Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Misikko Review & Giveaway!

The folks over at Misikko were kind enough to send me one of their awesome hair straighteners to review! Not only does Misikko offer a variety of the best flat iron brands (check out the Babyliss flat iron and the Chi flat irons for sale), but most of these are heavily discounted. Who doesn't love a deal, right?

Now, let me just tell you that I will not positively review any item that I don't like, and I will always be honest with you regarding my opinion. I only accepted this offer because I've been regularly straightening my hair with a flat iron for 9 years, so I figure I can be a good judge!


Now that I have that out of the way, on to my review of the Hana Professional (Pink Edition) flat iron!

REVIEW

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I wasn't entirely surprised to be met with this glorious packaging after Hillary's review, but I was still tickled by all of the sweet details!

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The package contained both expected components (the straightener), and some sweet extras:
1.      hana professional pink edition flat iron
3.      instruction manuals
4.      traveling case
5.      protective mat
6.      pink flat iron case
7.      tin to store flat iron (or other goodies!)
(With the package came some free schwag too, which I forgot to photograph! This included a few key ring nail files and a mini hand sanitizer.)

Here are some shots of my hair before and after I used the Hana Professional.

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As you can see, I started with my hair kinda wavy/bushy; I had air dried it curly the day before and brushed out the curls/waves resulting in the "before" photos. I normally use a CHI flat iron, so I was wondering how the Hana Professional (HP) might compare. I was excited to see different heat settings on the HP, since my CHI only has one, and it is HOT. I looked in the manual to see what setting I should set it at, and decided on the 370 setting, for processed but dense hair. 

I was totally satisfied with the results of the flat iron, though it did take a bit longer than my CHI iron. Since this first go I've used the HP again but on a higher heat setting and this made the straightening process go by much faster, which I liked! I would highly recommend this straightener to someone with hair as or less dense/wavy as mine (while my hair isn't very coarse, there is a lot of it!). I think it is an especially great iron for folks with fine and/or straight hair, because the option of lower heat settings will protect your hair from heat damage! For folks who have thicker or more curly hair I would recommend one with higher heat settings.

One of the treats that I wasn't anticipating was the hana shineshield thermal protectant. This stuff contains jojoba oil, which is supposed to be naturally awesome for your hair, and smells great. I put in a dime size amount into my hair before straightening as directed by the bottle. The protectant not only protected my hair, but it seemed to add a bit of shine too! I wasn't asked to review this stuff, but I just had to tell you about it because I love it. I've been searching forever for a product like this that wouldn't leave my hair greasy or sticky while protecting my hair and taming frizz/flyaways; I think the hana shineshield thermal protectant is the product I've been looking for!

GIVEAWAY

Now, on to the giveaway :) To win your very own Hana Professional flat iron, all you have to do is comment on this post by Tuesday April 13th at midnight (PST). Want more chances to win? Just do any of the following and leave a separate comment for each additional entry!
1.      Follow Misikko on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/misikko
2.      Blog about the giveaway on a personal website.
3.      Sign up for the Misikko Newsletter: http://www.misikko.com/newsletter-signup.html

I will choose a winner at random next Wednesday, April 14th!