I was not expecting what came in the mail. I know the boxes that flat irons come in are a little smaller than shoebox size, this box that came was HUGE! And this is what it looked like when I opened it up (I have most of the stuff labeled that came with it)
|It also came with one of those turban towels that you wrap your hair up in with "Hana" embroidered on it, 2 ELF cosmetic products, and some papers.|
The flat iron I currently use is a good flat iron, one of my hairdresser friends had recommended it to me. I have an InfraShine Ceramic 1" flat iron, which interestingly enough, the misikko website also sells. I haven't had any issues with mine, I've had it for about 2 1/2 years and it's been great. It retails on their website for $130 (but it says it's on sale for $99, which I don't know if they're a website that has perpetual sales or not). So here's what mine now looks like:
It heats up to 400 degrees and it heats up very quickly. The only issue I've had is that sometimes it doesn't glide through my hair super nicely, but I still like it.
The Hana Professional Hair Straightener looks like this:
This one heats up to 450 degrees (which I'm presuming is bad for your hair, but I know some people like them to be really hot like that) and it heats up just as quickly as the InfraShine one does. This flat iron does glide through my hair a little more smoothly so I don't get clamp marks, but it's not a significant difference.
Here's what my hair looks like after blowdrying, no products added
See all of my frizzy broken hairs?
And after using the shine shield and Hana flat iron
So the flat iron is good, it retails on their website for $204.99 but it says it's on sale for $119.98 (again, this may be a site where all of their products are ALWAYS on sale). It comes with a 2 year warranty, a heat resistant mat and pouch. The website says it's safe on damp hair but all of the papers that came with it said to use on dry hair only, as it can really damage wet hair. Again, I really don't know anything about hair so I don't know if that's true or not. The papers also come with a guide as to what temperature to use the flat iron depending on your hair texture. It's also supposed to be able to curl your hair but I am not cool enough to do that, I just can't figure it out so I use my curling iron haha.
But I have to say that the Hana Shine Shield Thermal Protectant is AMAZING! I stinkin love this stuff. I put it in my hair when it was wet one day and immediately my hair felt nicer. I'm not sure if it makes my hair any shinier but it feels so much better! And I think I must also add that I put kind of a lot in my hair at one time and it did not make my hair look greasy. Which is awesome.
It's a little pricey (for me at least) though. It's on sale for $30 for a 6oz container (mine is a 2oz. container) but I would imagine it would last for a VERY long time.
The Misikko website also sells blowdriers, that Moroccan Oil Hair stuff that everyone is going crazy for, Chi Hair Straighters (I worked in a spa in New York for a while and this is the brand they sold), Model in a Bottle makeup setting spray, and so on.
So all in all would I recommend this flat iron?? Sure. If you want to spend $120 for one, it's great. Do I think there are comparable flat irons out there for less money? Probably. I think a 2 year warranty is a great thing to have. I mean, I bought a $40 flat iron from Sally's before the InfraShine and it died after like 6 months or something. So was that a waste of money? Absolutely. It glides a little better through my hair and heats up to a higher temperature than my InfraShine but other than that, I would say it's necessarily any better.
I hope this helps someone! I know it doesn't answer that many questions because I don't know a whole lot about hair but I hope it answers some!!
*I was sent this stuff for free but I sincerely believe in giving honest reviews, I would never want you to spend money on something that I completely hated!