Thursday, March 15, 2012

5 MINUTES: Curly to Straight

I've always read that a woman's hair is supposedly, her crowning glory. Well cripes, because that means that I've been completely abusing my God-given Glory for the last 11 years. I like my hair blonde then I hate my hair blonde, I like my hair brown then I hate my hair brown, I like my hair black then I hate my hair black... I can never decide on a definitive hair color that I want to rock for longer than 6 months. It just doesn't happen.

Same goes for the styling of my hair- curly or straight? If I let my hair dry totally naturally, it's pretty wavy. For instance, at the end of a day on the river, I definitely resemble Bret Michaels. Don't believe me? Well click here my friends. That is my natural, untouched hair. Gnarly. Grrr.

But I can't always rock the au naturale river rat look so... typically, I wave out my hair as to manage my curl so it's straight at the top and wavy on the bottom as seen in Exhibit A below:

{^my styled wavy hair}

Now as much as I love that look, I must confess that it's not totally honest. Oh the horror, yes: it's true- it's DEFENSIVE WAVING. You see, remember in the first paragraph when I said that I change my hair color all the time? Well, that takes its toll. My hair be damaged, fried and all that other good stuff that us chameleons know about. Likkkkkkke, If you light a match 40 feet from me, my hair will spontaneously combust- that is a fact. Thus, I don't just keep my hair wavy because I like it, I keep it wavy on the end because it's VERY hard to straighten my hair so it doesn't resemble a corpse's.

Enter Hana Titanium by Misikko:

What's cool about you ask? Oh, I don't know:
  • The fact that it goes up to 450 degrees?
  • The fact that it has a 2-year warranty!
  • The fact that it's SNAG-FREE? Helllllo, as a girl with damaged hair this is crucial! No tears and immediate checking for a bald spot... just a smooth, blissful glide.
  • The fact that it includes a Travel Pouch, a tin case and a heat proof silicone heating mat which takes the worry out of piping hot hair appliances on your counter?

{^welcome to the good life. The straightener set covers all the bases.}

I was excited to try the appliance after hearing SO many rave reviews. However, once the order was placed, reality set in: could it handle my DOA hair? With its impressive resume, I decided to put it to the absolute test to find the answer: After arriving home from work with my wavy hair (as you see it in the first images of this post) - hairsprayed, curled, tousled- I b-lined it to the restroom and I gave myself 5-minutes to straighten my hair with this bad boy. 5 MINUTES!


How did it go? The results speak for themselves.
 {^Straight, straight, straight after 5-minutes! but still with plenty of volume and lift}

The straightener glided like buttahhh. Even my damaged locks couldn't put any sand in its engine. My hair never tweaked, pulled, plucked or anything else that the straighteners in my past have been known to do. It simply effortlessly glided from lock to lock, straightening my hair with the greatest of ease. Plus it gets bonus points for making it look and feel as if I'd only ever dyed my hair 2-colors, not 3...

So to clarify- my hair was tangled, hairsprayed, damaged and messy like this:

Then I spent 5 minutes with the Hana Titanium doing this:


And it immediately looked like this:
 {^I love the messier/bedhead look rather than razor sharp and down. Though my real bedhead looks NOTHING like the "bedhead look"- it looks more like Doc from Back to the Future.}

And it felt like silk... no joke.

The straightener can be found here. You would be a fool to not check it out- in a few short weeks, it has become an extension of my arm. OBSESSED!

*Disclaimer: The product was provided to me free of charge. Though it was given to me, the opinions expressed are inherently my own and I stand by the entire review. I adore the product for its quality and gain nothing from you clicking any links or purchasing the item. So shop on friends! And thank you Brian of Misikko.
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31 comments:

Katie said...

My hair straightener is the one hair tool I can't live without. I'll go a week without blow drying my hair, months without touching a curling iron, but would have a nervous breakdown if something happened to my straightener. I don't even know what my hair is naturally - color, or texture. Color is anyone's guess. Texture is somewhere between wavy and curly. Basically, a mess.

Jax said...

Girl, we must be in sync b/c yesterday I post all about this! Well, not the product, but the issue! Bad hair days are the worst! Today I'm rocking your wavy look, but usually I make my naturally curly hair pin straight. And it takes way more than 5 min... :( Hair problems!

have a great weekend!

Bonnie said...

I have had a longer relationship with my Chi straightener than I have with Mr. A. Even though I have cooled off the relationship with my Chi a bit, I still value it more than any other hair tool I own.

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jociegal said...

Wow - looks great! I want to try it.

femmefrugality said...

My hair is exactly like yours. The wavy part. I've only dyed it a couple of times, but it's the kind of "curly" that no one wants. I'm gonna have to check this out! Straightening is usually such a PITA.

Naghmeh said...

love both hair styles on you and you totally rock that bed head look. ceramic hair straighteners are the best! you've seen my super curly hair lol so straightening that takes a looooong time but I love the results! This hair straightener seems pretty amazing too!
xx

Kara said...

Looks so great! Your hair is SUPER shiny, lady. I love it. I go between a cheapo flatiron and a cheapo curling iron because most of the time I can't be bothered to mess with my hair too much, haha. That's why I hacked it off - too high maintenance, like a bad girlfriend!

This product looks fantastic - I gotta go do some research!

Erika said...

HANA seriously makes some of the greatest styling products. This one is no exception. Your hair looks incredible wavy or straight, Caitlin - love it!

P.S. J'adore the ombre effect of your hair color right now - gorgeous! :)

Bravoe Runway said...

I reviewed this product a few weeks ago and definitely love it as well! Your hair looks gorgeous as always caitlin!

A.Co said...

I have the hair dryer, and it's killer; I can only imagine what the straightener can do!! :)

PS - totally laughed at the 'Brett Michaels' pic, thanks for sharing ;)

PPS - love the ombre!!

Val said...

I think you look amazing both ways....

Ben & Cassie said...

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Lynn said...

This seems like an awesome product. My hair is naturally curly and I was flat iron my hair to straighten it. Thanks for the review.

Lynn
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Holly Lefevre said...

Why do hair straighteners scare me - I have 2! Maybe I need a really good one...I must check in to this!

Kelinha said...

Love your blog. want to follow each other?*

| C AND C | Sarmin said...

Such hair envy right now!...Love it waved. Everyone in my family has naturally curly hair on my mom's side, me, straight. Years of effin' it up, still straight with major breakage/frizz. I love curly/wavy hair, my hair hates me & doesn't hold curls, like not at all. Saw this straightener on few other blogs, might get it after my chi dies. & so looking up if they have curling tools. I need a curler that curls my hair.

Have a good Monday!

xo SARMIN

Fabrizia said...

This Hana titanium seems great!
Take a look and if you want we can follow each others: Cosa mi metto???
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Lindsey @ The Hill House said...

Hmm, I might have to save my pennies up for this bad girl! I have not found a straightener yet that can touch my curls, but this one looks promising. Thanks for sharing!

TheUrbanUmbrella said...

Looks beautiful, you have such healthy hair! I would have no idea you dyed it/ changed it so much, it looks incredibly healthy!

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Skinny said...

love your hair and eye makeup

Elle Sees said...

i love their hair dryer!!

Jenni Austria Germany said...

450 degrees? holy moly!

Meghan said...

Ooooh now this is interesting! I too have mutilated my hair with a rainbow of colours, bad haircuts and years of straightening. It is just not a pretty sight anymore so I’m always looking for products that will make it look un-corpse-like! Checking it out now…

Lisa Griffin said...

I can not imagine getting my hair straight in 5 mins! i've heard rave reviews and am almost game to check this thing out now! i haven't had my hair cut in ..gulp...10 months! and the ends are looking a little tired and snagging on my iron
in dramatic fashion

ElsaD said...

Wow! I just discoved your blog and I love it! I'm also a fan of Lauren Conrad's style! xoxo

kimberdoll said...

I've heard awesome things about this one. Glad it worked so well for you. ANd I know what you mean about never being satisfied with the color for longer than a month ... luckily you pull both light and dark off beautifully :)

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designchic said...

I've got to buy a new straightener...so glad I read your blog!!

Mandy @ In the Fashion Lane said...

Best. Review. Ever. I love your realness always! And your Bret Michael's pic got a good chuckle out of me (PS...mine pretty much looks similar OR like a lion's mane. Awesome). Sounds like we have similar hair my friend!

Seeking Style said...

I think your hair looks gorgeous wavy but either way, the color is great!

xo Jennifer

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this free bird said...

River rat look *snort*

I love the curly look!

Ps: death to 450 degrees. After 3 mos of the Ghd I had to cut 6 inches of my hair off. Never happened before in my life and I take great care of my hair. Never.again.