Nicky Clarke Classic Straightener
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- Ceramic plates for smooth styling
- Tourmaline technology locks in moisture to keep hair smooth
- Floating plates for snag free styling
- Top temperature 200C
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Create salon-smooth hair at home with this Nicky Clarke NHD181 Classic 200C Straightener. Tourmaline ceramic technology gives fast, even heat to reduce damaging hot-spots, and glide effortlessly through hair. The result: sleek, glossy, salon-worthy hair.
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After using them for a few times however, she complained that they were not hot enough, and they did not straighten her hair properly. These straighteners claim 200 degrees, which I should have thought was hot enough for anyone’s hair, but having asked myself the question “how hot are hair straighteners?” it seems that her regular ones go to 230 degrees Celsius.
The unrequited scientist in me was interested in the description of these straighteners are being “tourmaline ceramic”. Tourmaline, it transpired, is a “crystalline boron silicate mineral”, a semi-precious gem. Sometimes, depending on the other elements it is compounded with, it appears pink-red, which is indeed the colour of the ceramic plates of the appliance, a colour nicely reproduced on the packaging and the hinge of the straighteners. I think, therefore, that the word is used simply in the reference to the colour, and not because and magic minerals have actually been used in its construction.
Verdict of the Dougan household: pretty average really.
The picture doesn't do them justice, they look lovely. They are slim and light and the plates are so smooth they don't snag your hair.
they performed really well and I can recommend them.
Cutting to the chase, let's focus on the positives............well for starters there is price. For just under £18 ergonomically these feel both well made and robust, the floating plates glide easily and are easy to adjust. The Classic is lighter than most and comes in a smaller form (a possible travel solution?). Bearing in mind this is the basic model, they also work (on medium length hair at least), albeit my tester found it all a bit of a chore and marked the finished result seven out of ten.
And the bad? Well our tester was frustrated by the lack of temperature control (it is £18 don't forget), auto shut-off (we have wooden floors) and found it hard to believe that the Classic actually reached the quoted temperature. She has shoulder length, quite thick hair and all in all it took her an extra 10 minutes to get roughly the same effect as her much more expensive GDH. That said for me at least the end result looked pretty much the same and the GDH did cost over £100, so perhaps an unfair comparison.
All in all you ver much get what you are paying for here - a basic, no frills whatsoever straightener that does (eventually) what it says on the tin. Would recommend for those with shorter, lighter hair and for occasional use. Anyone with hair over the shoulders or thick hair would be best to avoid.
As a professional hairdresser I'm used to my Corioliss straighteners which straighten afro Caribbean hair in 2 strokes so these ones were a little disappointing. However, upon reflection, probably much better for the younger generation who don't appreciate the damage repeated straightening causes.
No temperature control, & take a few minutes to heat up but on off switch is in a good place, no chance of accidentally turning them off.
Comfortable to hold, lovely smooth plates ensure they glide down the hair. Quite a long lead for convenience.
They look lovely, matt black with coloured plates.
I wouldn't recommend them for professional use but I would for an occasional user.
The good points to note are that they are compact, have smooth plates and are low price. Unfortunately, they are weighty and take a little while to heat up to 200c. There is also no auto switch off safety device, which I would expect from all straighteners whatever the price. The straightening effect is acceptable, but may need to be run over the hair several times to achieve good results. The final negative point is a lack of lock to keep the bades closed when not in use.
For budget straighteners these are OK, but for a little more money there are much better available.