I Only Have 20 Minutes to Get Ready—Here’s My Secret Weapon

Who What Wear’s senior market editor Nicole Akhtarzad Eshaghpour is proof that you can get a lot done in 20 minutes. The effortlessly stylish editor—and busy new mom!—is notorious for being polished at all times, and she’s here to tell us that it’s all about having the right tools that allow her to multitask, like the Dyson Corrale™ Straightener ($500). “The cord-free flexibility is really a game changer,” says Eshaghpour. “I have really long hair, and when I use other tools, I always get tangled when I try to do the longest pieces in the back.” It also doesn’t hurt that she can literally pick out an outfit as she styles her hair. (The tool has up to 30 minutes of cord-free run time.)

But the real kicker? The flexing-plate technology. “I’ve always loved how smooth a straightener makes my hair feel but was afraid of using one regularly because of the damage, so knowing that the Dyson Corrale can do the same job (but better) with less heat and less damage makes all the difference,” she says. Here’s how it works: The flexing plates shape around hair, gathering it neatly together on each pass for more control. This means you can achieve the same style but don’t have to use as much heat compared to conventional straighteners. “It makes me so much more comfortable using a straightener again,” Eshaghpour shares. 

Here, she gives us a look into 20 minutes of her extremely efficient routine, where we get to see everything she can get done in a matter of minutes.

“We have a team happy hour this afternoon, so I’ve been making sure to stay on top of my timing all day so that I can finish my work beforehand. So far, things are looking good. Before I finish, I’m going to turn on my Dyson Corrale to style my hair because I was at the beach this weekend, so it’s feeling a little flat and lifeless.” Editor’s note: It only takes the Dyson Corrale 30 seconds to heat up. Once it’s in the charging dock, plug it in, and set the temperature to your desired heat setting. Always start on a lower heat setting than what you typically use (thanks, flexing plates!), and turn the temperature up only if necessary. 

“Sure, it’s a straightener, but I love using the Dyson Corrale to curl my hair, too. To get the perfect style, I usually wrap a small piece of hair at my roots around the back plate once, then slowly move the Dyson Corrale down my hair. It always leaves me with a tight curl, which I like to brush out to help soften it up.” Editor’s note: Because Eshaghpour’s hair is so thick, she uses the 410-degree setting.

“The weather in L.A. feels like it changes hourly, so I know I need another layer to go with my jeans and smocked black tank. Since it doesn’t seem like it’s going to get too cold tonight, I think I’ll opt for an easy (and conveniently of-the-moment) button-down as my third piece. Best part? I can do it all with my Dyson Corrale in hand!” Editor’s note: Whenever the Dyson Corrale isn’t in use, keep it in the charging dock to maximize its cord-free run time. 

“Sometimes I overbrush my curls and end up needing to give certain pieces a second pass. Thankfully, it only takes a few minutes to get it just right, and it’s always so worth it. Plus, I’m not too worried about damaging my hair because I know I’m using less heat. When my hair is styled just the way I want it, it gives me so much more confidence in daily life, which is something you can’t really put a price on.”

“When I’m trying to keep my look casual, I always opt for a tinted brow gel, brown eyeliner, mascara, under-eye concealer, and a neutral lip. It’s fast but also easy and impossible to mess up for a makeup novice such as myself. And I had to pair my low-key look with these low-heeled sandals that I pretty much wear nine out of 10 times I leave the house these days.” 

“I want to perfect one curl before heading out the door, and thanks to the Dyson Corrale’s cord-free feature I can do one more quick pass without being late.”  Editor’s note: Because the tool has up to 30 minutes of cord-free run time, you can put it in its heat-resistant travel pouch and put it in your bag to take with you.

“And look at that—ready in under 20 minutes!”

If you’ve been on the fence about purchasing the Dyson Corrale, let this story be all the convincing you need. The cord-free feature gives you tons of flexibility and the flexing plates technology means you can achieve the same style with less heat and up to half the damage compared to conventional solid plates. It’s definitely worth the investment!