Cloud Nine straighteners
The claim ‘Brought to you by the founders and inventors of the original GHD product, these are designed to take you to a whole new world of hair styling. Suitable for all hair types, they use state-of-the-art temperature control technology, allowing you to create lots of exciting looks without having to use searing heat.’
Pros The straighteners have many innovations we love. First, they come with a cute LED temperature control that allows you to style without completely frying your locks: you can adjust the heat from 50°C to 250°C. This is by far our favourite feature. However, a close second is the swivel cord, which genuinely swivels, enabling you to curl without tangling yourself in the wire. We also love the hibernation mode, which kicks in after 30 minutes (no more ‘did I turn them off?’); the rounded edge, which makes curling easier; and the fact that, unlike our other premium irons, they don’t sneakily switch themselves off.
Cons This isn’t technically a con, but the straighteners claim to have a secret ingredient on their black glittery heat plates that adds ‘shine and sparkle’ to the hair. Our hair always looks shiny after straightening, but we’re still sketchy on this secret ingredient’s efficacy.
Overall verdict We’ve held on to our trusty GHDs for four years now, but these have trumped them, mainly due to the temperature control and improved curve. They’re now our favourite straighteners on the market.
Dhs795 at most good salons, including Salon Ink in Oud Metha (04 334 4002)
Panasonic Platinum Negative Ion straighteners
The claim ‘The first straighteners in the world to generate platinum negative ions, which provide a water-resistant coating to the hair. Your hairstyle lasts 1.5 times longer than with the current negative ion hair straightener.’
Pros These straightened our tresses well and our barnet remained frizz-free all night, even after being subjected to Dubai’s humidity. The straighteners have a couple of cool features, including an automatic switch-off system to prevent overheating (another lifesaver for the forgetful among us) and five temperature settings depending on how thick your hair is.
Cons These are seriously awkward to handle. For starters, the ions are blasted out of two plastic ‘wings’ on the side of the straighteners, which makes them tricky to hold. Plus, the on/off and temperature-setting buttons are on the outside of the handle, exactly where your hand grips, meaning we spent half the time trying to straighten our hair without realising we’d inadvertently switched them off.
Overall verdict We may be frizz-free, but we’re late and bad tempered thanks to the inadvertent pushings of the off button and awkward handling of the product.
Dhs249 for slim plates, Dhs319 for wide plates, available at Carrefour, Lulu Hypermarket and Sharaf DG branches across Dubai