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I blame my hair. I do.
I’m no expert in this hair styling game but what I do know is that my hair has been responsible for my never-ending quest to find and adopt solutions that wrangle it into some kind of shape.
I don’t have curly hair. I don’t have fully straight hair. Instead I have something in between with a very strong and random wave down the back section.
I know we always want what we don’t have (particularly in the hair department) but all I truly longed for in my 20s and 30s was sleek, straight, non-bouffy hair.
Now, I’m talking about the Olden Days here.
Before hair irons.
Yes, young Stylers, such a time did occur and it was not pretty.
I’ll tell you something for nothing, though. The first time my hair experienced a styling iron I swear I had my first ever Serious Good Hair Day.
My hair felt and looked less bouffy and I just felt more “together”.
That day was about 12 years ago and I’ve since made it a personal mission to try each new big thing that comes along in the hair styling iron department.
The latest new big thing is the GlamPalm hair iron.
Well, the latest new big thing to hit my hair.
The GlamPalm has actually been available in other parts of the world since 2008 but it only launched in Australia last year.
What makes the GlamPalm hair iron different?
- The big difference is that it’s the first hair iron that won’t damage your hair and requires no heat protector to use safely on your hair. GlamPalm has called it Healing Stone Technology. A special mineral mined in South Korea (the mine is owned by GlamPalm) is infused into the ceramic plates to make this possible. Using it will actually improve your hair’s condition.
- GlamPalm’s inventors come with a strong styling iron history behind them. They developed the world’s first ceramic-coated heat plate as well as first free-voltage and automatic shut-off functions, first tilting and cushioning plate, first 3D swivel and pivot cord and first built-in temperature sensors.
- All irons are manufactured with screws – no pressings – to ensure lifespan and quality.
- There are three GlamPalm hair irons from which to choose. Each is designed to work best on different lengths and thickness of hair as well as for styling functions.
- There are 11 heat settings and it takes 10 seconds to reach your desired heat.
- The plates are cushioned and have a tilt function, making for easy gliding through hair.
- The irons include a 3m swivel pivot cord, great if your electricity plug is some distance from your mirror.
- Each iron comes in a leather heatproof clutch bag with a heat-resistant cap and two section clips.
- A two-year warranty applies.
A company can list off all the benefits and technological stuff but, for me, it’s always been about how a hair iron makes my life easier AND makes my hair look and feel.
You can see from my video below that I’m no professional when it comes to wielding an iron. What I am is someone who’s just found a way of wielding that works for me.
I know I would get a more professional finish should I section my hair out more and take up smaller sections to iron but I’m a lazy-girl beauty queen from way back. I take the quickest path to create an easy look that’s not bouffy. All up it’s about 10 minutes.
So because I’m not as precise as a hairdresser would be, the test with any new iron is always in how my hair looks using this exact same lazy-girl method.
With the GlamPalm hair iron (I’m using the GP313 – designed for use on medium to long hair for mostly straightening – the plates are medium sized and have a flatter barrel), as I mentioned above, you don’t have to use a heat protectant first. That’s a win in the lazy-girl department.
I’ll admit I was nervous at first. I’ve been banging on about needing such a product for a very long time … as long as I’ve been using hair irons.
It only took one use of the GlamPalm irons to reassure me that my hair was going to be ok. Very ok. My hair is actually more glossy and the colour is seemingly refreshed (and in the video and photos my colour was at the end of its six-week cycle!).
As for how long it takes, the GlamPalm got my tick here too. One or two run-throughs of each section were mostly enough. The ability to set the temperature to suit your hair type is key to this working for you too. I set mine at 180 – the standard – and ideal for my coloured hair.
How does it stack up?
As I said above, I’ve tried almost every big thing that’s come along in the hair straightening iron department.
Until the GlamPalm arrived, I’d been switching out my styling between the ghd eclipse (launched 12 months ago) and the L’Oreal Professionnel Steampod (launched about 18 months ago). I’d also previously used the Cloud Nine.
The Steampod lacks the portability of the GlamPalm and is much heavier in the hand. It does do a mighty fine job of keeping my hair free from the ravages of a Queensland summer through its “treatment” steaming process. And I do like that I only have to dry my hair to 80% to use it.
The eclipse was definitely an improvement on the original and Gold ghds, with its new technology offering stability in temperature from roots to tips. But the temperature is set at 185 degrees so, unlike the GlamPalm, doesn’t allow for higher or lower changes depending on your hair type and condition.
Price-wise, the GlamPalm ($278) is comparable to the Cloud Nine and L’Oreal Professionnel Steam Pod. It comes in $20 or more under the ghd eclipse. If choosing on budget alone, I’d look at something else altogether – like the Elkie Creative Styler – for $100 less.
But if you’re in the market for an upgrade of your current hair iron, then I’d definitely add the GlamPalm to your research and shopping list. It ticks all of my hair styling boxes.
For more information and to buy, visit www.glampalm.com.au
THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED
GlamPalm has one hair iron to give away to Styling You readers. You’ll be able to choose an iron that best suits your hair and styling needs.
To enter, answer this question:
How would a GlamPalm hair iron help you harness the power of a Good Hair Day?
Entries open on Tuesday, January 28 at 5am (AEST) and close on Tuesday, February 4 at 5pm (AEST). Australian entries only, sorry. The winner will be judged on originality and creativity (photos can be included and uploaded with the comment). The winner will be emailed and their name will be published here. Entrants must include an email address when the filling in the commenting system below to be eligible to enter. Full terms and conditions here.
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