When I was really young, I had beautiful, silky hair. I begged my mom to let me get my hair permed when I was little (hey, perms were “in” in the 80’s). Finally, after a lot of begging, she let me get my hair permed. I went with my grandma to her salon and got my hair permed. I left with very curly hair, just like I wanted. Little did I know, this changed my hair forever. The lady who permed my hair, either left it in too long, or used the wrong thing on my hair, because my hair was never silky soft again. I remember years later my mom taking me to a salon to figure out what was going on with my hair – and we were told there was nothing that could be done. My hair was permanently damaged. So ever since, I have extremely thick, wavy, frizzy, out-of-control hair. It’s something I’ve learned to manage, but it’s not fun.
If I let my hair air dry, I look like I stuck my finger in a light socket. And if I dry it with the hair dryer, it’s even worse. So my two options are to spray it with spray gel and let it air dry (and then my hair turns “crispy”), or otherwise I have to straighten my hair. I choose to straighten my hair – every. single. day. It’s become a life necessity.
I can’t use cheap flat irons. The ones that stores like Walmart sell I can’t use at all. They do not phase my hair whatsoever. So I can only use quality flat irons. They have to have ceramic plates and have to heat up to 450º.
Two years ago I bought a really nice flat iron that I loved, but within a year, the plates cracked. I went and bought the same one again, and a year later – yep, the plates cracked again. It was still usable, but when I’d use it, my hair would get caught in the cracked plates and it would yank out some of my hair. Not fun.
So I’ve been shopping around for a new flat iron, and when I had the opportunity to review this flat iron from ISA Professionals, I jumped on it!
It features red ceramic plates, a full swivel cord, a SUPER long cord, which is awesome, and a digital readout.
This flat iron heats up to 450º, and it heats up extremely quickly, which is great! I hate having to wait to my flat iron to heat up. I was very happy with how well it straightened my hair. It left my hair not only pin straight, but shiny and soft as well. And, it has a curved edge, so you can also use it to curl your hair. I don’t ever use a curling iron anymore. If I want curls, I use my flat iron.
There is one feature I do not like though, I have to be honest. The buttons where you turn it on/off and set the heat setting, is on the outside of the flat iron – and it’s exactly where you place your hands when you are straightening your hair. So when you are using it, you constantly press the buttons, change the temperature by accident, or accidentally turn it off. There IS a solution to this though. If you press the power button twice, it will lock the settings, so when you are using the flat iron, you won’t mess up any of your settings, or turn it off accidentally. And when you want to unlock it, just press power twice again. And when you want to turn the flat iron off, just press down the power button for 2 seconds and it will shut off. And if you have it locked, even though you won’t mess up any of your settings, it will still “beep” if you press one of the buttons. This is something I’m just going to have to get used to, but the flat iron works so great on my hair, it really does make it just a small problem in the grand scheme of things.
This also features an automatic shut-off after 90 minutes. So you’re never left wondering and worrying if you left the flat iron on.
Want to see it in action? Check out my video:
Overall, this is an excellent flat iron. I’m very happy with it, and it’s making my frizzy hair look smooth and shiny again! You can purchase this from ISA Professionals, or on Amazon! This flat iron retails for $299.99, but you can purchase it right now for just $145! That’s a 52% savings!