
The Dyson Corrale is available in two colourways: Nickel/Fuchsia which is available on dyson.com.sg, at the Dyson Demo Store – Owner Centre at Capitol Piazza and Dyson Demo Store – Beauty Lab at Funan Mall, and major electrical department stores.
Purple/Black: Exclusively available on direct Dyson channels – dyson.com.sg, at the Dyson Demo Store – Owner Centre at Capitol Piazza and Dyson Demo Store – Beauty Lab at Funan Mall.