Hello everyone! I have a special post for you today! The owner of Misikko.com asked me to do a review of their Hana Professional Flat Iron 1" - Pink Edition. (He's also letting me do a giveaway with the same product, which I think is a fantastic idea, and so will you after you read my review!)
So I got the flat iron about 2 weeks ago. I have been using it every day since to make sure I really know how well it works. Here is a picture of said iron:
Pink! Cute. It was smaller than I was expecting.
Here it is compared to the Chi I have been using (and loving) for 4 years.
You can see the straighteners are the same length.
It's hard to tell in this photo, and even in real life the differences in size. You can see the chi lays a little taller, and that the sides are a little thicker. You can feel the difference when you hold it. Since I've been holding the same straightener every day for the past 4 years I can definitely feel the difference. It took me a few days to get used to but now I'm a pro.
The temp dial goes up to 450. I started it around 350, but ended up just turning it up all the way. I like to get shit done fast and well, and my hair is extremely thick and frizzy. 450 degrees gets the job done nicely.
I was unsure how hot Chi's get, so I looked around, saw answers anywhere from 350-450, but a website selling them very factually told me 370. I would say I'd believe them, but DAMN my chi gets hot. I don't know about 370. Misikko also sells Chi hair straighteners, if you are dying for a Chi.
The one "downfall" of this straightener:
This straightener, like the Chi, has a red light come on when you turn it on, and that red light starts flickering when it's supposed to be as hot as it can get. My Chi takes about 45 seconds. This straightener takes about 10 seconds. However, I don't believe it. When I start using it after 10 seconds, yes, it is effing hot and it will burn your skin. But it doesn't straighten my hair as well or feel as smoldering as it does later. I would say it probably takes about 45 seconds as well to get hot enough for ME to use. I don't know about someone who would want the dial at 300 or something, but for me, I wait. That's fine with me though, a minute wait is not a big deal to me.
On a similar note, I left it on for about 20 minutes one time, and DAMN was it hot. In a good way, for me at least. The outside part got a little hot as well, but so does the Chi so it was not a problem for me.
Some of you may not know this, but straight irons are my FAVORITE way to curl hair. Yes. You read right. Here are some pictures of what I've done to my hair using this straightening iron:
Super straight with a little flip at the ends, my go to hairstyle for the past 6 years.
Wavy, a new favorite of mine
Curly, when I want to look nice. That's my friend Mark, on the left!
If you were unaware of the curling thing, all you have to do is clamp your hair in the straightener at the top, and then angle and rotate the straightener, and then simply pull it through like you were straightening it. It takes a few tries, so don't give up if you suck at first. If you want the curls away from your face, have the straightener lower towards the back of your head and higher towards your face and rotate away from your face, and the opposite for inside curls. (did that make sense?)
If you want a video tutorial on curling hair with a straightening iron, I have one here. I am using a Chi 1 inch.
So anyway, if you have read all of this post so far I congratulate you! But now, let's get to the point.
I like this straightener. Very much so. I have tried many straighteners in my day, and this is as close as I've seen to a Chi, which I believe is the Jesus of straighteners. It's pink, it's small and slender, it gets really hot, and ultimately gets the job done. My hair is difficult to straighten, and this thing does it. I am very happy to have it, thank you so much Misikko!
The straightener can be purchased here, if anyone is interested. They also have a bunch of other necessities, including Chi Flat Irons, Professional Hair Dryers, and the like.
However, before you decide to drop the big bucks on one of these babies, hear this: Misikko has offered to let me put on a contest to allow one of my readers to win the same 1" pink Hana straightener I've been babbling about for the last hour! Awesome, no?
This contest is only open to people who live in US and Canada (sorry!) because of their shipping restrictions.
Leave a comment on this post. You must be a follower of my blog to enter. If you want to tell me something else and NOT enter this contest, please comment on another post or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org (so please only comment on this post if you want to enter!)
In your post, include your name, your email, and how you follow me (1 entry). Also, add links to your extra entries, if there are any. At the end of the post, please put "Total entries: ___" That would help me a lot!!!
1. Follow Misikko on Twitter (1 extra entry)
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The contest will end April 30th. Please have your entires in before then! Good luck =)