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I first bought these hair straighteners when my other pair broke. My other pair were the exact same but thick. I had to buy these thin hair straighteners because they had sadly stopped selling the thick ones. I have to admit I enjoyed the thick ones more because I find these thin ones very time consuming. However, since I got my hair chopped from my waist to my shoulders, I have found that these straighteners are really good and that I wouldn't have been able to use the thick ones anymore. Not without burning myself. These straightness come with a small rectangle screen which displays the heat you want. This goes up in intervals of 10's from up to 230 degrees. They have an advanced ceramic coating and usually take around 20-25 seconds to fully heat up to your desired premature. Whilst it heats up the blue light flashes on the screen and when it is done it goes off. They are all over black with the Remington branding logo on the top and they have buttons on the side to control the temperature. The cord is very long and for me it is too long. The ceramic plates are safely bordered by the out casing of the straighteners and it makes it hard to burn yourself. I also use these straighteners to curl my hair as well as straighten and I find them very valuable to my electronics. I find it weird that GHD's don't work on my hair but these do. When I straighten my hair with GHD's within 20 minutes of being outside my hair is frizzy and wavy, but with these it stays straight for 2 days.
I bought these hair straighteners for £80.00 but I just checked online and I found them for £37.38 on sale. I think this is an admirable price considering the amount I payed for them.
I highly recommend these straighteners to anyone who wishes to style there hair effectively. They can curl and crimp as well as straighten so I really think they are worth all the money.
The Remington S5500 Sleek & Smooth Hair Straighteners are my second set of straighteners from Remington, although my other set of straighteners work perfectly fine I brought these as I felt I needed more control over the temperature at which I straighten my hair. I purchased the straighteners from Amazon.co.uk at the end of last year (2011) and paid around £30, they are currently available for £37.38 (Nov 2012) with free delivery.
I was attracted to this particular set of straighteners as they have a variable heat function, from 150°c to 230°c and an auto shut off function after 60 minutes. Two features that my previous straighteners were sadly lacking. The S5500's come with a heat proof pouch which is great for storing the straighteners in when they are not in use.
The S5500's, at 110mm, are narrower than my ancient CS3000's and I was worried that it would take longer to straighten my hair, that worry was unfounded as I can happily straighten my full head of long, thick hair in the usual 20 minutes. The S5500's have a silvery coloured ceramic coating; this helps them glide through my hair with ease and leaves me with a smooth, shiny and very straight finish.
I usually run the straighteners at 190°c; the temperature is very easy to set. When the straighteners are plugged in you need to press the on/off button and then using the + and - symbols next to the on/off button you can alter the temperature up and down, the temperature is displayed on a small digital display. While the straighteners are heating up the display will flash blue, when the straighteners have reached your desired temperature the light will become steady blue. Despite Remington's claim that the straighteners reach temperature in 15 seconds I find it took nearly a minute for my straighteners to reach 190°c.
I have never put the auto off after 60 minutes function to the test as I am normally quite good at remembering to turn them off, but this feature is reassuring.
The S5500 have what is described as floating plates, I describe them as being like salad tongs, permanently open till you squeeze them closed. The straighteners have a lock switch which can be used to keep the plates together while the straighteners are stored away. I find this to be a good feature as the straighteners are more compact and less likely to sustain accidental damage.
In conclusion I think these are another great set of straighteners from Remington, I have used them a couple of times a week for nearly a year and never encountered any problems. They heat up quickly, although a lot slower then Remington's 15 second claim. The ceramic plates protect my hair from snagging, pulling and snapping. The 2 meter cord has a swivel join where it enters the straighteners, making it very easy to manoeuvre them around my hair. The variable temperature function is a great feature as I prefer to straighten my hair at a lower temperature where as my daughter has them set higher for her slightly wiry hair. The auto off function is reassuring but untested. The lock helps protect the straighteners from accidental damage as does the heat proof storage pouch. I feel the £30 price tag makes them a much more attractive option than some much higher priced alternatives.
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I bought these straighteners about 6 months ago, and they are fantastic! You don't need to spend loads of money on getting GHD's, these are just the ticket.
Easy to handle, they get really hot (so do be careful!). I find that a few strokes with them leaves my hair (which can be "fly-away") looking smooth and straight, and it lasts all day. No need to spray it either!
I use V05 "Hot and Straight" spray (comes in a pink bottle) - just a few squirts, combed through - before I use the straighteners to protect my hair, as everyone knows using straighteners are the not the best thing for keeping your hair moisturised. I have tried other cheaper brands before, but they didn't quite do the job like the Remington ones do.
They are also very lightweight, so it doesn't give you arm ache if you have a lot of hair to deal with - mine is just shoulder length, so it takes just a couple of minutes to get the style I want.
Amazon sell these at a very competitive price, and if you are a Sainsburys customer don't forget to go through the nectar site to get points!
I have to say I'm not really into hair and makeup, and every time I'd tried to use straighteners before was disappointed with the results and failed to be able to do the back of my hair properly. I gave up. Recently however I decided to give it another go and after asking around brought a set of these Remington straighteners, not expecting much.
I was surprised. They heat up very fast and have a display to let you know the temperature. You can vary the temperature to suit your hair. I have very thick, frizzy hair and lots of it but only use 170 C and it takes me about 20 mins to do my hair from start to finish.
The casing is smooth and easy to hold, although the buttons are where your hand naturally sits so it's easy to change temperature if your not carefully. The cord is a little short, meaning I have to sit near the plug but it's not a big issue. The bullet shape makes it relatively easy to manoeuvre and the plates glide well through the hair.
It comes with a heat proof pouch which makes for easy, safe storage, though I use a heat proof mat in addition for when I'm doing my hair.
Overall, a fantastic product that has changed my morning routine! I recently lent them to a friend for the night, and she thinks they are as good as her GHDs.
I bought the Remington smooth and sleek straighteners out of desperatio when my trusty GHD's died. They were on a decent special offer and I couldn't justify spending GHD money at the time!
The good points of the Remington ones are that they do look 'sleek' and are also a decent size and easy to handle (compared to some that feel very bulky in your hand). The cord is a decent length and swivels which is very handy at the gym when the plug socket is far from the mirror. They heat up quickly- in fact I don't think they took any longer than my GHD's and they have a nice little display that tells you the temperature. The downside is that if you are used to GHD's you will know that these are not the same quality. For them to 'glide' through my hair I had to section my hair into much smaller chunks than I was used to and to ensure that my hair stayed straight for any length of time I had to run them through my hair about 3 times more than with GHD's. It did make straightening my hair take longer, but after time I have gotten used to this.
Remington are a well known brand for making electrical beauty products for men and woman such as Shavers, Hair Clippers, Beard Trimmers, Epilators, Grooming Kits, Hair Dryers, Stylers and more. Their products can be purchased from shops such as Argos, Boots and Superdrug. They do a wide range of products to suit each individual person to create different looks and styles. Remington are always updating their electrical beauty products and are always coming out with new products with new technology to create better and long last results.
***HAIR STRAIGHTENERS IN GENERAL***
Hair Straighteners have been around for many years now and are becoming better at doing their job to produce classy and glamorous looks and styles. I remember my first pair of straighteners was by babyliss and probably only cost me about £15. I thought these were fantastic at the time but as the years have gone by different brands are always bringing out new straighteners with different technology to create the perfect style. Hair Straighteners can vary in price, and this also depends on which brand you buy.
You can normally pick up a decent pair of straighteners for approximately £35. Of course many people will have heard of ghd's which are apparently every girl's dream hair straighteners, but at the price of about £90! My last 2 pairs of straighteners have been made by Remington and I have been pleased with the product quality and the overall results when using their products. When choosing hair straighteners I don't think I would even consider another brand over Remington.
***THE SLEEK AND SMOOTH STRAIGHTENERS***
The sleek and smooth straighteners are slim style and have an advanced ceramic coating for extra smooth glide and longer lasting plates. They are black in colour and have a small LED display screen and also a plus, minus and on/off button on the side. The straighteners take just 15 seconds to heat up and have a high heat of 150-230c. The longer length plates mean you can straighten more hair at once. The straighteners also have an automatic safety shit off which means after 60mins, they will turn themselves off. As well as this there is also a temperature lock and boost button. When the straighteners are not in use you can lock the plates for storage and store them in the heat proof pouch. These straighteners have 10 x more ceramic, 2 x smoother plates which improves glide and Tourmaline which gives you frizz free styling. This product comes with a 3yr guarantee.
I purchased these from boots which cost me £34.99, which also meant I collected 136 points on my boots card as well. These are also available to buy from Argos for exactly the same price. How-ever sometimes boots does have offer's on electrical products so it's always worth checking to see if they have offers first.
***USING THE STRAIGHTENERS FOR THE FIRST TIME***
When I took the straighteners out of the box I thought they looked very sleek and I noticed how light and easy they were to hold. The swivel cable is also quite a long length which is great if you don't have a plug socket very close to the mirror. In the box there was also the heat proof pouch and a small booklet which gave you a bit more information about the product. Just plug the straighteners on and hold the on/off switch for a few seconds. You will notice the LED screen light's up blue and it will have a temperature on it. Use the plus and minus buttons to choose the desired temperature. When the desired temperature has been reached the blue LED screen will stop flashing. I chose a fairly low setting which was 180c as I have fine hair. There is a heat boost function; this means by pressing the plus button for 2 seconds the straighteners will automatically set to 230c, which is the highest temperature available. The straighteners heated up very quickly. You can also lock the temperature to avoid accidentally changing it when straightening your hair. To lock the set temperature you simply hold the minus button down for about 2 seconds and a padlock will appear on the LED display. To unlock the temperature just hold down the minus button again for 2 seconds and the padlock symbol on the LED screen will disappear.
The first thing I notice about these straighteners was how light they were to hold. They were much light and smaller than my previous straighteners. I brushed my hair and sectioned it ready for straightening and sprayed the under layers with heat protection spray. They advise you to only repeat the straighteners through the hair twice of each section to prevent hair damage, but with these straighteners there was no need to do it more than once or twice anyway. The straighteners glided through my hair with no snagging.
The straighteners left my hair feeling smooth, soft and sleek. After I had finished straightening my hair it looked smooth, shiny & very sleek. I was very pleased with the results. To switch the straighteners off you simply hold down the on/off button for a few seconds until the LED display goes off. If you have locked a temperature you will need to unlock the temperature before you can switch the straighteners off. My hair remained straight through-out the day and my style remained in place. My hair also kept the sleek and smooth look through-out the day as well.
***HOW DO THESE COMPARE TO OTHER BRANDS***
These are very light-weight and are easy to use. I haven't currently seen any other straighteners which have a temperature lock to avoid changing the temperature when straightening. You can get slim-line straighteners but these are one of the slimmest style straighteners I have seen with longer plates than most. For a good pair of straighteners you may expect to pay well over £50, especially if you have certain branded models, how-ever these are just as good as an expensive pair of straighteners and I personally think they do just as good job as ghd's!
I thought these straighteners were at fantastic buy at £34.99 and I very pleased I purchased them. I always buy the Remington brand when it comes to straighteners and hair dryers and I have not been let down by this brand yet. If you are looking for a new brand of hair straighteners I would highly recommend these as they are affordable and of good quality. The temperature range on the straighteners means you can change the setting to suit fine, medium and thick hair. The straighteners are also perfect for creating flicks, waves and curls as well. If you are in a rush these are perfect as they heat up quickly and they straighten the hair quickly with minimal effort. These are great to use on short, long or medium hair, but I would always advise on using heat protection spray on your hair before straightening as they mention in the small leaflet which came with the straighteners. If you are looking at buying some new straighteners, you should definitely put these into consideration.
(review also on ciao)