Friday, April 22, 2016
Hair Trials: Sedu Revolution
Welp. Here I go again - round two in my search of a suitable replacement for my current battle-weary flat iron. So let's get right into it, shall we? Based on the majority of positive reviews it garnered on the hair product website Folica, I decided to roll the dice on a sleek beauty with ceramic plates: the Sedu Revolution.
Hailing from the Revolution line of styling tools from hair/beauty brand Sedu, this flat iron is a certified looker. Its beauty lies in its simplicity. Housed in a charcoal gray, soft-grip skin, it is equipped with a heat-resistant, swivel cord and boasts ceramic plates infused with tourmaline, a black gemstone that reports to tame static and frizz. This particular version comes in two different sizes: 1" and 1.5". I chose the latter.
The broad, jet-black plates are super smooth, which make for an easy glide across the hair.
And although the plates do float, they do not exactly line up flush when pressed flatly together. This may be because the "floating" plates tilt from side to side like a see-saw instead of depressing straight up and down like most irons.
It has a temperature dial that ranges from 140 degrees to 450; however, the numbers aren't precisely aligned with the divots on the dial, so one must approximate their desired temp. Situated next to the dial is the on/off button, which blinks red when the iron is first turned on then steadies when ready to use. And it has a 60 minute auto shut-off mode. A feature that's handy for those who need it, a potential pain in the butt for those that take longer than 60 minutes to do their hair.
OK, so what's the verdict, you ask? Well, it does straighten. Hmm... maybe I shouldn't say "straighten". Perhaps "flatten" is the better term since I felt like it made my hair flatter than I wanted and didn't leave it with any real bounce or body. My hair was just kinda "blah". Also, it didn't impart the kind of shine my HAI iron does. I used it with both the CHI Iron Guard as well as my Paul Mitchell serum, but failed to get the desired results with either.
You know, I'm starting to feel like I'm crazy. Am I asking too much from an iron? Am I being way too picky? Am I cuckoo/delusional for thinking my HAI is so great or is my HAI flat iron some type of styling anomaly? I don't think so. I really don't.
Now, I know that styling products can affect styling results, but I'm resolute in finding the right iron that'll work well with the products I already own instead of having to invest in a whole new lineup in order to accommodate a new iron. And so I'll keep looking. *sigh* I have another one that I wanna try out, but I have to admit that, at this point, I'm a little discouraged. But I'm gonna give it a go... and will be back with a full report when testing is completed. Fingers (and toes) crossed!
Sedu Revolution Professional Styling Iron is available at Folica(.)com and retails for $130 (both the 1" and 1.5").