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curlypearl 10-08-2012 08:53 PM

What's the least damaging flat iron?
I've never flat ironed my hair and I usually wear it curly, but i just don't have time to re-wet it every day which I have to do if I wear it curly. So in fall/winter I usually do a roller set. It looks kind of old fashioned and I was wondering about buying a flat iron.

What is your recommendation for the least damaging flat iron? Also, I need one fairly easy to use since I'm afraid of burning myself (on the klutzy side LOL).

Thanks for any input! (I'm 3a by the way and I don't think I need an extremely hot flat iron).

Johari 10-08-2012 09:03 PM

Use the lowest heat setting to get the results you want and use a heat protectant if it doesn't weigh your hair down too much.

curlypearl 10-09-2012 05:07 AM

Thanks Johari! I wasn't even really sure that the flat irons came with different settings. I sort of assumed that, but I'm really a "virgin" when it comes to that sort of appliance.

Good advice! Is there a drugstore brand you recommend?

xocandii 10-09-2012 12:43 PM

Hi curlypearl! I wouldn't recommend drugstore flat irons just because those are the ones that are damaging to your hair. Ones that are tourmaline or titanium are usually good. A brand I was looking into but haven't tried is the ghd brand. Those are suppose to be really good, just have to watch out for fake ones. That's most likely going to be the next one I purchase though. I had a chi, a lot of people tend to like it, however, for me personally, I felt as though my hair was poofy after using it. I also had a Babyliss (nano titanium) which only runs for about $40 on eBay. I received compliments with that one, however, it broke after 7 months, and I just sent it back to the company today for the warranty. So, for something with good results and price, I'd recommend the Babyliss out of my experience.

As for heat protectant, a good drugstore brand I use is Tresemme Heat Tamer Spray. It's efficient and cheap! Another product you should look into is Chi Silk Infusion, if you buy this item from the store it is really pricey. I'd recommend getting the 12 oz off of ebay for $25. It can last you to over 9 months depending on how much your going to straighten your hair! You can also try out the 2 oz for under $10. It leaves your hair silky and smooth.

Also, just a few tips when straightening your hair: -Go through a strand of hair with the flat iron fast instead of slow, if you have to just go over the same strands a few times- it's less damaging that way. -Never straighten hair when wet! -Remember to section hair before flat ironing.

Hope I helped!! :)

claudine19 10-09-2012 05:20 PM


Is this going to lead to another "I ruined my hair with too much heat" next spring?

Just asking is all.


curlypearl 10-09-2012 06:35 PM

Xocandii, Thanks so much for taking all that time and giving me so much detail!. :love6: I really appreciate that. If I decide to go for it, I'll follow all of your suggestions. To flat iron or not to flat iron....:dontknow:

Claudine you dearie, I'm wavering. Winter blows my curls all to bits. I'm so glad for your post. I've done horrible things on impulse in my life - you can't imagine! So I need to step back and thiinnkkk. You get one of these too :love6:

CurlyMJ 10-09-2012 07:15 PM

A second rec for ghd. I've had mine for 4 years and love it. Before that I too had a chi but didn't like it much. I became CG this summer and haven't touched my flat iron since but before that I was a flat iron junkie! I've bought over 20 flat irons and only stopped after I bought the ghd because it really is that awesome!
The new ones might be different but just FYI, mine doesn't have different heat settings.

Watch out for fakes - I bought one on eBa and it turned out to be fake. I know only because my sister-in-law had one that's original from London and I compared it to that and the one I bought on eBay was fake. So when I was visiting London I bought mine from there.

curlypearl 10-09-2012 08:08 PM

Thanks for chiming in, CurlyMJ. I appreciate your input. I want to be like you actually, and wear my hair curly all the time, but I'm so frustrated now.

I did a roller set, so it will look fairly neat but crappy and old fashioned for several days. if I let it curl it looks great on day 1 and a disaster afterward.

I think I need a new head. :scratch: That would solve a lot of my problems.

xocandii 10-11-2012 12:17 PM

Your welcome! but yeah, just be careful because I never wear my hair curly anymore and now after 4 years of constantly straightening it it doesn't curl like it used too. That may also because I dye it too. But, thanks for your input on the ghd! The reason that I say eBay is because everything is cheaper on there, lol. I'll make sure though to be cautious of the fakes. This one seller I'm looking at has sold many in the past with a 100% rating.

claudine19 10-11-2012 12:22 PM

How about some of those new dry shampoos, and/or the damp washcloth method?

I find that the longer I grow my waves, the less likely they are to act up.

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