There is a line of thought that claims consistency to be the enemy of innovation. And while regularity is expected—and appreciated—within specific realms such as skincare, the same can hardly be said about the beauty tech world. In the space that comprises nifty gizmos, devices, and gadgets, invention and experimentation reigns supreme. In fact, a quick glance at mega conglomerates in the vein of Dyson and Samsung ascertains this, with corporations and brands constantly striving to improve upon existing systems and designs. Bearing this in mind, it is only natural that groundbreaking creations are hitting the market on a daily basis. The latest of which to catch our attention? Cordless hair straighteners.
A cable-free iteration of this versatile hair tool hardly comes as a surprise. Vacuum cleaners, speakers, and headphones are now freely available in wireless variants, after all, with the wire-free factor adding a touch of convenience that feels indispensable to individuals harbouring busy schedules. Save from having to wrangle with a tangle of wires, cordless hair straighteners also allow for better manoeuvrability, and can be used seamlessly on planes, trains, automobiles, and more. Most of them are built to be highly portable and lightweight, providing efficacious results thanks to the incorporation of top-tier ceramic plates that distribute heat across tresses evenly.
It should be noted, however, that not all cordless hair straighteners are made equal—but that’s where Vogue Singapore comes in. Below, a curation of the best in the market, from wireless straighteners possessing the most intuitive temperature systems to picks that are tiny enough to be touted in your handbag. Spy them all, below.
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Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener
The multinational tech company has not faltered in its mission to deliver on perfectly-styled locks with minimal heat damage incurred. Built with flexible copper plates that weave and cocoon strands effortlessly, said tech ensures bolstered tension and control so less heat and strokes are required when styling. The end result: silky soft tresses that are curled and/or straightened to perfection. What’s more, each Corrale also comes equipped with an Integrated sensor system that is developed to regulate the temperature of the plates 100 times a second. This means less to no chance of frying or burning strands, with the addition of ionising properties within said copper plates further helping to reduce frizz and static. Choose from a variety of colourways including black, blue, and blush.
Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener, $749, available at all Dyson boutiques.
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BaByliss Cordless Straightener
Minimal tugging is involved when it comes to the BaByliss Cordless Straightener. Fitted with ceramic floating plates that glide through even the most dry, tangled of strands, its list of pros are further bolstered by smart functions such as magnetic charging, which makes for a completely wire-free experience that reaches its full power potential in just three hours. In summary: a straightener with stellar battery life that allows for users to utilise it at maximum temperature settings for 30 minutes and beyond. What’s more, it also comes equipped with three heat settings that can be customised according to your needs and wants, with an automatic sleep mode triggering after periods of inactivity to guarantee maximum safety.
BaByliss Cordless Straightener, $311.50, available online at LookFantastic.
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Balmain Hair Cordless Straightener
If it’s good enough for Posh Spice, it’s good enough for us. Revered by the celebrity set including Victoria Beckham, the Balmain Hair Cordless Straightener has earned its stellar reputation from its portability as well as its user-friendly system that blinks with different colours to indicate its temperature. A blue light indicates 160°C; green LED tells everyone that the temperature has been upped to 180°C; while the red LED is a surefire way of informing individuals that heating plates are at 200°C. Each straightener also comes with a zip-up case which can be stowed easily into tiny bags and purses, making it a formidable pick for on-the-go folks as well as professionals working the runway backstage with limited space and time.
Balmain Hair Cordless Straightener, $450, available online at Balmainhair
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Cloud Nine The Original Cordless Iron
This award-winning hair styling label has introduced a revolutionary new setting to their cordless options: Revive Mode. Crafted to break the cycle of breakage, it employs Axial Vibration technology that allows plates to vibrate lightly at maximum frequency, ensuring that users are able to slot hair—and style tresses—with floating plates that cause minimum friction. As for charging capabilities, its magnetic charging cord offers speedy power-ups, and can be docked within the brand’s Charging Pod to ensure it stays fully charged at all times. Do note, however, that the Cloud Nine Charging Pod is sold separately.
Cloud Nine The Original Cordless Iron, $331, available online at Cloud Nine.
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Vidal Sasson Rechargeable Mini Straightener
Good things do come in small packages. The ultimate hair styling travel companion has arrived in the form of this petite straightener that weighs a mere 165g. Other highlights worth mentioning is its speediness, where plates are heated and operable within 90 seconds upon switch-on as well as its round edge moving sole plate that means it can be used at any angle smoothly. It also comes equipped with a lock mechanism to protect the device from damage—simply squeeze and hold both soleplates and press the button with the image of the locking mark that protrudes to keep it all sealed and tucked away.
Vidal Sasson Rechargeable Mini Straightener, $70, available online at Lazada.