Having been a GHD advocate for almost a decade, I was keen to give a new brand a try when my straighteners gave up the ghost recently. For years, it has felt like GHD has had somewhat of a monopoly over the styling tools industry – for pretty much the entirety of my hair-straightening life I have used them and nothing else. Enter the T3 Single Pass Iron. Sleek in design, they look like a cracking pair of straighteners but when it comes to hairstyling, looks aren’t important – it’s all about the results. The T3 Single Pass iron is lined with Tourmaline, which T3 claim promotes healthy hair by sealing in moisture and eliminating frizz.
I loved two things about this straightening iron: My sister has recently been sent to straightener rehab by her hairdresser and is banned from using them. The T3 temperature gauge avoids the need to go completely cold turkey. Though results vary on hair type (mine is quite thin but with a definite frizz), they still give a pretty smooth finish on a low temperature meaning you can give your hair a rest if it is getting over frazzled. Though they may not completely live up to the name of “single pass” “once or twice pass” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. The tourmaline certainly made it super quick and easy to style my flyaway locks, and for that I have to give it some credit.
Less impressive was the longevity of the style. It’s hard to say whether it’s the excessive heat of the last few weeks or whether the style just doesn’t stick, but I found my hair flicking out at the ends and my fringe took on its more naturally wavy shape after only a few hours. The weather since I got my hands on the T3 has been too humid for me to give curling my hair a chance – it just wouldn’t stick in the current climate, but I’m feeling confident that the slightly curved barrel and temperature control mean my hair will curl well and be protected by the ability to choose a lower temperature.
Overall, the T3 Single Pass Straightening Irons are a fair styling tool. Priced at $160 (around £105) they’re more expensive than some of their competitor flat irons but they’re a sound investment for those who don’t have incredibly unruly curly hair. It’s easy to rush the straightening process with these, but a little patience will definitely improve the final results without leaving hair tired and damaged.
Written by Alice-May Purkiss