Straight up – whenever Dyson launches another hair product, the beauty world goes bananas. Like – bonkers.
Expectations were naturally high when Dyson announced the release of their new hair straightener – the Dyson Corrale. Ringing in at $500…
Yes, you heard that correctly. FIVE. HUNDRED. DOLLARS.
…well, honestly, for $500 I sort of expect my straightener to give me perfect model hair, cook me dinner, pour me a glass of wine, and romance me late into the night.
I wanted to put the new Dyson Corrale to the test in this review. I am not on Dyson’s PR list, I’ve never partnered with Dyson, and I spent my own dolla dolla bills on this straightener to test it out. Luckily for me, I was able to buy it during the Sephora Sale and saved $100!
So let’s dig into it – is the Dyson Corrale worth it?
I can only give a review from my own perspective as to how the straightener has worked for me and my hair. Some facts about my hair to start so you know what we’re working with:
★ My hair is color treated. I get balayage done at my favorite San Francisco salon fairly regularly.
★ My hair is fine in thickness.
★ Although my hair is fine – there’s a lot of it. I have a lot of roots. I typically have to divide my hair into quite a few sections before styling and it takes ages to air dry.
One of my favorite things about the new Dyson Corrale is that it has a cordless option. You can plug the charging cable into the station or into the straightener directly – so you have options to use with the cord (if it needs to charge) or cordless (for a brief period of time).
I personally like to use the cordless option just so I’m not tangled in the wire – but I’m always right near the charging station. If you’re looking for a fully cordless straightener that has a lot of battery life – the Corrale won’t meat your expectations (we’ll talk more about that in a later section), but if you’re just after a little convenience it’s definitely a nice feature to have.
None of my previous straighteners (I’m coming off using a $50 Chi) had temperature adjustment options. Dyson’s big “schtick” when it comes to their line of hair styling tools is reduced heat damage – and allowing for temperature adjustment really allows you to control just how much heat you’re applying to your hair. I personally tend to work with the lowest or middle temperature.
I found Dyson’s press release about the Corrale super helpful when trying to gain an understanding of just what benefits the “flex plates” added to the straightener. In theory, the plates help create even tension and heat, meaning you need fewer passes with the straightener to accomplish your desired style.
For me – it’s really the shape and gentleness of the plates that I appreciate most. My Chi had rounded edges, but the Dyson is much more pronounced in shape and easier to hold and move – it turns in the hands easier as I’m making my favorite straightener wavy hairstyle. In addition, my hair got caught in the edges of the plates of my Chi all the damn time – and it was painful. The Corrale never catches any hairs.
As prefaced up above – the battery life on the Corrale is honestly abysmal. My Corrale holds its cordless charge for less than a half hour (somewhere between 23-27 minutes was my average). While this isn’t a huge issue for me as I’m always styling near my charging station, if you’re really looking for a full cordless experience this definitely isn’t it.
While my hair is fine – there is a lot of it. It takes me about 20-30 mins to fully style my hair if I’m going for a wavy or curled look. I can probably get away with straightening in fifteen minutes or so.
The biggest con of all is no shocker – the price. The Dyson Corrale is just, honestly, stupid expensive.
But at the end of the day – do I think the Dyson Corrale at a $500 is worth it? Honestly…I have no idea lol.
Do I like the Dyson Corrale? Yep, sure do. It’s actually my favorite hair tool I’ve ever used. I promptly tossed my Chi in the trash and I even love the curls I get using it – so my Conair curling iron is looking really shabby.
But I’m not sure it’s “worth” $500. Because of the Sephora Sale I paid $400 and feel mildly okay about the value for that price – but in all honesty I’m not sure how to quantify the value and quality difference in the $500 Coralle vs say a $250 professional straightener from another brand.
Am I keeping (and thoroughly enjoying) my Corrale? Absolutely. Is the Dyson Corrale worth $500? Mmm…it depends. But if you’ve got the cash to spare – I can promise you won’t be disappointed.
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