Kara Or Anyone Who Is A Professional Hairsylist

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cae - February 13

Hi Kara. I know you are a professional hairstylist, and was wondering if you could give me any recommendations for a great flat iron. I have thick hair, about 4 inches below my shoulder. I usually wear it straight, and use a flat iron. I want to upgrade my flat iron. So far I have been looking at the Hai's ceramic flat Irons. Are there any others you recommend? Also, what size is best? I have a 2 1/4inc that I use, but my stylist uses a 1 inch when she straightens my hair, at it looks awesome. SO what are the different uses for 1", 2", and 3"? Thanks.

 

Kara H. - February 13

My favorite flat irin by far is the CHI iron. But with any flat iron, you get what you pay for. I have had my CHI at work for 5 years. The letttering is all worn off and its looking a little rough, but the ceramic plates are still in perfect condition. They run from $110 to $150, depending on features. Some people claim that the wider ones are faster, but I haven't really found that to be true. I think the 1 inch or the 1.5 inch is easier to handle and works better if you want to turn your ends with it at the same time as you straighten. Whatever brand you go with, make sure it has solid ceramic plates - not coated ones. If an iron is under $70, it is most likely either coated or of poor quality. You may not notice a difference for a month or so, but your hair will start to spilt, break and eventually cinge - which will give you a crinkly texture that you just can't quite ever get straight. Once that happens you have to cut it off and stat over. You should expect to spend in the neighborhood of $100 for a good one.

 

cae - February 13

Yes, I have also been looking at the CHI flat irons as well. I do agree that I the good ones are atleast $100 and above. So maybe I will go with the 1-1.5inch instead of 2 or more. I think that they do handle better. Thanks Kara.

 

MM - February 14

I love my Solia 1 & 1/4 inch flat iron. I purchased it at folica(dot)com.

 

Rabbits07 - February 14

Excuse my ignorance, but I was just wondering exactly what the purpose of a flat iron is? My sil uses one, but her hair is already straight so I am kind of confused as to what the exact purpose is.

 

MM - February 14

My hair is frizzy/wavy so it smooths it out & makes it less "pouffy"... I use it to tame my problem hair. Trust me, no one wants hair like mine!

 

Brenda M - February 14

Get a Solia! And at the very least, go to folica.com and research the different brands w/reviews from real people on all of them. I've had a MaxiGlide (about $100.00), a Hot Tools (about $40.00) and now my Solia, and I love the Solia! Good luck.

 

Kara H. - February 15

Rabbits - A good straightening iron will make your hair crazy shiney and really silky. Something like 70% of the population has some wave to their hair, so even when you b__w dry it straight there will be a slight wave pattern or a stubborn section that flips the wrong way. The iron just gives it a real polished professional look. I have mostly straight hair but I still use one on days I want it really polished looking.

 

Kara H. - February 15

Also - I don't care what the brochure says you can do, do not use them on damp hair. Water expands when it is heated - if the water is in the cuticle of the hair and you heat that water with iron it will b__w out your cuticle. You may not notice the damage right away, but its there.

 

MM - February 15

I agree, you should wait until your hair is completely dry.

 

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