By BR Kellie
Kellie Confession: I don't rate GHDs.
I know. It sounds mad. GHDs are the gold standard for many people, and I have friends who swear by them. But I don't.
I once bought a pair as a 'congratulations' to myself for getting a job. I was so excited to trade in my cheapies that basically left me looking like I'd shoved a finger in an electrical socket, for a pair of straighteners that promised salon-straight hair at home.
Except it never happened.
My thin but curly and lots of it hair never took to GHDs. The less curly undersides of my hair would go wonderfully straight, but the curly bits? No matter how much I went over them, no matter how small the section, no matter what expensive styling product I bought to help the process, I ended up with a mop of frizz on top.
It got to the point that I never used them and then one day moved them on to a friend who had GHD-friendly hair.
Since then I've shunned straighteners. I've stuck to using my KMS Tame Frizz, my blowdryer, and/or my more recently acquired hairbrush straightener, which gives fabulous results. But sometimes I want that chic salon-straight hair. It's like how sometimes you want to amp up your makeup from barely there to va-va-voom. And recently I've found myself investigating straighteners once more. But having being burnt by them once (metaphorically and literally), I wasn't willing to shell out $300+ again in order to experience disappointment.
I searched the interwebs, read reviews and nothing took my fancy... until recently, when I saw a Remington straightener being advertised on the old Facebook via Farmers' page.
The Remington PROLUXE Salon Straightener caught my attention for two reasons:
I liked the name. Pro and Luxe sounded fancy.
I also liked the colour of the plates and logo. Yes, it had me at rose gold.
The PROLUXE straightener also promised 5 x smoother ceramic for effortless glide. 47% straighter hair with one pass compared to starndard Reminton straighteners, and twenty-four hour lasting salon results. All good things.
One particular theme kept coming up over and over in the reviews I read...
'As good as GHDs'
We're not talking just one or two comments here. We're talking a good chunk. Some people said they were even better. Well, that was enough to make my cynical old heart go... yeah, let's do this. Bonus? Farmers had 50% off at the time - meaning I could get the Remington PROLUXE's for less than $90.
So this is what we're dealing with. My hair is curly. Unruly. Poofy as anything. (The hair on the left has been brushed, the hair on the right is what I wake up with.)
First thing I liked about the Remington PROLUXE straighteners? They give you the chance to vary the heat based on your hair type - and there are instructions on how to do this. Because I wanted salon results I clicked onto the PRO+ setting, which keeps the heat at 185 degrees, which seemed like a good fit with my hair condition and type.
As for pre-straightening product? I ran some Morrocan Argan Oil through my hair. Contentious! I've read articles saying this is bad, and that combined with heat sees it burn hair. I've read articles saying that argan is a great heat protectant, therefore perfect for use with a straightener. My take? On my hair it works really well - better than the $40+ hair protectant sprays I've used, so I ran a little of that through my lengths before straightening. As always, you do you - and test a patch before going all in.
You know how more affordable straighteners can be heavy and unwieldy to use? These aren't. They're light as anything, and you don't get arm-ache using them. I decided to use them as I would my old GHDs in order to be all scientific in my approach - so sectioned off my hair and began straightening the underside, then worked my way up little by little. Remington PROLUXE straighteners must have taken ballet lessons, because they really do gliiiiiiide through your hair. Even better? On my less curly lower layers one quick pass was all that was neeed to get super straight hair.
Working my way through the ease of use continued, and then I got to my curly mop up top. This has always been my problem area - the area my GHDs could not tackle. No matter how many passes I attempted, I was left with kinky hair that would go full frizz after an hour or so.
Hand on heart, Remington PROLUXE dealt to the area beautifully. I took three passes and the results blew me away. Better yet? In the five times I've used them since buying them not once have I seen my hair go all fluffy once I've gone outside - and we've had some hot and humid days up here in Auckland - and the style has held all day and night.
Results? The proof is in the picture.
Without a doubt I can say Remington PROLUXE are better than my GHDs. Faster. As easy to use. Better results. AND the straightening survived the humidity to last all day and night.
More importantly for those of us who can't justify spending $300+? The price. Even NOT on special they're under $200. And on special, as you'll see below, they're a bargain!
Now before we get to the exciting part I want it to be clear... this review is 100% legit. I bought the straighteners with my own money from my own bank account. I bought them for me off my own bat. These were not gifted. There was no reimbursment. I quite literally just did what so many Beauty Review members have done before - read a review and decided I had to have them. Here's the receipt - complete with two Wet n Wild brush purchases on it that I'd be stalking Farmers for since they came out...
NOW... here's the exciting part... After I gave a rave review to the Beauty Review Crew we decided we couldn't let these gems go unnoticed, so we got in touch with our friends at Remington and they've given us two full sets of the Remington PROLUXE range to give away.
That's right... there's a range!
There's also a PROLUXE Salon Dryer, which features ionic conditioning technology to reduce frizz levels, an innovative style concentrator to enhance air flow and heat distribution, and i's unique style shot has been engineered to create longer lasting styles.
There's a PROLUXE Salon Styler - Twist To Curl, which might just be the most pretty and interesting looking hair curler I've ever seen. Like it's straightener sister, it comes with variable heat settings to ensure the care of your hair. It's proheat sensor technology boosts the temperature if it starts to drop. And, the Ultimate Glide Ceramic Plates ensures hair glides across the ceramic while creating gorgeous curls.
Topping it all off is the PROLUXE Salon Iconic Straightening Brush. What I love about straightening brushes (and yes, I own one - Remington's Keratin & Argan Nourish Straightening Brush - and, yes, I really am obsessed with straight hair) is that you can achieve straight hair while still keeping things looking natural and voluminous. This straightening brush goes next level with the Ultimate Glide Ceramic Heated Plate and Bristle Tips for even smoother more silky results, more even heat, as well as longer lasting plate durability.
So here's the bit where you get to win one of these gorgeous products. Simply tell us which product you'd like to win:
PROLUXE Salon Straightener
PROLUXE Salon Dryer
PROLUXE Salon Styler - Twist To Curl
PROLUXE Salon Iconic Straightening Brush
Tell us WHY you'd like to win it, and you're in the draw!
A massive thanks to Remington for hearing our love and then sharing it! (And a personal thanks to Remington from me for creating a product that gave me the salon-straight hair I've long dreamed of!)
The Boring Bit. aka T&Cs.
1. NZ residents only.
2. To enter simply comment which Remington Proluxe tool you would like to receive - and why.
3. You'll need to be a member of BR to enter - its free to join, register here.
4. Competition closes midnight March 14th 2018
5. Winners will be drawn at random on March 15th 2018 and notified to their BR inbox.
6. Prizes not claimed within 2 weeks will be redrawn.