After its Supersonic hairdryers and all-singing, all-dancing Airwrap styler, Dyson is here with its shot at the ultimate pair of straighteners, the Dyson Corrale. Seven years in development, the Corrale has two big tech sells to tempt owners of hair away from their GHDs: it’s cordless and Dyson’s clever flexing plates promise half the damage of solid plates.
Let’s start with those plates. Dyson’s clam to protect against damage is admittedly testing the flexing plates against solid plates in its own product, not competitors but that doesn’t mean it isn’t interesting. The plates on the Corrale are just 65 microns (less than a millimeter) wide, the width of a human hair, with 15 microhinged ‘facets’ per plate that ‘flex’ in and out to mould and shape the hair, designed to allow more control over styling.
Dyson says that it has found that flat plates only work on the thickest part of the hair you’re straightening which leads to repetition to catch flyaways; hence its vow to to be both quicker than lesser devices and reduce damage too. And the manganese copper alloy plates are coated in tourmaline to reduce overall static. The proof of all that tweaking and development will be in the results.
There’s three temperature settings – 165, 185 and 210 degrees C – with the Corrale using the same Intelligent Heat Control tech as Dyson’s Supersonic hairdryer to minimise fluctuations. Dyson says it has tested the Corrale on a range of hair textures, as you’d expect.
The fact that Dyson’s male engineers apparently grew their hair, wore wigs and straightened their beards in order to test the plates out makes us want to watch a mockumentary about the Corrale’s R&D process. It also suggests that Dyson might want to employ a few more women within the hundreds of hair scientists and engineers in its Hair Laboratories.
How about that cordless? The Corrale’s battery life of 30 minutes is similar to more affordable competitors but the four-cell lithium ion battery recharges in 70 minutes versus the three hour charge time of say, the Babyliss 9000 Cordless. Dyson also claims that the Corrale offers the same thermal performance as a corded pair of straighteners, an element that’s a bit more hit and miss elsewhere.
There’s a charging dock and a flight mode to store in cabin bags for any weekend trips where the just-stuck-my-hand-in-a-socket look won’t quite cut it. And there’s a magnetic charging cable just in case.
The Dyson Corrale is on sale now for £399, in line with the rest of the prices in its very premium haircare range.
Sophie Charara edits WIRED Recommends. She tweets from @sophiecharara
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