Review: Errol Douglas Treat and Style Keratin Iron

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Julia Raeside explains how she’s taming her frizz

 

My life is one long, well-documented battle with frizz so no one is more qualified to take some hair straighteners for a test drive than me. I want you to think of me as the Jeremy Clarkson of hair-taming products. Actually, I don’t want that but you see what I’m trying to say. I basically have a longer version of his hair but that’s where the similarities end so STOP saying I’m like him, OK?

 

I’m on a Yuko sabbatical at the moment (those not familiar with Yuko can read all about its magical powers here), largely because I haven’t had a spare five hours to sit in a chair while someone chemically persuades my hair to be smooth and straight for another six months. So I’m a hair hobo once more, always looking for new ways to temporarily control its natural tendency to go bloody haywire at the smallest suggestion of dampness.

 

With my full curls/frizz/wire wool back in effect, I took delivery of Errol Brown’s Treat & Style, made by Corioliss. It’s effectively a steam iron for your hair and, as well as smoothing the living heck out of crazed tresses, it also delivers a ladylike pump of keratin treatment if you switch it to vapour mode. Just like a steam iron, it has a little compartment containing the liquid that produces the steam. The straightener comes with 12 of these little keratin pods and I find, with the amount of hair I have to tackle, I get about three sessions out of each one. They are available to buy separately when you run out though, obviously.

 

I started with roughly blow-dried hair – so a big, mad bush then – and sectioned off the crown hair, getting it out of the way with a big clip. Taking small sections of the remaining hair, I gave the little vapour button a push and a satisfying cloud of biscuity fumes puffed out of the vent holes down the centre of the iron’s plates. For the vapour to work you need to turn the temperature dial up pretty high – to around 210° – but whatever’s inside the little pods does seem to leave the hair looking really shiny and not at all fried like some straighteners I’ve used.

 

Using the straighteners with the vapour function turned off I was slightly less impressed but they’re still as good as most other brands on the market. Unfortunately, once you’ve sniffed those sweet, nutty keratin fumes, you won’t want to go back because they turn what is a good, effective tool into something a bit more special. The twelve free pods you get with the unit won’t last forever, which does feel slightly like the local dealer offering you twelve goes for free in order to get you hooked. The smell is actually really more-ish too and the results are shiny, smooth and altogether more impressive than any other straightener I’ve tried. It makes sense that if steam irons do a better job of flattening your clothes, so will a steam straightener. I mean I don’t actually do any ironing, but the principle’s the same.

 

As for staying power, the smoothed hair tends to last me about three days before the kinks go from sophisticated Lana Turner waves to demented, unruly corkscrews of madness again. I consider this pretty good when you take into account the sheer bloody-mindedness of the wig god gave me.

 

All in all, these straighteners are worth their £109.99 price tag if you do a lot of hair-flattening. And I do. The replacement pods are £19.99 for 12 so you have to see it as an ongoing investment but the steam really does make all the difference.

 

Errol Douglas Treat & Style Keratin Iron, £109.99

 

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