Picture this. It’s the day of your 30th Birthday party and your less-than-2 year old hair straighteners have decided to shuffle off this mortal coil leaving you with less than perfectly coiffed hair for your big night.
They’d been threatening to do it for ages, making this really annoying noise once they were turned on for a minute or so. I knew I was on borrowed time with them but even I couldn’t have predicted this turn of events.
Luckily, my dear Mother was at hand, she came to the rescue with an old pair of her irons….they’re no Cloud 9’s but then I’m in no predicament to be choosy am I?
6 weeks on and I can no longer rely on her donated straighteners, they’re just not powerful enough for my head of frizz, so I set about trying to procure myself a new pair of hair straighteners.
I’ve been unable to get my broken pair of Cloud 9’s fixed; mores the pity as I really did enjoy using those beauties for the short period of time we had together.
Normally, I’m quite a sceptical person, if I see it advertised on Facebook then I’ll more than likely swerve it or if it sounds too good to be true, then guys, it more than likely is!
However, a week or so ago I had an epiphany and decided to bite the bullet and order something I’d seen advertised on Facebook. I read the reviews, and although they were mixed, they leaned more towards the positive variety. What have I got to lose? I thought. Aside from forty odd quid and a bit of time.
Well, a piece of skin it would soon transpire. But more on that later.
The product in question is called Straight Fix, an innovative plug in brush that heats up and straightens your hair, much like a pair of straighteners.
WOW. This really is innovative I thought.
I watched the videos and sat there in awe, practically open mouthed while I watched a beautiful looking model run the brush through her ever so slightly frizzy mane to reveal perfectly straight and shiny hair.
I want me some of that, I thought. And quicker than you can say “they’ll see you coming”, my fat fingers were hitting the keyboard hard and I’d handed over my credit card numbers with Usain Bolt speed.
I was excited. This is going to change my life. This is going to save me so much time.
Little over a week later, I was working from home and I heard a knock at the front door. I practically hopped, skipped and jumped down the stairs; I could’ve given the delivery man a slobbery kiss when he handed me over my package.
I tore open the packaging, ripping the order note as I went and stared open mouthed at the gorgeous baby pink (rather large and heavy) hair brush that was staring back at me. YOU, MY FRIEND, YOU ARE GOING TO CHANGE MY LIFE. WE ARE GOING TO BE BEZZIES FOR LIFE.
I had horrendous bed hair that day. Not too dissimilar from the visual aid below. It’s just that I have more hair now so it looked even worse. If that’s possible.
Perfect hair to work on, I thought, as I ran the REALLY, REALLY heavy brush through my hair.
The brush itself comes with volume control so you can turn up to a really high heat (230 degrees I believe) and of course take it down to a low setting. Being an all or nothing type of girl, I cranked the heat right up. My ear can confirm this.
In my utter naivety, I expected to see perfectly groomed hair after using this brush for little over 5 minutes.
Well, I’m absolutely distraught (yeah ok, exaggeration) to report that it barely did bugger all for my tresses. OK, so parts of my hair looked slightly straighter, but nothing like how I imagined it would.
In the process of trying to make my hair look kind of presentable, I managed to burn my ear on the brush (it gets really bloody hot mind!), it’s that painful I can’t actually sleep on that side of my face at the moment. It’s all crusty looking too, don’t worry, I’ll spare you photo evidence. I’m sure you can conjure up an image in your head.
In all seriousness, although this straitening brush really isn’t for me, if you are blessed with long, wavy locks (lucky bitch) and often want to quickly straighten it without digging the irons out then this product could be for you.
Because I have short, very unruly hair that doesn’t really have a style at the moment (I’m trying to grow it out – it’s a nightmare), this large, heavy and impractical brush just wasn’t suited to my hair. That’s not to say it won’t work for others though.
I’m annoyed with myself for wasting money I can ill afford at present on something that will never see the light of day again (can’t find the returns info either can I? Pillock) but it’s a lesson learnt. I might just stick it on eBay and hope for the best.
If you are tempted to purchase this brush (and my stinging review hasn’t put you off) then just be aware that it is really heavy (no I’m not some weak sap, well maybe just a bit). I can imagine it would take a bit of getting used to, your brain (well mine did), thinks it’s a brush when really it’s nothing like a brush – or certainly one that I’ve ever used before.
I’ve since treated myself to a new pair of hair straighteners so stay tuned for a review on those bad boys. I’m feeling optimistic. Naïve? Me? How very dare you.