You may have heard of Cloud Nine straightners. I read a couple of reviews and heard links to GHD's. I tweeted one afternoon about how I would like to try them, later that day, I had an email from Cloud Nine offering to send me a pair to try out. As if I could turn an offer like that down! A few days later they arrived on my doorstep. Brand spanking new straightners. I love new straightners, they smell all new and promise birds nest hair to be all in the past.
Cloud Nine is made by the founders and inventors of the original GHD iron. They give you 'instant control- drop the temperature, increase the heat-and enter another world of styling'. The ceramic plates are black with a sparkle to them, ths is technology that adds shine to your hair. No more greasy roots from shine sprays :)
They also have a hibernation mode which I can not thank them enough for! The other day I came home and realised I had left them on, but they have switched themselves off. They would not have been there to tell the tale if they didnt. I can say goodbye to sitting in my office wondering if I did turn them off, having visions of my house being a pile of cinders when I get home. Oh and dont forget the heat resistant sleeve, no more burn marks on my dressing table :)
There are a lot of fake GHD's in back alleys, pubs and ebay. Cloud Nines come with special chips so you can rest assured they are a genuine product and wont blow up due to cowboys making them.
What I thought?
Its hard for me not to compare these to ghd's... so I am going to!
They look pretty much the same. These however look sleeker due to the black sparkly plates. I love the temperature control, it means I can style my hair in different ways rather than poker straight or.... poker straight. I didnt notice a huge difference between how my hair styled when I used it in the same way as my ghd's. However, my younger sister has thicker hair than me, she used them and you can tell the difference. She has sleeker, healthier looking hair. No frazzled ends either. This meant she used less finishing product on her hair and therefore is saving money by using these. You know sometime when you use GHD's and then put your fingers through your hair too soon and burn you hands? This doesnt happen with these, the hair is cool enough to touch even on the hottest setting.
So the ultimate question is....
Cloud Nine or GHD?
My personal view is Cloud Nine. Why? Because of all the extra add ons. The temperature control, shine enhancing plates, hibernating mode. I really didnt think GHD would have a big competitor on the market, but Cloud Nine are here.
Will I be throwing out my ghd's?
No as they still have life in them and have done the job I have been asking them to do for a long time. But, I will be reaching for my Cloud Nines over them. Something I never thought I would say. GHD have a circle of loyalty following them which to be honest will be hard to break. I know myself I would never give up my GHD's willingly unless I knew there was a product that could perform to the same standard, or better.
My only 'criticisism' if you can even call it that, was the box it came in. It could be sleeker and shinier. It looked cheap compared. If I saw the two boxes next to each other in the shop, the box would sway it for me.
Cloud Nine's retail at £129.99 and are only sold in approved salons. Or online at Cloud Nine.