“ Brand: Nicky Clarke / Hair Care Type: Hair Straightener „
THE MAN BEHIND IT
Nicky Clarke was born in england in 1958, he has been made famous for being a stylist to the stars and his hairsalons throughout the UK. In Feb 2008 he also was awarded an OBE for 30 years service in the hair proffession.
I have had Two different straightners from this range, but both are very simular. They are both black and red in colour-the signature look for the Nicky Clarke range and both have ceramic plates. They are 32 cms in length and 3.8cms wide. They have 5 different heat settings reaching up to a max temp of 230 degrees. The cord is 2m in length. Both sets of straightners came with a manufacturer's guarantee of 1 year.
These straightners are avaliable at most places e.g Boots, Superdrug, Argos, Saisbury's and today are priced between £25-£35 depending on where you buy them.
As I have wavy hair I like to straighten my hair in sections to ensure it all gets done. First you switch the swith to on and the red led light comes on. Now it says in the product info that they heat up in 15 secs, but this isnt the case. I normaly have it on setting 5 (the highest) and it takes around 60-90secs to be hot enough to use. Now they are easy to use and dont snag the hair going through them, they glide easily through. I also use these straightners to curl my hair but I find I have to have it at the highest temp otherwise they arent very effective. This makes it difficult to use for curling as the outside of the straightners, where the plates are get very hot too, which burns ears and skin and also hands! Also you can not touch the hair directly after as its very hot. I have medium thickness, long hair and to fully straighten takes around 15-20 mins. To curl, around 40 mins.
They do what they say and the straighten, however you have to have it on the higest setting which I dont think is very good for your hair and because of this I limit myself to using them twice per week. I dont think the heat settings work at all, its either full on heat or nothing. As for the arms well, I dont find them very good at all as they heat up on the outside so you cant touch them or put them down. The ceramic plates work well as they dont snag your hair and add a nice shine. I like the fact they come with 2m of cord as it gives me room to move without knockig anything over. Now they are relativly cheap for this named brand but I think for the same money you can find more effective ones out there.
I give them 3 out of 5 because although they are easy to use, they take a while to heat up and the heat settings are rubbish. Girls dont buy them unless you have no other options!!!
Thanks for reading and rating
Nicky Clarke has been a stylist to the stars for god knows how many years, and the market is full of his hair "care" products ranging from curling tongs, hair clippers for men, straighteners, hair dryers and shampoos.
The straighteners heat up to a super high temperature of 230 degrees, however it does have a heat dial on the side which goes from 1-5, I'm unsure as to which setting is what temperature apart from obviously the 230 degrees being setting number 5. It uses ionic and ceramic technology which is supposedly meant to protect the hair from heat damage and prevent frizzyness.
The straighteners are made from a durable rounded plastic in matt black with dark red on the hinge and handle. They're lightweight but do feel quite bulky when in the hand. It has a long enough cable and "salon cord" which lets the power cable spin around the bottom of the straighteners but this attachment is quite large, but a brilliant piece of kit ensuring that the cable doesn't get tangled up thus the wire becomes damaged.
- - - My Experience - - -
I bought these straighteners about a year ago and they've been sitting in the cupboard for the past 6 months half broken and very much unloved. I thought £25 was a really good price especially for a pair of Nicky Clarke's, which I expected to be of excellent quality and to really care for my hair. Especially with the name "Kinder for Hair".
At the time I think I paid around £25 for these straighteners from Argos, but they have been discontinued as far as I know, although I did manage to find some for this review on Amazon for £16.99 but I really wouldn't bother.
The straighteners seemed really good to begin with, but soon that began to change when my hair would seem to be "smoking", I turned the heat setting down to around 3 but then it just wasn't hot enough to straighten my frizzy hair. Strands of hair kept getting caught in the end of the straighteners and would snap off but I carried on using them for a while, until the plates of the straighteners started becoming loose, and pinching more of my hair and snapping it off. That was the last straw for me, and they've been in my cupboard ever since.
After using these for a few months my hair was in god awful condition, I only used them once a day in the morning as I always woke up with uber frizzy hair, I would only straighten it a second time if I was going out or going to work. I think the heat settings could have been clearer i.e. if there was a digital screen showing the temperature, or at the very least some flashing lights to indicate when the straighteners were at the correct temperature for the numbered setting.
- - - Overall - - -
I wouldn't recommend these straighteners, especially for people with thin or already damaged hair. You'd think with a name brand like Nicky Clarke that you'd be getting a quality salon style product, and with the "kinder for hair" tag line, it's utter tosh, these are by far the worst straighteners I've ever owned. It left my hair dry, damaged and broken. No matter how much protective heat spray you use I think these straighteners would still ruin your hair.
The only good thing about these straighteners at the time was the price, and the fact that it had a Swivel Cord so the wire spins around in the end of the straighteners instead of getting tangled up. These straighteners are meant to be kinder to your hair, but they're bloody awful.
I bought this straightener for my cousin on sale for 18 quid. As she is living in India I had to test them before I can take them to India just to make sure its working properly. When I straightened my hair with it I was so happy with the shiny, smooth and frizz free result and I started to hate my current Conair one. Usually it will take 30 mins for me to straight my hair. But with this one I managed to finish in 15 mins. It has every thing like fast heating, temperature control, tourmaline technology etc yet the price is affordable. And it is easy to carry as well.
Width of the ceramic plates is advantage. You can curl with the straightener it self (No need to spend another 30-40 quid on curlers) and they even last long.
My cousin was so happy with the straightener. The only complaint from her is that plates getting too hot. She is using a thermal glove for that so no problem. Over all it is a good bargain for the price and features. Don't know how long it lasts!!!
Why did I buy this product?
My old hair straighters broke so had to find a new pair. After seeing how hot these were and the price tag I could not resist.
What is the product for?
This product is for making you hair straight.
Where can I buy it from?
You can buy this product from ARGOS or you can also order it from the ARGOS website online although there is a delivery charge if you do.
I paid £20 for these hair straightners although they do sell in the ARGOS catalogue for £29.35.
I bought this product about 3 years ago now and they are still getting used. I have got very thick and wavy hair so it is difficult to find a product that actually works in my hair. These are fantastic and I would recommend them to anyone.
It does have a high temperature of 230oC which I knew would hopefully male my hair straight. It is a very hot temperature so make sure you don't burn yourself as it is very hot trust me I have done it myself. This however is not due to the product it is due to me being careless.
They heat up in around 30 seconds. Which is fantastic as I normal straighten my hair just when I'm about to leave to saves hanging around waiting on them heating.
It does have variable heat so lets you adjust the temperature which suites you.
The plates are ceramic not ceramic coated and ionic which means your hair is less likely to get damaged as if it was just ceramic coated, and leaves your hair with a healthy shine.
It also has an extra long cable which I find is great as when I am doing my hair I always tend to get intruped with the children with the cable being extra long it lets me continue doing hair and sort the children out at the same time.
It only takes about 20 minutes for my hair to be poker straight. And lasts that way until I lie down or get caught in the rain.
I would rate this product 10/10.
Hope my review was of some used to you. Thank you for taking time to read it.
I straighten my hair every day and before I got bought my precious GHD's for Christmas last year I had a pair of Nicky Clarke's NCS70 straighteners which are basically a narrower flat hair iron than my paddle ones...
These straighteners are made with ceramic plates mixed with 'professional tourmaline technology'and are black and red with a 2 metre cord length.
They are about 6 inch long and one inch wide and have five setting between 1 and five and the heat goes up to 230 degrees which is very high and can be quite damaging.
Their s an On/Off switch inside the straighteners and a little red LED light to show when they are plugged in and turned on.
They look stylish and the cord swivels which is really handy when manoeuvring around you head :)
Performance wise they straight off great! The ceramic plates simply glide down the hair and they are obviously really hot so flatten the hair down really well.
The many problems with this particular product start after a month or two despite them being advertised as 'kinder for hair' they get really damaging as you can't straighten your hair at less than the full setting of 5 because they simply don't work :(
The coating on the plates starts wearing off and I actually had to return my first pair to boots after they started making a strange fizzling sound and the light kept flashing on and off...
They cost £20 half price an I managed to pick another pair up at the same price but on hindsight I should have changed the brand, but at the time I thought it was a one off and that 'Nicky Clarke' being a designer name they would be good quality.
When the coating is new they are really smooth straighteners, but when that black coating starts wearing on they become rougher and the hair starts to frizz.
Over time you can see they are actually frazzling the hair and are damaging the strands really noticeably.
Compared to my great quality GHD's which obviously you pay a lot more for these are rubbish, and only deserve one star out of the possible five, not good and I wouldn't choose this pair again :(
I have had these a few months, and bought them from Argos for around £20. The appearance of them is quite good: they are black and red with black plates. The size is handy as they aren't too big to put in your bag to take travelling.
These straighteners go up to 230°c, so I very much doubt the claim "kinder for hair" can be justified. There are 5 temperature options, but only number 5 (the hottest) seems to be adequate enough for straightening my hair.
It takes a very long time to straighten my hair using these, which could probably be solved if the plates were wider and perhaps longer (as they aren't exactly big). When I straighten my hair with these, my hair also doesn't stay straight for long which is very annoying and makes me question what the point is in using them in the first place!
When buying Nicky Clarke straighteners, I thought they would be very high quality as it is such a well-known brand! However, I have been very disappointed with this purchase and will probably think better of buying another Nicky Clarke product in the future.
I bought these straighteners in the sale at argos, I paid £18.99, but they should have been £38.19, so I thought that they would be decent, especially with the Nicky Clarke brand. My hair is coarse, wavy and long, so I use straighteners every day, and I am on my fourth set in ten years. These are the worst ones that I have ever had.
They do heat up really quickly, and get very hot, (a heat mat would have been nice) but after a few uses, I have noticed that my hair looks dull, and it doesn't feel as nice as when I have used other straighteners. When I pull them down my hair, it makes a squeaking sound which I have never experienced before. I don't feel as though I want to use them every day as I have done in the past, as I can practically see the damage that they are causing. My hair is starting to fray and break off: normally when I tie my hair back, it all stays in the hairband, but now I have wisps at the front that are too short to be contained.
It has adjustable heat settings, but I find that anything lower than 5 (the hottest) simply doesn't get my hair straight. I have had straighteners before where the on button is esy to press whilst using the device, but the on/off switch on these is located on the inside of the handle, between the plates so you can't turn it off by accident. A red LED shows you when the appliance is on, but there is nothing to indicate when the appliance has heated up. The cord is just over 2m long, which isn't that great and does not offer you much flexability on location.
I appreciate that heat devices are not good for your hair, but these are definitely not "kinder for your hair" in my opinion, and there are plenty of better products to choose from in the same price bracket. My last set (which I stood on and broke - gutted) were Toni and guy ones, and were absolutely fantastic. For occasional use with a heat protection spray, these are good value, but for every day use, I would not recommend them.
i bought mine from Boots during the christmas sales 07 for a good £19.99. theyre quite good, go up to a high tempreture but don't last long. I've only had mine for a bout a year but already the ceramic on the plates has work off meaning i don't get the shiny smooth finish on my hair. instead it comes out a bit static. Moreover, the wire's disconnected meaning it only works if i hold it at a certain angle. this is extremly annoying because it means i have to hold it in my hand while it's heating up! it used to heat up quickly but now takes longer. it does not have a good grip on my hair and the area where you hold it can get quite hot. i would reccomend that you don't drop it, for instance when it slips off the table etc. my friend has this straightner as well and hers no longer works. I'm now looking too buy a remington one. this is not worth it and i would no reccomened it to anyone. i will never be buying nicky clarke products again.
I brought these over a year ago and as they are a Nicky Clarke product i was expecting them to be good!
On the first use i was quite happy as they made my hair straight, quite smooth, and it looked like my hair was healthy (I use straightners about 5 days a week so pretty damaged hair)
For about 4 - 5 more uses of the straightner my hair was still straight but i noticed it becoming less smooth & healthy looking, even though i use a heat protection spray. I carried on using them but it just made my hair straight but fluffy, static and the straightness wasn't lasting very long.
3 Months after buying them i noticed a loud noise coming from them which was a little strange but it didn't seem to affect the straightner itself so i wasn't to fussed about that.
Because i use straightners alot i didn't use them for a few days to give my hair a break as that could possibly to be the reason why my hair was becoming fluffy after straightning, but when i went back the same thing happened again!
So i decided to go & buy a different straightner which so far after 2 months my hair seems to look alot better!!
The straightner costs £38.16 and it's not worth the money!
Often found half price or save a 1/3 in boots but still save your money & go for something better!
They heat up to 230 degress with 5 heat settings.
The only good thing about the straightner is that it is quite small so easy to take on holiday & the cord is long which is great.
They are black all over, with a red patch on the front with the Nicky Clarke Logo, they do look attractive and even though there black, they are eye-catching in the shop.
They come in a smallish box which is white & red with a picture of the Straightners on the front. Inside is the straightner & instructions.
For a Nicky Clarke product i feel it's not very good at all & won't buy them again.
High temperature 230 degrees. Ceramic and tourmaline combine infra red and ionic technology to help make hair soft and easier to style for a smoother sleeker finish. Ceramic technology for ultra fast heat upOn/Off switch with power indicator light. Salon cable. Swivel Cord for tangle free cable as you style