Ion I-PAK Infusion Vapor Styling Iron
What it promises: The heat of the I-PAK Styling Iron transforms the Ion I-PAK solution* into vapor which is infused into the vented plates to penetrate the hair while gliding the plates over the hair. Hair is protected and restored with every pass.
I was hesitant to purchase the device for multiple reasons, including:
I already have a bunch of flat irons, why should I waste *more* money on a new one? I’m no sucker!
What sort of toxic “oil mixture” is in this thing, and what poisonous fumes will I breathe in as I fry these chemicals into my hair and the burning byproducts vaporize into the air?
Finally, the thing looks like it just has “too many parts,” is too ‘delicate’ for me, my hair, my family, and my life. I expect my hair utensils to last years!
I eventually decided to give it a try and the results were fantastic as promised. Our hair was soft, silky, and felt moisturized as promised.
And if that were the end, all would be well.
However, there were more negatives about this iron than positives. And since the same fabulous results are easy to replicate with any iron that has a max heat setting of 450 degrees Fahrenheit, and a bit of your own light oil/silicone/heat-protectant mixture – this iron is a waste of money!
While the idea is great (heat plus a mixture of oil, silicone, and water equals soft shiny hair), the implementation via this device only works for the first hour of its use. Before completion of my first head of hair, the flat iron was leaking this ‘silicone’ stuff, and it was running down the cord! After a couple of uses, there seemed to be more ‘oil’ leaking out the bottom than actually being pumped into the hot plates. Manipulating the dispensing containers had no effect.
Eventually, the plastic dispensing containers seemed to warp a tiny bit, just enough where they no longer fit nice snug into the iron handle as required. So they became useless. As an iron *without* the oil, it’s a typical iron. And it’s okay.
I replicate those initial great results with my OWN mixture of oil, heat protectant, and water (and the water *does not* cause reversion, but rather produces steam that helps enhance hydration and straightening).
In summary, this iron had potential, but the design implementation destroyed a great idea. It’s poorly built, and Sally’s will not take it back, for even an exchange, without the receipt. The ingredients used in the “oil” solution, contain minuscule amounts of oil, is mostly silicones, and other combinations of questionable ingredients. You’d be better off buying any flat iron with 450 max temp, and make your own (non-toxic) potion and apply it yourself prior to your flat-ironing session for the exact same (albeit, fantastic) results of a properly working, brand new Ipak infusion iron.
Ingredients: WATER ,PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL ,GLYCERIN ,ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE ,DMDM HYDANTOIN ,SODIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE ,PEG-12 DIMETHICONE ,COCODIMONIUM HYDROXYPROPYL HYDROLYZED KE ,OENOTHERA BIENNIS (EVENING PRIMROSE) OIL ,CITRIC ACID ,TOCOPHERYL ACETATE ,PSIDIUM GUAJAVA FRUIT EXTRACT ,HYDROLYZED KERATIN ,ALLANTOIN ,THIOCTIC ACID ,BUTYL METHOXYDIBENZOYLMETHANE ,ARGANIA SPINOSA KERNEL OIL ,SODIUM HYALURONATE ,TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) GLUTEN EXTRACT