Give & Take
It’s that time of year, Trade Secrets annual Give & Take Appliance Trade-In Campaign, their 10th year to be exact. If you remember my recent trip to Jamaica (I featured the entire trip on this fashion blog), in which the resort broke my CHI flat iron, you know that I’ve been on the hunt for a replacement one ever since. I was currently just using an inexpensive straightener, waiting for the perfect chance to invest in a new one, and the time was now. Once a year, Trade Secrets allows their customers to bring in and trade up an existing and gently used hair appliance in return for 50% off a new flat iron, curling wand or blow dryer of their choice (limitation on select styles). The good news doesn’t stop there, not only will this give you the opportunity to get your hands on a new style tool, but you’ll be paying it forward. Trade Secrets donates all of these collected tools to the women’s shelters and charities across Canada. These shelters help support both women and their children escaping violence.
After doing a little research, I decided on the Avanti Ultra Diamond Nano-Ceramic and Tourmaline 1 Inch Flat Iron, which normally retails for $299.99, but when you trade in and trade up, you’ll be able to get it for $150.00. Its unique diamond floating plates paired with nano-ceramic and tourmaline plates is just one of the reasons I decided on this one. Not only does this help reduce friction, for optimal performance, it glides across the hair with ease and leaves it incredibly silky, smooth and shiny.
Avanti Ultra Diamond Nano-Ceramic and Tourmaline 1 Inch Flat Iron is designed with 1” slim floating nano-ceramic and tourmaline plates that help give the hair a super smooth finish with less frizz and more moisture, while allowing for even pressure distribution. The smooth diamond coated plates help to ensure your hair never gets pulled or stuck and provides an effortless glide. Its seamless edges and soft grip silicone strips help to lift at the root and smooth at the base without any harsh lines. The curved body and rounded edges allow the iron to get closer to the root allowing for better lift and volume when desired. It’s super quick heat up time, reaching 420°F in less than 30 seconds, means it’s ready when you are and has a built in temperature lock that holds your selected heat setting while in use.
It also features an extra-long 9.8’ swivel power cord, an ergonomic and lightweight design that allows you to use it all day long without feeling heavy and a colour-coded temperature display for easy temperature readings. It’s super easy to adjust, change and read the setting, simply hit the plus or minus bottom, when it lights up green, its 0 to 370 °F, green and blue, 370 °F to 410 °F and green, blue and red is over 420 °F. It heats up extremely quickly and stays stable at that temperature for the entire time you’re using it. It hops over to energy saving mode at a resting temperature when not in use and automatically shuts off at 60 minutes. This is a huge advantage for me, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been out, thinking “did I turn off my flat iron”.
Like all flat irons, I tend to start at the lowest setting with my new Avanti Ultra Diamond Nano-Ceramic and Tourmaline 1 Inch Flat Iron and build up the heat as desired. I create perfectly pin-straight hair by gathering small locks of hair, about a few centimeters in width, comb it and place it between the plates while holding firmly between the plates and slide the hair slowly from the roots to the tip of the hair. I’m not going to lie, this is one magical straightener. Not only does it get my hair amazingly straight, it leaves it looking incredibly shiny. It also helps with frizz, no fly-a-ways means I don’t have to apply any greasy oils throughout the day to help manage this. Less product in my hair is okay by me. I was able to achieve bouncy, healthy, beautiful, sleek hair, the same results I’d get in a professional salon, all within minutes at home.
If you’re looking for smooth, flawless locks, while giving back to your community, I highly suggest taking a closer look Avanti Ultra Diamond Nano-Ceramic and Tourmaline 1 Inch Flat Iron and taking part in Trade Secrets Give & Take Appliance Trade-In Campaign that’s running until September 23rd, 2016.