I am reviewing the DAFNI hair straightening brush. I want to inform you of the features, characteristics, pros, and cons of this model. This product claims to be “the original ceramic hair straightening brush”. First off, I would like to start with saying the Dafni hair straightening ceramic brush is very easy to use and highly effective. It’s one of the most well-known hair brush straighteners and many say it’s the best hair straightening brush to date. I believe it’s a fairly good brush and definitely works well although it does lack several features which would make use of the device more convenient. It’s doesn’t have the cheapest price compared to some other hair brush straighteners on the market but it certainly delivers and I can now say with confidence that it was worth every cent.
(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 wasn’t an issue as these devices all operate in similar fashion with similar controls and as I said before it’s very easy to use. 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. I will now go into more detail about these and other points.
Layout of Buttons: 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 pressed, the device 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 provides a consistent surface temperature. This is great because it has a consistent performance every time and the final results are always as expected.
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’s black. This is fine 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 someone who is often on the go and needs 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 ideal for a straightening brush. A rotating cord is a favorable 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: It features 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 the optimal material for this application because it supports even heating across the entire surface. At the same time, it is a gentle heat that doesn’t harm the 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.
Having clarified that this brush is
- no frills; and
- easy to operate.
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 should be quicker, and thicker hair types will possibly take longer.
- There is only one control button, which is the on/off control.
- There is no control lock.
It would be good to have a control feature though, because the location of the button makes it quite easy to accidentally press 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.
- The black body with the blue head makes the brush visually appealing.
- 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. It would just be useful 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 the 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 fairly basic unit that performs very 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.