Straighteners are a tool I have always been loyal to, whether I want to curl or have my hair straight they are pretty much the only hair styling tool (alongside a hairdryer) that I use frequently. When I was contacted by the lovely people at Irresistible Me to try their Diamond Hair Styler Straightener,* I jumped at the chance as I have used the same straighteners for 8 years now, shocking I know! It was definetly about time I tried something new.
The straighteners come in a lovely, sleek looking black box, they retail at $149 which is around £90 I believe, so the packaging is what I would expect from a hair tool of that price. The straighteners themselves are lightweight which does make them easier to use, although they do still feel sturdy and well made. In terms of both the packaging and initial presentation of the straighteners themselves I was pretty impressed.
So, the important bit, the straighteners themselves! I have never experienced straighteners that heat up as quickly as these do, once selecting the desired temperature the LED display shows the temperature rising (which is actually pretty satisfying) and then it stops at the selected temperature once it is ready, for 200C this took around 10 seconds!
Although this is pretty impressive, the most important thing for me with straighteners is the plates themselves, I have pretty fine hair prone to breakage and I've found some hair straighteners in the past to pull out my hair as I use them, it's one of those cringe moments when you can just feel your hair being ruined! With these I was amazed at how soft and frizz free my hair felt after, the plates glided through my hair easily without catching or pulling any of it out, winner!
One thing that my old styler was lacking is the ability to change the temperature, I was shocked that I was able to both straighten and curl my hair using only 160C heat, when for the past 8 years I've been using straighteners that heat up to 230C - sorry hair! I don't think I could go back to a straightener without this option after using these, especially having such fine hair, the combination of a lower heat and the high quality blades makes for a hair tool causing a lot less damage.
My preferred style has always been a relaxed wave so I curl my hair usually. Since bleaching my hair it has become natural quite straight, but also slightly frizzy too. The straightener managed to tame all the frizz and leave me with a smooth finish, I don't love wearing my hair straight but if I ever want to, I know that these leave my hair looking tamed!
It may seem silly not to use a tool specific for curling my hair, but I just love the loose wave and more natural effect I can get from using a straightener. When curling my hair I wrap it around the plates and pull down, I'm so impressed with how well my hair manages to glide through the plates without any pulling. I managed to create this style in 7 minutes (I posted it on my Instagram story and that is how long it took)! I'll be doing another before and after on Sunday once I have washed my hair so you can see just how much of a good job these do.
So from hair that looks pretty flat and life less, I managed to create either a straight style or a loose wave/ curl. I'm so impressed with this tool and it is safe to say it has replaced my old straightener for sure, which was something I never thought would happen!