“ Brand: FHI / Hair Care Type: Hair Straighteners „
Let me start by saying that these things are the gods of the hair straightening world! I have always had really unruly frizzy hair (no products will tame it, it has a mind of its own). I got my FHI's about 4 years ago now not knowing anything about them at the time, all I knew is they were cheap and had pretty red straightening plates (sad I know!) I got them home and never looked back I love the fact that I can turn the temperature down to 60 degrees if I so wish, however I personally have always had to have them at the hottest they come. My hair is always poker straight and shiny after using them and this will last until the next day provided there is no dreaded rain! (you girls know what I mean). I can honestly say that in my personal experience no other straightener's match up, they just don't make the cut! I'd recommend these to anyone looking to invest in a long lasting (4years people and still as strong as day one!) gentle and overall excellent pair of straightening irons. Easy on the hair, the eyes and definitely the pocket!
For starters you should know that I have the very thick afro hair that has always been hard to straighten. That was until I bought FHI straigtheners. Unlike GHD's, FHI's have a British Standards Agency kite mark meaning they have been tested along British safety laws. They also come with a 3 year guarantee which is always good if something decides to go wrong. I have the wide plate straighteners, and think the world of them. Whenever I straighten my hair it always seems to last for ages, every other day seems to be enough, minimising damage done to my hair. They leave your hair very sleek and shiny, without making it greasy. And also don't give off any nasty smells of burning like some other straighteners. I think that these are the hottest you can buy...GHD's can reach 230 degrees, whilst FHI's go a tiny bit further to 232 degrees. You might not think that these few tiny degrees would make a difference but having tried a friend's GHD's the FHI's definitely work better on my hair. The straighteners can be used to flip, twist, straighten and curl hair which is great for parties. They also heat up very quickly, usually to top temperature in around 20 seconds. They apparently seal in natural moisture too, which can't be a bad thing. The manual also states that they eliminate frizz, which I have to agree with! I find that they glide through hair nicely and although I usually go over each section of hair a few times, I don't think that someone with straight hair would have to. Overall I would say that FHI's are one of the best money can buy and I know for a fact that a lot of hairdressing salons use them. I would really recommend them, as if they'll straighten my hair - they'll straighten anything!!
Like a lot of girls, I am addicted to straighteners, using them every day, otherwise my hair would be...... well awful! Fours years ago my friend let me try her ghd straighteners, and I couldn't believe how straight my hair stayed even until the next day. They did however do a lot of damage to my hair despite me using protection spray. As most hair care fanatics know, they cost around the £100 mark. Yet they were not to last, over Christmas, the heat light started acting erractically and then one morning, they simple went stone cold. So... I began to search the internet for new straighteners. I didn't particulary want to part with £100 again, especially after reading other peopls's stories about ghd's only lasting 1-2 years. Then, I came across a great review about FHI ceramic and tourmaline straighteners on the internet, (alas, not on dooyoo) which stated that these were straighteners favoured by main hairdressers, over ghd's because of the damage they do to your hair (i'm not sure how accurate this is, but it is what I read!) What attracted me the most was the price tag of £60 from saloneasy.com. Yes, they were still expensive BUT these claimed to heat to 232C, as well as curl and twist your hair, which was one of the criteria I was looking for, and a function that many cheaper straighteners just don't have. The FHI straighteners came in either black or pink.. and being a girly girl, I opted for the bright pink. I actually ordered them on Christmas Eve night, and then came 2 days after boxing day which I was really impressed by, especially since I am not even on UK mainland. In terms of size and shape they are very similar to the ghd models, slim and sleek, however as already mentioned they go up to a temperature of 232C, which are the hottest straighteners on the markets. There is also a temperature control, which can be adjusted from 60C to 232C. The instructions stated that for fine hair (like mine) you should use the lower temperature setting, and for thicker hair, to use the highest. However, I found that on the lower setting, the kinks in my hair were not being ironed out, and instead, I had to put it up to near the highest setting for my hair to be as sleek as the ghds made it. These straighteners heat up as quickly as ghds, within about 30 sections, even at the highest temperature, and they leave my hair poker straight until the next day. The info claims that these straighteners infuse negative ions into the hair thus keeping it healthy, and I have to say, that although I have only been using these for a month, my hair is in great condition. The straighteners came with a heat protecting serum which no doubt has helped its condition as well. As I said, I was looking for a pair of straighteners that could not only straighten but curl and flick my hair, and this has been super easy to do on the couple of occasions that I have tried this. The only downside that I must mention that I have found, and this may because of my fine hair, but I have noticed that is can leave my hair very static at times. Yet, this has not put me off. All in all, I would recommend these straighteners to anyone who does not want to pay out £100 but still wants a straightener that will do the same great job as ghds.