Product Type: Remington Hair Straightener
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Perfect hair traighteners for me
Remington S9500 Pearl Hair Straightener
Member Name: kathboo
Remington S9500 Pearl Hair Straightener
Advantages: Work well, temperature control, good value
Disadvantages: May not work so well on thicker hair
I am not a slave to my hair straighteners and dare to say I could live without them for two main reasons. Firstly, the fashionable days of poker straight hair seem to be ending, and secondly, I have fairly fine hair so it doesn't take too much controlling. However, if I ever want to properly 'do' my haior I will always, always use them, and often use them on a morning too if I don't wash my hair, just to give it a more styled appearance as opposed to the 'just got out of bed' look! I bought the Remington straighteners a couple of years ago and I've been delighted with them.
Easy to use
The straighteners are plugged into the mains via a perfectly adequate length lead that can easily stretch to the nearest mirror. When purchased they came with a full and clear instruction manual, a very useful heatproof wrapper (which I also use for curling tongs), several hair clips for straightening layer by layer and a handy little comb. I found them to be a perfect size for me. As I said my hair is fairly fine, quite long (just below shoulder length) and is prone to a wave so I didn't want anything really bulky and wide, but likewise nothing too thin that meant doing my hair would take an age. These were absolutely ideal, and are light enough to easily hold in one hand whilst styling with the other. For cooling breaks in-between they can simply be popped on to the large heatproof mat without fear of burning any surface.
I am really impressed with the functions on these straighteners. I would have been satisfied with it simply turning on, getting hot, then turning off. However, there is a digital temperature adjustment facility built into the handle, which can be set anywhere between 160 and 230 degrees depending on requirement. This can also be altered mid-style, as and when necessary. The temperature is controlled by a '+' button and a '-' button located on the handle. The makers were obviously aware of how easy it could be to accidently press one of the buttons during styling, so they have made it possible to 'lock' the required temperature by holding the '-' button for a few seconds, which is helpful. There is also a button that locks the straighteners in a closed poition when they are cool, so they take up less room for storage.
Safety as standard
In every ways, this appliance is as safe as is possible for an appliance that reaches such a high temperature. First of all there is a cut off point - if the appliance hasn't been used for certain amount of time (can't remember the exact length of time) then they turn off automatically. I always double and triple check in a rather obsessive way that they are unplugged before I lweave them, but this is great for that extra peace of mind! Also the heat proof mat is an ideal and safe place to leave them to cool when styling is finished. The straighteners themselves are black in colour and do look very smart, but the metal heated section doesn't reach right to the very end and sides of the 'jaws' which helps to avoid and accidental burns to ears, scalp or neck!
The Remington results
Depending on the required look, the straighteners may need to be run down the hair a couple of times to achieve a dead straight look, which apparently can increase the chances of hair damage, or once is enough just for a tidy. The results are long-lasting though, and hair is left silky and straight for the remainder of the day, evening and even overnight! I am aware that other hair straighteners can leave the hair with an ironed look with the slightest of touches, and although this is not one of those appliances, it only cost me about £35 on offer, and is absolutely ideal for my needs.