I have a natural straight fine hair but for some reason, I still like ironing it. With the heat and humidity here in Houston, it’s so easy to have a bad hair day. I guess no one’s hair like humidity. My friends usually laugh at me when I say I have a bad hair day. They don’t think I do have those days because I am Asian and they see my hair and it’s alright.
I have received 3 ceramic flat irons to try lately and thought why not do a comparison review. After all, we all like to shop and compare before making any purchase, don’t we? Especially if it’s a couple hundred dollars investment.
First of all, let’s have a quick look below at the features of each of the flat iron: GHD, Lionesse, and La Vida by Ovente.
|Features||GHD Classic Mint||Lionesse Silk Ceramic Purple||La Vida Collection|
|Temperature||Varies between 347F to 365F
(non adjustable temp flat iron)
|Variable Heat Control from 212F to 410F|
|Type of Ceramic||Aluminum plates||100% ONYX Ceramic heat plate|
|Negative Ion Technology?||Infrared heat protects your hair with negative ions, sealing in its natural oils, moisture and color.||Negative ion technology eliminates frizz and static by neutralizing positive ions.||None mentioned|
|Dual Voltage?||Yes||Yes||None mentioned|
|Other Special Features||Advanced ceramic heaters sense the porosity of the hair to apply and maintain the perfect amount of heat||Grip-assisting grid for
|Built-In MP3 Player with Speaker|
|Warranty||2 Years||Limited 5 Year Warranty||None|
When purchasing a flat iron, you would want to make sure, they are ceramic plates. If you’re using a non-ceramic plates flat iron, the heat can easily damage your hair and the iron itself can get worn out so easily, especially with regular use. All three flat irons above are ceramic flat irons. They also heat up quickly compared to non-ceramic, coated plates.
You would also want the iron to have a rounded barrel (which most of them do anyways) so that you can use it to make waves and curls as well.
The swivel chord is a nice convenient feature because it follows your movement and makes the iron easier to handle and use, so far all three above have swivel chords.
In order to review the three flat irons, I picked a small sample from my hair for each one so I can get the feel of it and here’s my verdict:
Lionesse Silk Ceramic Purple
This Lionesse flat iron looks very sleek. The color, the body, the form. It’s a little heavier than the other two mentioned here and I’m thinking it’s because it’s actually 1.5″ and a tiny bit longer also. Their website specifically mentioned that their plates are 100% ONYX. I tried researching as to what difference onyx plates has from other ceramic plates but couldn’t find other information except that the company told me that “the onyx ceramic plate is more gentle than the standard ceramic or titanium plate. You’ll also find that it gives your hair incredible shine.” The Lionesse looks more sturdy and looks like it will last longer. Besides the fact that they have a 5 year limited warranty. One of the features I like about this though is the adjustable temperature. Although, I usually have mine at the highest temperature, it still helps to have control over the temp.
GHD Limited Edition Candy Collection
What I like about this other than the obvious (which is the color) is it’s lightweight. Perhaps because it’s only an 1″. The plates are aluminum and just like the onyx plates, I have no additional information as to what difference it makes. Unfortunately, compared to the Lionesse and the Ovente La Vida Collection, this GHS Limited Edition Candy Collection does not have an adjustable temperature. I think it really does help to have that kind of control, especially we do have different hair types. Their reasoning? The advanced ceramic heaters sense the porosity of hair to apply the right amount of heat. Hmmm. However, what I like about this one is the sleep mode. I tend to forget my flat iron on for the most part. Thankfully, the one I’m using has sleep mode! So this is a huge plus.
La Vida Collection
When I learned that this flat iron has an MP3 player, I thought it’s really neat! That’s a special feature of this particular flat iron. It has 2GB memory so you can imagine pretty much how many songs you can put in there. It’s quite cool to jam to your favorite tune while doing your hair, isn’t it?
However, although the plates are ceramic, their feel on my hair though isn’t that great, compared to the two above. It does the job alright but as I slid the iron through my hair it felt sort of rough. It is significantly cheaper than the Lionesse and the GHD though. I like the fact that it has temperature control.
Overall, I think my favorite is the Lionesse Silk Ceramic Purple. It is a little pricey at $300 but it is well worth your investment. You don’t want your hair getting burned. I do wish though it has sleep mode. I didn’t take the risk of trying to leave it on for a while just to test if it has sleep mode. Their website didn’t mention any either so I assume it doesn’t have sleep mode. It is a nice safety feature you should look into.