Interested in the RUSK CTC Str8 flat iron?
We’ve got you covered with our in depth review!
Find out what sets this model apart from the competition, where it falls down, and how it compares to similar models from brands like CHI and Babyliss – just keep reading!
- Full name: RUSK Engineering CTC Technology Professional Straight (str8) Iron
- Model: IRECTC2092
- Length of the flat iron: 11 1/2″ long
- Plate size: 1″ or 1 + 1/4″ wide, 4 1/2″ long
- Cord: 9 foot long swivel cord
- Voltage: 120V (converter required outside the US)
- Wattage: 400 W
- Extras: Protective heat matt
♥ 1 or 1 1/4″ Ceramic Titanium Plates For Durability & Even Heat
The ceramic plates are infused with titanium – bringing together the benefits of each material for the best of both worlds.
Titanium is more durable, plus it brings high heat transfer power and works especially well on thick or coarse hair. Ceramic material keeps the flat iron affordable and provides an even application of heat while you straighten.
The plates feature Ryton housing and Sol-Gel technology. This keeps the flat iron strong & chip resistant. Plus it provides a more effective and smoother straighten with just one pass through of the iron.
It’s available in 1 inch or 1 1/4 inch plates – the 1 inch works better for shorter hair, the 1.25″ plates are ideal for longer hair. The plates are approximately 4 1/4″ in length.
This width and length combination is bigger than a lot of other flat irons on the market. Longer plates work great for thick hair, saving valuable time while you straighten.
The plates are slightly curved so the flat iron glides smoothly through your hair. It doesn’t pull or tug while you straighten.
♥ Heats Up To 450°F – 5 Settings But No Auto Shut Off
The CTC heats up to a high heat of 450°F – perfect for sealing in keratin treatments. There are five different heat settings so you can experiment to find what works best for your hair type and desired style. Keep your flat iron on the lowest heat setting (300°F ) if you’re concerned about heat damage and work your way upwards to find the best heat setting for you hair.
It’s easy to adjust the temperature – just press the +/- temperature controls to find one that works for you. The temperature setting appears on the LED display.
While it’s designed primarily for straightening, some like it use it for curling their hair too. The heat also emits from the sides – meaning it’s easy to flip and curl the ends of your hair.
This flat iron heats up quickly so it’s great if you’re strapped for time in the mornings. It takes less than one minute to get to the full 450°F heat. The RUSK CTC Professional comes equipped with a temperature memory function – meaning your straightener will remember and reach your optimal temperature quickly. Just push the memory button to heat the flat iron to your saved setting.
♥ Who Is The CTC Str8 For?
Because the ceramic plates are long and titanium infused, this flat iron works well for thick, coarse hair. However, it can work well for thin, fine hair on the right temperature setting. Rusk promises this flat iron straightens, smooths, and shines the hair, leaving it in optimal condition.
Rusk recommends different temperatures to suit different hair types.
- Keep the flat iron at a lower temperature of 300°F for fragile and very fine hair.
- Thin, easy to curl hair straightens best at 340°F.
- If you have normal textured hair opt for the 375°F setting.
- Wavy, curly hair can take a higher heat – 410°F is ideal.
- The 450°F is too hot for a lot of hair types – but it does work well for very thick, coarse hair.
Rusk target this flat iron towards women of all hair lengths who want to smooth and straighten kinks, cowlicks, curls, and climate frizz.
It comes in two different plate widths – 1 inch or 1 1/4 inch. The 1 inch works best if you have shorter hair, go for the 1 1/4 inch if your hair is longer.
This flat iron is a good option for hair salon use. Rusk promise it works great for smoothing and straightening salon treatments including kerashine conditioning, anti-curl, and thermal shiny straight.
♥ 9 Foot Cord & A Protective Matt, But It’s Not Dual Voltage
This Rusk flat iron is attached to a long 9 foot cord that swivels while you straighten so it doesn’t tangle.
It is not a dual voltage model – it’s compatible with 120V. You need a converter if you’re using it outside of the US, however these converters are usually pretty inexpensive.
Worried about damaging your furniture or floor with the heat from this straightener? It comes with a protective matt so you can rest your flat iron on something safe while it’s hot.
This particular Rusk model comes in black only. The matte black material can attract fingerprints (it’s comparable to the feel of NARS makeup packaging) – something to bare in mind if you like to keep your hair tools looking spotless.
How To Use The RUSK CTC Str8?
It’s easy to use.
- Separate your dry hair into one inch sections.
- Begin at the crown of the head, bring the flat iron as close to your roots as possible without coming too close to the scalp.
- Clasp your hair in between the plates and glide the flat iron downwards until you pass it through the entire section.
- Repeat until you’ve straightened all the sections of your hair.
♥ 2 Year Limited Warranty For Peace Of Mind
One of the most attractive features of this flat iron is the generous warranty period. The CTC St8 is covered by a 24 month limited manufacturer’s warranty.
What happens if you experience a malfunction? Rusk will replace or repair your defective CTC Technology Str8 flat iron for free within the 2 year period from the date of purchase. Just pay the 5 dollar postage and handling fee and ship your defective flat iron to their service center. It’s important to retain your receipt for proof of purchase. Register your iron when you receive it and you will be covered by the warranty.
Full warranty info is available here.
Customer Reviews – Comparisons + Pros & Cons
♥ RUSK Vs. Other Brands
♥ RUSK vs. CHI
A lot of reviews think this RUSK is better than the CHI models.
One customer said she tried a few CHI models in the past and this RUSK flat iron is much better. Her thick coarse hair is straight in only 10 minutes, and it looks much shinier.
Another said it’s better than her CHI – the only thing she doesn’t like about the CTC RUSK is how long it is. One review said the CHI burned her hair – but she doesn’t have that problem with the RUSK. A third said it’s easier to use than the CHI and it takes fewer passes through to get her hair straight.
However, one customer thinks the quality of the RUSK flat iron is similar to CHI, but the CHI is better.
♥ RUSK vs. Babyliss
Most reviews that compared it to Babyliss prefer this RUSK model. It’s very comparable to all three of the Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium irons – some say it’s almost identical, with the color being the main difference. The Rusk is more lightweight than the Babyliss flat irons.
Unlike the Babyliss 1 1/4 inch, reviews say the RUSK doesn’t burn your hair or leave it with a burned smell. However, one reviewer did say the Babyliss is better.
♥ Fan Fave & Recommended By Professionals
Multiple reviewers said the RUSK CTC is their favorite flat iron.
A lot of customers bought this iron based on recommendations from professional hair stylists. One reviewer was recommended the RUSK by her hair dresser, who said it is one of the best flat irons on the market.
A professional hair stylist said she likes to use it on her clients on an everyday basis. She has used it for 3 years, and says it works well for all different hair types.
♥ Heats Quickly To Save Time
While it’s definitely not the cheapest model on the market, the RUSK CTC flat iron can provide professional quality results.
Customers like that it heats up quickly – you don’t need to wait even a minute to heat it to 450°F. Many note how much time they saved when they started using this straightener – instead of spending a few hours on their hair, some were able to straighten in just 10, 20, or 30 minutes.
♥ Shiny Looking Hair With Minimal Damage
What really sets this flat iron apart from the competition is how it makes the hair look and feel.
A ton of reviews were impressed with the way this flat iron treats the hair. It doesn’t fry or cause excess damage. A couple noted it really works great on damaged hair (especially damage from bleach). It can give a soft, silky look even without added product. It doesn’t cause a static problem like many other models can.
It takes only one pass for thin hair and leaves it looking sleek and shiny. Two reviewers say the shine effect is so strong, their friends asked them if they got highlights! Some said they like that this RUSK flat iron doesn’t pull their hair out. It glides smoothly through the hair with each pass through.
♥ Works For Most Hair Types & Can Curl Too
Unsurprisingly, the long titanium infused plates work well on thick, coarse hair. However, a lot of customers with thin hair said they really like it.
It also works well for some women with relaxed African hair. However, it can be difficult to get at new hair growth – we recommend using a pressing comb to reach those areas. Some women with natural African American hair also said they like it – and it works to straighten out any kinks on super curly hair.
The plates are curved on the side which makes it easy to curl your hair. Many customer said they like this RUSK model for curling, but it can take some practice and skill. One said she never uses her curling iron anymore because it’s just more convenient to curl with this straightener.
♦ Be Careful Not To Burn Your Hands
♦ Faulty Issues
♦ Poor Range of Heat Settings
Is It For Me?
- Most customers find that the finish to your hair after styling with this iron is biggest selling point for this model.
- The ceramic plates infused with titanium, and the longer, wider plates are ideal for thick coarse hair. A lot of customers with thin hair also have success with the 1 inch plate iron on a lower heat setting.
- This RUSK model compares well to similar flat irons from brands like Chi and Babyliss. As a nice bonus, it comes with a protective matt so it doesn’t burn your furniture or floor while it’s still hot.
- A few customers have issues with their Rusk CTC malfunctioning, however each purchase is covered by a 2 year limited manufacturer’s warranty is you experience any issues.
- This RUSK straightener heats up quickly to the max temperature of 450 F. However, it only comes with 5 heat settings. Some customers think it could do with a few more temperature options.
- It’s not a dual voltage model, and it doesn’t have an automatic shut off function.
- The top of the flat iron gets super hot when it’s switched on – be careful not to burn your hands while you use it.