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I have dry hair that is prone to frizz and styling my unruly locks can be difficult. I have found that the John Frieda frizz ease range of hair care products to be really good, but there are times when I like to make a little more effort! Last year I decided to treat myself to a pair of hair straighteners. I didn’t want top spend too much, but wanted something that would give good results and be easy to use. After searching the internet I decided to buy a pair made by Nicky Clarke that were designed to help control frizzy hair like mine.
The model I opted for is the NSS087. I can’t remember how much I paid but see they are still available from Amazon for £19.99.
What you get for your money.
The straighteners have ceramic coated plates and can be heated up to a maximum temperature of 230 degrees. There are 4 additional heat settings down to 170 degrees. I tend to use the 210 degree setting. The temperature is controlled via a dial at the side on the handle.
The manufacturers claim that this model has an ionic emitter that helps to prevent frizz and promotes shine. This makes little sense to me! However the important thing for me is that after use my hair is a lot less frizzy.
There is a 2 metre long swivel cord making the straigtheners easy to manoeuvre. I also find that swivel cords are less likely to break.
The ceramic plates are 110 cm in length. The * arms* are made of a tough plastic.
There is a safety lock button and the straighteners are designed to turn off automatically after 60 minutes.
I am impressed at the 15 second heat up time and for someone with little patience this is a big plus point!
This model comes with a 1 year warranty.
How do they perform?
To be honest when I bought these I wasn’t expected brilliant results. They are not an expensive pair of hair Straighteners when compared to many on the market. However I have been very pleasantly surprised!
They are really easy to use; simply pull gently through the hair until it is straight. I do find I need to go over my hair a few times to achieve the desired results. However once my hair is straight and frizz free it does tend to stay that way for several hours even in damp conditions. I am not sure that they add much in the way of shine, but getting rid of the frizz is enough for me!
I do use a heat protector spray before using the straighteners as I know heat can damage hair. I am pleased to report that the handle does not get hot so these do feel very safe. If I had to find a negative it would be that there was no protective case supplied, However for the small price tag I guess this would be asking a lot!
Having been a GHD girl and my beloved's broke :'( I was well and truly gutted. I needed some straighteners as soon as possible and not much spare cash available I saw these. What drew me to them was the price, that they are Nicky Clarke's, they have FRIZZ control (which I definitely needed) and are purple. I thought for the price they will do, never did I think I'd still have them one year later and still going strong. These have been my best friend they straighten and control the frizz ball that would otherwise occupy my head. They go to 230'c and have a red light when on, a long cord so if you have long hair you can do your back with out being in one spot. Easy controls and a beautiful colour, purple. Packaging was rectangle shape box with Nicky Clarke on and a window to see the straighteners instructions were included.
These were in Asda on sale last Christmas (2012) for £10!!! Grab yourself a bargain and never be disappointed. Perfectly straight sleek hair with a shine.
For the last three years I had been using some Remington straighteners and had been quite happy with them, however, they finally stopped working a few weeks ago and so I needed to buy some new ones.
Purchasing new straighteners wasn't exactly a matter of urgency as I can borrow my daughter's ghd's, but with a holiday coming up and also my daughter going on holiday too, it meant I did need to be buying myself some fairly quickly.
Although I must admit my daughter's ghd straighteners are really good, there is no way I could justify paying that amount of money for straighteners for myself and as I had been quite happy with my cheaper Remington straighteners, I knew it was possible to find decent straighteners at a low price.
I was thinking of taking a look online for straighteners when I got home from work one evening, but a trip to Morrisons after work for some shopping led me to buying some straighteners far sooner than I anticipated. For it was while walking down one of the aisles I spotted these Nicky Clarke Frizz Control Ionic Straighteners priced at just £20. This seemed a great price and so I took a closer look.
I think it was the word 'Ionic' which caught my eye and appealed to me as much as the price did, as I am a big fan of Ionic hairdryers and won't use anything else. I much prefer the smoother look I achieve when using an ionic hairdryer and so the fact these straighteners were ionic too was very appealing.
For those who may not know, ionic technology produces a flow of negative ions which helps to enhance and condition your hair, neutralising natural positive ions, which create electrostatic electricity which in turn causes frizz. Therefore by using an ionic hairdryer or straighteners, this feature helps to combat frizz, leaving your hair smoother and softer.
I am aware that some people have said they cannot tell the difference between a ionic and non-ionic hairdryer, but I certainly can, so therefore I swear by ionic hairdryers and this explains why I was excited to discover these ionic starighteners too.
I thought that as these straighteners are the Nicky Clarke brand, have ionic technology and priced at just £20, these were well worth purchasing and so I bought them.
The black and purple box they came in was very attractive and the straighteners were also pictured on the front. All in all, it looked like I was buying a quality product at a low price.
On removing the straighteners from the box when I got home, I was pleased with the look and feel of them. The straighteners are sleek black with ceramic coated slim purple plates and also a purple lock button to lock the plates together. The ceramic coated plates help you achieve softer, smoother and ultra-straight hair. The ceramic heaters provide fast salon heat-up and constant plate temperatures help you achieve fast results.
After plugging in the straighteners there is an on/off switch on the side which you turn on and the straighteners then quickly heat up to your desired temperature. The power light flashes when you turn on the straighteners and stops flashing when they have heated to the selected tempertaure so you know they are ready to use.
I am pleased to report these straighteners also feature variable heat control, as I do prefer to choose my own tempertaure otherwise I find they can be hotter than I personally prefer for my hair.
You are advised to start off on the minimum setting and gradually increase it as you find the best setting for your hair type, which is the best thing to do if you are using straighteners for the first time, but as I have used them many times I know which temperature works best for me and so I adjusted the temperature to my preferred setting right away.
Basically you are advised to use lower temperatures for fine or shorter hair and higher temperatures for longer or thicker hair and as with all straighteners, you are advised not to use them too frequently in order to avoid damaging your hair. I must admit I use mine most days of the week, but only minimally on most occasions just to smooth out my long hair as it has a natural curl, which I don't mind, but on some days it can look a little frizzy and these straighteners help control this and keep my hair looking smooth.
I also use a conditioner every time I wash my hair and also use deep conditioning treatments and products to help keep my hair looking as smooth, shiny and soft as possible.
There is no protective heat mat or bag provided with these straighteners unfortunately, but as I had kept the bag from my previous straighteners which also doubles up as a protective mat, I use this when using and storing my straighteners.
As there is no protective mat provided to lie your straighterners on when using, you must ensure you always place them on a flat, heat resistant surface. Do not place them on the bed or rugs, carpets etc.
After brushing my hair, I set about using the straighteners the same way I have with any others, taking sections of my hair between the plates and sliding them down the length of my hair. The heat is instantaneous so there is no need to hold the straighteners still on your hair, just slide them down your hair right away. I find the straighteners glide easily and smoothly through my hair with no snagging at all and I am left with perfectly straight hair and achieve the exact results I want when using them.
The straighteners are also fitted with a safety shut off feature and after approximately one hour it will automatically switch itself off. I would personally prefer the safety shut off feature to activate much sooner than this, but I am always very careful and always ensure I turn my straighteners off, sometimes going back to check again just to be sure before leaving the house.
I have two daughters and this has been an issue with them over the years, particularly when straighteners had no safety cut off feature. I still recall coming home from work and was horrified to find my eldest had left her straighteners on all day! Since that day I have been extra vigilant and of course very happy to find these cut off features eventually appearing on straighteners.
I have been using these straighteners for a few weeks now and am perfectly happy with them. For just £20 I achieve smooth, straight hair and they are a good quality product. I am more than happy to recommend them.
I have thick unruly frizz prone hair and I absolutely NEED straighteners as I am not lucky enough to have hair that curls nicely, it just puffs out and goes wild and... oh, I could go on but I'm sure if you're considering straighteners then you are in the same boat!
So I've had a few over the years and tend to use them at around 200 degrees to ensure the heat goes right through my thick hair. In the past, I've felt my hair a little frazzled at this temperature with cheapo straighteners so was wary when choosing my next pair. I considered some GHDs but some other reviews showed that these performed just as well so when I saw them in Debenhams sale I gave them a shot.
Out of the box, I could see they had a nice build quality, a black rubbery finish on the outer handles and the hotplates a nice smooth purple. They looked nice.
The power cord has the ability to swivel around which is handy to avoid getting tangled up and the power cord itself is long enough to stretch a distance.
The NSS087 uses ionic technology to prevent frizz. I don't have a physics degree but all I know is that it stops flyaway frizz and that's what I'm looking for! When not in use, there is a lock button which you push in and it closes the hinge between the plates which is handy to use when you've finished using them and waiting for them to cool.
The controls are placed on the inner of one of the 'arms' of the straighteners. There is an on off switch that slides to turn the straighteners on. A red light flashes briefly while they reach the chosen temperature and remains lit while in use. The temperature control is on a dial next to the on/off switch and can easily be turned up while holding the straighteners in your hand.
The outer casing is flattened on both sides which make it easy to sit flat when styling - I had cheap ones years ago with a rounded casing, causing them to rock over and the hot plates caused scorching my furniture. Yes, these do get very hot but that's to be expected, so exercise the same caution when using any hot styling product.
Overall, I am very pleased with these and use them almost every day without any cause to complain. I am very difficult to please when it comes to these things so I hope the good performance continues as I would hate to have to replace these when they work so well.
Thanks for reading!
.* INTRODUCTION * .
I have for the past year or so been using Remington hair straightners these was actually given to me, and not bought, I was disappointed with these, as my hair was never straight, and was with kinks and frizz so tying it up was the only option at the time. So a couple of weeks ago I was browsing through the studio catalogue to see about treating myself to some new ones, after all I think I deserved it. I never really bothered with things like this, I have always tied my hair up no matter what, so buying hair straightners have never been something I needed or wanted, but when I went and had my done, they cut, blow dried and straightened it for me and looked very nice, so then I was wanting the straightners to do my hair myself.
.* ABOUT THE STRAIGHTNERS *.
Nicky Clark is top brand for hair care, and these caught my eye straight away. I needed a reassuring brand but cheap at the same time, I knew it would be a little difficult, but when these caught my eye they was everything I wanted. Normally I don't shop by brand names as I know they can be expensive but on this occasion I made an exception I didn't want something like my last ones, and to wasting money. I decided to order the Nicky Clark ones as they did look stylish, slim, and was cheap, and assuming because of the brand name they would deliver and do the work well.
They finally got to me a few days later after ordering them; I was excited, and happy that they were here. I noticed the box was very slim, so I knew the straightners was like that to, which was a good thing as my last ones, was pretty bulky. I opened the box, and slid out the straightners carefully; they were very slim, stylish and didn't look cheap, so I was happy, now for the testing. Removing all the packaging I then plugged them in, and within a few moments they was hot, it surprised how long it took, very quick.
Brushed my hair then began to run the straightners through my hair, they worked very well, didn't take long before my hair was straightened, looking soft, shiny and most importantly frizz free. There are different temperature settings that you can set for your own hair type, thin hair is normally a low setting, and thick hair which is like mine, you put on a high setting, so it glides and straightens with no kinks or bumps. You can see the temperature dial just at the back of the plates, the temperatures range from minimum to the highest being 230oc which is hot, so be careful when using them on a high setting.
The ceramic plates are a deep purple in colour and stand out, the straightners also features a ionic technology which enables you to have fizz free hair when straightening. The straightners themselves are black and feel soft to the touch, almost feeling like suede, easy to grip, slim, and comfortable to use. At the back of the straightners you will find a deep purple push lock button this enables you to lock the plates together when not using for better storage and to protect the plates for damage, push again to release them. The cord is quite long in length which is also a good thing especially if you tend to walk around when doing your hair like I do sometimes.
.* PACKAGING *.
The straightners come in a slim box with its picture on the front, and also Nicky Clark and colleagues using the straightners on people's hair. Also giving you a brief description of the product and what it does. It also shows you 5 stars being rate for this product on the top of the box and saying it is salon tested and has been approved, which I can understand why. Opening the box and tilting the box so that the straightners slide out, noticing that they were in a clear plastic bag, with the plug and cord hanging out the bag, cello taped at one end to keep it in the bag. Ripping off the bag carefully, I then noticed the plates are protected by bubble wrap on both plates, so was properly packaged up. The plug was protected with a hard plastic plug cover and tied so that the lead is tidy and neat. Make sure you take off all the wrapping before use. You will also be provided with a instruction booklet, which gives you information on how to stay safe when you are and not using them, and how to store them properly.
.*AVAILABILITY AND PRICE *.
I bought mine from the studio online catalogue, and for the cheap price of £24.99, you can buy these from places like Argos at a cheaper price at only £19.99, so grab them while you can. They are value for money and I am pleased with them.
.* FINAL THOUGHTS *.
These are so versatile, slim, cheap, and stylish and do what I want them to do, and what they should do. I am a happy bunny, I'm glad that I decided to buy these ones and glad that I haven't wasted my money on a product that doesn't work. I bought these to replace my old Remington ones, and I recommend these to anyone, and great as a birthday or Christmas present, even though they are cheap they don't look it at all. These are very lightweight too, so don't make your arm ache after a while of using them, like my other one did. I was a little weary of getting anymore straightners for my hair, as it is natural wavy, frizzy, and out of control sometimes too, these straightners sort all that out for me, and makes it shine, soft, sleek and most of straight.
Having thick, long, wavy hair, buying cheap straighteners is no good for me. They break or aren't hot enough or are just generally useless. I've even tried GHDs which worked ok but I must admit, I've never understood the fuss.My sister bought me these last Christmas as she has some and loves them. And I can definitely see why. They heat quickly (even after a year of abuse and frequent use) and still get hot enough to sort out the birds nest I call my hair in the mornings. I also use them to curl my hair (something I've never been able to do with other straighteners) and just think they're an all round great hair styling tool.
The Nicky Clarke Frizz Control Straightener is perfect for creative styling, but with maximum control and minimum frizz.This high performance straightener reaches a high temperature of 230 Degrees Celsius and features a high-output ionic emitter which controls frizz and promotes shine. With a variable heat dial with 6 settings that make this the most versatile styling tool around, you can get more control, better results and more exciting looks than ever before.Whatever look you go for, this tool will help you get great results every single time. Other features include ceramic plates, plate lock for easy storage, and tangle-free swivel cord.