- Reasonably priced
- Sleek and professional to look at
- Able to straighten, wave and curl
- Variable heat settings
- Not as effective a some bigger brand names
- Not as good for curling as a separate curling wand
Karmin is a fairly unknown and a very small company. Nevertheless they specialise in a concise product range which is a good thing rather than a bad thing. There’s no point in having a hundred mediocre products when you could have a small selection of good ones. Not as expensive as industry leaders but by no means in the budget range either, this Karmin iron is good for those who like to play around with styles on a semi-regular basis and don’t necessarily need a straightener/curler every single day. This iron allows you to experiment without spending a fortune. The very attractive design of iron and box, complete with storage bag makes this a good gift for someone who likes a great hair style.
Karmin are a relatively new Canadian company who have been selling their hair appliance products for the last decade or so. While they’re relatively unknown, this isn’t always a bad sign and they do have a small band of loyal followers it seems. They ship to most countries and have a rather modest product line which, if you ask me, is often better than having a sprawling one. Karmin also donate 5% of their sales to their own Karmin Cares Fund – a fund that claims to help hungry children. Their website gives no further information about where these children are located or in what way the money is supposed to aid them, it’s certainly interesting to note that the company has this charitable arm though.
The Karmin G3 Salon Pro Professional Ceramic Hair Straightener comes with:
- 1x Styling iron
- 1x Storage bag
- 1x Instruction manual
- Plus a 3 year warranty
The box that this multi-purpose styling iron arrived in is sleek, black and well designed with silver patterns and a professional look. It’s a slim package that looks and feels well made and everything is neatly tucked inside. Not a huge fan of bubblegum pink, I was almost disappointed when such a colour leapt out at me the second I opened the box but really, it’s a love or hate thing. For someone who likes this shade of pink, they’d love this product from the off. It should definitely be noted that this Karmin styling iron comes in other colours.
Not something I normally focus on, but the instruction manual for this iron is glossy and clearly written with matching decoration to the box. This isn’t important but for I think it’s a nice touch; who wants to spend money on a pretty product only to be given a grey unintelligible manual that’s written in 40 languages? The product registration card is of a similar ilk in that it also looks like a wedding invitation. I quite like this.
The iron itself features tourmaline ceramic plates which are fairly industry standard and heat up pretty fast. Producing negative ions to smooth hair and streamline each strand, this straightener works well on fine to medium thickness hair. Those with thicker hair may need a more hardcore set of straighteners but it really depends on how stubborn your hair is.
The slimline handle is very pleasant to hold and use, even for protracted amounts of time. Because this styling iron can be used to straighten, wave and curl, you may find yourself trying out new styles with much more ease than you would with just a simple straightener. The box also states you can use it to ‘flip’ your hair – call me blonde but I don’t even know what that means.
For those forgetful people who are never quite sure whether they’re at work while their house is merrily burning down, this styling iron has an auto-shut off of one hour. For me this is an important safety feature, not because I’m forgetful but these tools can be dangerous if you do happen to miss the off switch. Another practical feature is the dual voltage allowing it to be used in any country with the right plug adaptor and not worry about varying voltages.
The 2.5m cord isn’t as tangle-free as the box would like to make out but if you’re the kind of person who leaves wires in a jumble then there’s not much any technology can do. The 2.5m length is an ideal amount and anything shorter would be annoying. With variable heat settings, you can do the best thing for your individual hair and choose temperatures between 120°C and 240°C.
The curling aspect of this iron may not be as flexible with style as a true curling wand but it makes excellent waves. If you’re really dedicated to curly hair then you can always get a separate curling wand, Karmin or otherwise. The straightening is good with this iron and while it’s not as fast as branded irons like GHD, it will get the job done for a much smaller price than GHD.