“ Brand: Ceramic Tools / Hair Care Type: Hair Straightener „
When a friend of mine related the nightmare of her straighteners breaking before work, I decided it was time to get a back up set of straighteners. Excessive maybe, but given the generally frizzy nature of my hair in this damp weather, and absolute necessity.
I wanted some straighteners which were wider than the ones I already have to try to reduce straightening time, and also wanted them to be cheap enough to really be just a spare pair. So, when I saw these in TKMAXX costing £9.99 with a RRP of £79.99, I decided they were just the job. I did then have a look round on various sites and saw that the RRP is indeed that ridiculous price but they can be bought for around the £18 mark, and then there is p and p on top so this was quite a bargain.
**What do they claim?**
These promise to:
* heat up ultra fast
* create a shiny smooth finish
* create even heat
* have Pre regulated elements so that a constant temperature is maintained and they won't overheat.
The box tells me that they have ceramic pulse heat technology and ceramic plates, and really, between the box and the information leaflet that's all I can find out about them.
**Product and Packaging...**
The straighteners come in the usual type of box, thankfully easy to open and with a small information booklet inside which gives lots of information about the safety aspect and some warnings as well as what to do it they break.
The straighteners themselves are very thick and chunky and quite heavy- much heavier than I am used to. They have a grip on the handles presumably so you don't drop them but because of the weight I think I would drop them through arm ache anyway. The plus side is that the plates are nice and wide so I can do the lengthy bits of my hair easily. The cable is quite long which means that if you haven't got a plug close to the hair doing place then you have room for manoevre but the downside is that they can easily get tangled.
There is an on/off switch on the side of the handle but no heat setting so you get what you are given as regards temperature.
These are made by Jilbere de Paris which gives a website on the side of the box which I can't find when I browse the web but the products can be found on other sites.
The plus side is that the straighteners were very cheap and do have nice wide plates. However, I think the negative aspects outway the positives. They are very heavy and unwieldy to handle, and whilst they claim to heat up ultra fast I have not noticed this at all, and even when they do heat up they are not especially hot.
All in all, even if you spot these at a bargain price I would avoid unless like me you just want a spare set for those just in case moments.
Thanks for reading.