Advantages Digital display, automatic shut off, controlled variable temperature
Disadvantages I've had better straighteners in the past
When my wonderful Remington power ceramics began to die on me, I decided to invest in some hair straighteners that would straighten or curl my hair, as I'd been pleased with the results when my hairdresser curled my hair with straighteners for my wedding day. I have naturally curly hair and spend the vast majority of my life trying to straighten it, but the curls created with straighteners are far more pretty and feminine than my naturally wild Viledasuper mop look, and the hairdresser made the style look so easy to recreate.
Since I am pretty loyal to Remington, I decided to opt for the same brand again. I'd heard really good things about these straighteners and thought it made far more sense to spend £40 on these instead of stupid amounts on GHD's. To be honest, I've never really understood why people are so willing to part with so much money for a product when you can get pretty much the same thing for half the cost. A lot of people think GHD's work far better than any other brand, but I've never been that amazed by them when I've tried them out in the past.
I bought these straighteners from Argos for £39.99 and they came in a suede black storage box, which is far more practical than your bog standard cardboard affair and looks much nicer. Inside the box is a 'curl secrets' dvd which shows salon professionals using the product to get different effects. The dvd teaches you step-by-step methods to achieve curls, straight hair and flicks and proves that the product is very versatile in terms of the different looks it can create. You also get a heat resistant pouch for your straighteners, so they can be transported soon after use without fear of melting anything close to them.The straighteners themselves are very stylish and have far more features than my old ones, which had an on/off slide switch and took approximately a minute to heat up to one temperature. The S1041 model has an on/off button and a choice of temperatures ranging from 130°c to 200°c. Given that they have a digital screen, you are able to see exactly how hot they are at any given time. A flashing light indicator tells you that the straighteners are still heating up and the light becomes solid when they have reached the desired temperature. The straighteners take very little time to heat up (less than a minute) and have a safety shut off valve after an hour without use if, like me, you have a tendency to forget you've left them on. The straighteners have Teflon coated plates to reduce frizz and a lock on their base to close the plates together when you want to store them away in the box or pouch.
SO FAR, SO GOOD - BUT DO THEY WORK?In order for hair straighteners to work well for me, the plates need to clamp together very firmly. Obviously, this is pretty much a given for most straighteners but, as I have very fine hair, if the plates do not firmly grip and control small amounts of hair, then the process becomes very long winded and the overall effect not that impressive.
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