I wish I had a good hair day every day, but in reality I have more bad hair days than good hair days. Thus, I often need to reach for hair styling tools that help me achieve a ‘good hair day’ look. Recently I was selected to try out some XTAVA hair tools and I was over the moon, because I’ve never heard of the brand before and thought it would be valuable for my readers to see whether these hair tools are any better than more well known hair tool brands such as GHD, Remington and Babyliss.
First of all, I want to talk about the packaging. Both of the hair tools came beautifully packaged. I was actually extremely impressed by the packaging. Both the hair straightener and curling wand came in geometric pattern outer packaging. As far as I know each hair tool by the brand has a different geometric pattern. However, all of the patterns have the same colour scheme of black, white and gold.
Once you open the outer packaging, there’s another black matte box with a magnetic close, engraved with the brand’s name. This kind of packaging makes the hair tools look so luxurious and expensive in my opinion. Then when you open the black box, the actual hair tool comes in a black travel case (not featured in photos) which has been made out of heat protectant material which I think is perfect for traveling. I mean I always do my hair just before I leave the house, so it’s the last thing I pack in my suitcase and the case would definitely help to prevent damage in the suitcase.
The XTAVA Twist Curling Wand* also comes with a black heat protectant glove. At first, I wasn’t very sure about it, because it looks like an exfoliating glove. However, it actually works.
XTAVA Pro-Satin Flat Iron* £29.99
I have naturally very straight hair. However, I still use a hair straightener from time to time as my hair is very frizzy. According to the brand this flat iron helps to “lock in moisture, protect hair cuticles and add silkiness and shine that lasts all day” by using Pro-Satin infrared heat technology. Moreover, they state that “regular heat damages the surface of the hair and causes frizz, but infrared rays work by penetrating the innermost layer of the hair strands, heating them from inside out”. Meaning it’s less ‘damaging’ to the hair. On top of that, the “ceramic tourmaline plates use ionic technology which reduces hair surface tension, leaving the hair shiny and frizz-free”.
The XTAVA flat iron also features an advanced microprocessor that allows for 11 specific heat settings between 130°C and 230°C. This is awesome, because no matter how thick or thin your hair is you can adjust the temperature accordingly.
The straightener also heats up super fast due to “superior quality ceramic heater which enables the flat iron to reach maximum temperature within 90 seconds”. Normally I straighten my hair using 150°C or 170°C temperature and it takes about 20 seconds for the flat iron to heat up to these temperature setting which is amazing.
The best ‘technical’ part about this flat iron is that it has an auto-shut-off function that turns it off when left unattended, so you never have to worry about rushing out of the house.
I’m a little skeptical about whether heating the hair from the inside out is actually a good thing. However, this hair straightener definitely does make my hair a lot shinier, softer and it gets rid of all the unwanted frizz. I’ve been using different hair straighteners over the years and although they tame the frizz, they never make my hair as shiny and ‘healthy’ looking as this one does. If the claims that it’s less damaging on the hair is true, I’m all up for it.
Another thing I love about this particular flat iron is that it has extra wide plates which speeds up the straightening process. I normally straighten my hair in less than 5 minutes with this flat iron.
XTAVA Twist Curling Wand* £20
I don’t normally curl my hair very often, because it takes up so much time and there’s already not enough time in a day. However, I absolutely love the look of my hair curled, because I have naturally very fine hair which can sometimes look extremely flat. Curls give me that volume I want and they just generally make me feel more dolled up.
This particular curling wand comes in three different barrel sizes:
0.5-1 (25mm-13mm) – for creating defined ringlets and tighter curls
0.75-1.25 (32mm-19mm) – for creating effortless beach waves
1-1.5 (25mm-38mm) – for creating voluminous beach waves or curls
The wand I received is the 1-1.5 (25mm-38mm) which is great for creating voluminous beach waves or curls. All of the curling wand sizes feature 22 temperature settings between 90°C and 210°C. Moreover, they also feature the amazing 60 minute automatic sleep mode shut off function.
The temperature 90°C – 150°C is best for delicate or fine hair types; 150°C – 190°C for normal hair; and 190°C – 210°C for thick or coarse hair types. Similarly to the flat iron the curling wand features ionic technology which prevents frizz.
I am completely in love with this curling wand! The actual wand is quite light, so it doesn’t make my hand tired at all whilst I curl my hair. Similarly to the flat iron, it heats up super quick, if not even quicker. I think it took about 10 seconds to heat up to 180°C. Usually it takes about an hour to curl all my hair. However, with this beauty I managed to curl it in about 30 minutes which is insane.
I usually wrap my hair around the wand; wait 5 seconds; release the curl in my palm and hold it for another 5 seconds util it cools down (it helps to hold the curl longer throughout the day) and then release it completely. The curls always turn out amazing and they last the whole day.
I 100% recommend both of these hair tools, because they are so good for the price. They look and feel much more expensive and the results from using them are amazing.
Have you ever tried any hair tools by this brand? Would you?
*These products were sent to me for review purposes. However all opinions are my own and 100% honest. This post also contains affiliate links which help to support this site. Read my disclaimer if you have any concerns regarding this.