Decent straighteners but not as good as GHDs...,
This review is from: Braun Satin Hair 7 Straightener ES 3-C (Personal Care)
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The straighteners look reasonably good and they're not too bulky - quite lightweight actually. They have a little LCD screen and you can set the temperature according to your hair type (fine normal or thick) I have fine hair but found the normal setting to be best. They are fast to heat up and leave the hair looking shiny and smooth.
If I didn't already have a pair of GHDs, I might've been more impressed with these but it really is a lot quicker and easier to work with the GHDs: they are easier to maneuver due to the size of the straighteners, heat up even faster and have a narrower plate which I find quite handy to add a bit of a wave on the ends if I fancy a more defined, wavy look. The Braun ones lefts quite sharp kinks where I'd tried to add waves (won't be trying that again!)
The big selling point with these straighteners has to be that they've been especially designed for coloured hair so that they reduce colour fade. I guess the logic is, if you're using something to protect your hair from damage and your hair colour is lasting longer in the process, you'll need to dye it less too - which coupled with the protective benefits of the straighteners, makes everything much healthier for your hair (and cheaper too) in the long run.
I don't think it ever occurred to me that there would be straighteners especially for coloured hair, but why not - they have shampoo and heat protection spray for coloured hair, so why not straighteners too? I think at around £50ish they are good value for ceramic straighteners although I do still prefer my GHDs for overall ease (and speediness) of use. The Braun straighteners are good but not mind-blowingly so. Plus, they take longer than the GHDs to straighten my hair, so maybe on balance it all works out the same in terms of how much I'm damaging my hair... If you've never used GHDs and have coloured hair, I would say give these a go; if you've used GHDs, these are going to feel like a downgrade, despite the benefits.