Anyone who has ever been in the same house with me when getting ready for anything can attest to the fact that it takes me an annoyingly long amount of time to get ready. 40+ minutes of which is just straightening my hair. So i was incredibly excited when i got the chance to review a ceramic plate, infrared technology flat iron from Xtava. Infrared heat waves heat the hair from the inside out, protecting the cuticle, reducing surface tension, and leaving hair silkier and less frizzy. The Xtava flat iron has wide 2 inch plates, so you get the most hair straightened in the least amount of strokes. A feature I really like is the temperature control function. You can choose the temperature setting that is right for your hair type, lower for thinner/fine hair, higher for thicker/curly hair, between 265F-445F. The ceramic plates heat quickly and evenly, and reach their temperature with 90 seconds. Another great feature I have come to love on the Xtava products is their 360 degree swivel cords. You never have to fight with or get tangled in a cord anymore, it rotates with you as you work. Their cords are also 8 feet long, so you don't have to be tethered to an outlet, you can share counter and bathroom space without being confined. The straightener also has a great auto-shutoff safety feature, so if you rush out and leave it on, you can rest easy knowing it will shut itself off for you.
I have very thick hair, to straighten it takes me 40 minutes, doing it one half of my head at a time, 3 sections each side, with numerous passes of the straightener. Not with the Xtava Infrared Iron. I sectioned off each side of my head, then sectioned one side off into 2 sections. The first section i did was done in like 3 minutes. Each section was straight having been gone over just one time, with the exception of some stubborn flipped out ends. I was amazed. My hair was so straight, and it was warm to the touch, not burning hot like with some straighteners i have used before. I love that you can control the temperature for your hair type, and the swivel cord feature on all their products is one of the things i love most. No more cords in my way all the time. The location of the power and temperature buttons being on the side of the handle is a little odd, i did hit the power off button once and have to turn it back on and wait for it to heat back up, but thankfully that takes less than 2 minutes. The ceramic plates and infrared heating really do make a difference in your hair, my hair was much smoother than it usually is with my other straightener, and i didn't need to use any smoothing spray afterwards. I used to own a $120 ceramic straightening iron and it didn't work as good as this one does or leave my hair as smooth as this one does. This is my second Xtava product I've used and I am so impressed with the quality of their brand and their products. You can check them out at the Xtava website and you can order your own Infrared Flat Iron on amazon.
I was supposed to receive this product complimentary in exchange for my honest review. Due to shipping error at amazon, i received a different product. I was so interested in trying this one out, and had heard so many good things about it, i purchased it myself to review. It was well worth every penny.