Well, yes & no. When I first started using hair straighteners I had an old Remington pair. It was alright but it did struggle to keep my hair in a curl for longer than 5 minutes. Then (by that time I still had no clue what beauty blogs were or that brands like Nars existed) recommended me to try her Cloud Nine’s. Oh dear. Life-changing. I haven’t stopped using them since! So before I start ramblin’ on about Karmin – there is a strong competition in my hair straightening background for them!
Karmin Salon Pro 3G comes in a very nice packaging – very sleek & modern. I really do like that it comes with a heat mat – I was gettin’ a bit tired of pullin’ out my chopping board for every single hair curling action to be fair. The cord is long enough (although you have to buy a UK-US adaptor for the plug as it’s a US brand – it costs about £3 and if you have a skilled DIY boyfriend, it’s apparently super easy to actually swap the ends!), the plates leave no gap in between when you close them together, the temperature comes up to 240°C (check out the smart chart below – courtesy of Beyas).
As I said my hair is very very thick, on a number of occasions I’ve actually been asked whether I’ve got Asian ancestors – that’s how coarse it can be, so curling it is not exactly an easy thing to do. Karmin struggled a bit to say the truth. But then I do believe this is purely down to my hair type – with the amount of hair I’ve got and it’s coarseness, you have to curl your hair in chunks, otherwise you’d spend about an hour doin’ it. And Karmin doesn’t agree with bigger chunks of hair, no no. It curled them but the curl stayed just in the ends, not in the length – not at all. When I curled little sections, they were beyond perfect – very strong curls, almost ringlets, I’d say! The hair was smooth and glossy after I used Karmin and what I really liked was that it didn’t create as much steam as my Cloud Nine’s do – you know the panic of settin’ off a fire alarm if you live in halls, haha!