Confused about flat irons

lazy loopslazy loops Posts: 8,792Registered Users
I was scratching some gunk off my 1" ceramic Revlon flat iron with my fingernails & I don't think it's ceramic at all. I think it's just painted or coated because there's a small chip & I see a grayish metal underneath, & I swore I was scraping the 'golden tan' color off the plates!

So I started researching flat irons here & through Google, on how to choose one.

I looked on Folica & saw the most popular brands are Sedu, Solia & Chi, and that ceramic, tourmaline plates are best.

I noticed the ceramic has even heat distribution but the tourmaline heats up faster. Doesn't the tourmaline have even heat distribution too?

So I looked on Chi, Solia and Sedu.

Then after posting I saw another thread recommending FHI Heat.

I saw to look for one with adjustable heat. This I knew about from shopping for previous hot tools.

I saw one place said the most popular size is 1-1/4". I guess this is to cover all lengths & textures. Though from other reading it looks like someone could get away with using a 1" or 1-1/2" to cover all lengths & textures. Yet another site said for long hair a 2" is needed. This confuses me. :?

I saw mention a couple of places that the Sedu gets hot on the outside, enough to burn the user, & that worries me. Is this true?

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  • JuicyTubeJuicyTube Posts: 2,369Registered Users
    I saw mention a couple of places that the Sedu gets hot on the outside, enough to burn the user, & that worries me. Is this true?
    I does outside of the plates, but not near the handle!
    3b-3c CG
  • lazy loopslazy loops Posts: 8,792Registered Users
    Then I guess I misunderstood. I thought people meant the Sedu's handle got real hot. :?

    I'm eyeballing the Solia 1-1/4" because of all its good reviews & its price being in the mid-range.

    Then there's the Sedu is in 1-1/2", which has awesome reviews. I think the FHI is the same size too though it's out of stock.

    These are supposedly the most popular & versatile sizes. I refuse to buy an iron for all lengths of hair.

    I don't want to bother with a Chi. I've heard rumors how they easily break & lose their heating capability.

    Ah crap! Decisions, decisions! :x I'm no good at making even small decisions without wondering if I did the right thing.

    I figure I need to make up my mind soon if I want to get it on any of the sales with free shipping & a free pouch from folica.

    Or I'll just deal with the one I've had since Christmas.

    I may also check to see what Sally Beauty Supply has to offer.
  • CurleeDSTCurleeDST Posts: 467Registered Users
    I hate I can't hold the top part of the sedu while straightening. It gets too hot.
    I am a 3c/4a with medium/fine strands
    No strict haircare regimen - trying my hand at the Curly Girl Method.

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  • lazy loopslazy loops Posts: 8,792Registered Users
    Thanks for that info! I sometimes hold onto the end for better control when trying to do any of the flips. It being too hot would be a deal breaker for me.

    It costs more than the Solia anyhow & the Solia's closing the gaps on 5-star reviews.

    I think the 1-1/4" will be fine for my texture & length of hair, at least per the majority of the reviews & from 2 of the 3 Solia pages (their website & one on Folica versus another on Folica).

    Now I just have to force myself to spend the money! I've become such a tightwad over the years.
  • CurleeDSTCurleeDST Posts: 467Registered Users
    Yeah for the money you want to be able to touch the outer plate for more control and with the Sedu you just can't do that. I will say it is VERY light weight though.
    I am a 3c/4a with medium/fine strands
    No strict haircare regimen - trying my hand at the Curly Girl Method.

    Fitness Blog: http://femmefitalefitclub.com/
    Check out the Femme Fitale Facebook page: facebook.com/FemmeFitaleFitness
  • lazy loopslazy loops Posts: 8,792Registered Users
    Which Sedu do you have; the revolution or the regular?

    I want something with rounded edges for in/out flips.
  • CurleeDSTCurleeDST Posts: 467Registered Users
    Hmm, good question. NOt sure I have to look.
    Which Sedu do you have; the revolution or the regular?

    I want something with rounded edges for in/out flips.
    I am a 3c/4a with medium/fine strands
    No strict haircare regimen - trying my hand at the Curly Girl Method.

    Fitness Blog: http://femmefitalefitclub.com/
    Check out the Femme Fitale Facebook page: facebook.com/FemmeFitaleFitness
  • lazy loopslazy loops Posts: 8,792Registered Users
    The regular supposedly doesn't have rounded edges for flipping/curling. The revolution does.
  • CurleeDSTCurleeDST Posts: 467Registered Users
    My edges are rounded because you can curl with it.
    I am a 3c/4a with medium/fine strands
    No strict haircare regimen - trying my hand at the Curly Girl Method.

    Fitness Blog: http://femmefitalefitclub.com/
    Check out the Femme Fitale Facebook page: facebook.com/FemmeFitaleFitness
  • lazy loopslazy loops Posts: 8,792Registered Users
    Ok. :)
  • keikokkeikok Banned Posts: 585Banned Users
    i have one with square edges but you can still flip and curl and stuff with it
    Keiko

    my fotki-its a work in progress
    http://public.fotki.com/keikok/
    password:curly
  • lazy loopslazy loops Posts: 8,792Registered Users
    I just got a hint from my stylist-in-training supposedly DIL-to-be to look for a ceramic Jilbere for around $40 to $60 at Sally Beauty Supply.

    So I went on-line & oh my, there's a tourmalene/ceramic 1-1/4" flat iron with something like 40 adjustable temps, floating plates & it looks like it has rounded edges!

    Guess where I'm going tomorrow?! :twisted: I wouldn't be using the flat iron but once a month, if even that much, so I'm going to save some money!
  • CurleeDSTCurleeDST Posts: 467Registered Users
    Check out NuMe2004's fotki album. She uses the Jilbere.
    I am a 3c/4a with medium/fine strands
    No strict haircare regimen - trying my hand at the Curly Girl Method.

    Fitness Blog: http://femmefitalefitclub.com/
    Check out the Femme Fitale Facebook page: facebook.com/FemmeFitaleFitness
  • lazy loopslazy loops Posts: 8,792Registered Users
    Where do I find her? I can't remember how to look up a member! :oops:
  • CurleeDSTCurleeDST Posts: 467Registered Users
    fotki.com/hair2004
    Where do I find her? I can't remember how to look up a member! :oops:
    I am a 3c/4a with medium/fine strands
    No strict haircare regimen - trying my hand at the Curly Girl Method.

    Fitness Blog: http://femmefitalefitclub.com/
    Check out the Femme Fitale Facebook page: facebook.com/FemmeFitaleFitness
  • lazy loopslazy loops Posts: 8,792Registered Users
    Thanks!

    Dang her hair looks so shiny & straight! Beautiful.
  • CurleeDSTCurleeDST Posts: 467Registered Users
    yup she did an excellent job with it.
    Thanks!

    Dang her hair looks so shiny & straight! Beautiful.
    I am a 3c/4a with medium/fine strands
    No strict haircare regimen - trying my hand at the Curly Girl Method.

    Fitness Blog: http://femmefitalefitclub.com/
    Check out the Femme Fitale Facebook page: facebook.com/FemmeFitaleFitness
  • lazy loopslazy loops Posts: 8,792Registered Users
    I bought it, but it looks scary.

    Where the plates meet the plastic housing at the ends there are gaps. And the plates themselves don't come down on the sides in a curve. There's a gap between the plate top & the plastic housing. :?

    I took the sales gal's advice that I can at least try it & if it does snag & rip out my hair I can bring it in for a refund.
  • CurleeDSTCurleeDST Posts: 467Registered Users
    what did u get?

    I bought it, but it looks scary.

    Where the plates meet the plastic housing at the ends there are gaps. And the plates themselves don't come down on the sides in a curve. There's a gap between the plate top & the plastic housing. :?

    I took the sales gal's advice that I can at least try it & if it does snag & rip out my hair I can bring it in for a refund.
    I am a 3c/4a with medium/fine strands
    No strict haircare regimen - trying my hand at the Curly Girl Method.

    Fitness Blog: http://femmefitalefitclub.com/
    Check out the Femme Fitale Facebook page: facebook.com/FemmeFitaleFitness
  • lazy loopslazy loops Posts: 8,792Registered Users
    I bought the tourmalene Jilbere 1.25"

    I tried it, but it's going back to the store.

    The whole time it was dragging on my hair & the only thing I had in was jojoba oil, no sticky styler or anything. And it did yank quite a few hairs due to its gaped ends.

    If my Revlon got hot enough, maybe it does & I've just been too chicken to try it past the middle setting. I don't have the book for it that I know of. Otherwise I think it'd be fine because it's never dragged, until I had some sort of sticky styler in it, & it's never snagged.
  • CurleeDSTCurleeDST Posts: 467Registered Users
    I think the album link I sent you, she used the Jilbere define series or something like that. I say the Maxiglide - I LOVE THAT THING!
    I am a 3c/4a with medium/fine strands
    No strict haircare regimen - trying my hand at the Curly Girl Method.

    Fitness Blog: http://femmefitalefitclub.com/
    Check out the Femme Fitale Facebook page: facebook.com/FemmeFitaleFitness

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