Back in my twenties, before I got married and had my children, I used to go out to bars and clubs pretty much every weekend with my best friend. I know, I can hardly imagine it now! But we used to have such a good time together on these nights out.
Honestly though, quite often a lot of the fun was in the getting ready, and that always involved straightening our hair.
Now, my hair has always been pretty straight anyway, but I loved the sleekness you can only really get from using straighteners. And there was just something about having shiny straight hair that made me feel ready for a night out!
Fast forward, ooh, about 13 years though, and those kinds of nights out just don’t really happen any more. So I’ve not really done anything with my hair for a while. Most of my ‘getting ready’ now is getting ready for the school run, and my hair is mainly, sadly, neglected in the rush to get out the front door.
The thing is though, lately I’ve been feeling like I want to make more of an effort. I bought some new mascara recently and actually really like taking a few seconds in the morning to put it on, it makes me feel just that bit more together. I’ve started fitting some exercise into my days, because I want to feel healthier and honestly, I want to lose a few pounds too.
So when I was offered the chance to review some new straighteners from Lee Stafford I jumped at the chance. I really like the idea of taking just a little bit of time to ‘do’ my hair, rather than just letting it do its own thing every day!
After giving them a good try out, here are my thoughts on the Lee Stafford Academy straighteners.
I love how quickly they heat up.
Like I said, I don’t have much time to get ready in the mornings. So the fact that these straighteners heat up, ready to use, in just 10 seconds is amazing.
There is a useful little guide in the box to help you choose what heat setting is best for your hair, from 80 degrees for thin, fine hair up to 230 degrees for really thick hair. I’m somewhere in the middle so around 120 degrees is probably best for me.
Anyway, the fact that it heats up so quickly is a bit selling point to me. No waiting around, you can just get straight on with it!
They look good.
Now, I know this shouldn’t really matter, but I’m trying to be honest here! I really do like the way these straighteners look.
The box they come in is really nice in itself. It’s lovely and sleek and black on the outside, and then you open it up and get this amazing bright pink on the inside. There are little notes inside too, which add a bit of a personal touch, making them feel just a bit more special.
The straighteners inside are mainly black which is just classic and always a good look. But they’re not just black, they’re matt black which really adds a little something. And actually does make them easier to use, they’re a bit more grippy in your hand than ones I’ve used in the past. And to add just a bit of fun to the design, there’s a little pop of that bright pink here and there too.
They don’t snag.
I’ve used straighteners in the past that have sort of snagged and pulled on my hair which is just really not pleasant. These Lee Stafford Academy straighteners felt so smooth moving through my hair, thanks to the nano silver titanium plates.
They really do just glide through, with no catching or snagging, which makes using them a really quite pleasant experience.
They leave my hair really shiny!
I’ve always liked how my hair looks when it’s been straightened. It’s always just looked and felt sleeker and shinier. And these straighteners haven’t disappointed me on that front at all. They generate negative ions, which apparently make your hair “frizz-free and manageable”. I’m not sure on the science behind that, but it works for me! My hair definitely looked really shiny after using them, and still feels smoother the next day.
The controls are on the inside.
Now, I had a bit of a baby brain moment when I first opened these. I couldn’t find how to turn them on. Then I took off the heat protection guard (which is fab, by the way) and opened the straighteners up. Then I found the power button and the temperature controls. They’re tucked away on the inside, so you can’t accidently whack the heat up as you’re using them. Which, by the way, I used to do a lot with my old straighteners, it used to drive me mad!
There’s a 5 year warranty.
I didn’t realise this at first, but the Lee Stafford Academy straighteners come with a 5 year manufacturer’s warranty. I don’t think you can complain about that! That’s real peace of mind for me, to know that I’m covered if anything does go wrong with them in the next 5 years.
My overall thoughts.
Honestly, I’m really impressed with these. They feel really lovely to use, heated up super fast which is important for me, and left my hair looking straight and shiny and feeling really nice to the touch too.
Here are my before and after photos.
There might not seem to be a huge difference between the two, mainly because my hair is really quite straight to start with. But it is so much shinier after using the straighteners, and feels really lovely too, which you can’t really tell from a photo!
I will definitely be adding these to my routine, maybe not every day, but a few times a week, to start to feel a bit more polished and put together. And I’m hoping to master curling my hair with them too, youtube here I come, bring me your best tutorials!
If you’d like to win a pair of Lee Stafford Academy straighteners of your own, then here’s your chance! There are 11 different ways you can enter, so get clicking and good luck. The competition closes on the 29th March so hurry!
Disclosure – I was sent the straighteners for the purpose of this review, but all words and opinions are my own.