Product watch - hair irons

The ghd eclipse, €240, is the mother of all flat-irons.

Just one stroke through the six-sensor, six-heater ceramic plates (most irons only have two of each) smoothes any hair texture. The plates hit 185°C in seconds (the optimal heat, ghd says, for getting one-stroke perfection without damage) and maintain that temperature. Gel insulation leaves the outer shell cool, even after 45 minutes. You could have more hair than a Kardashian and the eclipse would have it poker-straight in 20 minutes.

The Philips ProCare Straightener hp8339, €49.99, is ready to use in 15 seconds and heats to max.199°C. The ceramic plates glide and distribute heat evenly through hair. They also emit negative ions when hot, locking in natural oil and moisture so hair gleams. A protective re-set function recognises if you use this twice daily and reduces the heat in the PM. A key-lock function stops you accidentally changing the setting as you style.

Diva Professional Big Hot Rollers, €59.99, Create red carpet-worthy locks with minimal effort. All nine rollers heat in five minute and have a thermal honey-comb structure that retains heat for longer. Each is coloured to match a pin. The flocked, smooth-grip surfaces prevent frizz and boost shine. I like the space-saving heat-stand. For tighter curls, try Diva Professional Stay Hot Rollers, €47.99, a set of 20 large, medium and small rollers with the same features.

TRESemmé 3039U Volume Rollers, €32.99, are all about body-building. Wrap your hair around all 10 for va-va volume. They are flocked for a smooth finish and heat to max. 125°C. Heat them simultaneously and they maintain temperature for lasting results. These are easily packed and have worldwide voltage. You’ll never get “Monica on holiday” hair again.

The Babyliss Boutique Italian AC Dryer, €101.49, is designed for salons and decimates your drying time with its 2,400 watt motor and narrow concentrator nozzle. The price seems like silly money for a hairdryer but it blows my (more expensive, hairdressing supply store-bought) model out of the water. The finish is so swishy and glossy. Italian-made and guaranteed for 5 years, it should last quite a while.

The Remington Colour Protect Hair Dryer, €39.99, has a ceramic coating that protects hair from colour fade by preventing dye-bleed. Ionic conditioning locks in moisture and smoothes frizz. The 2,100 watt motor makes for quick styling and the 1.8m cord gives you plenty of reach. Attachments include a narrow nozzle and a texture-boosting diffuser.

The Glamoriser by Richard Ward Professional Digital Auto-Curler, €89.99, makes curls a cinch. Clip it to a section of hair and the motorised barrel rolls itself to the root. Hold for 5 seconds and unclip. Create tight curls using small sections and a high heat. Low temperatures and wide sections create loose curls. It heats quickly to max 210°C, turns itself off and comes with a heat-resistant bag and glove. Glam-azing.

The Toni&Guy Jumbo Tong, €25.99, has a whopping 38mm ceramic barrel (the biggest on the market) and is perfect for major root lift or jumbo curls. The tourmaline coating is designed to enhance shine, smooth hair follicles and protect colour. This barrel heats up to max 200°C in seconds and shuts itself off after a minute of idling. So if you have that feeling, you probably left the iron on.


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