I have only recently grown my hair out from going through a phase of short hair and using travel size straighteners, so when I first started using this they felt too big and heavy but of course over time I know now these are perfect.
For £25, I purchased these from Littlewoods [without the insurance doh] and they have served me very well for four years.
The are the trusted Remington brand, a black, sleek look with ceramic plates within, that really should be handled carefully, they are soooo hot if you pick up the wrong end! Yikes. I really didn't mind what colour I got or ordered I just wanted great straighteners bt these are available in other colours.
My hair is quite thick and suffers a bit from the dreaded frizzy hair look so these are a must.
There's no waiting around with these, as soon as you have applied your heat spray/oil, these within 30 seconds Aare ready to go.
The top temperature is 210c, and there is a flashing light to indicate this product is on so you don't have to test it with your hand!
The cord is also made to swivel which is great when trying to work yourself around your head and especially the back.
I've struggled with trying to curl with these. But believe me you can, I know these are straighteners however on a recent 'This morning' spot with Leo Bancroft, he used straighteners to curl hair and it works so well! and a lot easier than I had made it out to be.
I would say to tame my hair I have had a three-month fight of trial and error with products to tame my hair.
Using a heat protector or spray for some reason makes my hair more static or frizzy, so I have abandoned that in favour of hair masks twice a week to help with the heat from the styling. I find that if I lower the temperature and slowly and gently pull down on my hair the more effective it is and kinder long term to my hair. I now have conquered those kinks and I am so relieved.
The cable despite being swivel, which is perfect I find is a big too long and gets in the way a lot.
I really am happy with this product and have not to return or exchange them at all.
Only small thing is I wish they came with a bag, I would have happily paid a bit more because keeping them tidy and out of sight is a little struggle.
To clean the straighteners from styling products, leave to cool and with a damp cloth wipe the ceramic plates gently. Do not use a scourer or any flammable liquids as this can damage the plates and then damage your hair and all that effort for nothing!
If you head to the Remington website this particular product is currently retailing at £12.99!!! Come on!
On the website thier is great advice and recommended products to purchase with this.
I bought these Remmington straighteners to replace some old ones from a different brand that had gone wrong. I paid about £25 for them a couple of years ago and because of the low price, initially I was worried about whether these would be good enough to be used regularly on my hair which is very thick. It is not unusual for straighteners to cost around the £80 mark so I felt like I was taking a bit of a gamble.
However I have had no problems with them at all. They are ceramic coated so they glide over the surface of the hair smoothly and without resistance or tugging. The manufacturers claim they heat up in 30 seconds and this is absolutely true so you don't have to stand around waiting for them to be ready. There are no different heat settings but I have found they are hot enough to get the job done but don't make me smell of frazzled hair which is the prefect result! The swivel cord and the long length of the cord (3 metres) is useful as plug sockets aren't always conveniently located near mirrors.
It would be better if they came with a heat-proof protective bag to store them in but I guess this would bump the price up. It just goes to show you don't need to be spending £80 or £90 to get a good pair of straighteners - you can get a decent pair from a decent brand at a good price! I highly recommend them.
Before I bought these Remington Hair Essentials CS5002 Ceramic Hair Straighteners, I had owned the previous ones before they were updated. I had originally bought them when I was 18 but unfortunately they broke 3 years later. I was totally gutted when they fell out my bag and smashed on the concrete floor as I was running down the stairs. Knowing how good they were I actually wanted to buy the same ones that I had but they were no longer available to buy. I cant deny that I was disappointed as it took such a long time for me to find a pair that worked in my long thick wavy hair, so I decided to buy the updated version of them, hoping that they were just as good as my previous ones.
Just like my previous straighteners, I had bought the Remington Hair Essentials CS5002 Ceramic Hair Straighteners from Argos. I remember them being cheaper than the old broken ones, as I had got them in the sale for £17.99 instead of £29.99. I was really pleased with myself that I had got a bargain, much better than paying over £100 for GHD's. I have never known why someone would pay so much money for a pair of GHD Straighteners as I think the investment isn't worth the customers while. I am a hair dresser to trade, I used them in the collage that I was learning about hair and also when I worked in my friends hairdressing shop. I found that after roughly a year of usage, they would explode in our hands while using them on peoples hair. I had never known this to happen before and was rather shocked that it had happened, although after the first few times it came a day to day thing that I got used to them exploding and the fright that I once experienced just turned to annoyance. After witnessing the amount of GHD's that had exploded it is safe to say that I would not advise getting them, not only for them being a waste of money but also for the safety aspect. However, having had these Remington Hair Essentials CS5002 Ceramic Hair Straighteners for 4 years now, I had noticed that there was some wear and tear on the ceramic plates due to using them while having hairspray product in my hair and decided that it was time that they were needing replaced. To be fair, after having the straighteners for 4 years and using them everyday, the £17.99 that I had originally paid was not only a bargain but the straighteners owe me nothing. When I started to look for a new pair, I had thought that they could possibly be hard to find as it was a while ago that I had bought them, so I wasn't too sure if they would still be available to buy. Luckily for me I found them on Amazon for £12.99 with Free delivery, so if after reading this review you are wanting to purchase a pair, you now know where to buy them from.
I have always found it difficult to find straighteners in my hair that work, so when my friends buy new straighteners I cant wait to give them a try to see if they pass the test or not. I originally had thick poker straight hair when I was a child right up until I was a young teenager. I remember coming in from school asking my Mother what I could do to get permanent curly hair, she had recommended a perm as said she would do it for me herself. To cut a longs story short I ended up with 3 perms in the one week as they never turned out, I am actually really lucky that my hair never fell out. My hair ended up very fragile as well as thick, very curly, and very unmanageable. If you could imagine a "mop top" that was me and my friends at school didn't mind teasing me about it either. Though out the years my hair had obviously become less like a "mop top" but still very difficult to manage and hard to control the frizz. Many straighteners that I have tried over the years have still left my hair frizzy so I was pleased to of found these Remington Hair Essentials CS5002 Ceramic Hair Straighteners. They not only left my hair flat with no frizz but also smooth and silky, which made my hair look more healthy that it actually was.
The title Remington Hair Essentials CS5002 Ceramic Hair Straighteners, would suggest that the straighteners ceramic plates are indeed cermanic plates which is kind of false advertising in my opinion as they are of coated cermanic plates so when you buy straighteners make sure you read all the features and information. Some of you might wonder why ceramic plates matter, as when the straighteners first came out there were only iron plate that were on the straigteners. Now that they have been out a while and technology is progressing you can get ceramic plates which help to protect your hair from heat damage during use, as well as help distribute the heat more efficiently and evenly which makes it easier for styling and gives you better end results.
When the Straighteners arrived I couldn't wait to open them, the first thing that I noticed was that the box was still the same as it was 4 years ago. There isnt much point in describing the box to you as you will be able to see a picture above. I liked the fact that it was very stylish and made the straighteners instantly look more expensive that what they were, so it would be great for a present if you were buying them from somebody. I also liked that as well as a picture of the Remington Hair Essentials CS5002 Ceramic Hair Straighteners, it also told you of the features on the box that was bullet pointed to make it easy and clear to read and see with no fuss.
I unpackaged the straighteners which were well packaged to save any damage. I plugged them in to the socket, turned them and waited for them to heat up before I could start using them. 30 seconds later like promised by the manufactures, the straighteners were hot enough and ready to use. I liked the fact that you can choose what temperature that you can use for you heat going as high as 210 degrees celsius. These days you can get straighteners that has a higher temperature that you can use for your hair but considering how hard it is to get my hair to sit perfect and the way that I want it not forgetting these straighteners at temperature 210 degrees works well, I wouldn't put my hair through that extra 20 degrees. The plates on the straighteners are a nice size not too wide yet not the small narrow plates that you get either but something in between. I liked the fact that when you pull your hair through the straighter to transform your hair from scary spice to prefactly nice your hair doesn't snag, which means less chance of split ends. I have flattened my hair with and without straightening protection spay and it has made no difference to my style so I would recommend using it to protect your hair when straightening it. I would recommend got2b guardian angel 220 degrees heat protection spray made by schwarzkpf. Not only does it protect your hair but also leave it smelling nice and keeps your hair in the style you have straightened it in for longer.
I feel like a little old woman stuck in my ways but I like sticking to something that I know that works, I mean who wants to pay for something that doesn't work the way which you thought it would. I cannot recommend the Remington Hair Essentials CS5002 Ceramic Hair Straighteners enough and give it full marks or five out of five. I hope that this one lasts longer than my last one and hopefully when the time comes for them to pass away I will still be able to buy these straighteners again. I am really pleased with the results that the straighteners left my hair in, it was smooth, silky, flat, and just the way that I wanted it. The price that I paid was a fair price to pay and I am also pleased that they have lasted as long as they have. If I hadn't of used my straighteners when I've had hairspray product in my hair the straighteners would of had more of a life expandature. Never the less I am glad that I have found them and my hair stays the way I have styled it for long periods of time without kinks or flicks. I hope that my review has been of some use to you in helping to decide if these Remington Hair Essentials CS5002 Ceramic Hair Straighteners are for you or not. Thank you for taking the time to read.
Ive had these straighteners for 18 months and they have never let me down. I straighten my hair every day as without it, it waves and sticks up wildly. These straighteners are simple to use and heat up very quickly. They are also slightly slimmer than my old ones which takes a bit longer with the smaller plates but would be great for those of us who wanted to create waves or flicks in their hair. The cord is quite long and this is handy if your plug is a distance from your mirror. The heat setting is like a wheel dial on the side which can be turned up or down. I think this is a flaw in the design as it is easy to knock this and change the heat setting without realising. it also doesn't tell you what heat all these are and has no guage to indicate when the straighteners are hot and ready for use. The only light on these is to show whether they are on or off. The ceramic plates glide easily over your hair and do not catch or stick like some ceramics do. They do straighten very well, but i find i have to have them on their hottest setting in order for them to be effective and really notice the difference if i turn them down any. My other grumble is that mine didn't come with a stand or cooling bag which leaves a dillema as to where to put them after use. As i see it, it is quite obvious that some method of standing them some where to cool is needed. They do get very hot, so for me this would have been a must needed feature.
considering the price of them, they do their job well. i do think this product could be improved but they are reliable and simple and quick to use.
I had a set of the Remington Hair Essentials CS5002 Ceramic Hair Straighteners given to me last late last year when the coating on my set of Vidal Sasson straighteners cracked and chipped off . I used these till just after easter when I got an updated Remington set.
So having used these for a few months I feel able to tell you a little about them and how to get the best from using them. Being ceramic straighteners means they have ceramic coated plates. Why do I need those you ask? Well a good set of ceramic coated plates can help to protect your hair from heat damage during use. The plates help to distribute the heat more efficiently and evenly which makes for easier styling and better results.
The straighteners have a reasonably fast 30 second heat up period and get up to 210 degrees celsius, although my more recent upgrades can heat in less than a third of that to 230 degrees. The styling plates are slim and were easy to close around the hair. The styler is plain black, but many others are too, so that didn't take anything away from their minimal if some what basic look.
There is an on and off indicator and a useful 3 m long swivel cord attached so that you don't get tangled up whilst turning yourself into a super model.
I found that using a heat protective serum made the finished results even better and it only takes a few seconds to run this through your hair before letting the straighteners loose on your locks! Using a serum means the hair looks more glossy and helps the stylers to do their magic with less effort as they glide much more smoothly over you hair.
These are considered to be a lower end product in the range and are not as good as some of the more expensive Remington straighteners, but you pay your money and make your choice and these were a good stop gap for me at the time till I upgraded to another set.
These sell for between £15 to £18 and with a bit of effort will give you pleasingly glossy hair, but in time you may find you want a bit more finesse.
These are a basic /bog standard set that give an ok result, so I think 3 stars is where I see these sitting comfortably.
These were my first ever straighteners and I bought them when I was about fourteen and they still work perfectly now. They can easily produce poker straight, sleek hair after only about a minute of heating them. The design is simple, black, slim and not too heavy to move around. Their very easy to use and once plugged in the swivel cord will stretch up to three metres. You can tell easily that they are on and heating as there is a red indicator light on the side.
Can even use when hair is slightly damp!
The downside to these straighteners is that they can get very hot, I've burnt myself a few times! However, as the heat can get up to 210 degrees, these straighteners will guarantee that you have straight hair. When I straighten my hair with these I use VO5 Heat Defence Taming Spray because the heat can make the hair go static and the spray will make it lie flat again, however my hair is very thick and hard to control sometimes!
I bought these for £14.99 a couple of years ago, a bargain then but probably even cheaper now.
These straighteners are currently on loan to me after sending off another model to Remington for repair.
Ceramic coated slim plates, ceramic coated plates protect your hair from potential heat damage by ensuring even heat distribution for ultra smooth styling.
Fast heat-up to 210 degrees celsius
Ready to use in 30 seconds
Swivel cord and long too!! 3 metres in fact.
This straightener is at the cheaper end of the market at about £14 upwards nowadays, but I am so impressed with using this I may just decide to kep hold of it!!!
It glides through the hair wonderfull whilst you are using it due to the ceramic coated plates, it feels very smooth to use and easy enough to handle because of the 3 metre long swivelling cord so you can go front side and back easily without a problem at all!!!
They do indeed heat up quickly, there is no variable temperature switch but the 210 degrees it gets to is going to be suitable for the majority of people, my hair is straighish already and long and the heat seems to be fine, and an optimum one to get the best results in one to 2 movements.
Of course they take a long time to cool down therefore I recommend you have something heat proof to hand to save burning upholstery or whatever the surfaces the cooling straightener are placed upon!!
The size of the plates is perfect. They are fine for alonger wider fringe and even a shorter fringe as they are slim enough to fit through either, but not so slim it takes ages to do the hair. Neither are they like paddles, they are the fine width for most hair types.
The only thing I miss with these ones is floating plates, that is literally straightening plates which float on the straightener enabling maximum adherance to the hair, these ones do grip the hair adequately though just feels a litter strange than what I am used to.
Overall these straightener are absolutely wonderful and an excellent investment, I swear I could not tell the difference between these and other models only for the fact it does have a lot less features, but for a basic hair styling tool it is absolutely brilliant. I would not hesitate to even get it as a gift for someone or even for myself instead of having them on loan.
I've never been one for spending silly money on hair and beauty products because of the brand name, hence you'll never catch me reviewing GHDs, unless I happen to win a pair in a competition. I like putting effort into my appearance (occasionally!) but when it comes to hair straighteners, I think a good quality brand in a medium price range is more than good enough for me, especially if they're on sale!
I currently have a pair of Remington CS5002 straighteners, bought last year for around £25. I went for these because they look sleek and are ceramic, plus at £25 for a popular and trustworthy brand they seemed like a worthwhile investment when compared to other brands costing upwards of £40.
Remington have several hair straighteners on the market, and I recently bought another set just a couple of weeks ago from Asda (bargain at £15) for my mother. Needless to say she was delighted that she could get rid of the cheap old ones she bought a while ago that took ages to heat up and had cracked within the first few weeks of use.
... Features ...
These come in a neat black box, on which are the details of the straighteners. The key features include:
30 second heat up - These heat up to 210 degrees within 30 seconds, and I can confirm that they are ready to use after a few seconds. They do get very hot, obviously, so it's important to be careful about how often you use them, where you're putting your hands and leaving them during/after use.
Ceramic golden plates - Ceramic plates help protect from damage and evenly spread the heat over your hair.
Red indicator Light - There's a small red light on these to show that they're plugged in. As there's no on or off switch, it's good to have a reminder that they're still on so you don't forget to unplug them!
3M swivel cord - This is a good length for ease of manoeuvrability, so you shouldn't have a problem plugging these in and moving around, moving to sit further away from the socket etc.
... Are they any good? ...
I think these straighteners do just what they claim to on the box. They heat up quickly and are ready to use in 20-30 seconds, but don't leave them on for too long before you use them because they do get extremely hot.
Smoothing these through your hair is effortless as they glide well, but they're designed well so you can push the plates together easily to grip your hair between them.
The overall build of these straighteners is of good quality. Some straighteners, being plastic, can look and feel quite tacky, but these are quite sturdy. I've had no problems with using them, nor have I noticed any faults with them.
The end result is smooth, straight hair, and depending on how long your hair is, the desired results are quick to achieve.
... Overall ...
Fab straighteners at a good price that I would definitely recommend if you want quality, reliability and good results.
(Also available on Amazon for £14.88.)