Wednesday, July 02, 2008

CHI Goes Kaput!

there are few things in life that i truly consider myself an expert on, but flat irons and hair straightening is one of them. i've been straightening my hair in some form since the tender age of 13 and have learned quite a few lessons, tips, tricks and NO-NO's over the years, thereby earning the expert status in my opinion. i was the first one of my friends to own a flat iron and i'll never forget the exciting results i achieved with that magical Helen Of Troy tool!

over the years i moved up in the world of flat irons, eventually going from ones bought at Sally Beauty Supply and Target to the CHI iron which i've been using faithfully for the past 6 years. YES! you read it correctly, six long years. i've read many reviews where people say that they hate CHI irons because they die so quickly but with mine this was not the case. this flat iron lasted me six long years of daily use and so let's just say i wasn't exactly surprised yesterday when it up and died on me, the little red light giving one sad flicker before going permanently dark. this was a death i had been long expecting, and instead of being upset, i'm actually very excited that i now get to pick out a new flat iron! today i'll be giving you my recommendations on some of the models i've used and also asking for your help picking out a new one. so please readers, use that comment feature and give me some feedback!!!

if you're just now contemplating purchasing a flat iron and aren't sure you'll use it all the time, i would recommend buying an inexpensive one to play around with. if you find you don't really like it or only use it on special occasions, it would be kind of silly to spend over a hundred dollars on it, right? there are several very good flat irons out there that won't cost you an arm and a leg, and i especially like Conair's Professional 2-1/2 Inch Ceramic Straightener, $52.99. it has nice, wide plates that work well on long or short hair, heats up in 60 seconds, has 25 heat settings, is comfortable to handle and straightens hair quickly. this is an iron i used for a while when i was bored with my CHI, and i now keep it on hand as a back-up for times like right now!

another inexpensive option is the Helen of Troy line of flat irons i previously mentioned that are sold at Sally Beauty Supply (and can also be found online and many other retailers). for a starter iron, these get the job done without massacring your wallet. they have a wide variety of sizes and features, and usually last atleast a year or two before burning out. if you decide you really love sleek, straight hair and want to upgrade, you can always splurge on a more expensive iron, like...

one of the models i'm trying to decide between. although the CHI served me well, i have brand ADD and would really like to try another type of flat iron. so far the candidates for purchase are...

1. the Sedu Ionic Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron, $115.95 (and free S&H at Folica.com!). clocking in at 1-1/2 inches, this iron is the model rated #1 by all the customer reviewers at Folica, and that's something i take very seriously. who better to trust about the integrity of a product than the actual people who have bought and used it? and when 3,145 reviewers give a flat iron a 5 star rating, that makes this Kitty stop and take notice. the only problem is, from all my QVC watching i've been slightly seduced by...

2. the T3 Narrow Tourmaline 1" Flat Iron, $129.95 (also free S&H at Folica!). this sleek, slim black iron seemed to work wonders on the super curly hair of the QVC model, but we all know how television can skew the realities of certain things (heLLLLLO, Tarte EmphasEYES eyeliner!). for some reason i feel that T3 makes the Rolls Royces of flat irons, but the reviews on MUA are throwing me off...is it worth the money? $130 is a LOT of money for a person like me, and i don't mind making the initial investment if the iron is going to work wonders and last a long time. i mean, there are just some things that you need to spend some money on to get the best, and flat irons are one of them, in my opinion. if it's not going to be the T3, then my next option is...

3. the HAI Convertable Ceramic Flat Iron, $70.95 (free s&h at Folica). this iron also gets amazing reviews on Folica, but for some reason the lower price is throwing me off and making me think that it won't be as high quality as the others (stupid, i know!). it seems to get really great reviews on MUA, and like i said before, i put a lot of faith into those people's opinions. the most important qualities i look for in a flat iron are that it doesn't snag and rip out strands of my hair (an annoying fault of my CHI), it straightens and flattens my hair completely, it seals the 'straight' into my hair and helps to maintain the style all day, and it's comfortable and easy to use. so this is where i need your help!

what is your favorite flat iron? if you've used any of the three i've mentioned above, which one do you like the best? what's the worst flat iron you've ever wasted your hard earned money on? let me know in the comments!

3 comments:

CHI Iron said...

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Leslie said...

Thanks for the info! I just bought a new flat iron. I was wondering though, do you know where I can find natural hair care products?

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