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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!
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