Recently, I was given the opportunity to test the Infinity Pro by Conair 1 Inch Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron. (It also came with a sample bottle of One n' Only Argan oil, but I'll review that in a seperate post). I currently own a T3 Tourmaline 1 inch iron, which I purchased at Sephora about 5 years ago for $150 (yikes!), and haven't used anything since, because I've had great luck with it. But as soon as I took the Conair out of the box, I knew right away there were going to be a few differences!
First, I'll just give you some info about the iron itself, taken from its packaging:
"Sleek chic hair is attainable with the Infinity Pro by Conair 1 inch Ceramic Flat Iron. Utilizing Tourmaline Ceramic technology, it provides anti-frizz and anti-static results with less damage.
This flat iron heats up in 15 seconds and offers 30 heat settings with true ceramic heat, the highest reaching up to 455 degrees for even hard-to-straighten hair. Hair is 89% straighter with less frizz (based on third party testing comparing use with and without a straightener)".
Here's some box shots:
The first thing I noticed when I took the flat iron out of the box was how lightweight it is, compared to the T3 I'm used to using. It was amazingly lightweight, but felt solid and well-made at the same time.
The next difference I noticed were the plates themselves- the plates on the Conair are significantly longer than my T3, and most other flat irons I've seen. This results in being able to straighten your hair much faster.
Here's a close up of the plates, and below that, the Conair compared to my T3:
The Infiniti Pro heats up incredibly fast. When I plugged it in, it began to get warm immediately, and within 15 seconds, it was super hot and ready to go. The first time I used it, I put it on a heat setting somewhere in the middle (which is where I set my T3), but I soon discovered that it was way too hot for my baby fine hair. I turned it down to the second to lowest setting, and found that it was perfect for taking the slight wave out of my hair, as well as smooth my bangs.
For those of you with hard-to-straighten, thick or coarse hair, let me just tell you, this iron gets hot and will likely straighten any type of hair no matter how difficult.
The ceramic plates will help protect your hair from getting scorched, but I would recommend starting with a lower setting and working your way up to hotter settings to find the minimum heat setting that will straighten your hair.
Two things you have to be careful of are the on/off switch, since it's on the handle, you can sometimes bump it accidentally, and also make sure you hold the iron where the silver hand grips are. You might have an instinct to hold it further up since the plates are so long, but don't- you might burn your hand! You get used to the length of the plates, and they really help you get your hair done in much less time.
I think I'm going to retire my old T3 and use the Conair from now on. At $39.95, I recommend it as an alternative to a T3 or Chi iron- it's just as capable for a lot less money.
***Disclosure-The products featured in this review included products sent for consideration by a company or PR agency. This in no way influenced my experience with the product- all opinions are my own, and I was not paid to write this review. ***
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