I started liking my hair after the invention of the flat iron, so I was excited to be able to review the new Hana Mini Flat Iron.  I was intrigued by the ingenious design in which a standard sized 8" long flat iron could collapse to a compact 5" length for travel. The Hana Mini has a fixed heat of 410° F, tourmaline ceramic 5/8" width plates, and a 6 foot salon swivel cord.  There is an on/off switch and a red light that glows when the iron is on. It comes with a cute zippered silver travel bag and a metal container to store it.

Now to put the Hana Mini to the real test!  My hair is very coarse, extremely thick, and naturally frizzy.  If a flat iron can transform my hair into luxurious, silky, shiny hair that resists humidity, then it is a winner!

I began by blow drying my hair. I decided to flat iron the right side with the Hana Mini and the left hand side with my trusty Sedu Flat Iron on the 410° F setting. In each case, I sectioned my hair into small pieces and used a comb followed by the flat iron.

With the Hana Mini, it took several passes with the flat iron to smooth my hair, and of course, because the blades are shorter (2-3/4") than the Sedu’s (3-1/2"), I used narrower 2" sections as suggested by Hana’s instruction booklet. It took me two to three times longer to flat iron with the Hana Mini. Although both flat irons had a  410° F, the Hana Mini was not as hot as the Sedu. The heat of the Sedu stayed even and consistent while the Hana took longer to recover its heat during passes. All in all, the Hana Mini did straighten my hair, but it did not look nearly as silky and smooth as the Sedu side. And it did not resist humidity or stay smooth throughout the day.

Perhaps the Hana Mini is not suitable for my type of hair which is long, very coarse, frizzy and thick.  I think my hair was too much for the Mini! For me, I will stick with my Sedu because it is faster, hotter, and gives me great results.

However, the Hana Mini will be great for touch-ups. I think the Hana Mini's power will be sufficient for short, fine or medium-textured hair, which needs less heat to smooth and straighten. It can also be used to flip the ends or curl hair. It is lightweight and very convenient for travel in its chic travel pouch. You can easily toss the travel bag in your purse, tote, gym bag, office drawer, or glove compartment. And as far as flat irons go, it doesn't get any cuter than the Hana Mini's compact blue or pink design!