Dyson unveils the Corrale – a hair straightener with flexible plates and temperature control

Dyson has already made its mark on vacuums, hair care, air purifiers, hand dryers and lighting and it just entered another category with the Dyson Corrale – a hair straightener with flexible plates.

The company has always been driven by engineering and their products are also designed to solve a problem.

And that’s exactly how it has approached the Dyson Corrale.

Dyson already has some investment in hair care with the Dyson Supersonic hairdryer and the Airwrap styler and it has taken it a step further with the Corrale.

The challenge here was to create a hair straightener that made the job easier and faster but without causing major damage to the hair.

To help achieve this Dyson has included flexing plates that can bend to shape and gather the hair and apply even heat and consistent tension across all the hair strands.

This then reduces the reliance on heat. It  is suitable for all hair types and thicknesses.

The Dyson Corrale has three operating temperatures and a proprietary Intelligent Heat Control.

The device is powered by a four-cell lithium ion battery so it can also be used cord free anywhere and anytime – another breakthrough when it comes to hair straighteners.

Tech Guide had a brief hands-on look at the Dyson Corrale and it has a nice weight to it.

There’s a switch that unlocks the hinge and reveals a series of buttons.

Once it’s switched on it takes about 10 second to heat up and use.

There are three temperature settings – 165-degrees, 185-degrees and 210-degrees – which can be used depending on the type and thickness of your hair.

The heat applied to the hair through the plate is measured 100 times per second to ensure precise and accurate heat.

“Since we first started developing the Dyson Supersonic​ hair dryer, we have continued to explore the science of style, seeking to understand what makes hair smooth, shiny and glossy, and what makes it dull, damaged and lifeless,” says James Dyson, founder and chief engineer.

“We have been worried about the style results and heat damage from flat plate straighteners. Flat hair irons apply tension and heat only on the thickest part of the hair tress, the strands at the edges are not clamped, leaving them slack, unheated and leaving flyaways.

“It requires multiple passes on the same section of hair tress to give an even look, by which time excess heat may have caused reduced strength and less gloss.”

Straightening hair requires a combination of heat, tension and control to break the hydrogen bonds of the hair and reshape them.

The corralling plates are made of a super thin manganese copper alloy – an amalgam of six metals to achieve the optimum flexibility, strength and thermal conduction.

Each plate is 65 microns thick – that’s the thickness of a human hair.

Unlike other straighteners on the market, the Dyson Corrale uses the flexible plates to offer greater control in terms of tension and heat.

The device’s four-cell lithium ion battery offers the same thermal performance of a corded product and universal voltage so it can be used anywhere in the world.

It even has a flight mode feature so it meets air travel standards and can be packed in your carry-on luggage.

Dyson Corrale will offer up to 30 minutes of cord-free styling.

And when it’s time to recharge, it will take 70 minutes to be completely recharged again.

The Dyson Corrale will be available in two colours – dark nickel/fuchsia and purple/black.

It will go on sale in Australia on April 24 at dyson.com.au and the Dyson Demo Lab in Sydney’s QVB.

On May 1 it will also become available from Myer, David Jones, Sephora and adorebeauty.com.au.

It will be priced at $699.

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