CAN paying £400 for a pair of hair straighteners ever be justified? Dyson says yes and claims its new cordless Corrale – yours for £399.99 – is nowhere near as bad for your hair as its rivals.
Jenny Francis tries six types to see if a pricy pair is that much better than a £15 set. She rates each out of five for five factors to give a total score out of 25, and her verdict.
Corrale, £399.99, John Lewis
Plates shape to hair, preventing snags.
Cord-free for 30 minutes.
If you need to add cord later, it comes with a magnetic swivel attachment.
Three settings, 165C, 185C and 210C. 70-minute recharge time.
Jenny says: Cord- free design is great.
I opt for 185C, clamp down and they glide nicely.
Straighten at a single stroke, leaving no frayed ends.
But price tag is hefty.
Hair health: 5
Nano Pro 200, £14.99, Amazon
Lightweight and small, these straighteners heat up to 200C.
The ceramic plates make for a smooth finish.
Jenny says: While they are lightweight and hot, they don’t tackle my frizzy waves very well.
That means I’m forced to go over sections again and again to achieve reasonably straight hair.
It’s not just my hair that is left frazzled. I feel it too.
They are good for price but not a lot else.
Hair health: 1
Black Edition 235C, £24.99, Argos
Variable temperature controls.
Heat up in 15 seconds and has diamond-ceramic plates for smooth strokes.
Safety shut-off after 60 minutes.
Jenny says: These surprised me for their low price.
They heat up very quickly, to a very high heat, although this is not always great for hair health.
They glided through my hair with ease but I did have to go over some sections a few times for the desired results.
Hair health: 5
S8598 c Ceramic Straightener, £59.99, Argos
Built-in heat-protection sensor, five temperature settings between 160C and 230C.
Heat up in 15 seconds.
Jenny says: An impressive heat-up time but unfortunately I didn’t get on with the built-in sensor.
It kept setting the temperature to 160C which was not hot enough to straighten my hair well.
I had to re-do parts and the result was slightly frizzier than I would have liked.
Hair results: 2
Hair health: 2
Original IV £109, ghd.com
Floating plates allow extra control.
Round barrel enables versatile, snag-free styling, and heat to just 185C.
Ceramic technology, 30-second heat-up.
Switch off after 30 minutes if not in use.
Jenny says: I don’t have to set temperature as GHD has set the optimum for me.
They glide through my hair better than the rest.
Hair felt smooth, and it was speedy.
It’s only let down by the lack of cordless tech – meaning more faff.
Hair health: 4
Cloud Nine: 16/25
Wide Iron, £149.99 , lookfantastic.com
These have 20-second heat-up, variable temperature, ceramic plates and swivel cord that rotates as you move them.
Jenny says: These were disappointing. for the price.
They glided through the hair and the swivel cord was nicer to use than regular types, but I had to go over each section and hair ends suffered.
I felt like 200C was a bit too high.
Hair health: 3
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