In the last few months I’ve come to rely on hair straighteners to get my hair into a presentable state much more than previously. This is because it’s shorter than it has been and shorter means frizzier for me. Therefore I wasn’t happy when my GHD’s suddenly stopped working – especially as I had them less than two and half years. I had a moan about this on twitter and got recommendations for Cloud Nine straighteners in response.
I hadn’t heard of Cloud Nine before but I wasn’t going to get another pair of GHD’s as the cost per use for them was ridiculously high and their Customer Service wasn’t at all helpful. Also, looking at their twitter feed, there was a lot of people complaining about their tools packing up just after the two year mark (when the guarantee runs out). I looked into Cloud Nine and the reviews for their straighteners were very good indeed so that’s the I path I took.
I’ve had mine for a few weeks now and I’m absolutely delighted with them. In fact they’re actually a major upgrade on the GHDs. This is because you can set the temperature between 100 and 200 degrees which gives you so much more flexibility. I use them at 150 degrees which is a lot less than the 185 degrees that the GHDs are set at. This reduction is only going to benefit my hair.
I’m still getting the result I want. This is taking my ‘Monica in Barbados’ hair to smooth and straight (though not dead straight) in about 5 mins. One thing I noticed about using them at the lower temperature is that I don’t get the steam/smoke rising from my hair which I got with the GHDs. With the temperature control you’ve always got the option to go higher if you want to go straighter or if you have very thick hair. Or you can take the temp lower if you have thin hair. I really think it’s a myth that you don’t get the best result if you’re not straightening at 185 degrees. This doesn’t take into account that everybody’s hair is different and people like varying levels of straightness.
Another thing that impresses me about the Cloud Nine Straighters is their build quality and sleek design. They’re solid and look good. They have mineral infused ceramic plates which further helps reduce damage. Also the plates ‘float’ and this helps cushion the impact and minimises dragging. The ‘Smart Technology’ maintains your chosen temperature. It takes 20 secs for the tool to reach the top temp but it reaches 150 degrees practically as soon as I switch it on
The Original Iron by Cloud Nine is a big improvement on my last straighteners and there’s no way I’d swap back now. The person behind Cloud Nine is Robert Powls, the original founder of GHD so he’s clearly someone who’s a true innovator in the hair tools business.
The Cloud Nine Original Iron comes with a really love holder and heat guards
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