Mar 19, 2015

Irresistible Me Diamond Professional Hair Styler - Review

Irresistible Me Diamond Professional Hair Styler Straightener Flat Iron Review
Irresistible Me Diamond Professional Hair Styling Iron ($149) at irresistibleme.com
Product provided for review by Irresistible Me

My hair has always been a bit of an issue for me.  I have wavy hair that looks quite dry and is very prone to getting all frizzy and voluminous (not in a good way).  For the most part, I let it do its thing - use moisturizing shampoos, never skip the conditioner, and indulge in hair spas and masks whenever I get the time - and I don't bother with heat treating or styling it in any way.  I have gone to work with barely combed through air-dried hair, so really, I am all for embracing natural hair, curls and waves and all.  When I have a bit of time, though, or if I want a change from the "natural" look, I like to give my hair a sleek, polished look, and nothing does it better than a flat iron.  I received the Irresistible Me Diamond Professional Hair Styler courtesy of the brand, and this is what I have been using of late.  Scroll on for a quick photo-heavy review.

Irresistible Me Diamond Professional Hair Styler Straightener Flat Iron Review
The flat iron comes packaged in a sturdy, black cardobard box with a magnetic-closure flap-type lid.  The box is handy for storing the flat iron in (once the iron has cooled down to touch).
Irresistible Me Diamond Professional Hair Styler Straightener Flat Iron Review
What's in the box:  Irresistible Me Diamond Professional flat iron and a small instruction booklet/safety manual.  Please make sure you read through all the information carefully before using the iron.
Irresistible Me Diamond Professional Hair Styler Straightener Flat Iron Review
The straightener has a light-weight plastic body and comes in a bright red color.  The power cord swivels 360 degrees, so it never pulls or tugs or gets tangled up while the iron is being used.  The iron has a LED temperature display system and the strip running along the center lights up when the iron is on.  
Irresistible Me Diamond Professional Hair Styler Straightener Flat Iron Review
Power on/off button and controls to increase/decrease the temperature are placed on the inside of the iron.  This is to avoid accidentally changing the heat settings while using the iron as might happen when the controls are on the side of the iron.  The iron is well made and the plates are smooth - no rough edges or gaps for hair to snag on.  The 1-inch plates (heating surface) are coated with crushed diamonds and are infused with tourmaline, both of which help with even heat conduction to the hair and give a sleek, frizz-free smooth appearance to the straightened hair. 
Irresistible Me Diamond Professional Hair Styler Straightener Flat Iron Review
When in use, the LED display lights up to show the temperature settings.  The strip of green light works as an indicator for whether the iron is set at low, medium, or high heat setting.  I usually keep it around 370 - medium heat setting - in which case the light doesn't go up all the way to the end like how it is in the photo - stops at the middle.  The textured depression at the end of the strip helps with gripping iron.
Irresistible Me Diamond Professional Hair Styler Straightener Flat Iron Review
The outside surface of the iron just outside the black heating surface does get hot to touch when the iron is in use.  However, the tips of the iron (area with the textured fingerprint design) stay safe to touch.  They feel slightly warm and that's about it, so I can easily hold it.  The plates have a "smart alignment system" that allows the plates to move and align better with the hair and create optimal contact.
Irresistible Me Diamond Professional Hair Styler Straightener Flat Iron Review
The inside of the box (on the flap) also contains some information on the iron - like a handy cheat sheet.

As for my experience with using the Irresistible Me Diamond Professional Hair Straightener:  This hair straightener is supposedly designed similar to higher-end salon-quality models, and the only hair straighteners I have used are a Conair flat iron and a CHI Air from Target.  My review, therefore, is limited as far as comparisons with other brands would go.  That said, the iron does a good job of straightening my hair, leaving it quite smooth to touch and shiny.  I have moderately wavy hair that is somewhat thick, and I use the iron at around 370 degrees - takes me about 20 minutes to go from air-dried to sleek straight.  I have added in photos of my hair - washed and dried - and after straightening for comparisons.

Irresistible Me Diamond Professional Hair Styler Straightener Flat Iron Review - Before After Straightening
That's my hair washed and allowed to dry on its own.  Usually, I like to air-dry my hair till most of the moisture has gone and then blow dry it completely before using a flat iron.  For this review, though, I allowed my hair dry on its own and then combed through with a wide-toothed comb.
Irresistible Me Diamond Professional Hair Styler Straightener Flat Iron Review - Before After Straightening
My hair after straightening it using the Irresistible Me Diamond flat iron.  Only product used is KMS Free Shape Hot Flex Creme for heat protection.
Here's what's good about the Irresistible Me Diamond Professional Hair Straightener:
  • The iron heats up remarkably fast with almost no waiting time (about 15 seconds).  The plates are smooth and glide through hair, straightening my hair in about 2-3 passes (faster if I blow dry my hair first).  My hair feels smooth and soft to touch and stays straight through the day.  I amn't an expert at heat styling - just an occasional user - and even I had no difficulty at all with using this iron.
  • The heat-reistant tips are a nice feature, so I amn't scared of the iron when it's anywhere near my scalp or skin.  My hair is quite short, so I get nervous with straightening hair that's at the back of my head (it's not long enough for me to see properly), but because of the heat-resitant tips, I feel much safer holding the hair while I am using the iron.  It's also a great feature to have when using this flat iron to curl hair, so you can hold the tip of the iron without any risk to your fingers.
  • The 360 degrees swivel cord means I don't end up with the cord in knots and all tied up as I am using it, and the cord itself is quite long -  a good thing since my mirror isn't close to the power outlet. 
  • This is a very light weight iron, so holding it for longer periods doesn't strain my hands, and it's easier to carry around for travel.
  • Speaking of travel, a built-in microprocessor in the flat iron automatically determines the type of voltage supplied and allows the iron to adapt to it.  The LED temperature display also switches from Fahrenheit to Celsius depending on the supplied voltage.  I haven't had a chance to try this feature, though, so will update it after my next trip to India.
    Irresistible Me Diamond Professional Hair Styler Straightener Flat Iron Review
  • It is NOT recommended to leave the flat iron on unattended - switch off and remove from power outlet immediately after use - but as an added precaution, the Irresistible Me Diamond flat iron has an auto switch-off feature built in that turns the iron off after 30 minutes.  Again, I cannot stress enough the importance of not leaving the iron on unattended or depending on the iron to switch off on its own.  That is just an added safety feature.

From what I have used so far, I really cannot find any faults with the Irresistible Me Diamond flat iron.  My hair has stayed soft to touch and smooth every time I have used this, and I haven't seen any damage on my hair so far.  As I mentioned earlier, though, I try to avoid using too much heat on my hair (it's also color treated).  I usually blow dry my hair before using a flat iron so I can reduce the amount of heat I have to put my hair through, and I always use a heat protectant before styling my hair.  So while I think this flat iron can do a remarkably quick - and good - job of straightening and smoothing hair giving it a sleek polished look, keeping hair damage-free while putting it through frequent heat styling will take a bit of an extra effort in terms of caring for your hair's health.

Bottom-line:  Loving the Irresistible Me Diamond Professional Hair Styler.

The Irresistible Me Diamond Professional Straightener is available on irresistibleme.com, and I have seen some pretty good discounts on the website (there is one going on currently).   My flat iron was delivered via USPS and was nestled snugly in a huge amount of bubble wrap.  I cannot imagine it ever getting damaged in transit!

The Irresistible Me Diamond Professional Hair Styler was provided for review by the brand.  Links in the post are for information only and are NOT affiliate links.