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Flat Iron (for hair) Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by overedge, May 10, 2010.

  1. overedge

    overedge Janny uber

    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!
  2. KikiSashaFan

    KikiSashaFan Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. oleada

    oleada Well-Known Member

    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.
  4. Buzz

    Buzz Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. skatemommy

    skatemommy Well-Known Member

    Does anyone use the Instyler? I see that they are at Walgreens now....
  6. StonewshMullet

    StonewshMullet Well-Known Member

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  7. Colleen

    Colleen Active Member

    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!
  8. Badams

    Badams Well-Known Member

    i LOVE my Chi! it's the best thing i have ever bought for my hair.
  9. dramagrrl

    dramagrrl Well-Known Member

    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.
  10. jp1andonly

    jp1andonly Well-Known Member

    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.
  11. slicekw

    slicekw #ICanFixYourComputerButICan'tFixIceNetworkFreezes

    I bought a Chi because the glamour puss II thread recommended it. $75 at Ulta. Wow! beats my old $45 Revlon.
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  12. Cheylana

    Cheylana Well-Known Member

    For me... Chi. There simply is no rival.
  13. Impromptu

    Impromptu Well-Known Member

  14. *Jen*

    *Jen* Well-Known Member

    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:
  15. Twilight1

    Twilight1 Well-Known Member

    I love my Fhi!! Less money than a Chi but works fab!
  16. silverstars

    silverstars New Member

    If you have coarse hair, go for the Chi. I recently bought one, and it's totally worth the money.
  17. Twilight1

    Twilight1 Well-Known Member

    Interesting, I have coarse hair and my Fhi works great and is more than $100 less than a Chi.
  18. silverstars

    silverstars New Member

    :confused: My Chi cost around $100, as were most of the others that I saw in Ulta. Unless they recently had a very big price turnaround, I think that Fhi, at least the ones that I've seen, tends to be similarly priced.
  19. Badams

    Badams Well-Known Member

    my Chi was also $100 bucks. worth every penny.
  20. Twilight1

    Twilight1 Well-Known Member

    Wow...around here a Chi is usually $100 more. I bought my Fhi for about $75. I see Chi's being sold on sale for $150 but they are usually between $175- $200
  21. Badams

    Badams Well-Known Member

    i don't know what the exchange rate is right now, but mine was $100 American. Canadian might me higher because of the exchange?
  22. MFoster44

    MFoster44 New Member

    Karmin makes the best flat irons in my opinion!
  23. Mayra

    Mayra Well-Known Member

    I got a Croc for my birthday this year and the heat on this thing is ridiculous! :eek: If you are so inclined, it has an adjustable heat setting that can go as high as 450F and does so amazingly fast. LOVE IT.

    If you don't want to spend that kind of cash, then I'd say a CHI is the way to go. Before my Croc, I swore by my CHI :lol:. They are affordable(ok $70+ but you aren't replacing it as often as your less expensive ones and you save time in your daily routine), and there is the added bonus of being able to buy it in a variety of colors, styles, sizes etc.
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2014
  24. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Hit ball, find ball, hit it again.

    I have fine hair. The last two irons I bought didn't line up properly, so only 30% of a section got ironed. I still prefer the cheapest, heat adjustable ones, but now check them before purchase to make sure the irons touch all the way across.
  25. overedge

    overedge Janny uber

    Well, since this thread started four years ago, an update.....I bought a Croc, I think like the one @Mayra described above. My friend who cuts my hair got it for me at a hair salon supply shop, and she got the "trade" price on it because she is a licensed hairdresser. It still wasn't cheap, but it's been well worth it because it can actually make my hair go flat. Which is quite an accomplishment.

    My friend uses all kinds of flat irons in her work, and she likes Croc and CHI the best. But she says that Croc is her favourite because the company is the best about replacing broken/damaged units quickly (and quickly is kind of important if you need something to be working for when your client has an appointment). Croc generally just gives you a new one and takes the broken one away to be repaired. In her experience CHI will eventually replace or repair a broken iron, but sometimes you have to really argue with them. And sometimes they will take it back and repair it and return it to you, which is great when you get it back, but not so great if you need it for your clients in the meantime.