Onwards to my flat iron!
I received the Hana Titanium Ionic 1.5" Flat Iron which boasts adjustable temperatures of up to 450F (that's 232C for us non American folk), pure titanium plates for maximum heat retention, tourmaline integrated ceramic heaters and a rather fabulous 2 year warranty.
A closer look at the plates:
The Hana Titanium flat iron's power switch and temperature dial:
Anyway, as you can see from the photos, my hair has a slight wave to it and has lots of little frizzy bits.
After a pass with the magic wand:
I am very impressed!! At $174.99, this is easiest the most expensive piece of hair styling equipment I've ever owned or tried out. Being cheap, all my previous flat irons have been $30 jobs from the pharmacy, and I can see a world of difference between those irons and the Hana Titanium. Those cheap irons would take forever to heat up, would snag in my hair and pull off bits of my hair every time I used it, the plates would not fit together properly and it would take at least 15-20mins to straighten out my hair as I'd have to go over each section again and again.
The Hana Titanium literally glides through my hair with no snagging or pulling. My hair is thick and coarse, but it is easily straightened out within a few minutes. Heat up is lightning fast. I also like the fact that it has a manual dial instead of a digital control as I feel it prevents accidentally switching off the iron or changing the temperature.
I looked up all the hoo ha on ceramic plates, and it apparently allows for faster heat up and thus protects your hair from heat damage. Tourmaline releases large quantities of negative ions which means your hair straightens out faster and retains shine and manageability. This flat iron has the best of both with its tourmaline integrated ceramic plates. As you can see in both the photos and the video, my hair is shiny and silky after straightening so those plates must be doing their job.
The only thing I don't think the Hana Titanium iron is up to is curling. The plates are simply too wide to comfortably curl hair with. That's not to say it's impossible, just that its rather difficult.
I did a quick video review! Please forgive my blabbering and awful editing. I simply couldn't pass up all the cheesy extra effects.
P.S. why do videos inevitably use your most awkward moment as your video's thumbnail?