I used to have lovely, shiny straight hair as a kid. The kind of hair I’d kill for now. If I knew then what I know now, I’d never have had that bubble perm in the 80s… My hair has never been the same and, together with having had kids and going somewhat grey (I am only 40, promise!), my hair is now very fine, (although there’s a lot of it), wavy, and frizzy! I’m also trying to grow it (again). Oh, and I dye it – a lot (I’ve been blonde, brunette, purple and red this year alone!). I have to use straighteners on it, or else I look like this…
I’ve had eleventy-billion different sets of straighteners over the last few years, trying most of the major brands, other than GHD which, frankly, are way out of my budget. Some have been brilliant, others not so. So, when I was asked to try some £30 flat irons by Xtava (who I’d never heard of), I was a little dubious, I’ll admit. See how I got on here…
Xtava Pro-Satin Infrared Straightener – The Review
The Xtava Pro-Satin Infrared Straightener is described as a ‘professional flat iron with tourmaline ceramic plates’. It uses infrared technology to heat the wide plates, meaning it’s kinder to your hair.
The straighteners are packaged in a classy-looking box, inside which is another, black box with magnetic closure. And, inside that is a zipped storage bag, with heat-resistant inside!
The straighteners have a digital display, which makes choosing one of the eleven heat settings easy, and you can see the plates heating up quickly as the numbers rise on the display. Temperatures range between 130°C and a scorching 230°C for the thickest, coarsest hair.
There is an auto shut-off function if you should forget to turn the straighteners off after use. Very useful. For people who do that. Not me, obviously. (Ok, totally me.)
The cord is really long – almost 9 feet – and has a 360° swivel, which makes these straighteners easier to use than some with shorter cords that tend to get twisted and tangled.
The plates are large – the bottom plate is 5cm and you can see the infrared strip running along its length.
Now, like I said, I’m growing my hair from short. Again. So there’s not loads of it to straighten, but it still needs to be done. The Xtava flat irons are a lot larger than my usual straighteners, so I wasn’t sure how I’d get on with them.
I was pleasantly surprised! Especially given the price.
The irons are very smooth and don’t pull on the hair like some straighteners I’ve used. They glide through the hair, leaving it smooth and straight. Although I had mine on a pretty hot 220, I didn’t feel my hair was as dry afterwards as my usual straighteners.
I like that there is a heat-resistant bag to put them in once finished with; with a curious little one running around, it gives peace of mind that they won’t touch a still-hot flat iron.
I was really pleased with the results, despite the short length of my hair. It felt soft and sleek and I like the shape it gave my emerging bob!
Watch my little vid here to see the results!
What did I like about the Xtava Infrared Hair Straighteners?
- Fast to heat up, with several heat settings
- Large plates – took less time than usual
- Auto shut-off for forgetful types
- Nice presentation – like the bag
- Looooong cord and cool swivel
- The price!! A total bargain!
What didn’t I like about the Xtava Infrared Hair Straighteners?
- The wide plates made it hard to get close to the roots
So, yeah! I thought these were fab, especially for the price. They do the job – what more do you need?
You can buy the Xtava Infrared Hair Straighteners from Amazon (affiliate link), currently priced at £29.99.
However, you can also enter this giveaway to win a set of your own! Fab, eh? Just enter using the doo-dah below (full T&Cs available there too). Giveaway ends on 6th November. Good luck!