Beauty LabJune 1, 2008 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
A range of products that caught our eye this month
These innovative flat irons and curling irons feature new technology that makes your job easier.
Not since the crimping iron became a full-blown fad in the '70s have we seen consumers show as much interest in styling tools. Still, the proliferation of flat irons and curling irons on the market today features vastly improved technology. Topping the list is ceramic plate technology, which heats and quickly penetrates the center of the hair shaft. Hot Tools Professional's new ceramic and titanium curling iron uses this technology and far infrared heat to create full-bodied curls. The Fat Curl Stick from TIGI Hardcore Professional has unique tapered ceramic-coated barrels, along with 25 adjustable heat settings up to 425 degrees. The FHI Heat Ceramic Tourmaline curling iron also features patented Nano-Fuzeion technology, which removes bacteria, toxins and static and produces superior conditioning and shine.
Flat irons also use ceramic technology for improved results. InfraShine's innovative AeroPlus Styling Iron seals in natural moisture by shooting a stream of air directly onto hair as it passes through its ceramic plates. The Elevate Digital Nano-Ceramic Clamp flat iron from Andis also has a digital readout for easy temperature control for any of the eight heat settings.
Several companies, including J Beverly Hills, have infused their irons with tourmaline, a crystal silicate mineral, which utilizes negative ions and far infrared heat for sleek and healthy results. Belson uses this technology in the Gold N Hot tourmaline-infused curling iron, which also has a temperature regulator with five settings ranging from 200 to 450 degrees.
The GemStone Tourmaline flat iron from Fusion Tools employs a Korean-designed ceramic heating system that allows for one-pass straightening. The proprietary-blend surfaces preserve hydration, while the flexible plates ensure full contact with hair. The Cricket Company's new Friction Free flat iron uses tourmaline plate technology to curtail thermal friction caused by everyday styling. Additionally, the new AbstraX designer series of flat irons by Wigo features tourmaline and nano-ceramic technology and comes in three different designs: Red Leopard, Kanji/Beauty and GeometriX.
To really save time, invest in a flat iron that can straighten wet hair. The Farouk Systems Wet to Dry Ceramic Hairstyling Iron uses CHI 44 ceramic technology to allow wet hair to be straightened without adverse effects, while the iTech Wet & Dry Tourmaline Iron can also straighten wet hair without thermal damage. TurboPower's innovative Forma Wet or Dry Ceramic and Tourmaline Flat Iron is made with Biostone, a unique surfacing technology with antibacterial, antifungus and deodorizing qualities.
Some of the latest tools completely defy categorization. From Ergo comes the Velecta Ondul'Hair styling iron, which has two parallel ceramic-heated aluminum barrels to wrap hair around for a variety of results, including ribbon curls or even modern finger waves. Paul Mitchell's new Express Ion Style 1.0 can make hair straight, wavy or curly in a fraction of the time. And for people really in a hurry, the HAIelite Nano XT 8-ounce styling iron has the ability to heat up to 390 degrees in less than a second.
With so many innovative curling and flat irons to choose from, isn't it time you thought about an upgrade? —RACHEL AGUIAR