Summer Loves: Infrashine Flat Iron

As I think I've mentioned here before (about a million times and then some) my hair has to be beat into submission. One day when curly hair comes back into vogue, I will be absolutely thrilled, but until then I have to rely on fabulous hair styling tools to make my hair behave the way I want it to. But a quick recap before I talk about the infrashine flat iron: My hair is dark brown, almost black with bright red highlights; it's coarse, curly, and cut shoulder length. It's super thick, requires thinning, and has never been straight a day in it's life. In fact, due to hormonal changes during pregnancy (I'm guessing - or the curly headed gods singled me out) it got even curlier after I had my first child. These aren't the gorgeous beach tossed waves or ringlet curls we're talking about. No, no - these are frizzy, out of control wild kinky waves/curls that just you just can't leave alone.

Clearly, I need powerful tools to get the job done. Because you know I want the soft, shiny, straight hair that I see in all the magazines. No curls for me, thank you. But it is a challenge to get my hair to be both straight and shiny - shine is hard to come by on curly headed girls.

I should also state that I have tried dozens of flat irons, from drugstore brands all the way on up. My position is that you should invest in a good flat iron as soon as possible. Wasting your time on cheaper versions only end up costing you more and frustrating you in the end.

Whew. Okay. Moving on! Here is the product description:

Previously known as UNIL, the 1" ceramic Infrashine flat iron is one of our top sellers and favorite picks, offering maximum styling options and superior hair conditioning. With rapid infrared ray heating from ceramic heaters and ceramic coated paddles to protect hair color and condition follicles, this iron also features adjustable thermostat control for different hair textures, even chemically treated, fine or damaged hair. Very lightweight and flexible for easy styling (just over .5 lbs!). See more shine and less damage with the Infrashine Flat Iron.
Let me just say that this sucker gets hot! And that's a good thing! The temperature is controllable and can go anywhere from 140 to 400 degrees. I did not test this out on anything other than full on hot: 400 degrees. It worked perfectly.

I managed to flat iron my entire head quickly, in less than 20 minutes, which for me is nothing short of amazing. This flat iron boasts an extra long cord, as well as excellent grip between the paddles to keep hair in place without losing sections as you iron. It's sturdy, made extremely well, and kept my breakage to a minimum. Does it add shine? I don't know. I didn't really notice anything extra, but I was too busy being amazed at how flat I was managing to get my unruly hair. I always add a shine booster after I flat iron anyway, so I can say that it certainly didn't hurt my shine factor. If anything, it made my hair so smooth that it gave the appearance of increased shine, and that is always a good thing.

And just between you and me? I reach for this flat iron just as often as I reach for my Chi. In fact, maybe more. It's that good. You can find this amazing flat iron at Misikko Beauty, and if you head over there now, you'll find that it's actually on sale for $104.99. An excellent price for a fantastic iron.


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Meredith Edwards-Cornwall is the founder of online lifestyle websites and She is also known as @retrodiva on Twitter. She specializes in drinking large amounts of espresso, shopping, and enjoying social media. In all of her free time she writes for twice a week, and does various other freelance gigs involving writing, designing, and generally being awesome. While she believes that success is indeed a job in New York, she currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband, two children, and two cats and has hung on to her day job.