It was only when my sister came down for her marriage that I realised that we can actually straighten our hair at home. I had little idea and thought that this is an act of immense expertise and could only be done by a trained hair dresser. My sister started throwing tantrums when her hair straightener got short circuited. It was the very day she had landed home. She just couldn't do without it, that's what she kept on telling us. It was on her insistence that we went shopping. To my surprise, I found out that there is actually a lot of variety and brands available in the market. I opted for Remmingtons. The price was moderate and it looked good with sleek ceramic plates. Sister was excited and told me everything she knew which I could neither follow nor understand. One thing, I remember that she was stressing on sleek ceramic plates. Luckily Remmingtions could meet her demands.
The real test came when I started to use it on regular basis. It was nearly a month after my sister had left for US leaving behind a series of instructions about the dos and donots of hair straighteners. . I was a mess and had nearly burnt my right ear to start with. Things got better soon though. The idea is to straighten the hair after washing and drying it. My hair is straight, oily and I apply hair serum after wash. I love the more straight feel of it. But after I have started to iron my hair, I do not usually apply serum after the wash. I think it cooks the hair. From base to tip and do not stay long, just glide through the plates - that's the trick. Drying the hair is an absolute necessary for you are dealing with electric here and we must take total safety measures while using it.
You will be amazed to know that now I am a proud user and have nearly managed the skill of making my hair straight, lustrous and smooth. Even though I am only conversant with straightening of hair, this product does make our hair curly, voluminous and different. I will have to experiment with it and may be come up with an update soon. All in all, I haven't had any problem whatsoever and this iron will going to stay with me for a long time. Not to mention, I just cannot part with it.
Happy ironing your hair!
Update On May 03, 2010: I just want you to know that the hair iron is still going strong. I had a little problem with the connection in between when the light wasn't working but it was heating all right. I went to the shop and they fixed some stuff inside for free and I haven't had any problem since. The service was really good. They didn't even want the purchase bill. I am uploading an image which I couldn't earlier. It looks sleek, isn't it!