“ Brand: Vidal Sassoon „
Avoid, avoid, avoid! I wish this is what someone had told me before I wasted £15 (ok, I know it's not that bad) on these straightners in Superdrug.
I was lulled by the sleek look and cheap price - they reminded me of something you would see stylists using in hair salons, so I stupidly thought they might work like that too. But no. I'm not sure how these things made it into the shops, as they don't even get hot enough to straighten hair, especially when it's thick and stubborn like mine. I left them to heat up for about ten minutes as instructed, and then tried straightening a small chunk of hair. All that happened was that the lock looked slightly smoother afterwards - but it still turned upwards at the end as if nothing had happened to it at all. I left them to heat up for a bit longer, tried again and eventually gave up. Although I had succeeded in making my hair look presentable enough to go out in public, the results were far below what I would expect and would never be good enough if, for example, I was going on a date. The other thing was that I found some of my hair got caught in the sides of the 'floating' ceramic plates which a) was sore and b) resulted in a not-so-lovely burnt hair smell.
There were no safety features (I always expect this kind of thing to have an automatic turn-off mechanism), other than an indicator light to tell you they were on.
Overall, I don't think the low price and stylish look of the irons compensates for their poor performance. I have since splashed out on some GHDs and the difference is amazing - they get at least twice as hot as the VS880, straighten in one sweep, don't catch my hair, take only ten seconds to heat up and switch off automatically.
I have had these straightners for over a year but only use them once a week or so therefore they perhaps have not been tested as much as they should be. They have a ceremic plate to make it easier to straighten hair and less likely to cause damage, the heat up in a few minutes and get incredibly hot, the are easy to grip and glide through hair without any pain or hassle and the cord is long enough so you don't need an extension lead. I would like the plates to be a bit longer so I can do more hair at once when I'm in a rush. Mine have a lock and unlock button to hold the plates in the locked position but this button only worked once or twice then it broke however it doesn't affect the straightners working. Finally there is a button to tell you when the straightners are hot enough. A good product.
I bought these straighteners as they seemed to be excellent value for money. Not having the excess cash for a pair of GHD's, I thought all straighteners would be the same or thereabouts. I was wrong.
This was my first ever pair of straighteners. At £9.99 in TJ Hughes, I thought I had got a steal as they had an RRP ticket on of £29.99. And at first, they were absolutely great. The only initial problem I had is that the supposed blue light to tell you they had heated up sufficiently didn't work, or rather, worked intermittently. As this was not a fundamental feature of the straighteners, I didn't worry too much.
For the first few weeks I was using these straighteners, I got brilliant results. As I have quite frizzy hair naturally, I was over the moon to have people at works coming up to feel my hair. I received lots of comments on how great it looked (one said like something out of a Pantene advert!). It was sleek, shiny and beautiful. When asked what I had done to my hair, people didn't believe that I had just straightened it.
Fast forward a couple of months and the irons really started to let me down. The first problem is that because they are quite cheaply made, strands of hair were getting caught between the ceramic plates and the end of the irons, snagging my hair and either pulling it out or stretching it so much that it rolled up into tight little curls when released. I would often find strands of hair stuck in the when finished. The finish also started to diminish. Where before it had been straight and glossy, it started to look rough and not completely straight. I could also feel strands of my hair grating down the ceramic plates when using, and all I had in my mind was images of my hair getting completely ruined. After it got very dry and crispy, I stopped using these straighteners.
All in all, for those not too bothered about ruining their hair, these are a bargain. However, I would recommend just hanging on a little longer and getting a decent pair. I never thought that such a reputable hair products company would sell such chaff as this, but I was wrong.
Stylistically, the irons are well designed. They feel cheap when you pick them up and they do not have much weight to give you confidence in the quality of the materials, however, they do look sleek.
If I could advise on this product, i would probably say avoid.
A change in hairstyle and a move away from the stereotypical Cypriot curly hair means that I now have to straighten my hair on a daily basis otherwise I start to look like I've been dragged through a hedgerow backwards by my head. On the recommendation of my stylist I purchased a set of Vidal Sassoon VS880 hair straighteners from the salon for £24.99 to keep my hair looking like it had just been styled.
I had no reservations making the purchase as my stylist had used the same make and model when it was originally styled and having heard bad things about the unreliability of GHD hair straighteners I happily left thinking I had a bargain. I have since found this make and model for as low as £12.99 online and can understand why. Having tried to use them to straighten my hair for a week after first buying them, each time the results were truly awful and I resorted to using my iron and ironing board in desperation.
In terms of looks and usability the VS880 are great, with a light silver finish they look quite stylish. Despite having ceramic coated plates there really is next to no weight at all to the straighteners and holding them up to my head for long periods (which I didnt expect to have to do) was not that hard. The grip is a little smooth but quite narrow so it is easy to get a firm grip, whilst the spring is just right so little effort is needed to close the plates together. As far as safety features go I would have liked to have seen an automatic switch off after a fixed period of time but this is not the case. The only sort of safety feature is a little light which indicates whether it is switched on or off as a warning that the ceramic plates might be hot (wishful thinking!).
Operated by mains power, the first time I plugged them in I nearly wet myself when I returned to my bedroom to find the straighteners vibrating their way across the floor! The vibrations were so strong holding onto them straight away was out of the question due to the weird sensations running down my arm. After 5 minutes, the vibrations did thankfully lessen, but there was still a noticeable buzz coming from them. Not something I had expected, but something I could live with if they worked well.
Before first using the straighteners I followed the recommendation in the frankly poor user manual and let them heat up for a full 10 minutes whilst I treated my hair. As soon as I picked them up I noticed a distinct lack of heat from the ceramic plates. I had expected to feel something if I put my hand near them but there was nothing. Not deterred I clamped the plates around a length of hair and went about straightening only to find that as soon as I let go of my hair it reverted back to how it had been before using, on top of this, my hair didnt feel hot where the plates had been, it was lukewarm. I left the straighteners for a further 10 minutes and took a minute to read the user manual cover to cover. Again, at the second attempt the results were awful and the plates only just noticeably warmer. I could still touch the plates for a few seconds without it burning. As there is no temperature setting, I couldn't even increase the heat.
This charade went on for a few days before I boxed up the straighteners and took them back to the salon believing I had a faulty set. The replacements I received were exactly the same and these were returned for a refund a few days after that.
I would not recommend the Vidal Sassoon VS880 at all. They look fantastic but are completely useless. It is a sad indictment that an iron and ironing board can produce results that by far exceed a specialist product in a shorter space of time and with a lot less hassle. For me, these hair straighteners are by far my worst purchase of 2007 and a mistake I will not be making again. If you need a set of hair straighteners avoid this product like the plague, I know I will. I am now delighted with my replacement straighteners from Salon UK.
Ionic technology. Ceramic coated plates. Reduces damage to hair.