Flat iron/straightner reccommendations!

OK it's time for a new straightner/flat iron!!

I'm looking for one that;
*straightens hair easily
*Has lasting hold (AKA hair stays straight for more than 10 minutes)
*Works well
*Will cooperate with my hair type/style (see properties below)

What do you girls recommend? What would you say is the all around best hair straightner? I know a lot of you do't really straighten your hair much (which I totally understand) But I do flat iron my side bangs a lot. I need reccommendations! Thanks sooo much!
~A proud 2c who is so thankful to have stumbled across this site over a year ago!
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I have a T3 flat iron I forgot the name of it. It's pink and I purchased it from Sephora two years ago. It has several different temperatures on the dial. I usually flat iron on 300 and do 1-2 passes but I could flat iron on 260 if I do really small sections. It's a great first time flat iron. Eventually I want to get a CHI
Products I'm currently :
  • Karen's Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia (Vanilla Latte scent)
  • Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk
  • Certified Organic Coconut Oil
  • Karen's Body Beautiful Heavenly Jojoba Oil
Staple Deep Conditioners: Giovanni Direct Leave-in and Karen's Body Beautiful Luscious Locks Hair Mask

Recent newbie to the Curly Girl Method
6 months post relaxer. I will be 7 months post September 17 !!
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Also the cost of the flat iron will run you about $100 I think I paid $99 plus tax for it at Sephora
Products I'm currently :
  • Karen's Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia (Vanilla Latte scent)
  • Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk
  • Certified Organic Coconut Oil
  • Karen's Body Beautiful Heavenly Jojoba Oil
Staple Deep Conditioners: Giovanni Direct Leave-in and Karen's Body Beautiful Luscious Locks Hair Mask

Recent newbie to the Curly Girl Method
6 months post relaxer. I will be 7 months post September 17 !!
I have 2B-2Cish hair, I think and it's very thick and frizzy in the back.

What I use is my Ultra CHI iron when I want a sleek and shiny look. I also use the CHI silk infusion, which is a little pricey, but I think it's worth it since you don't need a lot.
Another thing is your technique also plays a big role. I see some girls just grab a chunk of their hair and straighten, but their hair may still look bumpy in some places. (Heck, I used to do that.)
The comb-chase method is very helpful. Also, be sure to grab small sections. This might eat up some time, but if you want a straighter and sleeker result, it's definitely worth it.

I got my CHI when it was 120$, which I regret, because Ulta had a sale, 6 months later, and the Ultra CHI was priced for 99$, including the heat mat and a small bottle of the silk infusion.

You can check Folica.com for their flat irons. They usually have sales and promo codes so you can save money.

I bought my Solia flat iron there for only 55$, and that included shipping. I use my Solia to straighten my bangs, since it has temperature dial, therefore less damage to my bangs if I were to use my CHI.

Before and After with Ultra CHI iron:
Before
Before
After
After (The same day as above, after biking 15 miles in the hot sun, sweating my face off)

Last edited by Curly-Asian; 05-01-2012 at 10:00 AM.
hehe I have the Karmin G3 Salon Pro Styling Iron too :P , it's great indeed, I luv it because you can style your hair the way you like (straight, curly, wavy, flip) and keeps my hair smooth, shiny, frizz less and super straight.
I totally recommend it ! And if you are interested I bought it at Karmin G3 Salon Pro Professional Ceramic Flat Iron - Best Flat Iron or if you aren't so sure check out the reviews at Flat Irons Reviews - Which is the Best Flat Iron? .
Good luck ^_^
thank you all, I will keep my eyes peeled for a good deal. I'm so glad I posted this now that I have some options
~A proud 2c who is so thankful to have stumbled across this site over a year ago!
I have the sedu revolution and even when I had my relaxer, my hair was still very textured and curly and got it straight as a board, it can also crimp, and do different types of curls. I don't think it causes heat damage, but it's possible I guess.
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TYPE: 3C
Current State: Growing out keratin treatment.
High Density, Medium Porosity
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Doing what I want when I want! Getting tempted to bkt the nape save me lol
Hi, I've been using the original CHI flat iron for many years now (4+). I love this flat iron! I remember when I used a Revlon flat iron....how I managed with that I'll never know. I had used a friends CHI flat iron and knew that I had to have one. I have never used a better iron on my hair and it transforms my hair so well that I have a backup CHI still secured in it's packaging just in case the one I'm using dies.

I did have a CHI original die on me after a very short time that's what scared me into keeping a back up on hand. I had only dropped the flat iron a few times and then it stopped working. My hair is curly but I personally don't like to wear my hair natural so I always blow dry and flat iron. Always. My hair is very kinky, coarse, and weak. After I blow dry it looks like a huge, puffy, mess of straw and wires. It looks dry and unhealthy, not pretty after a blow dry. Then I use my CHI flat iron and my hair transforms, it becomes shiny, soft, and looks very healthy, usually.

I haven't used any other flat irons that are priced higher than brands such as Revlon etc. I've been reading the reviews on the Sedu and I'm dying to try that iron. I feel like I definitely need to try other irons out because I don't want to miss out on something better. For now I use the CHI though, I straighten each section and curl it at the same time, the curling adds body and helps my hair look as if it is naturally that texture. People never know I have such kinky hair until they see it wet!

My hair breaks very easily and I have never taken very good care of it. I've never, until now, had regular trims and considering I use heat on my hair each time I wash, well, you can imagine the split ends. I never used quality hair products aside from the chi silk infusion and I never used a thermal protector until now. I never knew the proper way to dry my hair, I always just twisted it up in the towel, and I never knew that brushing was a no no. I now own a wide toothed comb and never brush the hair unless I'm blow drying. And again, I didn't get hair trims, maybe once every 3 years! So keeping all of that in mind, the transformation I get from using the CHI flat iron blinded me into thinking I had healthy hair!

Finally after trying to search for a top of the line hair dryer, I learned how to properly care for my hair so hopefully I can actually have real healthy hair some day soon! In case anyone has ever wondered about the RUSK Speed Freak hair dryer I can report that it's ok. I expected more from it (based on reviews and the new hair brushes I bought and hair products, and the technique I learned etc). I've only used it once so far and all I can say is that it's just ok. I still spent the same amount of time on my hair. I went out to purchase the Sedu 4000i only the store didn't have it in stock and I'm so impatient I ended up buying the RUSK speed freak. I should have go the chi dryer or the t3. The RUSK speed freak is also very heavy!!

Well, I hope I was able to help someone out there!
For curly hair the BEST is Karmin G3 Salon pro Styling iron. It's got adjustable heat settings (up to 460F if your hair is difficult), PURE ceramic and tourmaline plates for gentle heating and extra negative ions that will smooth down frizz and make the straighten last a lot longer. It's also dual voltage so you can use it anywhere in the world.

I have one and even the packaging is impressive. They give you a storage bag that can be pulled apart and turned into a heat mat! It's awesome.

Look at it here, I found the official site:

Karmin G3 Salon Pro Professional Ceramic Flat Iron / Hair Straightener
If you go to a beauty supply store you can find a RED by Kiss they're really good and wnt run more than $50-$60 including tax I've had mine 2 years and it works great and they get up to 450 degrees I think but 350 gets the job done

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