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Old 06-14-2011, 12:37 PM   #1
 
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Does anyone know of a good flat iron that heats up to 450 degrees, that will not cost an arm and a leg? Thanks
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Old 06-14-2011, 01:20 PM   #2
 
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Chi's the best. They cost about $99. But that's not bad because they last for years. & they don't damage your hair as much as a $20 iron from Walmart would. Plus you can get them on sale or use coupons or even find them at yard sales.
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99 is not too bad compared to some of the prices that I have seen. I will definitely be on the lookout for one. Thanks

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..and, I think, they have a pretty good warranty. I LOVE my Chi, but with the CG method, I've had to sideline it.
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..and, I think, they have a pretty good warranty. I LOVE my Chi, but with the CG method, I've had to sideline it.
same here. but i use it every once in a while like for occasions. i love flat iron curls. & i use it to straighten my bangs still.
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Do you apply silicones when you're going to Chi? I just AM going to do it occasionally, but want to protect my hair.
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You mentioned you need the iron to go up to 450 degrees...Putting it up that high to straighten can severely damage your hair. I also straighten occassionally, but I just wanted to give you a heads up that you should experiment with the heat and figure out the lowest setting possible that will still give you the results you want.
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I've used most of the top brand flat irons and I like the HAI convertible the best. I think it's marked down to $80 on Folica.com - It's All About the Hair! right now.
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You mentioned you need the iron to go up to 450 degrees...Putting it up that high to straighten can severely damage your hair. I also straighten occassionally, but I just wanted to give you a heads up that you should experiment with the heat and figure out the lowest setting possible that will still give you the results you want.
She's right you'll probably end up with permanent heat damage going that high on the heat. I have 3c kinky curly hair and I use the lowest setting and it gets silky straight.
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Ive had my CHI for 5 years + now. My hair is not damaged, and for the first 2 years I used it constantly. Ive never had split ends or damaged hair from it either. mY ends do get dry, so i have a trim every 4-6mos...thats it. I do use something on my hair before using to protect it.

Ive seen them on folica.com for as low as $79 - and on ebay as well. Ive definitely gotten my moneys worth!!

Now I just use it to straighten my bangs.........or when it rains and my im having a bad hair day
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Hair enters the glass transition phase, and begins to flow at 320F, so if it gets that hot, it will sustain damage.
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The CHI only has on/off, no heat setting. I don't know how hot it gets. Anyone?
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The CHI only has on/off, no heat setting. I don't know how hot it gets. Anyone?
I can set the heat on mine...
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The CHI only has on/off, no heat setting. I don't know how hot it gets. Anyone?
My Chi is the same, no temperature adjustment.

I've had a hankering to straighten my hair lately, just for a change. BUT I'm scared to damage my hair that I've worked so hard to get healthy. Any thoughts? I have tons of silicone laded hair products that I used to use when I wore my hair straight all the time. Everything from serums, sprays and heat protecting creams--are they enough to protect my hair from severe heat damage? I know that I'll have to shampoo afterwards to remove all the cones, which is also damaging. But I've also heard that a good PT or DT or both can help revive curls after flat ironing.
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If your hair enters the glass transition phase, the damage is permanent. No amount of DTing or PTing will unfuse your cuticle, or reverse any deeper damage. If you keep it below that, and use a heat protectant, DTing should help, since the damage should be limited to driving out moisture.

Not all heat protectants contain silicones. For instance, Aveda Brilliant Damage Control, and Curly Hair Solutions ReMane Straight are silicone free, and appear to do a good job. So, you could refrain from adding silicone damage to the heat damage.

I still wouldn't recommend using a flat iron that didn't have a thermostat you can set at 300 and below (use the lowest of those settings that work), and other safety features, such as the Solia Tourmaline Ceramic Ion Flat Iron or the Sedu Revolution.
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Chi turbo. worth every penny. mine just died after 8 years!
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Old 06-16-2011, 05:04 PM   #17
 
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The beat flatiron I ever used was the baby bliss pro (worked even more efficiently than the chi does), it goes to 450, but I can't imagine needing more than 310 max.
I dont flatiron my hair now because my hair is easily heat damaged. But if I ever go back to straight hair permanently, ima bust out the pro... Its expensive tho (like $120-150)
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Old 06-16-2011, 05:24 PM   #18
 
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I agree with malx, i love the baby bliss, i gave my chi away after realizing how good the baby bliss was

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I do not remember what brand my flat iron is, but I have to agree with everyone telling you to try a lower setting first. I used to straighten my hair at least 3 times a day at 450 degrees F. Now, 1.5 years after I stopped using it, I STILL have ends that refuse to curl because they were fused straight. I don't have split ends, but it is frustrating knowing that I did so much damage to my hair that it won't curl there anymore. I still have about 2-4 inches of hair that I need to cut off.

Where to buy: I suggest buying from Sally Beauty Supply when they are having a sale. CHI flat irons are usually at least 10 dollars off when they have their monthly sales. I just got a new diffuser attachment there at about 20 dollars off.
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I have a Solia flat iron which I felt didn't do as much damage as others. However, it doesn't close that tightly and it KILLED my hand! It has a temperature wheel but I always set it to 320 when I used to use it. I never heard of this glass transition phase until just now! :0(

Folica.com had lots of reviews, before and afters and videos which I obsessed over before deciding on the Solia. Maybe check out some of those?
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