In case you didn’t know, I have short hair, similar to the caricature of me you see on this website. I’m also a nomad, there are times when I don’t have access to conventional power. I am also not a big fan of cords everywhere and plugins are sparse in Mercy (my camper van).
I narrowed my search for the perfect cordless flat iron down to two –
Straight out of the box I like that it has a protective cover, it came with charging cable, carrying case, a hair clip, two elastics and a fine tooth comb. Great perks, but not needed as I have a ‘faux hawk’. Please note the brand name has changed on this item.
Initial charging wasn’t super fast, but I don’t have any complaints about it. It automatically turns on at 160 degrees, it has a flashing indicator that turns solid when it’s ready for use. I find the location of the power button to be where my thumb wants to sit when I’m using it, but that’s not a big deal at all I can retrain my thumb. I cranked it up to the full 200 degrees and started a timer, the battery lasted 22 minutes with a full charge. For someone with short hair like mine this is perfect.
Drawbacks – I found the thick round back side of the flattening plates to be a little thicker than I like. It’s a bit large considering it’s small stature. There is only a 100% battery indicator, the problem with this is not knowing if it was going to need a charge or not. It came with a usb to usbC charger, but no wall block, which I guess is fine, most of us have these things kicking around our junk drawers. None of these drawbacks are deal breakers, all in all a good little charger, this one would be great for medium length hair, but for my short short spikes it just wasn’t quite right.
Second – The Mexitop two in one. Out of the box, it came with a charging block and cable and a carrying case. This device gets to temperature really fast. Charging time from dead is 2 hours, nothing to brag about, but just what one would expect for a tiny handheld device that gets really hot.
The run time on this is really great. A single charge lasts over 40 minutes which is great for short hair and would be good for longer hair as well. I’m not really sure about the “twisted plates” because my hair is way too short to curl anyway, but it doesn’t negatively affect how it works for me. I like that it shows the battery at 100% 70% or 30% so you won’t get caught without enough juice. The device is comfortable in my hands and works really great.
Drawbacks – The numbers are already wearing off that show what temperature you have selected and I’ve only used it three times.
Conclusion – both these irons are the same price from Amazon Canada when I purchased them. The slightly better run time and the charge indicator are the reason I chose the Mexitop over the Quafun. Also I just liked the feel of the Mexitop in my hand, it’s slightly more comfortable to use.
There are many factors to consider when choosing a flat iron, such as the type of plates (ceramic, titanium, tourmaline, etc.), the heat setting range, the size and shape of the iron, and any additional features it may have (such as a built-in ion generator or automatic shut-off). It’s also important to consider the brand and its reputation for quality and customer service. Here are a few things to keep in mind when comparing flat iron reviews:
- Plate type: Different plate materials can have different effects on your hair. Ceramic plates are a popular choice because they heat evenly and can reduce damage to the hair. Titanium plates are also popular because they heat up quickly and can straighten hair smoothly, but they can be more expensive. Tourmaline plates are another option that is said to reduce frizz and static, but they may not heat up as quickly as titanium plates.
- Heat setting range: A flat iron with a wide heat setting range will allow you to customize the temperature to your hair type and style. Fine or damaged hair may require a lower heat setting, while thicker or coarser hair may need a higher heat setting.
- Size and shape: The size and shape of the flat iron can affect its ease of use and the final results. A wider iron may be easier to use on thicker or longer hair, while a narrower iron may be better for short or fine hair. Some irons have curved plates that can be used to create curls or waves as well as straighten hair.
- Additional features: Some flat irons have additional features that may be useful, such as a built-in ion generator to reduce frizz, an automatic shut-off feature for safety, or a digital display to easily see the heat setting.
Overall, it’s important to read reviews from a variety of sources to get a well-rounded understanding of the pros and cons of each flat iron. It may also be helpful to ask friends or hairstylists for recommendations based on their experiences.