Recently, I got caught in a huge rainstorm without an umbrella. I’d just dried my hair straight a few hours ago, but by the time I got to the restaurant and dried off, my hair had turned into what it really wants to be: a mess of thick, wavy, almost ringlets. Some might like the “Annie” look, but it’s not for me! I didn’t want to wash and re-dry my hair all over again, so I reached for the latest in my arsenal of hair-straightening helpers: Conair’s mighty MiniPRO® 3/4″ Ceramic Steam Straightener srp. $22.99.
This striking, bright red metallic mini flat iron has 3/4″ plates, not quite the standard 1″ and not the thin 1/2″ plate. The former really is too bulky to carry with you, and the latter is a great touch-up tool, but is laborious to use on long, thick, curly hair if you really need heavy duty straightening. This 3/4 mini is light and small enough to pop into a handbag, but it can tackle larger hair straightening jobs faster and easier. Like the littlest of the three bears said: “it’s juuuust right!”
The Conair Mini Pro has so many features, for so little cost, you will fall in love with it. For starters, it has ceramic technology. The plates glide across your hair without tugging, distributing heat evenly so your hair gets silkier and smoother, faster, and eliminates damaging hot spots. The technology also helps to make hair look shiny, and reduce frizz. But this Mini Pro has something even better: a tiny reservoir holds water that goes through conditioning steam vents to add moisture and shine. The steam helps keep your smooth style going over 60% longer claims the literature. So far, so good!
There is a little comb that you can add as an attachment, to keep hair taut while straightening. That is a little thing that’s a major plus if your hair is really curly and/or thick. Other advantages of this mini straightener is that it heats up quickly in about 30 seconds. As on many minis, the heat isn’t adjustable, but there’s also an on-off slide bar that lights up so you know the unit is on, and an automatic adjustment for dual voltage, so you never have to struggle with it when you travel. A zippered (with an adorable heart and lock pull-tag), heat-resistant pouch, in coated red and white floral canvas, let’s you fix your hair and stow the iron safetly, without waiting for it to cool down. There’s also a limited two-year warranty.
I try a lot of hair appliances for this blog, and my What Works columns but I’ve found myself reaching for this Conair Mini Pro most often these days. I am taking it on weekends, and on vacation, and using it at home, too. But the mini straightener is also nicely boxed in hard-sided clear plastic for gift-giving. All of the straightener’s benefits, the red color with carry bag, and the price, make it a perfect holiday gift for any woman.
Stock up now for the holidays, and spent your time actually enjoying December! Visit the Conair Online Store for more details and ordering information
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