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I had these straighteners middle of 2007 on a half price Argos sale, although they are still currently sold here and in other places.
In the box I got a heat roll up mat for storing them and some large black sectioning clips which I have never really used as my hair is pretty fine I do not need to section it off properly.
The box also states about a 3 year manufacturers guarantee on the product.
The plates on this product are ceramic coated, floating and fairly slim. The floating plates mean that it is easier to move along the hair, as I find with non floating plates I tend to have to squeeze the straighteners really hard down the hair but this means they are very snug. The width of the plate is enough for most type of hairs.
There is a variable temperature setting whereby you can straighten from 140 degrees to 220 degrees. I have always used 180 degrees for my more on the fine side hair. This is an excellent bonus as some straighteners do not have this and go straight to 220 or sometimes even 240 degrees which can damage fragile, thin dry and damaged types of hair.
The cable is very long on these and a swivel cord for ease of use, I love the length of the cable as it means I can sit down in front of a hand mirror whilst straightening.
The product claims that it straightens in one stroke, I foind this to be typically true most of the time but occasionally it needs 2 or 3 goings over at 180 degrees, especially at the back. The trick is to slow down whilst moving the straightener down towards the ends of the hair to let it works its magic.
The ceramic coated plates give a difference to the cheap end of the market due to the fact they glide rather easily through out the hair.
I have owned these for over 2 years now and I need to make use of the manufacturers guarantee as the plates are all black and most of the ceramic coating has removed itself from one of the straightening plates, I am sure it cannot be good for my hair so I am going to try and get them swapped, luckily they are still available to purchase.
I have seen them in electrical stores and Argos currently stock them as I bought mine originally from there for £22 ish so for 2 years is not bad going.
In summary I recommend these but cannot help but itch for a pair of the ubiquitous GHD's, I just can't help but this would I get better results from a more expensive straightener. Therefore I give them 6 out of 10.
This Remington Straight in a Stroke has to be a GODSEND to womankind. I was planning on getting a paid of straighteners about 6 months ago. I had never used one before and hence was very skeptical about what to buy. I did not want to pay too much for it either as I was not sure if I would like it.
I know that Remington is a good brand as I have used some of their other products. I read the reviews for this product and people were raving about how good it is. I think the original price is £39.99 (don't quote me on that) but at that time, there was a 50% sale at Argos and they were selling these for £19.99 I think. I used my nectar points to buy them and I think it was the best investment I ever made in a hair care product.
The pack itself is a very professional looking kit. It comes in a sleek take away bag that contains 4 hairclips, a comb and a convenient pouch to hold them all together in a very neat way.
The straightener heats up in about 10 seconds upto a level of 230. I have very think hair so I go all the way upto 230, but if your hair is thin, I would recommend 200 or 210.
It really is straight in a stroke from here! As I mentioned before, my hair is very thick but it still only takes a stroke to straighten it. Totally, it takes me about 3 minutes to go from wavy, long thick hair to straight long hair. It is so simple to use.
Amazing product and I would definitely recommend this to anyone!
I decided to buy these back in the summer from Argos as I really needed some new straighteners and these were half price in their sale. Prior to these I had some remington wide wet to dry straighteners, but much as I loved those I really needed something that would heat up to a better temperature.
So, what did I get for my £19.99?
These straighteners are packaged very nicely. Inside the box you'll find the straighteners, along with a black plastic comb, four long hair clips and a heat mat/case to store them in.
What do they look like?
The straighteners have a very nice appearance, they are black and have a digital display on the top which tells you how hot they are, and a couple of buttons which allow you to increase or reduce the heat setting. As the on/off button is rather small and hidden on the side so I had to search for a little. They are black and coated with the same type of plasticy material that is used to cover the interior door handles on some cars (sorry, I don't know what it's called, but it does give the straighteners a nice feel). The cord is long enough to be sufficient for most people. They also have a cool tip at the end which is quite useful.
On to my experience of them...
Remington claim that these straighteners will leave your hair 'straight in a stroke', and they are largely right.
Once you have turned these on they do heat up very quickly, but not quite as quickly as the manufacturers claims would suggest, as they only class the lowest temperature as being 'heated up'. I use these at the full 230 degrees as my hair is very wavy so these take a bit longer to heat up, although they certainly aren't slow. Although I could probably only go over each section of my hair once with these as their name suggests and have my hair look presentable, I prefer to go over it a few times as my hair is usually so wavy.
How do they compare to my old straighteners?
For a start these straighteners have floating ceramic plates which presumably allows them to fit the contours of your hair better, although personally I've never really noticed the difference between these and my old straighteners which didn't have these floating plates.
Their real bonus is the temperature they reach, which was my main reason for buying them. I found that when I used my old straighteners my hair would develop a bit of a wave in it after a while, so I thought these would be hot enough to prevent this, but I was wrong. Don't get me wrong, they are better in this aspect than my old straighteners, but my hair still won't stay completely straight. Although my hair is quite thick I know this is achievable as my sister's straighteners are great on my hair (before anyone asks I didn't buy those as they are a lot more expensive and these reach the same heat as hers, which is what I thought the problem was).
For me, the main negative about these straighteners is that they are slim. As I've already mentioned my hair is quite thick and hence it is best that I use straighteners with wide plates, but these are becoming increasingly hard to buy. As these are slim I spend much more time straightening my hair that I'd like which I find quite frustrating.
All in all I'd say that these are a very good buy for the price, and for the most part I'm happy with them, but would love them to have wide plates. These would be great for anyone with shorter or finer hair though.
Having had two pairs of the same (quite expensive) hair straighteners die on me withing 3 months, I needed some new ones, fast and cheaply! I didn't want to pay loads of money, yet having quite thick hair I wanted to ensure that they would actually straighten my hair.
After some searching around I found the Remington Straight in a stroke straighteners, these were cheap as they were on a half price off and I had a gift voucher for the store. I decided that at this price (£17.50) I could get them and if they were no good I wouldn't have lost much.
The straighteners, like nearly all others, have a temperature control. The control on this model is a digital one, allowing you to select the exact temperature you want. On previous straighteners I had used a temperature around 225, I decided to go for 200 on this and it seems a good temperature when straightening hair straight after washing. When straightening hair just to touch it up I use a lower temperature between 140 and 170.
I noticed that some people have complained about changing the temperature when using the straighteners, I haven't had this problem and find that the control buttons are quite sturdy and so don't change just by catching them.
The straighteners claim to make your hair "straight in a stroke". When I bought these I was quite sceptical as previous expensive straighteners I had required each section of hair to have quite a number of strokes. On the first use of these straighteners it took a while to straighten my hair as I was getting used to them, different shape/weight etc to the old ones. However I have found that the claim "straight in a stroke" is pretty accurate.
The straighteners make straightening your hair a quite and easy process.
The straighteners have a temperature range between 140C and 230C, the plates are ceramic diamond with teflon coating. The product comes with a handy travel pouch which also doubles up as a heat map, some sectioning clips and a brush.
A great set of straighteners for those on a low budget - I know people who have ghd's and comment how straight me hair is!!
I just chose this for one of my birthday presents - after about a year of sneaking in my teenage daughters bedroom and borrowing her straighteners.
I'm really happy with them. I didnt want to spend too much as my need is just to tidy up a few stray ends that just would not respond to blowdrying. Now I dont blow dry at all just use these instead. They have a cool tip and the plates are not too wide for shorter hair.
They heat up really quickly and the 230 degrees is more than anyone could want - I use a much lower setting with good results, in just one stroke as suggested. The heat mat is essential as they dont easily sit upright by themselves (the one deisgn fault) and it also acts as a carry and storage bag to put them away tidy when cool. You get a styling comb and hair clamps to help you style. Plus get a good long lead - which I needed.
This product was on offer at Boots when I got it for £29.99 reduced from £49.99. Plus just buying a few more essentials and I qualified for free postage AND 600 bonus advantage points. Good old Boots.
With variable heat settings, floating plates & digital control you can customise your hair for true salon results at home.