1.03.2013

Cheater curls

If you know me, you know I "cheater curl" my hair at least 3x a week. Even though I have naturally stick straight hair, it's easier for me to go to bed with a wet head and wake up and do the whole flat iron curl trick.  (I call these cheater curls, because it takes me approximately 9 1/2 minutes to do my whole head... with a curling iron it would be at least double the time, and not even last half the day!)

Which means I was super excited when Brian from Misikko contacted me asking if I would be interested in reviewing a flat iron.

A few days later a box arrived on my doorstep from Hana Salon, and I eagerly tore into it. It just so happened to show up the day before I flew out to Baltimore so I threw it in my suitcase and tried it out that weekend.

Now, my mom is a hairstylist, which means I have used top of the line flat irons. I grew up using a CHI, and then traded that for a GHD, so I have a pretty good familiarity for the "best flat irons" out there.

How did the cheater curls turn out with the Hana Elite Flat Iron?

I'll let you judge for yourself...

The curls turned out great in my opinion! The Hana Elite is a 1" flat iron, which is the same size as I am used to. While it was nice that the flat iron had an adjustable temperature setting, I personally found it slightly intimidating. It doesn't seem healthy for your hair to be ran between two ceramic 400degree plates, but I had to go that high to get the curls to hold. Eek. Maybe all flat irons get that hot, but the 'ignorance is bliss' part of not knowing the temperature is more settling in my mind!

I also wish it had an automatic shut-off like my GHD flat iron does. I frequently rush out of the house every morning and forget to turn my flat iron off. My GHD turns itself off sitting idle for a set amount of time. The Hana Elite did not. Thankfully, I didn't catch anything on fire in our hotel room though!

I was pleased with the results of the Hana Elite, I would say it's comparable to the other "top of the line" flat irons I have used. And definitely a whole world better than any drugstore brand straightener!

(While I was contacted by Misikko to review their product, the opinions are 100% my own) 

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11 comments:

KRISTIN said...

i have a GHD too and can't for the life of me figure out how to do curls with it! can you please teach me? k, thanks!

Carolyn R said...

Um... I've been trying to do those "cheater" curls, and that shiz does not work. You better just come to Minnesota and teach both me and Kristin! HAHA

Katie said...

You should do I vlog tutorial! I cannot figure out how to do the curls but my friend did it for me and they looked great!

christin said...

i use a curling iron and it takes like 10 minutes. i feel like i'm doing something wrong. lol.

Ashley said...

I think you should do a video on how you do it - becaise I have failed at these curls numerous times!!!

Sandra said...

I'd like to know your cheater curl trick! I still use good old fashion hot rollers lol

Aly said...

I need a lesson! I can't get my hair to look like that, I get these nasty kinks! Helppppp!

Mateya said...

What are cheater curls? Im sure they wouldn't work on me anyway, I am totally incompetent when it comes to hair!

Holly said...

How do you curl your whole head in 9.5 minutes?!! I must know your secret. I'm still new to this whole curling with a straightener business, but right now it's taking me about 15-20. Please share your cheater curl ways!!

Amanda said...

I love my Hana straightener, but have no idea how you do those type of curs. I get how to curl my hair under, but I love the way yours look, loose and wavy... TEACH ME!

kourtney said...

I need to know how to make curls with a flat iron. I have 2 curling irons and 2 flat irons of different sizes. Curling my hair takes years it seems and with my long, thick hair...my arms are screaming. Please share how you curl with a flat iron!