Product Type: Ionika Hair Straightener
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Ionika ION300152 Mini Detailer
Member Name: chrisandmark
Ionika ION300152 Mini Detailer
Advantages: Looks fab, the straighteners work reasonably well for their size and price
Disadvantages: Not suitable for hair as long as mine, no safety cut out
I've got very long straight hair, it's too long to really do anything with so I tend to be a wash and brush kinda girl. Sometimes I'll borrow my daughter's GHDs but not very often as it's too time consuming when my hair is already the right side of straight. When Mark and I went away for a couple of nights recently I meant to pack the straighteners as we were having a posher than usual night out and I wanted to look my best. Like a complete numpty I forgot all about them and ended up buying these Ionika mini straighteners from the hotel salon.
The design is fantastic, first things first. The tattoo design reminds me of the Iron Fist shoe range; girly punk, pink with edge. The entire plastic case is covered with the tattoo, the functional black cord complimenting the design so well that it almost looks like a fashion statement! The plates are a slate grey colour so also look great next to the pink case - they also look very small.
You only have some three and a half useful inches of straightening plate, not good (or practical) when you have waist length hair. It took forever to straighten my hair fully that first night and I haven't done it since - now these straighteners are used for little touch ups and to straighten/tidy up my growing-out fringe. The plates heat to 210*C; there's no temperature control so I assume this is a standard temperature to make the straighteners one-size-fits-all, it's fine for my normal hair but anyone with particularly thick or fine hair might not be so suited to this heat setting.
It takes a while to heat up to optimum temperature, at least two minutes I'd guesstimate and maybe longer. Once hot they retain the temperature as they should and don't feel harsh on my hair, the casing gets a bit warm on the edges but not uncomfortably so - the lack of an automatic cut out makes me a bit nervous for this reason so I make sure I always remember to unplug them when I've finished. The plates slide smoothly through my hair and I'm always surprised by how well they actually straighten it, as I've mentioned I only tend to use these for pulling the kink out of my fringe but this is due only to the size of them - not because of any issues with the functionality.
My hair stays straight for a good few hours after I've used these straighteners; I use good quality hair products so it's a combination of the two, but the initial straightening leaves my hair so sleek and smooth that the products seem to just help it to look glossy and healthy. The plates almost reach the edges of the casing widthways which prevents a kink at the roots of my hair, I can easily angle the straighteners against my scalp and pull them through my hair at a perfect pace for straightening.
Actually, that's not always true. The two metre cord is a good length, but it doesn't swivel where it meets the body of the straighteners. This is restrictive as it's hard to get comfortable with the cord being so rigid, doing the very back of my hair is an awkward nightmare due to the non-swivelling cord. It's not so much a problem for straightening my fringe, although it's a nuisance having to change hands or physically turn around to do the 'other side'.
The straighteners take a while to cool down enough for putting away - again having no safety cut-out is a worry as although these aren't the hottest straighteners available, a freak positional accident could bring furniture or fabric into contact with the plates and then they become a fire risk. To be completely honest I doubt the plates would ignite a fire in most circumstances, but you still don't want your dressing table charred do you?
I'd recommend these Ionika mini straighteners to certain people; my daughter had some fairly short layers cut into her hair last week and she's been using these instead of her larger GHDs to get her hair straight, they work well to create the choppy look she goes for and help her to keep her style looking good all day. On the box it says they are a unisex product and I'd agree to a point as the small plates would make them ideal for styling a mans hair, although a lot of men I know would be put off by the predominantly pink design!
I paid £15 for mine, but looking online I've found them for £9.99 in Sainsbury's. If you swear by GHDs I'm sure you won't be impressed by these, but for a more casual hair straightener like me they're great.
Summary: A good set of mini straighteners which are ideal for fringes and (maybe) shorter choppy styles.
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