One big problem or at least, an inconvenience when using hair straighteners, the flat iron type, is that it causes static in the hair. That is because of the heat it produces; and it also may damage your hair as you pull the iron through them. The Remington S5500 addresses this problem by designing antistatic plates, combined with ceramic technology, so that it leaves the hair silky straight with no frizz from the heat. But how efficient is it in styling? In this review, we will take a look at the other features it offers and how it is different from other straightening products.
Important Features and Specs
The flat iron is made with long ceramic plates which will not cause dryness to your hair even with high heat. They infuse some moisture so your hair still looks healthy and smooth after styling. In addition to that, they are infused with antistatic technology which reduces the amount of hair that gets charged and becomes static – ending up sticking in awkward places up your head. It is done by reducing negatively charged particles while it is in use so there is 50% less static.
It comes in a really nice stylish design that most women would like to display on their drawers. It has a glossy purple finish with black accents, and the small digital screen which displays the temperature on the handle. The handle doesn’t really have the rough texture on the lower end to indicate where you are supposed to hold the straightener, so you might want to be careful not to burn your fingers when using it. It is quite thin and lightweight, with dimensions of 1.1 x 1 x 11.8 inches, Width, Depth, and Height, and weighs only 10.4 ounces.
The iron heats up within as fast as thirty seconds, to your desired temperature; maximum of 410 degrees Fahrenheit. It features automatic Shut-off after one hour but customers say that it usually partially turns off or “sleep” after about six minutes of inactivity, so it is safe in case you are a little forgetful of when you turn your appliances off.
They are also called “floating plates” because they give a sort of soft bounce when you press them together – which means that they won’t pull too hard on your hair and cause damage. When tested for straightening on an average length hair, the iron ran smoothly down without pulling any strands or being caught in the middle. This gives a nice healthy look on your hair and not the stiff straight hair you get from other flat irons.
The controls can be found on the side of the unit; it has three small buttons: the power on, and the plus and minus signs for adjusting the temperature. Not all straighteners in this price range offer temperature control. It can go up to 410 degrees which is a standard in styling for most salons.
It features a swivel cord so you don’t get tangled into the cord while going around your hair or when styling someone else. It also has a nice lock feature on the handle, so you can lock the two ends together when not in use; great for traveling. And release them open again for use. The small digital screen displays the temperature you have set it to and blinks as it gets ready to heat up. When it has reached the desired heat, it will be steady to let you know it’s ready to be used.
- Heats up very fast
- Temperature control
- Digital screen indicator
- Requires few passes to straighten hair
- Ceramic plates
- Swivel cord
- Has a burnt plastic smell when it is turned on but users have not found it to be harmful or dangerous in any way or pose a real threat
- Not for heavy duty use
Who Should Buy
If you want something efficient and stylish at the same time, the Remington S5500 straightener will be a great addition to your hair styling tools. It is not so expensive; in fact, it is one of the most affordable models which offer temperature control and ceramic plates. It is great for those who have a difficult time using straighteners, in general, because this one is designed not to get caught in the middle or pull your hair too much because it glides smoothly. This is also good for those who tend to have a lot of static because of the antistatic technology on the plates.
The Remington S5500 Digital Anti Static 1 Inch Ceramic Hair Straightener is an inexpensive yet stylish flat iron which prevents damage in the hair due to heating and styling. It is designed to give you the smooth straight or curl that you want in your hair without it looking stiff or unhealthy. It is easy to use and has temperature adjustment to suit your styling needs.