I've had Poker Straight (or should I say POKeR STRAiGHT) Flat Iron Protection Shine Mist for awhile now and thought it was about time I reviewed it.
For those not in the know, (myself included until I did some internet research), this spray is part of Lee Stafford's Poker Straight (POKeR STRAiGHT) range which includes shampoo, conditioners, and a variety of sprays and serums which will help protect your hair and help you style it 'poker straight'.
As a straight haired kinda gal, I bought this awhile ago from Boots to use on my hair when I use my flat iron. First off, let me say that I don't need to use my flat iron to get straight hair. If I blow it dry straight away, I can achieve straight hair, and if it's not humid out, it will stay straight. Actually, if left alone my hair dries a bit wavy, but it's more like a wrinkled beach babe kind of look than curly by any means. So there isn't much battle as far as I'm concerned in achieving the straight hair look.Just worth bearing in mind for my review of this product.
Now, the product claims to have 4 key benefits: heat protection, straightening, shine, and great fragrance.So I thought I'd take a look at each of these in turn.
Heat protection: Claims to let you use your flat iron without any damage to your hair. As far as I can tell it delivers on this claim. Honestly tho, it's a bit hard for me to judge. I'm a light user when it comes to my irons and I try not to fry my hair. In fact, I've often used this product before a blow dry and not used an iron at all. I'd say for me, it's fine, but not sure if you have a more aggressive flat iron approach to your hair.
Straightening: well, see above. My hair still straightens, so no change there. Good news is that it doesn't make my hair frizzier than it already is, but I generally don't have that issue to begin with, so not sure I can really judge this one.
Shine: hm, well, my hair is shiny, but I honestly can't tell the different between using this and not-using this in terms of shine, so I'm going to say it doesn't really deliver for me in this area. I do have very fine hair tho, and product easily weighs it down and this product definitely doesn't do that, which is great, but the fact that I can't notice the shine kinda makes me think I wouldn't be using this for the shine.
Great fragrance: Yeah, um... no. Seriously? Great fragrance? This stuff stinks of alcohol. I seriously hate the smell. The first ingredient is alcohol denat. whatever that is. There's also a claim that this has 'antioxidant green tea' but I kinda feel like they are just throwing that in like a buzz word. In fact, this seems like so much alcohol in this that I was concerned it would dry my hair out. Thankfully, I haven't found that to be the case, but I'd definitely disagree about the 'fragrance'. It's not horrible, but I wouldn't claim it smells nice. It smells like alcohol and chemicals.
So, would I recommend it? Well, it depends what you're after, and of course your hair. For my hair, thin and easy to straighten, I will continue to use it when I flat iron or blow dry to help protect my hair from damage, but as I don't feel it gives my hair any additional shine, and I'm not a fan of smell or of the alcohol, I'm unlikely to repurchase this item. It retails for about $9.99 USD or £5.99.
Have you used this product or any other flat iron protection sprays?