The Hana Salon Elite 1" flat iron is the best hair straightener Misikko sells. The solid ceramic iron has curved edges and floating plates to allow for curled styles as well as straight. The plates also have tourmaline, a semi-precious stone which offers better heat distribution and protection from heat damage.
My favorite feature of all is actually the small bevel around all four corners of each plate that prevent hair from getting caught under the plate and snagging. This was my biggest complaint about my previous flat iron. I could not style my hair without several strands getting yanked out of my head. It is smooth styling with the Hana Elite.
The iron has adjustable heat settings up to 450° and the users manual does have recommended heat settings based on your hair type. It heats up very quickly, within about 30 seconds, it is ready to start styling!
My hair is really thick and has a bit of a wave to it. This is how it looks after my attempts to blow dry it straight, which is slightly less unruly than if I let it air dry.
"The Straight Technique"
Most of the time I style my hair straight. It's pretty speedy for someone who doesn't like to spend a ton of time on their hair. I start by sectioning my hair off with a clip or two, then taking a small section at a time, slowly running the iron down the hair. Go slow to get done fast - the idea is to only have to run the straightener down each section once. (Normally I'd be using a brush and not my hand, as the hair does get burning hot, but I couldn't seem to hold the brush and the remote shutter release at the same time with out dropping something.)
"The Curl Technique"
I love my hair curled, but it is a little more time consuming, so I don't do it all the time. I love that the Hana Elite allows you to easily curl, no having to buy, or store an extra tool! To curl hair, section off a small piece, put the iron at the top, then with both hands, turn the iron once towards you. Slowly pull the iron down, turning towards you once more as you reach the bottom. Once the iron is out, don't touch the curl until it has cooled. The hair will not be set until it's cool, but once it is I run my fingers through and break up the curl.
"The Good Hair Day"
The bottom line: The Hana Elite made quick work of my thick, unruly hair. It allows for curled styling options and left my hair feeling soft and healthy. For someone heat styling their hair everyday, a quality tool is worth the investment.
Thanks Misikko, who doesn't love having a good hair day, everyday? Be sure to check out Misikko on Facebook, for styling advice and giveaways!
Misikko provided me with the product for the purpose of this post. My views and opinions are my own.