“ Brand: Braun „
It's fair to say that the females in my family, myself and my two girls, have our fair share of bad hair days; between us we have to contend with incredibly curly hair (youngest daughter), thick, wavy, yet prone to frizzy locks (eldest daughter), whilst my hair is quite thick, averagely straight it's definitely at its best with careful styling. We've found these straighteners brilliant at tackling all our hair woes, and at a reasonable price - they are currently £39.99 on amazon.
The straighteners, the Braun Satin Hair 7 Iontec Straighteners to give them their full title, have ceramic plates and a digital display with variable temperature. They are as pictured above, they don't come with a bag or stand, but they are quite rich in features, particularly compared to the basic model I previously owned.
At 17000 watts they are surprisingly quick to heat up - the manufacturer claims 40 seconds, which is accurate in my experience. I like the fact that you have to physically touch an on/off button which is integrated into the display and that the display is red back-lit when they are on, turning to green when the straighteners reach your selected temperature. You can choose the exact temperature you want from 130 to 200 degrees centigrade, it's easy to change the temperature via two buttons, also on the display. The display is simple but clear and gives you more than enough information, showing clearly if the device is on and what the temperature is. I like the swivel cord, which makes styling easy, however I would prefer a cord slightly longer than the 2 metres on offer here.
That said, the main thing is that the straighteners do a fantastic job, even tackling my youngest's curly hair and rendering it surprisingly smooth, straight and shiny with relatively little effort. The cool tips make it easy to use, and the ceramic plates - 9cm long by 2.4cm by my measurements, are a good size for getting through the thickest of hair quickly. They are floating plates and seem of good quality - one of them is spring loaded, meaning you can't apply too much pressure when using them on your own or someone else's hair. I favour a temperature of about 3/4 up the scale, at the highest temperature I fear they might be a bit fierce. There is a boost button if you wish to switch them to maximum in one press of a button. Another feature of this item are the "satin ions" that can be switched on and off and which are meant to protect the hair. In practice there are two green outlets at the bottom of the plates that apparently release "millions of active ions" which "restore the moisture balance of your hair and instantly tame frizz and fight static". I have to admit that I am always a bit cynical about these claims, and the satin ion feature just seems to make a buzzy noise a little like an electric fly killer device which is a little alarming the first time you use it. In use though the ions do seem to make some difference to hair, especially on the eldest daughter's hair which is left refreshingly frizz free with use of these.
Once used the straighteners have a useful 30 minute automatic switch off, and I like the fact that the straighteners come back on at the temperature you left them at when you use them again. They seem well made and are comfortable and easy to use with good clear instructions.
Overall I've been really impressed with these straighteners - unfortunately I've never owned branded and more expensive straighteners so I can't compare results, however these certainly leave the hair looking salon styled, they get a fair bit of use here and don't seem to have damaged our hair at all. I would prefer them to come with a bag and a stand, but for the price I think they are pretty good. I would recommend them if you are looking for straighteners at this price point, they are a quality item.
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The Braun Satinliner - what rubbish. I used to own a pair of Remington Wet 2 Straight hair straighteners which, although frazzled my hair slightly, still managed to keep it straight, shiny and frizz-free. Unfortunately, Braun have attempted to impress the female population with their Satinliner, which apparently offers satin-like hair, free of frizz, as a result of the wonderous 'satin ions'. Skeptical as I was, I decided to buy a pair when my beloved Wet 2 Straight straighteners packed up after almost 4 years use.
To start with the most noticable flaw, the Satinliner looks horrendously tacky. And not even 'tacky' in the way that it could be deemed as fashionable, it just looks plastic and rubbish. The straighteners do not look 'sleek' or 'powerful' in comparison to other hair straighteners, in particular GHDs. Still, I thought, looks aren't everything, it's the results that count.
What a disappointment. I have natually quite kinky, wavy, frizzy hair: nothing unmanagable, but it certainly needs some taming to look the way I want it to. As the hair straighteners only go up to 200 degrees, my hair quickly loses it's straighness, leaving me with hair that flicks in the most unwanted way, if I wanted hair that flicked at the ends, I would get the look myself. I don't want my hair straightener to decide the outcome of my efforts.
In addition, given the slightest touch of any form of water, my hair immediately explodes into a mass of frizzy, static hair. Having used a wide range of hair straighteners including GHDs, I am extremely appalled that almost half an hour's work can be cancelled out as a result of rain from using the Satinliners. I have never, ever had this happen with any other brand of hair straightener.
Overall, an extremely disappointing product. I have wasted a stupid amount of money on hair straighteners that can hardly do their job properly, and now I find myself having to save up once more (at a time when I should be saving up for university) for a pair of straighteners that actually work. The best that can be said for these straighteners is that it remembers the temperature you put it at, it heats up quickly, and it turns itsself off after 30 minutes. The 'satin ions' gimmick, to me, is a ridiculous ploy to rake in more money for something that actually has no special or unique attraction.
I didn't intend on buying these Braun Satinliner hair straighteners as I already had a set of straighteners, but Amazon messed up my order and I got sent these instead of the curling tongs that I'd ordered! However, I decided to keep these straighteners, as my current set weren't very good as they burnt my hair.
The Braun straighteners are brilliant for so many reasons. The controls are very easy to use and I love the large LCD control display as it's so clear and you can see exactly what functions you're using.
To turn them on you just press the On/Off button for about a second and the display panel lights up red. The straighteners take about 30 seconds to heat up and then the display turns green. This is plenty of time to prepare your hair and apply any heat protection spray products you want to use.
The temperature appears on the display panel and you can adjust the temperature by pressing the plus or minus buttons so that it increases or decreases in 5°C increments. The lowest temperature is 130°C and the highest is 200°C, which is the maximum that stylists recommend using so that you don't damage your hair. The instruction manual advises you what temperature is most suitable for your hair type, which I found really useful.
If your hair is particularly unruly then you can press the high-temp boost button if you want the temperature to go straight to 200°C. Another nice touch and benefit of these straighteners is it memorises your last temperature setting, so you don't have to keep changing them to your preferred temperature every time you want to use them!
Having the temperature control is definitely an advantage over my old straighteners, which only had one temperature, a scorching 210°C. My hair is naturally quite straight so I don't need the straighteners to be that hot!
The other button on the control panel is the Ion button, which turns on the Satin Ion technology. This reduces frizz and static in your hair by releasing a stream of negatively charged ions to neutralise the positive charge in your hair, thus leaving your hair really smooth and shiny. When you press the Ion button the straighteners make a slight crackling sound, a bit similar to a very low vibrating sound. I find this sound reassuring, as I know that the Ion technology is working and I have found that my hair is a lot sleeker and more manageable.
These straighteners also have unique patented NanoGlide Ceramic plates to minimise friction and reduce tension to each strand. I have found that my hair does slide through the straighteners a lot easier and there is a lot less painful snagging, so I'm less likely to damage my hair.
Safety hasn't been neglected with these straighteners, as they have a red cool down indicator on the display panel when you switch them off and a 30-minute auto shut-off function if you forget to switch them off!
These straighteners have slim plates (1 x 3.5 inches) and quite a round barrel, so they're suitable for curling hair as well and they have cool tips at the ends of the plates so you have something to grip onto if you need to use both hands.
They're also lightweight which is an important feature to me and the cord is really generous length at just under 3 metres long.
For a product of this quality and excellence you would probably expect to pay well over £50, but these are currently £19.99 from Amazon, an absolute bargain in my eyes! I'm so pleased with these straighteners that I'm really pleased Amazon messed up my order and I don't think I'll need to buy the curling tongs I originally wanted!
Like most women these days I can truthfully say without my straighteners I would be very lost. To most people this sounds like a ridiculous comment but only those with naturally poker straight hair cant really relate. It was one very sad day for me when I was getting ready for a night out, I was dancing around my room and listening to my music just getting in the mood for a good night out when all of a sudden I heard a crunch noise. I looked down and to my dismay I saw my beloved GHD straighteners on the floor, practically snapped in two. I picked them up and the half of the ceramic tool was just dangling from a wire, in all its £100 glory. I wanted to cry as it is a lot of money to splash out on when you dont have it.
So, months on I did try using some straighteners by Vidal Sassoon but these were just simply no good as even when they had done the job my hair didnt feel healthy and like it would blow in the wind but more like wavy hair with the straightened look, too straight and unstyled. It was becoming a bit of a crisis as being a student I just could not afford to buy another pair of GHDs but then I looked in my Inbox. Glamour magazine were running a competition to win the new Braun Satinliner straighteners, the first 150 to reply would get them next day. I sent in my e-mail but didnt hope for much as I am never lucky in competitions. I woke up however to a loud bang at the door, in a big plastic next day delivery bag were my straighteners, I couldnt believe it.
I ripped open the bag in excitement and it was them, Id won. So they are very nicely packaged in a cream box with long flowing shiny brown hair on the front of the box. I wasnt sure if these would be any good but I didnt hesitate anyway. I delved deeper into the box for a manual because I dont like turning on electrical appliances without reading some kind of manual to make sure I know everything possible that these straighteners are able to do. The manual has a huge picture of the appliance on the front and then you have to flick through to find your language as it seems to have German or something on the front page. Listed are safety instructions, it then describes the different parts of the straighteners. It talks about the formula and how these are special and then helps you on how to get started.
It gives styling tips also in the manual so that if you want to curl your hair you can. On first appearance the straighteners look very sophisticated; they are all black with a silver dotted rectangle on one side so that it is easier to grip the appliance while using it. There is a digital screen on the other side and the different buttons so that when using it you know what to press as they are all clearly labelled. Braun have always been a good company for hair styling products so I wasnt hesitant about turning them on. I washed my hair blow dried it and got my hair to its usual wavy state and was ready to put these things to the test.
So as soon as I turned on the straighteners the digital screen lit up but it was red, I panicked at first but then red the manual and this all seemed fine. To turn on the straighteners you just have to hold down the on/off button for a couple of seconds until the screen does go red. The screen will then turn green when they have turned hot enough to use. I would say they take roughly 20-30 seconds to get to maximum heat which is very good. There is also + and buttons for changing the temperature setting. It goes to a maximum of 200 degrees Celsius which is very hot but you can lower this to a minimum of 160 degrees Celsius if you find it is too hot for you, it all depends on the thickness of your hair and how hot you need it.
Id say my hair was medium thickness but I always put it right up to maximum temperature as I want long lasting results and it done as quickly as possible. One setting I really like on these straighteners is the Ion shine button. I dont leave this on all the time though as it will make the straighteners automatically shut off. The Ion Shine buttons means that your hair is being protected from the heat. It describes it in the manual as it producing a rich steam of satin ions which calm hair and reduce frizz and static so that your hair really shines. You know when you have clicked this button as a crackling noise can be heard when in use.
If you cant be bothered using the + button to click it up to 200 degrees Celsius then just click the degrees Celsius max button and this will instantly put it up to 200 for you. When turning off the straighteners just hold the on/off button again for a couple of seconds and then the screen will flash red with a few curved lines representing heat and the red light will not go off until the appliance is cool enough for you to touch. Again, I was very surprised at how quickly these cool down and I did find my GHD straighteners took a while to become able to touch.
With these ceramic irons, these are three times smoother than the usual ceramic plate. It means they glide over the hair smoother than most and really enhance the satin texture of the hair. My hair before using straighteners is shiny but not in a glossy way just quite dull. So after using these straighteners I honestly did notice my hair was shining and looked very healthy. This made my hair very straight and did the job quickly and I didnt feel my hair was burning. The settings are all very easy to use, and my hair moved really nicely afterwards and looked very naturally straight.
These are just new out so a lot of websites dont have them available to buy yet. The only online store I have seen them available on is http://www.amazon.co.uk just search Braun Satinliner on it and they come up. On their website these retail for £69.99 so just about the usual price for a good set of straighteners but still cheaper than GHD. Also for more information on the product you can see that on the Braun website here http://www.braun.com/global/satinliner/satinliner.html where you can see videos of the models actually styling their hair and other information.
You want beautiful straight and sleek hair? You want a salon-like atmosphere in your private styling zone? Reduces frizz and static. Achieve professional straightening and styling results at home. Provides professional styling temperatures for salon-like straightening results, express heat-up time, variable heat settings depending on your type of hair for efficient straightening as well as ceramic plates for even heat distribution throughout the plates and advanced hair protection. With BraunÆs straightener range you will bring professional straightening results into your private styling zone.