Do you cringe at old pictures of women bent over an ironing board, ironing their hair with a clothes iron? Modern flat irons can still do major damage. Flat ironing depletes hair moisture and protein, and weakens the hair cuticle, and can burn or break hair. Even with a thermal styling protective product, flat ironing takes a toll. Keeping hair in optimal shape requires limiting the damage that can be done by flat iron use.Â So we were excited to find the Megainvo Steam Nano Titanium Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron that styles while actually leaving hair in better condition, sealing in hair moisture and protein while never over-heating the hair.
QUICK DESIGN FEATURE OVERVIEW
- Hair-friendly styling using infrared heat, ceramic tourmaline, and steam.
- Secure carrying case with glove, 2 clips, and pockets to store the cord and iron
- Six temperature settings
- WIDE PLATE: It has a 2-inch wide plate for faster styling of long hair.
- 2-in-1 Iron curls or straightens
- Quad Core PTC Heater will not overheat, burn hair or cause a fire hazard.
- Sturdy construction including an 8-foot long 360-degree swivel cord.
HOW IT WORKS: THE SCIENCE BEHIND MEGAINVO HAIR STRAIGHTENER
Megainvo Hair Straightener uses three main concepts to create healthy hair styling without damage: Infrared Heat, Steam, and Ceramic Tourmaline. The result is healthy hairstyles achieved with less heat. This means less hair damage, loss, splitting, and breakage without compromising style.
Infrared heat is ideal for hair styling because while the plates themselves are of a higher temperature, it uses electromagnetic properties to transfer and apply lower temperatures of heat onto the hair itself. This results in less damage to the protein cortex of the hair and less moisture loss. Less damage to the protein means far less hair thinning and breakage even with regular use.
CERAMIC TOURMALINE PLATES (QUAD CORE PTC HEATER)
The infrared heat is combined with Nano Titanium Ceramic Tourmaline plates. This makes the perfect pairing because ceramic conducts heat evenly, so there are no unexpected scorch or burn marks. Has a clothing iron ever damaged a silk blouse or delicate fabric with a burn mark? This is due to an uneven application of heat. The same thing can happen to your hair, but the burn is not always immediately obvious. Ceramic prevents uneven heat or hot spots on the plate, greatly reducing the risk of burning your hair. This also means achieving the desired style with fewer passes of the tool.
Tourmaline also is useful in hair styling because naturally releases negative ions. Negative ions are why ocean air smells so invigorating, they cleanse the air. Tourmaline’s natural negative ion production also contributes to shiny and soft hair. Negative ions increase oxygen absorption, reducing static electricity, friction, and frizzy hair. These factors make for easier to style hair.
The upper ceramic tourmaline plate is designed to release steam via several small steam vents. This creates long-lasting hairstyles and replenishes moisture deep into the hair fiber. Steam styling maintains the delicate moisture to protein ratio that makes hair look its’ best. The extra moisture is a protection against the high-temperature heat of the iron.
Additionally, steam helps smooth coarse or damaged hair, creating a long-lasting, sleeker look with less heat. This means even coarse hair can be styled at lower temperatures. Adjust the steam knob for more or less steam.
EXTRA SAFETY MEASURES & FEATURES
- A footstopÂ of high-quality fireproof rubber material so the device safely lays flat
- Pregnant women and children can use it safely without radiation. (Approved by CE/ROHS/GS/SAA/CETL)
- Auto Shutoff after 1 hour
- Worldwide dual voltage (110-240V)
- Internal temperature protector will automatically prevent over-heating
- 1-year warranty
PUTTING THE MEGAINVO FLAT IRON TO THE TEST
My hair is coarse and frizzy texture if left unstyled, and I do like to wear it as sleek and smooth as possible for work. For more casual hair days I like some soft, loose curls or a Kate Middleton straight through the lengths but curled for the last few inches. With some practice, I could do all three of these styles with the Megainvo Flat Iron.
EASE OF USE
The Megainvo Flat Iron heats up in under three minutes. The lowest temperature that you can style with is always the least damaging. I find the infrared heat and steam combo allows me to get first-rate results at lower temperatures than I might use with other flat irons.
The 8-foot long cord swivels 360 degrees which makes it much easier to maneuver, especially when creating curls. The included protective glove is useful as is the included carrying case.
The only real learning curve to this iron is how to use the steam feature. To do this, the water chamber must be filled before use. This is easy to do: it snaps off after pressing the release button, there is a small hole in the back to fill it with water. Put the rubber plug back in place and snap it back onto the device. Once the device is turned on, turn the steam knob and follow the instructions while it heats up. That’s it. Select the temperature most suited for your hair type. The temperature ranges from 300 – 450 degrees F.
There are detailed instructions included in the enclosed manual on how to use the iron to get straight and curled hair, both inward facing curls and outward.
I find that using this iron not only leaves hair in good condition, but straightened styling holds well for the second day so I don’t have to use the flat iron daily. If my hair gets damp or it is a very humid day, I might do a very quick pass over the top layer of my hair and the ends and it looks as good as first-day styling.
I was concerned that the steam feature would leave hair too wet and take longer to style, frizzy, or that it would make my styling products sticky and dull. But the steam is just the right amount. I find myself using less styling product because the steam does lock in a soft, shiny style on its’ own.
The two-inch wide plate makes quick work of straightening or curling my long hair.
This month, we are recommending several ways to keep hair in optimal condition, and the Megainvo Flat Iron is one of them. If you are going to flat iron or curl hair, using an iron that actually helps hair stay moisturized goes a long way towards keeping hair healthy.Â The Megainvo Flat Iron is a high-quality, versatile, well-constructed styling tool that is easy to use and delivers long-lasting results. It is effective enough to work even on coarse hair but gentle enough for damaged or fine hair. The auto-shutoff feature gives me peace of mind on mornings that I leave the house in a rush and can’t remember if I unplugged my styling tools. Don’t risk damage to hair when you can achieve straight or curly styles with the safe, hair friendly Megainvo Flat Iron.
WHERE TO BUY IT
Find the Megainvo Steam Nano Titanium Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron at https://www.amazon.com/Straightener-Titanium-Tourmaline-Professional-Megainvo/dp/B0791BFCZW
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Style Chicks received the Megainvo Flat Iron Steam Nano Titanium Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron for review purposes and received compensation for our time and effort. However, our experience with the product and the opinions expressed in this review are 100% ours.