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which flat iron should i buy?

curlycovrgirlcurlycovrgirl Posts: 153Registered Users
3C's that are more 3C-4A,
I need a rec for a really good flat iron. I don't know the difference b/w CHI and ceramic, etc. Can someone please explain this to me? I just need one that will get my hair super straight and not do too much damage.

Thanks :D
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  • eccentric_kurlzeccentric_kurlz Posts: 4,144Registered Users
    If you want a cheaper alternative, I would suggest Ceramic Tools by Jilbere(I use this). It's a ceramic iron(not the cheap gold plated ones that damage the crap out of your hair). The Chi iron is also a ceramic iron, but is just more costly. You may be able to get more responses under the "straightening /relaxing' section, if you haven't already. Or you can go to folica.com and look at their flat-irons and read the reviews on them.

    Ceramic irons, in general, tend to evenly distribute heat throughout the plates, preventing damaging cold spots(I think that's what it's called), where there are different temps on the same plate that cause damage to the hair. Also, you can control the heat temps with ceramic irons as opposed to the gold-plated ones.

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  • K.DotK.Dot Posts: 6Registered Users
    I use ConAir's ceramic technology flat iron! I love it! My mom bought it for her but she didn't like it so she asked me to try it out and I absolutely love it. It has this heat dial that goes up to 25 and it works wonders on my hair...
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  • curlygirl898curlygirl898 Posts: 24Registered Users
    i have a chi turbo, and love it. its pricey, but i can get my hair straight in one swipe, and my hair doesn't shed at all when i flat iron anymore.
  • violetsviolets Posts: 1,689Registered Users
    I have a Sedu that I bought at folica.com right before I found this website. I actually never really used it because I started getting excited about my hair curly. Still plan to use it...one day.
  • HeatherNicoleHeatherNicole Posts: 1,316Registered Users
    I have the same one that Shyygirl has... it's pretty cool. One day though, I do plan on upgrading to a Sedu. The jilbere will get you through though. :)
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  • curlycovrgirlcurlycovrgirl Posts: 153Registered Users
    i looked at the Sedu and it looks pretty good. anyone know the difference between this and the Chi turbo?
    Is Sedu supposed to be the best?
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  • KnottyKnotty Posts: 164Registered Users
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  • DarkAngelDarkAngel Posts: 2,671Registered Users
    If you want a cheaper alternative, I would suggest Ceramic Tools by Jilbere(I use this).

    I have this one too. My stylist played around with it one day and said that she thought it was just as good as her Chi. I was planning to purchases a Chi from her but she told me to save my money.
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  • DarkAngelDarkAngel Posts: 2,671Registered Users
    I am a bored lemming. I went and read the reviews of the Sedu and should be receiving mine in 4-6 business days. :oops:
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  • oingo-sproingooingo-sproingo Posts: 144Registered Users
    I have the Jilbere iron, and though a couple of you wrote that you liked it, I wanted to offer some thoughts to the contrary.

    The Jilbere iron definitely works, so if you're not going to iron often and are watching $$$, it's a perfectly fine buy. The two major problems I had were: 1) My hair would sometimes get stuck in the grooves at the ends of the plates and snap when I moved the iron down my hair and 2) the surface of my plates became uneven quickly (tiny bumps) and also became uneven because my product sticks to it. Have to clean it often!

    I am saving up money to buy a Sedu or Solia wet/dry iron!
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  • eccentric_kurlzeccentric_kurlz Posts: 4,144Registered Users
    agk wrote:
    I have the Jilbere iron, and though a couple of you wrote that you liked it, I wanted to offer some thoughts to the contrary.

    The Jilbere iron definitely works, so if you're not going to iron often and are watching $$$, it's a perfectly fine buy. The two major problems I had were: 1) My hair would sometimes get stuck in the grooves at the ends of the plates and snap when I moved the iron down my hair and 2) the surface of my plates became uneven quickly (tiny bumps) and also became uneven because my product sticks to it. Have to clean it often!

    I am saving up money to buy a Sedu or Solia wet/dry iron!

    Hmm....I didn't have any of those problems. Glad I didn't, because I probably would have taken it back(especially if it started pulling at my hair). I actually was considering trying the sedu and another one that I think is called fhi. But since I only straighten between 4-6 times a year, it would be pointless.
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  • curlycovrgirlcurlycovrgirl Posts: 153Registered Users
    I just ordered the Sedu, the reviews on it were great. Thanks for all who mentioned it b/c i had never heard of it.

    i will update with results once i use it
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  • hope4longhope4long Posts: 46Registered Users
    Please do update us.
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  • CurlilocsCurlilocs Posts: 821Registered Users
    I have a curlmaster. 1 1/4". I loved that thing...haven't used it in about 6 months! It is heat regulated and it gets hot. The smaller plates allow for me to get closer to the roots, and I could usually get straight with one pass. It was a Sally's purchase around $40.

    My stylist in my home town LOVES his Solano Sapphire. He has the one with the teeth. That bad boy straightens like whoa, but the plates are metal.

    But IMHO, heat is heat. :)
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  • violetsviolets Posts: 1,689Registered Users
    Curlilocs wrote:
    I have a curlmaster. 1 1/4". I loved that thing...haven't used it in about 6 months! It is heat regulated and it gets hot. The smaller plates allow for me to get closer to the roots, and I could usually get straight with one pass. It was a Sally's purchase around $40.

    My stylist in my home town LOVES his Solano Sapphire. He has the one with the teeth. That bad boy straightens like whoa, but the plates are metal.

    But IMHO, heat is heat. :)

    I used to have the Curlmaster and loved it. It peeled after 2 years and that's how I bought the Sedu ( that I have yet to use).
  • saronbellasaronbella Posts: 70Registered Users
    I use the Maxiglide by Maxius and this is an amazing flat iron. I have EXTREMELY tight 3c/4a hair that shrinks to my neck when it is dry and this iron got ot bone straight. I heard about it from one of my co-workers who's daughter has hair like mine. I blow dryed my hair straight first then went over it with the Maxi-glide. It was as close to the shop that I have ever experienced with an at home flat-iron. It's a ceramic straightner with pins,you can get it off the internet or infomercial.
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  • nubianqt86nubianqt86 Posts: 70Registered Users
    I have the Chi and flat ironed my hair two days ago. I love hom smooth and silky my newgrowth gets. I'm trying not to use much heat, so maybe once a month after air drying in a ponytail I'll flat iron to check the length. I have nothing but praises for my chi, my friends use it more than I do.
  • curlycovrgirlcurlycovrgirl Posts: 153Registered Users
    okay, i have to update with my results from the Sedu flat iron. WOW! This thing is amazing! i have used it twice now and my hair is so silky striaght, its unbeleivable. i think its definately worth the price, although i hated to spend so much $$. :shock:

    so i give it two thumbs up. :D
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