Metal plates can be fine for your hair but ceramic plates are
microscopically smoother and kinder to your hair. They can be
heated quicker and the temperature can be maintained more accurately.
Ceramic also prevent uncontrolled rises in temperature and allow
for even heat distribution.
Ion technology generates are field of negatively charged particles
which break apart water molecules into smaller ones. These smaller
particles can be absorbed more easily by the hair leaving the
hair moister and less brittle. If when using a hair straightener
you find that your hair is dryer and/or more brittle then using
ion technology should greatly improve the condition of your hair.
Ion technology produces:
Improved hair condition
Softer and shinier hair
More moisture in the hair making it less flyaway
Faster drying making a better longer lasting effect with
less time spent by you.
Rapid heat like the name suggests means that the straightener
will heat up faster and therefore use less electricity. This
also preserves the life of the appliance. Rapid heat can half
the total time it takes to straighten your hair. You can also
turn the appliance off between sections, to save electricity,
confident that the appliance will re-heat in seconds. Rapid
Heat needs more expensive, fast acting control over the temperature
so that the heat doesn't shoot up straight past the desired
temperature. It is easier to control the temperature if it
creeps up slowly. This is one of the differences between straighteners
when it comes to price. A cheap straightener can take up to
10 minutes to reach the desired temperature. Top of the range
straighteners can reach operating temperatures in a matter
Adjustable Temperature Control
If you find that the temperature of the iron is too cold or
hot for your hair then an adjustable temperature is essential
to control the irons heat. If your iron is too cool for your
hair then its results will be less effective and last shorter.
If the iron is too hot for your hair then it will dry the
hair and the condition of your hair will deteriorate.
The Dana Italia straightener has two fixed temperature settings
chosen by a switch on the appliance. Better than no choice
but not very flexible
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The size of the plate determines how much hair can be treated
in any one pass of the iron. Larger plates means a quicker
action can be used decreasing the time needed to perform the
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Most electrical appliances will work on 120V since the heat
of the plates is controlled by thermostat. The only problem
is that some of the appliances will take longer to reach their
operating temperatures at lower voltages.
We personally tested all appliances at 120V and all appliances
reached their operating temperatures.