I have used GHD straighteners for years, but one year my mum bought me the Cloud Nine irons instead. I was a bit sceptical seen as though when it comes to straighteners, GHDs seem to be the ones everyone owns and loves. Although these are made by the original founder of GHD, Cloud Nines give a totally different experience. I can however say with total confidence that I have been well and truly won over by these dreamy irons! They retail brand new at £125.99.
In terms of appearance, they are very sleek and stylish. I have the black irons, which also have black ceramic plates and a long black cord. The straighteners themselves have a matt finish, which can be a bit annoying because hair products tend to show up easily on them, but after a quick wipe with a tissue they're back to looking brand new. They have a kind of round appearance with a curved top, making it very easy to hold them. The on/off switch is black too, and has a little ridge which makes it easy to slide back and forth. The lights that indicate whether the straighteners are on or off flash green, which contrasts well with the overall black finish. They feel very luxurious, I have to admit! The long cord is useful too, and it has a 360 degree rotation which means you never get yourself tangled up in the wires.
The on/off switch is situated in-between the plates, but it is far enough away from the plates themselves to avoid getting burnt! Opposite the switch is a little control pad which lets you vary the temperature of the straighteners. It has a long button which you use to choose higher or lower, and there are lights which let you know when the desired temperature has been reached. In addition to the light indicators, the straighteners also give a little bleep to let you know they're ready, which saves you having to sit and watch the lights build up to the right temperature. It gives one bleep to say it's been switched on, and two bleeps to say it's at the right temperature. There are seven different settings to choose from, ranging from 75 degrees, to 225 degrees. As I have really thick, really curly hair, my default temperature always seems to be the highest one, however if I straighten my hair on a night, the next morning I tend to just do a once-over on a lower setting to catch any fly-aways. It also means that if you have thinner hair, you don't have to put it through the really hot temperatures of normal straighteners.
In my experience, when straighteners get about a year old, they don't flow through the hair as easily as when they are new, but with my Cloud Nine's they work just as well now as they did the first time. They move so smoothly through my hair, and they don't snag at all. They straighten quickly and efficiently. It used to take me about an hour to straighten my hair with GHDs, but now it takes me around 20 minutes! The curved shape of the straighteners means that they curl as well as they straighten, meaning they are versatile! They also very usefully have an automatic switch off function. There have been several times when I've left the house and suddenly thought "Oh God!" because I've left my straighteners on, but with these, there's no risk of a burnt floor! If you leave the straighteners on (and it does give you quite a while, so there's no worry of them switching off mid-style), they switch themselves off, and a solid amber light comes on which lets you know that the automatic switch-off has kicked in.
All in all these straighteners are brilliant. The designers really seem to have thought of everything! Although they do come in three width sizes, I prefer the middle size because they are more versatile. I'd recommend these to anyone, they stay in amazing condition for ages, they are sleek and stylish, and they do the job perfectly! They are quite expensive, but they are good quality and long-lasting, so well worth paying that little bit extra. I love mine, and I take them almost everywhere with me. Definitely a must buy for regular straightener users!
Boasting a unique button-less design the C9 Touch Iron from Cloud Nine begins working from the first stroke with no on/off switch / The world's first automatic straightening iron that offers instant heat this innovative tool reaches its operating temperature of 195ª instantly and features mineral infused plates that glide smoothly through the hair / The iron can also be reduced to a lower temperature of 165ª by simply touching the plates together three times meaning it is well suited to fine hair that needs slightly more gentle treatment and is guaranteed to leave you with hair that is beautifully conditioned and polished / E.D Cloud Nine C9 Touch Iron Button-less design Starts straightening hair from the first stroke Reaches 195ª instantly Heat can be reduced to 165ª by touching the plates together Leaves hair conditioned and polished World's first automatic straightening iron