I think I've mentioned before that the discovery of the straightening iron changed my life. (That's really not an exaggeration.) I straighten my hair just about every day (sometimes multiple times) and, trust me when I say, my hair without it is NOT a pretty sight.
Anyway, when I was contacted a few months ago by Misikko to review the Hana- Professional Ceramic Flat Iron, I jumped at the opportunity. (Duh.) It came almost immediately and was adorably packaged with TONS of other goodies - seriously, it was like Christmas! In addition to the straightener, the company sent all the bells and whistles - carrying case, hot pad, etc. etc. etc. I, of course, tried it out right away and LOVED it! Recently, I shared my new straightener with my sister and asked her to give her "semi-professional" opinion on it. If you've ever met Kathryn, you know that she tells it like it is, so below is her honest review:
Hi guys! E's beauty coach here!!When E was first contacted about reviewing the straightener, she called me to see if I had heard of the brand Hana before. My answer was YES; and, of course, I begged for it!
As much as I LOVE all things "beauty," I've never invested in a good hair straightener- and lesbehonest, THIS GIRL needs one. My hair has a total mind of its own. My natural texture is wavy/frizzy - some times it looks good; other times - a total disaster, hair in a bun, type thing.
Side note: about 3 years ago, I paid big bucks for a keratin treatment- I was tired of using heat products and thought, going a whole summer without having to worry about frizz would be AWESOME!! And....it was. But, 2.5 years later, it was still pin straight- up until about 6 months ago, when my natural texture finally came back-I was thrilled (honest). A girl needs some variety in her life. ;)
Anyway, if you follow me on Instagram (kat5886) you saw that I just finished a two week "hair detox" -- No product, no hair dryer, and definitely no straightener. I wanted this review to be accurate and have fresh, clean, "no product build up" hair. So, after my two weeks, I washed, dried, and began to straighten.
Here are my HONEST thoughts:
1) It's sleek. The look is just pretty- the straightener isn't bulky, it's light weight and thin enough to comfortably fit in your hand.
2) Because it's sleek, it easily fits close to your scalp. My problem area are my roots-obvi. That's where my texture shows first. This straightener allowed me to get close to my scalp/roots to ensure that I was able to apply the heat to that area.
3) It had multiple temperature settings: this is HUGE for me. I HATE when straighteners just have an "on/off" switch. This allows for you to personally adjust the heat-depending on your hair texture (FYI: I use mine around 310-350...depending on how unruly this head is being). And, genius, there is even a little spot to put your fingers when straightening so that they don't get burned!
5) It has a long cord. this is just a superficial one, but I love a long cord because I do my hair in my bathroom and, since there isn't a TV in there, I'm FORCED to NOT WATCH TV while doing my hair - the horror! Enter Hana: Cord is long enough that I can wander into my bedroom and WATCH TV all while continuing to get ready. Hooray!
My only real criticism is that the straightener doesn't heat up all that quickly. I like to plug in and be ready to go; but technically, that's not all that great for your hair- so time management: bad trait in straightener. Good for your hair: good trait for straightener. You pick!
Overall, fantastic straightener. Definitely worth the money. I've used LOTS of other brands (all drugstore, chi, baybliss..etc). This one is significantly better than drugstore and extremely comparable to other high ends! (Here's a little comparison chart from their website.) ENJOY!!!
*I just checked the website and saw that they is having a big sale for Memorial Day. Today only they are offering $10 off your $100 purchase and $30 off $200 PLUS free shipping on everything. Hurry!