Monday, 3 January 2011

good vibrations

After mentioning in my last post that I got a pair of Philips Tresemme Sonic vibrating straighteners for Christmas a lot of you have been asking about how they work and if they're good quality or not so I've decided to put together a review of them.

My hair is naturally straight anyway and all I need to do is give it a daily wash (I realise everyone says this is bad for your hair but it works for me and my hair is in great condition!), a quick blow dry and straighten the ends to stop them flicking out in the wind so there's absolutely no need for me to go out and spend £100 on a pair of GHD straighteners when there are many other pairs of more affordable straighteners that work just as well for me.

The straighteners can heat up anywhere from 120°C to 220°C and unlike a lot of other straighteners I've had they do have a temperature control so that you can choose what temperature to use. I know I don't like styling the ends of my fringe with the hottest temperature! They also have a feature that automatically switches them off after an hour of not being used. This is an important feature for me because I've lost count of how many times I've burnt the bed sheets, my desk and even melted an eyeliner pencil by forgetting to switch them off!

All those features are great but what I really like is the fact that they vibrate. The vibration is optional, so you can switch if off if you want to - but I don't see why you would! Basically when you close the barrels onto your hair the straighteners vibrate until you open them again. It does take a while to get used to this feature and I will admit that on Christmas morning, the first time I used them, I kept on thinking that the vibrating noise was my phone going off!

Philips and Tresemme say:
'The Gentle micro pulses allow direct contact with each hair for up to 30% faster, dynamic straightening'

I can't vouch for them being 30% faster because it literally only takes me under a minute to straighten my hair anyway but they definitely do work really well! It might sound like a bit of a gimmick but I honestly think that the micro pulses help to hold my hair straighter for longer.

I know a lot of people are faithful to their GHDs, and I know that GHDs do work really well but I think for people like myself who don't really see the point in going out and spending that much money on a pair of straighteners then these are a really good pair to go for!

What straighteners do you use? Do you think you could live without straighteners or are they one of the three items you would take to a dessert island?!


  1. ooh this is interesting! I have ghd's but I dont use them that often, ebcause Im lazy and I dont actually mind my hair being a total bush!

  2. I've not seen these before. I have ghd's but only because my hair is so curly and thick. My mum has cheap mini straighteners because her hair is straight and they suit her needs, I use them sometimes to curl my hair.
    It might be a good idea for me to get my hair chemically straightened, it would save me so much time x

  3. i'm not sure i could get used to something vibrating so close to my head but they do look good haha. i have ghds, though i rarely use them.. i just can't be bothered with hair! i have too much of it. i kinda wanna try the cloud nine ones though they're meant to be good! x

  4. I've never heard of vibrating straighteners before! I only use my straighteners to curl my hair though :) xoxo

  5. I have a pair of these and I think they are great. It takes a while to get used to them vibrating but they do the job really well :)



  6. super Blog ♥

    hugh serah

  7. @ Rani - I love your hair, it's so thick and has so much volume! I'd imagine straightening it just makes it look flatter?

    @ Gem - I've never been able to curl my hair using straighteners or even curlers - it just doesn't hold a curl! I have a friend who chemically straightens their hair and they always have the most perfect hair, you should go for it!

    @ Klee - The vibrations aren't thaaat strong, infact it you can't really feel it vibrating in your hand that much either. I love your hair!

    @ Katie - I love your hair! Did you use your straighteners to curl it in your latest post? So jealous!

    @ Nat - It does take a while to get used to them but they're probably my favourite pair of straightners yet!

    @ Serah - Thanks...

  8. I've never heard of this, but sounds cool!
    I love to straighten my hair.

  9. I use GHDs that Ive had for about 5 years now and like you I have straight hair which doesnt hold curl. I just use them to turn the ends of my hair under so it looks smoother as otherwise my layers just sit poker straight and stick out. Im not sure I would bother with another pair of GHDs when mine break and we bought my mum some cloudnine ones for christmas so I really need to try them out too! xx

  10. I'm with you on that one! I wouldn't squander my money on a GDH one since my hair is naturally straight anyway. I have my days where it gets a tad wavy since I keep my hair up majority of the time.

    For curly hair, I think GHD is a good investment. :) Happy New Year! <3