U9 Digital Wet to Dry Flat Iron Review
There Is Something Poetic About A Flat Iron That Isn’t Flat.
Not that long ago, my mother traveled from her home in Florida to London, England for a public service conference. She was gone for two weeks with my dad, and she had to learn how to travel light so they could avoid huge baggage fees. I was at their house when they got home because (duh), presents! While I was there I saw her throw her straightening iron in the trash. “NOOOO!” I thought. You don’t throw out a good iron like that!
It turns out that when she got to England, she plugged her iron into a converter and then into the wall. Within a few seconds, it was fried and never worked again. I hardly see my mother leave the house without perfect hair, so I can’t imagine how she survived in the UK for two weeks without being able to primp (but that’s a story for another day).
Anyway, my mother learned it’s really important to make sure you have a dual voltage iron if you’re going to travel overseas.
Works Both Ways
The U9 1 Inch LCD Digital Wet to Dry 450F Hair Straightener has the dual voltage needed when you head overseas with your iron. I love that it also has a price I’m comfortable with spending on an iron I may accidentally kill or lose during my trip. For just under $40, you get a straightener that understands what it’s like on the other side of the pond and adapts for just that purpose.
Price Doesn’t Stop Power
For a really inexpensive iron, the U9 sure offers a lot of features to try out. It has negative ion technology that uses steam to get (and keep) hair straight. It also works as a wet-to-dry iron. If I can cut down the amount of time it takes to get ready when I’m on the road, I will be the happiest of campers.
Heat You Need Anywhere In The World and When You Need It Too
This flat iron has a range of temperatures I really like, starting from 230F up to 450F. That’s just about the highest heat you can get in a straightener, so you’re not likely to find one that gets any hotter.
As I’ve said, if I’m on the road I don’t want to spend a lot of time getting ready. I REALLY don’t want to spend time on my hair when I’m in a foreign country where I have lots of things to see and do. This straightener heats up almost instantly, and you can see how hot it is from the LCD screen on the front.
Not On Lock
One of the more frustrating elements of this iron is where the buttons have been placed. They’re right where you put your hand to hold while straightening, and that means you can hit them while you’re working. If you’re like my mother and have hair that is very sensitive to heat, you won’t do well with this because you could accidentally put more heat on your hair than you should.
Options For Plates
Any time I bring a new iron home I get the 5th degree from my husband about the auto shutoff. He means well, but it does get annoying. Well, this one has an auto shutoff which makes a huge difference from a safety standpoint. Also, it saves me another lecture on how bad it is to damage countertops or, you know, accidentally burn the house down!
Keep ALL Your Hair
It’s important to make sure your iron isn’t going to do its best to leave you bald. This one has floating plates that get closer together than fixed plates, and that means they grip the hair well while the titanium plates organize and pull it through smoothly. Your hair shouldn’t get yanked out which is something that commonly happens with less expensive irons.
Discoloration… Kind Of
One of the weirdest things about this straightener is it doesn’t have plastic that is fabricated in a certain color. The color is actually painted on, and people complain about it chipping while it’s in use. I can understand how that would be frustrating and well, more than a little off-putting.
It’s Quirky But it Works
To call this straightener quirky is an understatement. Also, what color is this iron naturally that the manufacturer feels the need to paint it in order to get the right color on the casing? That being said, if you’re looking for a flat iron that heats up quickly and does the job it’s supposed to, the price is right on this one.