My flat irons


Posted in Answers, News, Products on September 14th, 2010 by Reagan

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Lots of you have been asking about flat irons lately, and for Pete’s sake you’ve waited long enough! I own 3 different flat irons, and I have to say they’re all quite different! Here is what I have to say about flat irons, and their many talents.

The T3 is what I’ve been using the longest. I have the exact one pictured. It’s a nice smooth iron, doesn’t snag -which is extremely important to me- and it has lasted me a really long time. It is a great size for the flat iron waves, it’s overall a great little iron. BONUS: it is much much cheaper than it was a bunch of years ago when I bought mine. woohoo!

The funny thing about the Herstyler, is that I bought it from a peddler! She just walked into my salon, sold it to me for 40 bucks and walked out of my life forever. It was a total impulse buy and the only reason I did buy it, was because she let me try it out first, and I figured it would be convenient to own two flat irons in case I needed a back up in a jam. (this is the most important thing in the world with blow dryers, you never know when you are going to burn your motor right out, what the crap do you do then?). At first I just loved being able to have an iron at home and one at the salon, but I actually learned quickly that I like this iron better than my T3. It is kind of a CHI knock-off, but it is a great one…and very inexpensive. This is my preferred flat iron for doing waves, and I used this one in this video. I bought it two years ago, so I’d say it was well worth that measly 40 bucks, eh?

I recently bought the Babyliss because of the Keratin treatment needing to be sealed in with a 450 degree iron. Most irons hover around 410, so I had to buy one special for this treatment. I strongly advise against using this high of a temperature just for every day flat ironing, it is much too hot, but this actually is a great little flat iron. It is extremely skinny, which I’ve loved when using on my clients with ethnic hair. You can get so close to the root. It’s great! The plates on this iron are also very long, so I can take very wide sections cutting down on time. Making waves with this iron is a little trickier since it is so thin, because it can leave a kink when twisting. Also, it has an on/off button rather than a switch, which is a little annoying, but considering it heats up almost instantly, it’s not a big deal if I accidentally bump it and turn it off mid-use. BONUS: this is also less money than I paid. But that’s only a bonus for you!

Here’s the deal. I love all of these flat irons. I do. It’s true. But I’m a hairstylist and I’m totally allowed to have three flat irons, that’s the cool thing about my job.

So, since maybe you aren’t allowed to have 20 flat irons, the number one flat iron I would suggest to you is a CHI. Or a Herstyler if you aren’t trying to be spendy. The CHI (and it’s knock off herstyler) is so smooth and luxurious, and above all, it really is all around great for all types of hair and ironing.  I love it for flat iron waves. I think it’s a worthy investment, but again, I’m very happy with my Herstyler too.

Do you use any of these flat irons?



19 Responses to “My flat irons”

  1. Laura Says:

    I use the paul mitchell and love love it.

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  2. Lacey Says:

    I use the Sedu and had the Solia in the past, but, I’m trying really hard to be like you and step away from the flat iron every single morning and just go with the waves! But, until I figure out just how to tame my waves a bit, I think I’ll be sticking with the Sedu for now. I do love him so. :)

    Glad to have your suggestions though in case my Sedu decides to poop out on me!

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  3. pedaling Says:

    use the CHI all the time. Love It!

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  4. kati Says:

    i have a CHI. love it. but i wouldn’t mind having 20 different ones myself. :)

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  5. Allison Says:

    HERSTYLER BABY!!!! Bought it almost 2 years ago as well and still works the same as the first day I bought it. So glad it was a cheap-o too!!

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  6. Camille Says:

    I’m getting one for my birthday (coming up in a week!) but I was refusing to buy one until I got your specific advice on which to purchase. Thank you so much!

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  7. Kiki Says:

    I have had my CHI for more than five years and it still works great! I bought it at Ulta with my 20% off coupon. I got the 1/2 inch size, it was less expensive. Totally worth the money.

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  8. Leslie Says:

    I love the CHI….but do not I repeat do not buy the colored CHI. LIke the pink or red. They snag your hair like crazy. I hate that! Go for the good old fashioned black

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  9. Andrea Says:

    I have a bio ionic one pass and it’s the best! My hair has never felt silkier.

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  10. Tiffany Says:

    Since I’m a hairdresser too I have a few to chose from! I have gone through 2 chi’s so I don’t really recommend them because they don’t seem to hold up for more than a couple years. I have the babybliss as well and a bio ionic that I love!

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  11. Meredith Says:

    I have a Hair Art. My husband bought it for me for Christmas one year when I said I wanted a CHI. He did some research and read some forums and it got great reviews and cost about $15 less so that sealed the deal for him! I have never used a CHI myself before – only my stylist – so I didn’t have anything to compare it to. It has beveled edges and heats quickly and does the job. I use it for me and my older daughters all the time – to straighten, flip, turn under, and do waves/curls. Just straightened my 2 year old’s ringlets for kicks! (turned the heat down – it didn’t need a lot.) I have been extremely happy with it.

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  12. cm Says:

    what do you recommend to put on your hair BEFORE using the flat iron??

    I ask, sadly, because it seems like I have burned my hair whenever I have gone through extended periods of flat-ironing!!! my bangs break off!!!!! do you use some kind of protector?

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  13. Reagan Says:

    Tiffany,
    I have heard that a lot of stylists who use chi have had to replace every few years. Sometimes I wonder if it’s because our tools get used so much more than non-stylists? I don’t use my flat irons too much, but I seem to replace my blow dryer about every year and a half.

    CM,
    I would put in a leave in conditioner after your hair is toweled off.

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  17. CheckieEdward Says:

    Included in the GHD Ireland Collection is their featured product, the Gold Classic Styler. It’s easy to handle the styler because of the unique sleek design. It boasts smooth, contoured plates that run easily through the hair. The result is instantly shiny, smooth, healthier looking hair. Use the rounded barrel to create perfect curls and smooth waves. The body of the Gold Classic Styler keeps your fingers cool while styling because of the improved outer construction. The styler has safety features such as automatic shut off after thirty minutes and the pouch for the styler has a heat resistant mat that protects surfaces from high heat. It looks great on a dressing table with its onyx black color and slick golden plates.

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  18. CheckieEdward Says:

    Included in the GHD Straighteners Collection is their featured product, the Gold Classic Styler. It’s easy to handle the styler because of the unique sleek design. It boasts smooth, contoured plates that run easily through the hair. The result is instantly shiny, smooth, healthier looking hair. Use the rounded barrel to create perfect curls and smooth waves. The body of the Gold Classic Styler keeps your fingers cool while styling because of the improved outer construction. The styler has safety features such as automatic shut off after thirty minutes and the pouch for the styler has a heat resistant mat that protects surfaces from high heat. It looks great on a dressing table with its onyx black color and slick golden plates.

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  19. Karol Says:

    Are you still using these hair straighteners. It’s quite long time for your posts. I think you replaced them all

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