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At the risk of stating the obvious, if you’re lurking in just about any corner of the internet these days, you know that apparently everyone and their influencer mom owns a Dyson AirWrap. And getting your hands on one is an impossible feat as they are sold out. All over. But for those who have done espionage, you’ve probably noticed that even though the Airwrap has a grip on the trend cycle – big, bouncy, voluminous blowouts are back and I’m not crazy about it – Dyson has other hair styling products including the Dyson supersonic hair dryer and the Corrale straightener. The latter hit my desk in 2020 and, truth be told, I didn’t give it much thought until about a year later when I hit my upper limit looking unruly on Zoom.
Wondering, “Is the Dyson straightener worth it?” and I’m here to tell you yes. It’s an answer that will shock people who know me because I’ve long believed (after years of frying my natural waves) that a straightener just isn’t it. This was for two reasons, mainly because the 2010s were dominated by beach waves and the so popular flat iron method of achieving them never came easily to me, but also because pin-straight hair suits to people with thick hair, while I’ve always found that we of the density of finer strands are doing a disservice by eliminating texture altogether. I was the very last person anyone could have imagined taking to a hair straightener, and yet here we are.
Much like its older sibling, the Airwrap, the Corrale has a bit of a learning curve. I came to regular use of the tool over the summer when I mostly let my hair air dry and wanted a way to polish quickly without producing or overheating. Here’s what I realized: the wider design of the Corrale is counter-intuitive and I was concerned that it would be clunky and harder to manage. Not so. In fact, the straightener’s rounded body and wider flex plates gather hair with control and allow smooth movement through each section – like the kind of smoothness you’d get with a round brush – so with every pass, I felt as my hair ends up with a lot more volume and movement than it would with a regular straightener. Once I’ve gone through a section, I make sure to round off the ends, then put the piece to cool with velcro rollers.
Every time my hair is smooth and shiny, with the movement and body I crave. And thanks to the smart heat control settings, I don’t overdo it with the temperature, so I didn’t get the kind of damage that made my hair worth anything but a haircut.
And another thing about the design: the Corrale can be used wirelessly. You might think having no cord is superfluous, but just like the untethered AirPods revolution, there’s the freedom of not needing a plug. For example, if you are traveling somewhere that requires plug converters. And that brings me to my next point, ease of movement. I haven’t tried taking the Airwrap with me as it has many interchangeable parts. With the Corrale, it’s a load and I’m good to go.
Overall, the Corrale is a functional and flexible product, and a great investment even if you can get your hands on the Airwrap, with the caveat that both tools are expensive. If you’re a girl who blows once in a blue moon, this probably isn’t for you. But if you style your hair regularly, absolutely go for it. You will not regret it.
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