“ Brand: Philips „
I bought these several years ago for about £60 from Boots, but they are now available for a fraction of that price and are a great and cheap alternative to steam straighteners on the one hand, and GHD straighteners on the other.
I have very thick, wavy hair which takes some straightening, so I find it very useful that there is a variable temperature setting, up to 230 degrees. This means that those with coarser hair manage to get the hair straightened, while others are not obliged to burn theirs. The heat is evenly distributed across the ceramic plates so that hair is straightened evenly. They heat up very quickly once they've been switched on, unlike other straighteners I've owned.
Another feature is the 3m long (salon length) cord, which swivels out of the end of the straighteners so that it doesn't get damaged so easily.
The only slight disadvantage to these straighteners is that the buttons to switch it on and to change the temperature are sometimes a bit unresponsive, and it can take several attempts before they do switch on.
Overall these are highly recommended because they are dead easy to use, and work well despite the inexpensive price. I'd buy them again just because they do the job they're supposed to.
Ever since I was a little girl I've had curly hair, much to my frustration as it's the uncontrollable frizzy variety. I've never really been one to bother with it though, always managing to somehow get a respectable style out of the hair, however I decided recently that it was time I looked after myself a bit better and treated myself to a set of hair straighteners. I really had no idea what I was looking for although I knew I wanted ceramics, I didn't want a steam variety and couldn't afford GHDs, the Philips Tresmme straighteners happened to be on sale at the time which convinced me, not only were they ceramic plates but they were half price, an absolute bargain.
Philips Tresemme Jade Ceramic Straighteners-
The slimline straighteners are of the EHD variety, meaning they have even heat distribution. The Ultragliss Jade ceramic plates are designed to lock in nutrients and colour in order to achieve maximum shine while at the same time protecting the hair.
The straighteners have a digital control screen on the top which displays the temperature level, the temperature is adjustable depending on your hair type and thickness, starting at 135 for finer hair and going up to 200 for thick, coarse hair, the temperature is easily adjusted using the button on the display panel. The straighteners have a maximum straightening time of 60 minutes, after this point they will shut off, the digital screen shows how much time is left by displaying six bars, as 10 minutes pass a bar will disappear until eventually all 6 have gone and the set shuts off. The straighteners have a 30 second heat up time and there is a green indicator light to tell you when they are ready.
They have a 3m long cable, which is equal to that used in salons, there is also a hanging loop at the base of the set where the cable begins as well as a safety clip which holds the plates of the straighteners together until you are ready to use them. The set also comes in it's own waterproof case with a separate pocket to loop the cable into as Philips and Tresemme advise not winding the cable around the straighteners.
Price & availability-
I purchased my set for just under £25 in Superdrug, I had also seen them available on offer in Boots for £34.99 and also in Wilkinsons. They are also available online with a rrp of £50 but currently on offer on Amazon for £25 and Argos online for £34.99.
I use my straighteners on my clean hair once it's dried naturally, usually at this point it's at its most uncontrollable, my hair is quite thick and as I said earlier it's frizzy and curly. I usually set the straighteners to 170 or more and then wait until the indicator light tells me they are ready, they always heat up really quickly and the light is really handy as I don't have to touch the plates of the straighteners to see if they are warming up or not. I always comb through my hair before I straighten each section, this is time consuming and can seem like an awful lot of work but it stops kinks appearing in the finished result. You are advised to take small sections of hair and run the straighteners from root to tip for no more than 20 seconds, when it comes to hair I do as I'm told and so follow the instructions.
Despite having long hair I always find that one stroke of the straighteners is enough to give me a smooth shiny look, occasionally on the lower hair (you know the back of the head stuff) I'll repeat the movement as it's a little harder to see if you've got it straight first time round. By changing the direction in which you are straightening the hair you can achieve different effects, such as straightening the hair upwards (still root to tip but aiming for the sky) this gives the effect of more volume, where as pulling the straighteners downwards and then curling them slightly, inwards to the neck or outwards, can create a flick in the ends of the hair.
The 3m long cord is fabulous, it means you can use the plug socket in the bedroom but style your hair using the mirror in the bathroom, there's no need to squat on the floor propping a mirror against the wall with these straighteners. The hanging loop could prove useful if you wanted to store them out of the way in a bathroom/dressing room, a simple nail or hook on the wall would be enough to hold them up. I prefer to store them away in their case, which is heatproof so you can put them away immediately and don't need to wait until they have cooled down.
I think the 60 minute shut off point is a great idea, while you are styling your hair you can see how much time you've got left before the auto shut down kicks in, yet if you're a bit forgetful and tend to walk off without switching off the power there is no risk of burning the straighteners out or causing a fire. As far as styling goes though I find that 60 minutes is far more time then I need and can usually get the job done in a mere 10 minutes which, considering I've got 2 kids to keep an eye on, is fantastic. Who wants to sit around bored for half an hour waiting for their straighteners to reach a good heat and then spend twice that time fighting with their hair, I can plug in and finish my hair in 11 minutes (inc warm up time and switching off etc) and be back with the kids before their episode of Peppa Pig has finished.
I don't tend to use products on the hair before straightening, they can leave a layer on the ceramic plates making them dirty and less effective. If you do choose to use products before styling make sure you allow the straighteners to cool down before cleaning them. I usually only need to use the straighteners once a week, twice at the most, which will cut down on potential damage to my hair from styling, my hair still looks healthy and doesn't seem to be suffering any ill effects as the result of straightening it.
The straighteners are really comfortable to use with curved edges making it easy to hold in the hand, they are also a fairly good weight, not heavy or bulky and they look good in black with their jade green ceramic plates. I am a novice in the world of hair styling yet with these I get great results, kink free, frizz free straight hair. It makes wearing pony tails easier, makes it easier to put my hair up into a fancier style as I don't have to pin down lumps and bumps, it helps manage the shorter new hair that always appears on my fringe line and curls in the most annoying manner. No longer do I have to hear rhymes about little girls with little curls, I might still be bad and horrid but at least I don't have to hear a rhyme about it anymore.
Overall I think this is a great set of straighteners, bought to us by 2 very successful companies- experts in their fields. They will suit curly hair like mine or finer hair that just wants a little styling, they are affordable, reliable, safe and most importantly do their job! I highly recommend them.
Ceramic Straighteners / Hair Straighteners / Relaxers / HP4648/37