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05-10-2010, 10:44 PM
Maybe this should be in the "glamour puss" thread (admins please move if so). I'm looking for suggestions for a good flat iron for fairly wiry and coarse hair. I'm really hoping not to have to pay $200 or so for the salon-quality ceramic/tourmaline ones. Thanks!

05-10-2010, 10:56 PM
I have a Chi and they are pricy, but sooo worth it. Try looking at an outlet place like Winners or TJ Maxx, I got mine there for about 75 bucks.

05-10-2010, 11:07 PM
The chi is soooo worth it! It makes a huge difference with my hair. I can't see myself using anything lesser. I've had mine close to 4 years and only recently had issues with some of the cables, which my nerdy engineering ex fixed pretty easily :) You might try Ebay or Amazon for lower prices. I got mine for about $85 or so.

05-10-2010, 11:35 PM
I have one of those more expensive ceramic flat irons and it works quite well. I had one of the cheaper irons before and it did not work for me at all.

05-10-2010, 11:50 PM
Does anyone use the Instyler? I see that they are at Walgreens now....

05-10-2010, 11:53 PM
Croc, trust me. I have the Jew Fro from hell and this bad boy has made my life a lot easier.


05-11-2010, 01:22 AM
I've gone through a few flat irons, and my advice is - buy the best one you can afford, preferably a professional one through a salon. I just bought an ion straightener through my hairdresser and it's a miracle - turns my coarse, frizzy curls into straight shiny hair in just a few minutes. I also have one by Rusk which is great (just takes a little longer than the new one). Look for one with the highest temperature your hair can tolerate (my new one goes to 400F).

My hair stays straight all day long, even in our West Coast rain forest. I think whoever invented the flat iron should be nominated for the Nobel prize!

05-11-2010, 02:21 AM
i LOVE my Chi! it's the best thing i have ever bought for my hair.

05-11-2010, 03:15 AM
If you have thick, coarse hair, FHI variable temperature flatirons are a godsend. I've seen them at Winners (the Canadian equivalent of TJ Maxx/Marshalls) sometimes for as low at $70, so you could check places like that.

05-11-2010, 04:03 AM
i have a revlon one..my hair is fine and i have lots of it. i liked this particular model because you go straighten it from wet or damp hair. If it saves me a step its worth it. It wasnt expensive as i wasnt sure if I even would like a straightener.

05-11-2010, 04:50 AM
I bought a Chi because the glamour puss II thread recommended it. $75 at Ulta. Wow! beats my old $45 Revlon.

05-11-2010, 04:52 AM
For me... Chi. There simply is no rival.

05-11-2010, 03:47 PM
I gave up a bought a Chi last summer, and haven't regretted it.

Buuuut... it worked better when I switched products:


(I just use the conditioner and the glossing straightener).

05-11-2010, 03:51 PM
I would pay the money and get a professional one. My hair is wavy and fine, not course and wiry, and my cheap one struggles.

Flatmate has a GHD one and it's :swoon:

05-11-2010, 08:20 PM
I love my Fhi!! Less money than a Chi but works fab!