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I have been using the Corioliss straighteners for a couple of years now - I was recommended them by my hairdresser and there is no way I would chose GHD's after using these. The titanium blade lets your hair slide through them so easily and doesnt tug or split my hair. The heat at 210 is perfect, not too hot to damage hair. Would DEFINATELY recommend these!
When my GHDs started to stop operating as well as they once had I decided it was time for some new straighteners but at the time I was aware of a lot of new straighteners coming on the market which were possibly better than GHDs but didn't have the hype surrounding them. In comes Corioliss. They manufacture hair styling products just like GHD do but their products are much more fun and stylish! I ended up going for the Corioliss C2 straightener and have never wished for my GHDs back so I feel it was a good choice and want to educate people about the world outside of GHD!
The Corioliss C2 straightener comes in a variety of colours and patterns. Mine is 'platinum zebra' which is exactly as it sounds, a platinum colour zebra print, but I've also seen these straighteners in leopard print, red, other colours of zebra print, black, gold, sparkly, crystals.... the list goes on! This automatically made them more appealing to me because I like products which are a bit more interesting than normal and it makes them a bit easier to find in the drawer as well! These straighteners are quite slim in appearance but that doesn't mean that they're any less effective. They have a long swivel cord and a little remote control attached as well for ease of use.
How they work:
These straighteners have titanium plates which are meant to be better for your hair than ceramic plates which is always a bonus as far as I'm concerned as straightening can be notoriously hard on your hair. The plates are also meant to distribute the heat evenly. They heat up to 210 degrees in 20 seconds (this is a correct estimation and they flash when they're up to temperature) but with the remote you can turn the heat up or down dependent on how much heat your hair needs. The remote also controls turning the straightener on and off. I think the remote is great because it means that you're not fiddling around right near the hot plates of the straightener so there's less chance of you burning yourself! Another nice feature is that the straightener has a 'sleep mode' so it turns itself off after 20 minutes so there's less chance of you accidentally starting a house fire because you accidentally left them on! I'm not sure how common a feature this is now but it wasn't that common when I bought these.
Are they any good?
The ultimate question! Since day 1 I've found these straighteners really good and really easy to use and two years later I don't feel like they're losing their ability to straighten whereas I found with my GHDs that after a couple of years they weren't straightening as well as they once did. Because these are quite slim it's easier to get closer to your scalp but they can still straighten more chunky sections of hair. I find that they straighten my hair very quickly and feel less 'clunky' than other straighteners I've tried and open and close smoothly. I generally do the bottom half of my hair while the top half is tied up and then straighten the top and have found that this works fine. I've had short hair (in a graduated bob style) and longer hair while owning these straighteners and have found them effective for both types of hair style. My hair always looks sleek when I've used these and not frizzy and I don't have to go over my hair hundreds of times!
I've also tried creating waves and curls with these straighteners and this has also been really effective. Even when I haven't used any sprays or mousses the curls/waves haven't fallen out quickly and they seem to look nice on the first attempt.
When you buy these straighteners they come with a heat proof mat/travel case (all-in-one) which you can lay out flat when you're using your straighteners then when you're finished wrap around the straighteners and tie up. This is really helpful for not damaging surfaces (or yourself) and makes it a lot easier to chuck them in your bag straight after use if you're traveling or need to take them somewhere. I believe they also now come with a finger glove as well so you don't burn your hands!
These retail at about £80 so are cheaper than GHDs (another advantage) but are just as effective and come with the added extras which you would usually pay another £15-20 for so I think these are really good value for money.
I really like these straighteners and they've lasted me two years so far and are still going strong! I also appreciate the extras you get with them and the fact that they're a bit cheaper than some of the alternatives without sacrificing on quality.
Corioliss introduces the new C2 Parade, featuring the exclusive peacock design. The C2 is perfect for all types of styling, straightening, curling, waves and flicks. Ideal for all hair types with a digital remote control to give you the ultimate control, now go out and strut! Features: -Ultra smooth titanium plates for effortless glide. -Unique digital remote to control the temperature between 80-120 Degrees Celsius. -Ideal for all hair types and for creating new styles. -Pure ceramic heating element with fast heat up time. -Negative ion conditioning technology eliminates frizz -Infrared heat seals in moisture from within the cuticle -1 hour automatic safety-sleep mode for peace of mind -Ergonomic design with professional 4m swivel cord