This review is for DAFNI hair straightening brush. In it, I will discuss the features, characteristics, pros and cons of this model. This product purports to be “the original ceramic hair straightening brush”. (Please note that this review is for the newly released U.S. Edition DH1.0B designed for 110/120 volts AC. This is important due to the fact that European models may have different features.)
Upon opening the box, there were no additional items to be found. The box contained only the brush. There were no instructions included either, but this is not an issue since these devices all operate in similar fashion with similar controls. At the same time, it would be nice if a carrying case or bag was included.
Dimensions: It is difficult to not take notice of the sleek, modern look of the brush. The coloration is quite striking as is the geometry of the bristles. The actual dimensions are 15.5×6.5×4.6 inches. Next, I shall go into more detail about these and other points.
Buttons layout: There is only one control on the handle, and that is a simple on/off button. That means that the only available operating temperature is the factory setting of 365°F (or 185°C). When the button is depressed, the unit quickly heats to that temperature.
Materials: The body of the brush is made entirely of plastic. The matte finish is low profile yet classy looking, and it ensures that your hand will securely hold onto the handle during use. The only other material on the exterior is ceramic which is what the heating bristles are made of. Ceramic is an excellent conductor of heat, and as such, it lends itself to a very consistent surface temperature. This is great because the end products are consistent performance and consistent results.
Bristles: The head shape is the standard oval. What makes the DAFNI stand apart from the competitors is the design of the bristles on the head. This hair straightener utilizes a patent pending 3D (three-dimensional) design. This design spreads the heat out across multiple points of contact with the hair to ensure straight healthy hair with faster results. Also, the contour of the bristles complements the contour of the user’s head.
Color:The brush is only offered in one color, and that is black. This is quite nice though as it contrasts with the blue coloration of the head for a striking, yet visually appealing contrast.
Usability of Dafni Hair Straightening Brush
Heating time: The brush takes about 60 or so seconds to reach the operating temperature of 365°F (or 185°C). This makes it practical for the person who is on the go and so, demands quick yet reliable results.
Cord and hanging hook: This unit has neither a rotating cord nor a hanging hook. In my opinion, these items are both must haves for a straightening brush. A rotating cord is a nice feature to have as it helps to keep the cord out of the way. A hanging hook allows for temporary storage that is easily accessible yet out of the way.
Temperature: This brush does not allow for user selected temperature settings. The unit is either on or off. It runs only at 365°F (or 185°C).
Ionizer: Featured is an anti-scald design in that the bristles do protrude from the ceramic heating element. There is no ionizer.
Heating element: A strong pro is the fact that this brush utilizes a ceramic heating element surface. Ceramic is a great material for this application because it supports even heating across the entire surface. At the same time, it is a gentle heat that will not harm hair. The bristles protrude somewhat from the element so the heat does not touch the scalp, just the hair.
Automatic shut-off: The brush does not feature an automatic safety shut off. It is designed for 110/120 volts AC at 60 hertz. For international travel, an adapter for higher voltages is a necessity.
It is important to note that purchasing the Original DAFNI Hair Straightening Brush directly from this seller will ensure that you will receive the genuine article. I say this because there are inferior models available through Amazon.com from other vendors that purport to be authentic and are branded like original but are not the real deal.
Having clarified that, this brush is
- a nice basic
- no frills
- easy to operate unit.
It is what it is, as the old saying goes. It will give you straight hair reasonably fast (within 10 minutes for average hair with a heating time of approximately 60 seconds). Thinner hair types may be quicker, and thicker hair types may take longer.
- There is only one control button, which is the on/off control.
- There is no control lock.
It would be nice to have this feature because the location of the button makes it fairly easy to inadvertently depress it causing the unit to shut off while it is in use. There is no way to dial in a preferred operating temperature. Push the solitary button to turn the unit on, wait about 60 seconds, and it will be ready to go at the full operating temperature of 365°F (185°C). This operating temperature has been proven time and again to be safe for hair yet effective at the same time. The ceramic heating element ensures that the temperature will remain constant across the entire head.
- A black body with a blue head makes the brush visually appealing and easy on the eyes.
- The biggest advantage of this unit is the geometry of the bristles. The patent pending 3D technology provides multiple contact points with the hair to give faster results than competitors’ offerings.
- The heating time is fast! The heating element goes from room temperature to operating temperature in about one minute!
Although merely a minor point that takes nothing away from the functionality of the brush is
- the fact that operating instructions are not included.
Again, this is minor only because once heated to operating temperature, this unit operates in the same fashion as other hair straightening brushes on the market. As a matter of fact, the only item in the box was the brush itself.
- One item that would really be nice for straightener to include is a carrying case.
This way, it could be stored more easily and would also be easier to pack in a suitcase for traveling. Remember, packing luggage strategically is all about making everything in the bag nice and neat. One can easily find a small tote to put it in of course. It would just be a nice touch if one was included.
- Lack of a rotating cord is a letdown as the cord has a tendency to be a little awkward.
This is easy to get used to, though. Lack of a hanging hook is a bit of a letdown as well. I say this because a hanging hook would cause it to take up less shelf space in the bathroom, keeping it near the point of use but out of the way at the same time. In reality, these are fairly minor points that again do not detract from how well the brush works.
In closing, this is a nice basic unit that performs well. The few negative points about it are really minor in the grand scheme of things as they do not take away from how well this brush performs.