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Monday, July 9, 2012

Review: Revlon Ultrasonic Conditioning Ceramic Straightener

Several years ago, conditioning flat irons came out and were highly unaffordable. Some people were willing to shell out a couple hundred dollars for a ceramic-plated straightener, and even though they are still on the market, there are many more that have become way more budget-friendly. Even so, your options are usually limited to a flat iron that just straightens. When Revlon contacted me to try out their newest hair care tool, I almost said no, because it wasn’t technically a travel gadget and full-sized. It was the ultrasonic setting that was the clincher. You see, this tool will let you condition and straighten your hair from wet to dry. As you know, I’m not fond of spending much time on my hair or having to struggle with beauty tools, so the fact that I wouldn’t also have to blow dry my hair before straightening it really intrigued me.
With so many people traveling this summer to beach destinations and frequenting the pool, I thought that the Revlon Ultrasonic Straightener would cut down on hair styling time and would eliminate an item from travel bags – because I know that even though hotels usually supply hair dryers, you all still take yours.
The Revlon Triple Action Ultrasonic Conditioning Ceramic Straightener has three settings: Ultrasonic setting that helps deep condition your hair with the help of your favorite leave-in conditioner, a heat setting that straightens your hair as your regular flat-iron would and the dual setting that conditions and straightens at one time.

I decided to test this out right after a shower, when my hair was mostly wet. I towel dried it a little bit before starting. My hair is thick and stubborn, so I figured this would be one of the best situations to test it out in. As you can see, my hair was not dripping, but clearly pretty wet. In normal conditions, it would take hours for my hair to air-dry.  

The wide plates allow you to style more hair at once, cutting down on your time already. It also has a textured surface and is easy to hold, which can be a problem with some hair care tools. The plates heat up to 400°F quickly, so you can plug it in, turn it on, go put some conditioner in your hair and then start styling. The dual setting made a fun humming sound – so you know it’s working! – and dried my hair while also giving my hair a shiny look with a little extra volume. I followed up with another quick pass through on just the heat setting to get some of the waves out. Even when I blow dry my hair I have to give my hair a little extra attention when straightening it, otherwise it still tries to do its own thing. Given that, Revlon’s nifty ultrasonic setting did exactly what it said it would.


Later I tried the straightener on just the heat setting and it gave me super sleek, shiny hair in just one pass-through. If you have longer hair, this is a great way to flat iron it in less time, and if you have dry hair like I do, this will add moisture to it. I feel like those with hair any shorter than mine might have a tough time using it, because it is so wide and it may be difficult to get close enough to the roots. I definitely think if you’re spending a lot of time doing water activities and want to simplify your beauty routine to be able to go from beach to dinner, then this is a definite must for your travel bag. Chlorine and salt water can really take a toll on your tresses, too. Having a tool that can rehydrate and condition is a great way to keep your hair looking its best, instead of trying to do damage control after you notice there’s a problem. It also makes a great gift for the swimmer, traveler or hairdo experimenter.




More information
Where can you buy it: Amazon.com or your local beauty or discount store (like Target)
How much it costs: $24.99-54.99
Other specs: 30-second heat up, fun red color, tangle-free cord, 4.9″ x 12.9″ x 2.5″

Find out more about Revlon hair appliances by visiting them on their website. You can also find them on Twitter | Facebook

Disclosure: I was provided with the Revlon Ultrasonic Straightener for the purposes of this review, but all opinions are 100% my own.
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