Here we go again with another random monthly favourite. In actual fact, this isn’t really a monthly favourite as I’ve been enjoying this tool for several months now. Nevertheless, we’re approaching party season and I thought it best to share.
I’ve always struggled with my hair. Not so much the maintenance, but certainly styling. I tend to have three hairstyles in my life – straight, wavy or homeless. There’s no in between for me and as much as I love playing dress up, when it comes to my hair, I just can’t be bothered. My take on the ‘messy bun’ has proven to be my most renowned hairstyle to date. Lovingly described as ‘a bouncing Tokyo topknot’ by my husband, it gives reference to how low my ‘give a shit’ levels really are for hair styling.
Straightening has always been an arduous task for me. I have thick/naturally curly hair, however, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to straighten it. The problem relates to what happens after I step out of mt front door. The tiniest raindrop or the slightest gust of wind can turn my hair from sleek and straight to puffy and unruly. After spending, what feels like an eternity, on washing/blow drying my hair it feels like a tiresome task to then have to tame the frizz with a hair straighter when everything can turn sour pretty quick if it’s a horrible day outside (and in England that’s pretty much every day). I recently blogged about my love for the Asavea Hair Straightening Brush; which you can find here. I still love this tool, but if I want poker straight hair, I always turn back to my straighteners.
My straightening routine would normally consist of running a wide-toothed comb through my hair whilst I proceed with my straighteners. It was certainly a more effective method than aimlessly working on random sections of my hair, hoping for the best. This was until I discovered straightener combs; which is essentially a comb with a clip on the opposite end. Sounds simple enough and certainly not worth bragging about, but this little tool has changed my straightening game completely.
For experienced hair stylists, straightener combs are not new to the game. However, I had never discovered them until I began researching hair straightening tools on the internet. I was intrigued upon first glance and even though it’s not a huge cost factor, I was reluctant to buy something that closely resembled the comb I already had at home.
Straightener combs work by ‘clamping’ sections of your hair between the comb and clip; which allows for your straightener (mine is the GHD Platinum Styler in white) to get right into every strand of your hair. Curly haired girls know all too well that the smallest section of un-straightened hair can cause havoc to your overall look.
I know what you’re thinking – a traditional comb can do the same thing, but unlike traditional combs, the clip attachment of this tool is what ‘locks’ your hair in place and ensures that each and every strand is catered to – something that I have struggled with for years. The manoeuvre is slightly more fiddly than using a comb, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a walk in the park. One thing I will warn you about though is that straightener combs can seriously rip hair out, so if you have quite knotty hair, it may be worth going in with a paddle brush first.
Straightener combs are widely available in many beauty supply stores and, of course, the motherland of all things random – Amazon. I picked mine up for a modest £5.50, but don’t be fooled by cheaper alternatives. I previously purchased one that I found for half the price and it broke within a week of using it.
As you can see here, my hair achieved great results using the straightener comb. Best of all, my style lasted for days; which has never been the case for me. I found myself sectioning off my hair more so than I would if I was just using a traditional comb, but my hair came out so smooth I didn’t feel it necessary to use hair oil afterwards to lay flat the hair shafts.
You can purchase the Cool Blades Straightener Comb that I used from Amazon here.