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Friday, October 3, 2014

Rapunzel, Rapunzel


Hey everyone! Today I am doing a hair post! The last time I did a hair post with pictures of the results it was really well received so when I was offered the chance to review the Cloud Nine irons that lookfantastic.com is now carrying I jumped at the chance! There are going to be a lot of pictures in the post, but this is your warning now- I have both curled/waved my hair with this iron and wanted to show both amongst other things.



First off, the packaging is beautiful. It comes in a sleek black box with tiffany blue accents (my favorite) with the logo stamped in silver on the top and sides.


I really love the motto of this company, because on their irons you are able to adjust the heat depending on how much your hair needs to get the job done. I've owned just about every straightener that is a "popular" straightener, and most if not all don't have heat settings. My Chi (oh high school...) didn't have a heat setting (and always snagged my hair), then I moved up to a GHD which didn't have a heat setting and when you see your hair steaming from such a high temperature, that can be a bit worrisome.


This is what it looks like when you open up the box, it comes with a safety mat, straightener, and also a cute little silken carrying bag (similar to the ones that come with sunglasses! Or purse dust bags!) to store it in. I love all of the added touches that Cloud Nine put into this product because it leaves me so impressed.

I chose the "wide" iron because my GHD is the skinnier one, and since I can't curl or wave my hair to save my life with that one...I decided to give a wider one a chance. Plus I am forever after the Blake Lively, Rachel Zoe, Olsen twins hairstyle - that effortless boho chic style with tousled soft waves and I figured since my curling wand gives me more defined curls maybe I could achieve that look with an iron.

An AMAZING thing about this straightener is the plug. A plug? Yes you heard me right. This is one of the most ingenious things that I have ever seen and I don't know why more companies don't do this, but basically the plug is a UK/EU plug. 
By that I mean, when you take it out of the box it is a UK shaped plug, but there's a screw in between the prongs and if you unscrew it, it opens up like the picture above and out pops an EU plug! This is so wonderful for me since I do live in Europe and was scrambling for an adapter, and I know people go on vacations - this is one less thing to bring an adapter for or have to worry about!


Had to include my bedhead so that we know what we're workin' with. Here is my lion's mane on the daily (some of you may think it looks okay from the back, but somehow it doesn't look this way in the front!)

Also, as a disclaimer for all of these pictures I didn't use any products except for the two that I always use when I get out of the shower (but after it was dry I didn't touch it to tame any frizz or flyways, smooth it, etc. So anything you see is all due to Cloud Nine)


Miraculously (without much difficulty) I managed to curl my hair with it!!! I was shocked and amazed! I've always wanted to curl my hair with an iron because it really smooths it and de-frizzes everything.



Here is day two hair, which I was able to straighten (usually if I curl my hair it physically will not straighten until I wash it and start over)


And here's a better view from the back to see how amazingly pin straight I was able to get my hair. I only had it set at 150F (on the lower end) because it is a bit damaged at the bottom from my ombre and it didn't need a higher heat setting. I didn't have to run over the piece of my hair five times, the first time I ran the iron over it, it was straight (or it was curled-whichever I was doing) which is so much better for your hair. I remember being in middle school and having to run my Revlon "ceramic ion" straightener over my hair about twenty times to actually straighten it.

My hair feels so smooth and soft, there isn't any frizz and it looks so sleek and shiny (I also love how long it looks straightened!) I absolutely adore this straightener and it is safe to say that it is hands down the best one I have ever used. I think you really do get what you pay for and in order to keep your hair in it's best condition you need to use the best products. One of my best friends (who is a hairdresser) lectured me once on the importance of using high quality products on your hair and I will never forget her advice. I think if I was back in California she would "borrow" it from me with the intent on never giving it back.
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43 comments:

  1. These look amazing! Your hair is gorgeous.

    I've had my GHD's nearing on ten years now and thinking its time to update.

    Brilliant post :)

    Keli | kelskurls.blogspot.com xx

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  2. I really love the wavy hair you got in the second picture, amazing :)
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  3. Extremely pretty hair, the curls look amazing! x

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  4. This little does its best!!
    XOX, Gap.
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  5. Oh my god your hair is amazing. Like in every photo! The Cloud 9 sounds so good too :)

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

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  6. WOW your bloody hair is amazing. I love cloud nine I tried a quick dry spray and cream recently but was really intrigued by the irons, definitely want to pick them up now xx

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  7. Your hair is beautiful! That straightener sounds really good too!

    Reflection of Sanity

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  8. Ok, so your hair is incredible!! Total hair-crushing over here!
    Fab post :)

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  9. Your hair is such a gorgeous colour! This looks like a great product, I love the curls you did with it :)

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  10. Thanks! It is so amazing, better than any other one I've tried on the market! And thank you so much I thought the curls would be a disaster because I suck at them with a regular GHD thinner one, but this one works so well!

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  11. I've finally joined the club!!! LOL!

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  12. aw thank you so so so much!!!!!!!!!!!! <3

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  13. thank you!!! And it is! If you're in the market for one, that's the direction I'd point you in (if you couldn't tell already lol)

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  14. aw thank you so much!!!! OOOH I want to try that now.... DEFINITELY get one! You won't regret it they're amazing!!

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  15. hahah thank you!! my ombre looks a little off in the straight pics but hey what can you do (insert emoji of girl with her hand out here)

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  16. thanks so much! love the looseness of them. gives them that dare i say it "I woke up like this" vibe lol

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  17. my natural hair? or the waved one haha! I love the effect it gave! definitely a go - to product

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  18. thank you !

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  19. TEN YEARS!!!!! OMG thats amazing! These are made by the same people who make GHD! So I would definitely steer you this direction, I like this one better than my GHD personally, but it is different since I have a wide iron and a thin one now

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  20. I love your hair straight; looks like it was professionally done.

    Lizzie's Daily Blog

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  21. Oh wow, these give such a lovely look!

    Livxo

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  22. I LOVE those curls! I can never get mine to come out that way with a straightener but yours are beautiful! Do you have a straightener-curling method you recommend?

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  23. Your hair looks amazing, straight or curled! Sounds like that may be a good product. Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend, http://fashionablyidu.blogspot.com/

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  24. your hair curled is like Disney princess material! Love it
    Allison from www.mercuteify.com

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  25. Katherina ChystykovaOctober 4, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Your hair is so cool! Amazing and gorgeous!

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  26. your hair looks gorgeous :D

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  27. your hair is so pretty and the length is fab


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  28. Only just got round to reading this now! Your hair is gorgeous!!! I absolutely love the wide irons too takes next to no time, i really need to try them out to curl my hair though, curls always fall out of my hair so quick though! xxx

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  29. aw thanks so much! my brother said i looked like Iggy Azalea with the center prat and straight. Lol I take it as a compliment :)

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  30. i agree! so easy to do as well!

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  31. well on my hair when I curl it it still looks straight, so you have to take your finger and like twirl it the direction you curl it, and then it sets into a loose curl! :)

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  32. thanks so much! and yes it definitely is the best I've tried to date!

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  33. omg thats literally the best compliment ever! my dream!

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  34. thanks so much!

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  35. aw thanks! i have to always tell myself NOT to cut it when i get the urge. i look terrible with short hair because its so curly lol

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  36. aw thanks so much! and i agree!!! saves so much time omg. and yes try it! just after you do the curl twirl it with your finger in the direction you curled it, makes it last longer lol :)

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  37. gotcha! thanks so much :)

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  38. You're hair is absolutely gorgeous!! Xx

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