This is the straightening iron of my dreams.
This is my hair before and after using the Cloud Nine straightening irons.
Do I really need to say which is before and which is after?
The photos speak for themselves but let me tell you a little part of my hair journey and my quest for straight hair.
It’s been five years since I last owned a hair straightener.
I developed an addiction to my ghds, much to the detriment of my hair. It’s a long story, and if anyone is interested maybe I’ll tell it one day but suffice to say I lost a LOT of hair.
However I still longed for the smoothness that only comes from irons. Over the last five years I have had my hair straightened by the Oracle on occasion, and straightened my hair at my sister’s, and at friends’ places before we go out…OK, OK, so maybe not completely cold turkey, but my home has been straightener free.
Then I heard about the Cloud Nine straightener. I heard it was from the people who started ghd and I started to get curious. I was lucky to get my hands on one and couldn’t wait to try it out. The straightener looks similar to the straightener I knew but with some pretty important differences:
- Patented Korean rock mineral plates that are super smooth to create more shine. That’s their blurb but the plates look pretty and not a snag anywhere so they might be right.
- Adjustable heat settings. Yes – seven heat settings from 70 degrees to 220 degrees Celcius. I did my hair on 200 for this shot. Fine-haired girls should be cheering as these lower heats will allow you to straighten your hair without flattening it. Thick hair will still need high heat but the lower temps are great for touch-ups and styling.
- Universal voltage. So it can travel with you and never has to leave your side. This could be an issue for me.
- Swivel cord. For me, this is the best thing. So much easier to handle and no tangling yourself up in the cord. Genius.
My straight hair is back! However, with the adjustable heat it doesn’t have to be so flat anymore, I can still keep some volume and shape in the style.
My best tip for irons is to use heat-protectant products. Heat-protectant sprays and treatments will help prevent damage from (over)straightening your hair.
Have you had a straightening addiction? Do you use heat-protectant products? What’s your favourite?