I was recently sent a pair of the new Cloud Nine hair straighteners to review for http://www.beautyjunkielondon.blogspot.com/ and having read BritishBeautyBloggers review (here) I was really looking forward to trying them out.
When they arrived I was even more excited by the gorgeous, luxury, packaging. Yes, I am that shallow that the packaging excited me. I just couldn’t help but be won over by the sleek box with flashes of turquoise, my favorite colour.
But, shallow aesthetics aside – how does the iron compare to the infamous GHD? Well, the first point to note is that the Cloud Nine is made by the same people who created the GHD irons. This is a good start for me, as a GHD devotee, I have been using the same pair since I first got them in my first year at University which is more than a few years ago. Their longevity has impressed me, but I will concede that they don’t heat up as quickly, or to as high a temperature as they used to – so are inevitably a bit less effective than when they were new – but I still wouldn’t be without them.
Other than being made by the same people and being the same sort of style as the GHD iron (same body design and sleek plates, available in narrow, standard and wide width), there are few other similarities. The Cloud Nines are sleek and stylish with slate-blue plates and a grey body. They include a varied heat feature, a heat protecting cap and carry pouch for travelling with. They also include a switch-off feature, that my old GHD’s lack, although I believe newer models do have this- for me, this and the heat protecting cap are both hugely appealing.
The variable heat feature claims to allow you to adjust the heat for different styles so that you use the minimum and thus create less damage. As I have fine hair that lacks in volume, I have been sticking with the lower temperatures (125-150 max).
Personally, I have found that the main benefit of this feature is that it effectively smooths and straightens my hair without making it poker straight (not a look I like) and draining all the volume out of it. I think it’s too early days to say if the lower temperature really does reduce the damage caused to hair, but it would make sense that this would be the conclusion. But I do like that the one set of irons can help achieve multiple different hair styles.
On the downside, the plates of the irons don’t feel as smooth on the hair as I am used to, it feels a little like they are tugging at times, so I have to be careful not to pull the hair or hold the irons too tight or risk tearing the hair.
Overall, the Cloud Nines are well deserving of a decent reputation and I will certainly continue using them in place of my older GHDs, but I do think they need to develop the product a little further to ‘iron out’ (pun not intended) the small issues that are bound to come up with any new product.