In the Mirror

amika Ceramic Styler

By Charlotte on October 17, 2011 6:15 AM

I'm sometimes taken over by I-Love-Lucy-like tendacies. One of my worst episodes happened back in 1977 when Bob and I were dating.

He was at work, and I went to his house intending to impress him by cooking his favorite coconut pie. Mom had taught me the path to a man's heart led through his stomach. Too bad, I missed the lesson on gas ovens because baking that creamy concoction was almost my undoing.


When I put my head in the oven to light the pilot, flames shot up, fried my bangs and filled the kitchen with the pungent aroma of burnt hair. (EEEWWWW!!!) What followed was a mad rush of scavenging for scissors while crying and spraying tons of air freshener, all in an attempt to clean up my mess before Bob appeared.


After that and my 2009 breast cancer journey to no-hair hell, you can bet I think twice about letting anything too hot near my precious locks. So, I worried about what to choose when I had to replace my faithful flat iron recently. But the folks at amika said they had the answer: a ceramic styler that can straighten, curl and create waves and is much kinder to hair than your average iron.



What the Experts Say

Far-infrared heat and 100% ceramic plates make amika's Ceramic Styler a gentler choice. It's designed to preserve moisture in the hair shaft, protect the hair cuticle from damage and seal in color.


The ceramic plates adjust as you style, allowing you to go beyond straightening and create wavy and curly looks. Made to produce six times more healBlack 378.jpgthy-hair-inspiring negative ions than other straighteners, this professional tool also prevents tugging and breaking. As a result, you get shiny, silky, easy-to-manage hair that's free of static.



What I Tested

I tried amika's Midnight Black Ceramic Styler with 1.25" floating plates.



What I like

With the amika Ceramic Styler, I'm in control (Bob might tell you I have issues with anything less!). I can adjust the heat to an effective, fine-hair-friendly midpoint between 0 and the 450-degree max. Ten short seconds later, I can go for straight, curly or wavy without pulling out another styling tool. That's especially nice when we're traveling like last week. Thanks to this multi-talented tool, I didn't have to choose between straight or curly BEFORE packing my bag for New York.


Styling is super easy. Now, I know why, try as I might, I could never do anything except straighten with my old flat iron ... it just wasn't made to curl (and I'd thought I was the problem). 


705105509860-2T 378.jpgEven better, I can relax a little since the amika works almost as hard as I do at protecting my hair. And no matter how temperamental my hair feels, it turns out looking soft and healthy, without a frizz in sight. 


What could be better?  How about this styler in a playful Hot Pink Cheetah, Zebra or Giraffe pattern?  Fun!



On the Shelf

Available at Loveamika.com.




$135 for Midnight Black, Purple or Pink; $145 - $155 for Hot Pink Cheetah and other patterns



"Thank You" to Amika for providing a sample for review and testing.

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