I have fine, fluffy hair so I try to resist using straighteners because I know that the can heat can damage the hair. Indeed excessive use can make your hair become frizzier and drier which in turn can lead to breakage. Heat defence sprays may help to protect your tresses but they are not miracle workers.
For damage limitations some experts have advised keeping the temperature of your straighteners under 180C. So when I discovered the Braun SensoCare styler (£89.99, Amazon.com), which you can use at 120C, I decided to give them a try. (They do reach 200C for those who want it.) They heat up and cool down quickly which is a bonus.
You need to create an individual profile before you use them. Questions about your length, density and colour flash up on the tiny screen so that they adapt the temperature for your specific hair type and number of strokes needed. You also get feedback on the moisture level of your hair, so that if it is too wet to be straightened you will be warned.
You can also use them manually and select your desired temperature which is my preferred method as I only want to use the lowest possible setting.
Braun has also kitted the styler out with, what it claims, are indestructible ceramic plates that will not scratch or deteriorate.
They glided smoothly over my hair and were easy to use. These are a winner with me as I can ensure that I am using the lowest heat possible to achieve the results I want, be it straight or curly.
By Daralyn Danns