Welcome to Try Before You Buy, a monthly series where we talk about the pricey beauty products and in-office treatments that are getting major buzz and give our honest feedback. This month, freelance beauty editor Blake Newby reviews the Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener, the high-tech straightener that’s made waves in the beauty industry.
My job revolves around new beauty releases, but I’m not typically one to share the excitement when the latest and greatest hot tools launch. As someone with natural hair, I know that most of the new and “cool” hot tools created by major haircare brands aren’t made for women with hair like mine. However, when Dyson announced its new, cordless, and very expensive straightener, I was intrigued—Dyson has a proven track record of creating tools that work for naturals. I’m obsessed with its Supersonic Hair Dryer for its ability to blow dry my hair straight without ruining my curls, I was excited to try the $500 Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener and see if it would live up to my expectations.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t note that I was drawn to the flatiron is because of its flexible plates. The vast majority of straighteners on the market have heated plates that do not move, therefore hair is tugged at high heat which can cause damage to the hair shaft. However, with the new Dyson technology, the plates form to the shape of hair inserted, preventing damage to curls and allowing for larger sections to be straightened. I loved that because not only would I not have to worry about curl damage, but it also cuts down on my straightening time. That’s huge for me because as someone with super thick hair, anything that saves my arms from an hour of pain is something I’ll love. Generally, my hair takes anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half to flatiron. However, with the Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener, that time never exceeds 30 minutes. Even better, it makes for easy curling after straightening (something I do depending on the hairstyle I’m going for).
But I knew the real moment of truth would come when I rewashed my hair. Would my curls pop right back, or would they be limp and require longer conditioning than usual? Much to my surprise, my curls began to form almost immediately upon contact with water—yay!
Overall, I’d give the Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener a 9/10. Not only is it super hi-tech with cordless technology, making it great for hair touch-ups on the go, and so, so chic with its grey and pink packaging, but it actually works. And while yes, it boasts a $500 price, think of it like this: When it comes to your hair, isn’t health something you shouldn’t put a price tag on? Invest in yourself, ladies.