Flat iron recommendations

Hi,
Which flat iron (or straightening, blow drier/ hot comb/or some other thing I don't even know exists would you recommend to get smooth straight hair without heat damage ?
I know there are different types of flat irons, wider ones, narrower ones, steam irons, ceramic, ionic, so many different kinds. What is the difference between them and which are better ?

Which flat iron do you recommend ?

TIA

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Personally I use the maxiglide, because well one I am lazy and halfway through my head my technique begins to fail I find the teeth and the steam feature really does an amazing job and I can do it rather quickly (about 30 minutes vs the 90 it used to take).

Having said that I would recommend that you buy a ceramic or tourmaline plated flat iron. They usually distribute the heat evenly sometime the cheap ones have hot spots which can damage your hair.

Anyway here is a link that should probably help you more
http://www.folica.com/How_to_Choose_a_d1252.html

good luck!
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I have a T3 Tourmaline - Bespoke Labs - Narrow Wet-or-Dry - Flat Iron (1 inch). It is model # 83910-se. I really, really love it.

It eliminates frizz and doesn't dry my hair out. I bought it from amazon.com.
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Personally I use the maxiglide, because well one I am lazy and halfway through my head my technique begins to fail I find the teeth and the steam feature really does an amazing job and I can do it rather quickly (about 30 minutes vs the 90 it used to take).

Having said that I would recommend that you buy a ceramic or tourmaline plated flat iron. They usually distribute the heat evenly sometime the cheap ones have hot spots which can damage your hair.

Anyway here is a link that should probably help you more
http://www.uxsight.com/category/36408/straightening-irons.html

good luck!
Originally Posted by ajna
Very useful information. Dear.
I bought the ceramic flat irons, and feel very good. Thanks.
I use the Nume flat iron that they sell in the malls. I've had it for about a week now and it is so much better than my other one. It is supposed to damage your hair less. Whether this is true or not I don't know but I do expect to see some damage when I'm constantly using heat. It's pretty expensive though.
Thank you for all your replies.
Ajna, I read the maxiglide works with steam. Is that more damaging to the hair than a ceramic flat iron?

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I have natural hair and when I want it silky straight I use the jIBERE' nano silver flat iron. It is the best thing ever! no damages and I do have very soft hair so what I use is very important. The chi works well but it doesn't straighten as good as the jibere'. It takes me under an hour to straighten my hair. I recommend to anyone with natural hair.
Best flat iron? Hands down the Sedu Revolution. THE BEST ever!
i have 3a hair, and i just bought the GVP Ceramic Flat iron! It is sold at sally's beauty supply stores and online, and right now it is only $50!
It is basically a "knock off" version of the Chi, but to be honest it works better than Chi! plus its only half the price! My friend owed a Chi, and when it broke, she bought a GVP, and she cant even tell the difference!
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For those times I just have to, I use my Remington Shine Therapy flat iron. Got it at Walmart for $34.99 and it works much better than the GHD I returned and the CHI I had that died. You absolutely need temperature control and try to keep the temp as low as you can!
I've used Chi, but it always seems to snag my hair. So, after reading tons of reviews, I decided to purchase the Hana Elite. I received my package today...flat iron with free pad and case. They also included a few extra goodies.
I second the suggestion of the GVP!
I had mine for three years, and it worked WAY BETTER than the CHI I had previously. Plus mine came in a really cool color pattern.
In the way of how much damage it does, I can't really say because I knew nothing about caring for my curls before about a week ago! All I knew was that the 400 something degree GVP ceramic drastically reduced my straightening time!

Probably the biggest drawback is that mine just stopped working a week and a half ago. (Pretty much the reason I went CG!)
My routine:
  • Co-Wash: Suave Naturals Coconut
  • Rinse Out: Suave Coconut & Honey
  • Cold Water Rinse
  • Leave-In: Suave Naturals Coconut
  • Scrunch in a dab of olive oil
  • Gel: Herbal Essence Set Me Up
  • Plop for 45 min. to an hour
  • Clip and air dry
  • When nearly dry, pineapple for a few minutes, then SOTC
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honestly, I think it depends on your hair texture...I have 3b/3c curls, and I've used HAI, CHI, Solia, GHD and countless drugstore flat irons (gold n hot, revlon etc) The solia wasn't bad, but the movable plates snagged my hair, the HAI was amazing and probably my second favorite. The chi left my ends FRIED regardless of using heat protection. The GHD has been a godsend for me and my friend (she has 3c and maaaaybe 4a curls). The GHD adjusts itself to your hair texture and can sense what temperature you need. Drugstore brands never really got my hair as straight as I liked, the GHD leaves my hair amazingly soft and shiny. My bf has seen me through 4 flat irons (CHI, HAI, solia, GHD) and he definitely noticed a change with the GHD.
Maxiglide and Babybliss Pro are my faves!
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I purchased a corioliss because it was cheaper than a ghd. It has ajustable heat and solid ceramic tourmaline plates.
I'd still like a ghd as everyone I know who has them loves them but without the ghd price!
All flat irons will damage your hair though, I read something online a few weeks back about 3rd generation hair straightners which reduce damage.This would be great if they exist. Couldn't find much on them though when I looked them up.
I have heard great things about the Croc 2 Infrared, so I got that.
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Hi I use Paul Mitchell flat iron, it works well for me
Another vote for GVP. It's reasonably priced and works just as good as a CHI. The one that I own is about 6yrs old and still in perfect working condition.

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