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Best flat iron for RESISTANT hair?

jeamariajeamaria Posts: 1,851Registered Users
Which flat iron would y'all recommend for hair that's hard to straighten and also reverts VERY easily.

I've perused the forums on this site and others and reviews tend to lean heavily towards either the Chi or the Sedu. Which is the best or is there one that trounces both of them?

Oh, and I might as well add this in here: has anyone whose tried both noticed a difference between the regular Sedu iron and the Sedu Revolution?

Many thanks in advance ;D

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  • katherinelovesevryonekatherinelovesevryone Posts: 230Registered Users
    this one works really really well. almost too well.
    his is waaaay better than the chi and it gets my 3c4a hair so silky straight its ridiculous.

    when i use it i run my denman infront of it down the length. and the only catch is that i was an idiot and turned it up all the way and some of my hair never reverted:crybaby:. but this is by far the best flat iron ive ever ever ever used
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  • Stephanie198907Stephanie198907 Posts: 2,607Registered Users
    My vote is for the Sedu. Have you tried Sabino Moisture Block to help stop your hair from reverting so fast? I heard it works wonders.
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  • h2wQueenh2wQueen Posts: 551Registered Users
    I highly reccomend the FHI platform or runway. Be carefule with the runway as i have heard taht it can straighten your hair with too much repeated us. i love the platform!
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  • RonnieajRonnieaj Posts: 304Registered Users
    h2wQueen wrote: »
    I highly reccomend the FHI platform or runway. Be carefule with the runway as i have heard taht it can straighten your hair with too much repeated us. i love the platform!


    GOOD! Then the runway should be perfect for me! I'll be using it for the first time at the end of the month; I'm really hoping for straight hair that doesn't revert before I'm done straightening it!! I tried the Sabino with both a Conair and a CHI; the CHI worked better, but still got poofy. I hope the FHI is better--for the ridiculous amount of money I spent on it, it better be! And since I straighten around twice a year (3 if I'm pushing it), I shouldn't have any long term straightening issues. We shall see! BTW, what heat setting do you use? I'm going to try to keep mine to 350.
  • h2wQueenh2wQueen Posts: 551Registered Users
    I typically did about 350-370. I think you'll know when you start working with it. That FHI is a great tool. I had the rusk and the CHI before it. There is no comparison.
    Ronnieaj wrote: »
    h2wQueen wrote: »
    I highly reccomend the FHI platform or runway. Be carefule with the runway as i have heard taht it can straighten your hair with too much repeated us. i love the platform!


    GOOD! Then the runway should be perfect for me! I'll be using it for the first time at the end of the month; I'm really hoping for straight hair that doesn't revert before I'm done straightening it!! I tried the Sabino with both a Conair and a CHI; the CHI worked better, but still got poofy. I hope the FHI is better--for the ridiculous amount of money I spent on it, it better be! And since I straighten around twice a year (3 if I'm pushing it), I shouldn't have any long term straightening issues. We shall see! BTW, what heat setting do you use? I'm going to try to keep mine to 350.
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  • 1NappyNewbie1NappyNewbie Posts: 169Registered Users
    Which one???

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  • jeamariajeamaria Posts: 1,851Registered Users
    Thanks for the recs everyone!

    I'm still leaning towards the Sedu but now I'm thinking of getting the revolution since it gets a higher temp.

    How high does the platform get- I've heard horror stories about the runway, flaking burnt-off hair, so I'm a stay clear of that one. I want a high temp but one that can be managed as well as good quality plates that don't scratch off and damage my hair like my previous iron.

    I thought the Sabino was used as a sealant after pressing I didn't realize you used it as your hair was being straightened. I'll look into it since I've heard good and so-so reviews of it.

    katherinelovesevryone- do you have any pics with that iron? I'm familiar with the brand but I had no clue they made irons- I've only heard of the combs. I like the high temp though. My hair will need A LOT of heat to straighten, if it's anything like it was in the past.
    thanks again everyone!
  • 1NappyNewbie1NappyNewbie Posts: 169Registered Users
    jeamaria wrote: »
    Thanks for the recs everyone!

    I'm still leaning towards the Sedu but now I'm thinking of getting the revolution since it gets a higher temp.

    How high does the platform get- I've heard horror stories about the runway, flaking burnt-off hair, so I'm a stay clear of that one. I want a high temp but one that can be managed as well as good quality plates that don't scratch off and damage my hair like my previous iron.

    I thought the Sabino was used as a sealant after pressing I didn't realize you used it as your hair was being straightened. I'll look into it since I've heard good and so-so reviews of it.

    katherinelovesevryone- do you have any pics with that iron? I'm familiar with the brand but I had no clue they made irons- I've only heard of the combs. I like the high temp though. My hair will need A LOT of heat to straighten, if it's anything like it was in the past.
    thanks again everyone!

    Yea...I just READ a horror story about the runway on fhiheat.com! The fact that those bad babies cost $450 is HORRIFYING!!! It had better turn my hair into platinum for that much money!!!
  • h2wQueenh2wQueen Posts: 551Registered Users
    I have the 1 inche and the 4/10.
    Which one???

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    Platform 1" Styling Iron [URL="http://javascript<b></b>:updateID('65');"]p1se_sm.png[/URL]
    Platform 1" Styling Iron Special Edition [URL="http://javascript<b></b>:updateID('66');"]p410_sm.png[/URL]
    Platform 4/10" Styling Iron [URL="http://javascript<b></b>:updateID('67');"]p710_sm.png[/URL]
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    Platform Domed Styling Iron [URL="http://javascript<b></b>:updateID('103');"]p1p_sm.png[/URL]
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  • luvmyfroluvmyfro Posts: 13Registered Users
    I have a paul mitchell "ion style" that is wonderful! I have very tightly curled hair and this iron works well to straighten it. I also get my hair pressed sometimes and this iron gets my hair as straight as a press.
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  • katherinelovesevryonekatherinelovesevryone Posts: 230Registered Users
    jeamaria wrote: »
    Thanks for the recs everyone!

    I'm still leaning towards the Sedu but now I'm thinking of getting the revolution since it gets a higher temp.

    How high does the platform get- I've heard horror stories about the runway, flaking burnt-off hair, so I'm a stay clear of that one. I want a high temp but one that can be managed as well as good quality plates that don't scratch off and damage my hair like my previous iron.

    I thought the Sabino was used as a sealant after pressing I didn't realize you used it as your hair was being straightened. I'll look into it since I've heard good and so-so reviews of it.

    katherinelovesevryone- do you have any pics with that iron? I'm familiar with the brand but I had no clue they made irons- I've only heard of the combs. I like the high temp though. My hair will need A LOT of heat to straighten, if it's anything like it was in the past.
    thanks again everyone!

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  • katherinelovesevryonekatherinelovesevryone Posts: 230Registered Users
    oo yea an di also forgot to say that maxiglide is really good too. there is no comparison when it come to getting the ends straight (i use the toothed plate)
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  • lalapixielalapixie Posts: 242Registered Users
    My vote is for the Sedu. Have you tried Sabino Moisture Block to help stop your hair from reverting so fast? I heard it works wonders.

    ok i've been holding back on talking about me using sabino but.... it is a miracle!!! i didn't want to post about until i'd been using it for awhile. but it's been two weeks and i love, love, love it. i was afraid of getting blasted because i use it exactly as directed which involves really high heat and it is straight up silicones. but i have never found a product that does what it does and i'm 100% sold. i was trying to wait longer so i could guarantee no heat damage but my hair is still extremely healthy. i'm flat ironing my hair for the most part right now and nothing has kept my hair this silky smooth in the crazy new york summer heat and humidity. and my hair stays moisturized for 4 days straight.

    this is my natural hair in a fro hawk after a twist and curl.
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    and this is my hair flat ironed and pinned up on one side.
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  • KitathenaKitathena Posts: 1,666Registered Users
    I like my maxiglide though I think I might prefer it without the teeth and I've never used the steam. The highest I've used it on is 8.

    I'd like to try a fhi though.
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  • CaramelpooferCaramelpoofer Posts: 17Registered Users
    Please do not flat iron your hair, i know the temptation is strong but I had to go natural all over again because of this, my hair never reverted back to curly. If you do it, try 1-2 a year.
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  • lalapixielalapixie Posts: 242Registered Users
    flat ironing is a choice and everyone has different experiences. i realize some people are very prone to heat damage. i am not and i use lots of precautions and have never experienced extreme hair loss or damage. i'm not saying everyone should run out and flat iron. i'm just saying from my own experience i flat iron frequently and have for quite some time with no issues. i switch it up a lot too though. i say i wear my curls 50% and flat iron 50%. i will say for those who want to straighten without heat rollersetting on large rollers is a great alternative.
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  • TLMMMTLMMM Posts: 457Registered Users
    I'm a firm believer in the Solia flat iron. I also strongly recommend using the sabino moisture block with the iron.

    this is my hair with just one pass of the flat iron. I just pulled it straight back into a "bun" and let it dry naturally, then used the Solia:

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  • jeamariajeamaria Posts: 1,851Registered Users
    Thanks for posting the pic katherinelovesevryone!

    TLMMM-Wow that is really impressive. 1 pass! That's another vote for the Sabino I guess. How many passes did you have to do to straighten with previous irons?

    Caramelpoofer-Thanks for that I will stay away from the Chi. And don't worry about overstraightening. I learned my lesson with that ages ago. The iron I am looking for now will not see my hair too often, I'm still that leary of them, which is why I'm also looking for the most effective and least damaging iron.

    lalapixie-you got some strong hair being able to go 50-50 between straight and curly. I'll definitely look into that Sabino-from this thread I've now heard and seen too many good things about it!

    kitathena-I was thinking about the maxiglide but I really don't like the teeth part of the equation.

    luvmyfro-I'm gonna look on the Sally site for that iron. To me a press is the ultimate straightener as whenever I've had a good press it looks straighter than a relaxer, so that's sounds promising.

    Thanks everyone so much for the feedback!
  • curlyarcacurlyarca Posts: 8,449Registered Users
    I have a Sedu and love it when I use it. I haven't used it in almost 6 months though.

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  • askmeaskme Posts: 42Registered Users
    I use the Karmin G3 Salon Pro, it has tourmaline ceramic plates with rounded edges which makes it great for also curling your hair and Pro Naturals Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment with Heat Protector, it helps strenghten the hair that's prone to breakage. This products work pretty good, my hair looks healthy, smooth, resilient and very straight. :) :occasion7: :wav:
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  • NaturalistaNaturalista Posts: 5,491Registered Users
    I don't flat iron anymore, but tourmaline and not ceramic is the key. The Croc is a great one.
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  • gagirl09gagirl09 Posts: 2,316Registered Users
    Maybe I need to buy this sabino cuz I have an FHI and my ends still would not stay put they would start puffing up!!!! Where can I buy the sabino moisture block?
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  • CurlyGirlNYCurlyGirlNY Posts: 128Registered Users
    I'm going to look into that moisture block because my hair is poofy after blow dry and flat iron. Check out my avatar.
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  • kinkycurlyDTkinkycurlyDT Posts: 380Registered Users
    Kitathena wrote: »
    I like my maxiglide though I think I might prefer it without the teeth and I've never used the steam. The highest I've used it on is 8.

    I'd like to try a fhi though.

    The teeth on the maxiglide are removable? I did not know this! I just ordered one and tried it out on my hair. Loved it, but i'd like to try it without the teeth! How do you remove them?:sign7:
  • LanishaLanisha Posts: 467Registered Users
    Try using a good coned up conditioner with heat, then rinse and add your serum on wet hair, then blow dry, and if you really need to, add more serum before you flat iron, but you probably wont. For years people thought I had a relaxer and I never did. Try it. I pass a baor bristl brush before the iron as im straightening and blow dry with a comb or brush of some kind. HTH.
  • AllycoilsAllycoils Posts: 147Registered Users
    Just a warning about the Sabino - it mostly works if you flat iron on a temp of 475. That's incredibly high for someone who is natural and would want to wear their hair curly after washing out the flatironed style. When I was transitioning I flat ironed every 2 wks and Sabino never worked that great, but I also refused to flat iron on a temp that high. I still got heat damage, even without the temp being that high.

    I recommend a Chi flatiron, but I think it's more about your method than the actual flatiron. The smaller the piece of hair your flat iron, the straighter your head will be once you finish. In terms of reverting advice, I have no clue. I just don't wear my hair straight during the hot/humid months.

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    I don't flatiron anymore but I own a Hana Elite....its expensive but it worked great and I've had it for awhile.

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  • curlsr2funcurlsr2fun Banned Posts: 269Banned Users
    I like the HAI convertible better then the chi, sedu and the others I've tried. I have 3c kinky curly hair that's frizz prone when straight and the HAI gets it silky and straight on a low heat setting.

    When I flat iron I wash and condition with pantene then I lightly spray with nexus heat protecant and add a tiny dab each of Phytodefrisant botanical hair relaxing balm, victoria secret so sexy shine serum (omitting the phyto works fine too) then blow dry with a paddle brush and flat iron on low heat. It looks better then the salon and doesn't frizz. If I don't put any product in it, it frizzes up.
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  • afrosheenqueenafrosheenqueen Posts: 5,400Registered Users
    gagirl09 wrote: »
    Maybe I need to buy this sabino cuz I have an FHI and my ends still would not stay put they would start puffing up!!!! Where can I buy the sabino moisture block?

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