Which flat iron/straightener is best?

Hey ladies,

 

I'm looking to buy a new flat iron/straightener. My hair is thick, wavy, and frizzy. I straighten my hair every day (I use a heat protector, no worries!) and I've previously only used a Chi, but all the ones I've had have broken or don't help me get the silky straightness I get when I go to the salon. Suggestions?

 

Thanks!

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I got my Chi for maybe $50 including the shipping, probably due to it being the previous year model and a "breast cancer awareness pink" edition. It's light weight and heats quickly, the only thing I wish it had is a multi-setting temperature control.

 

All in all it does what I need and quite well....as long as I don't drop it on my leg or trip on the really really long cord.

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There are may good flat irons out there.  I have the same type of hair as you do.  I have had my CHI flat iron for over 10+ years and only problem with it is that it turns off and on when it feels like and I cant turn the switch off because it's just stuck on "ON".  But it still works...

 

I use Tresemme Heat Protectant, along with this argan oil spray which works really well when I straighten it giving my hair shine throughout.  I have tried Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Treatment and it works great  for frizz and shine.  I have a bottle similar to that but its from the states. But still works as great as that one.

 

Another great product I am actually using right now is OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Weighless Healing Dry Oil.  There are other ones in that same brand you just need to read the bottle of what you want.  And I apply that before blow drying and once I straighten it works so good for frizz.

 

But, if you use certain products to suit your hair type, it will work great with your flat iron.

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My hair is crazy thick and frizzy so I have to straighten it to tame it.  I previously had a T3 that lasted me about 3-4 years.  When it finally died on me I thought I should try a cheaper option so I got a Conair one and it is AMAZING.  I will never pay more for a straightener ever again.  I was shocked that a straightener costing around $30 could do a way better job than the $300 one.

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Don't get Nume! I followed all the Youtubers and purchased it and it could not straighten my hair. No matter how little of it I took (I have thick wavy frizzy hair).  

 

My $19 straightener from TJ Maxx works way better. 

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I've actually been using a Sephora brand straightener for years. It's just as good as the really pricy ones but way less money. You should definitely look into them.

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I've been using TS-2 Millennium Professional Flat Iron and absolutely love it.  I didn't expect to since I'd never heard of the brand and while it wasn't the cheapest one I'd tried it also wasn't the most expensive one either.  I actually find it a lot more comfortable to hold (I have a thick head of hair so this is key) and easier to use than all the other ones I've tried, Chi included.  I use with my Davines Oi serum & Davines This is a Relaxing Moisturizing Fluid and my hair feels quite silky afterwards.  (And like you, my hair is also thick, wavy, and frizzy.) One thing I love about this iron is the way the tip of the iron is, it makes it easier to get all the way to the root.

 

Also, do you make sure your hair is COMPETELY dry before straightening?  I'm sure you do, but I've found the days I get lazy and don't my hair never feels and looks as good as when I do.

 

That said, I also had a T3 rep once use their straightener on me (Singlepass Professional) and I thought it also did a nice job.  I also have the Ghd Limited Edition Pastel Collection Classic Flat Iron Styler, Periwinkle, 1 Inch coming in the mail this week (It was a gift, otherwise I'd stick with the TS-2 as I've been quite happy). so I'm curious to see how it compares.

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My hair isnt very thick but it is wavy and does frizz up often.  For years I swore by an Ion straightener that I would purchase from Sallys every few years.  When the latest died I wanted to try something new and couldnt decide so I went with a $30 Remmington ceramic straightener from Ulta until I did more research on the next one.  It does just as good a job as my $100 ion straightener did.  My hair is long and I can straighten it in 10-15 minutes when I take my time.  

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karmin4.jpgBest flat iron I have ever used is the Karmin and as a professional hairstylist I have used many brands!

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I would like to state that I have not bought or used any of the irons sold by Sephora. They may be fabulous for all I know! Now, I have bought a variety of irons from other brands through the years. The most expensive being a PYT flat iron at $239.00. It was okay, does what it says, but doesn't perform any better than less expensive brands. What PYT does right is use solid ceramic plates... rather than ceramic coated metal plates. If you use a flat iron frequently, ceramic coats wear off and damage hair. What PYT does wrong create a sharp edge on their plates to scrape over hair, thus creating some damage?! The cheapest would have been you're typical Walmart/Walgreens $19.99 type jobs. Really not the best for even heat and damage protection. The best iron was a Jibere deep curve smoothing iron from Salley's. It was around $40.00. It created volume from the root, and smoothed the length, while creating shape in a single sweep. I used it to death, and can't find another! If you're interested, I hope you can! LoL The irons I'm thinking of trying next are Solia and Sedu.

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What ever kind of flat iron that you buy make sure it has a ceramic plate they are best for your hair.

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I have the T3 Manetamer. I love it.

 

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I've had my GHB for five years and its still going strong.  It gets super hot, like 400 ish degrees.

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GHD 2" is my fave.  it's great for my fine curly hair, but the best for my daughters' thick curly hair. 

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I actually just got a coolway iron- it straightens my hair at 270 degrees and does an amazing job. Since the heat is so low it stays shiny and healthy looking. I love it!

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I love my ghd and I have fine curly hair. Like above, it is pricey, but oh so good. 

 

 

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Thanks for all the suggestions guys! I've got a lot of research to do now! Just another question, how do y'all feel about ghd? I've heard good reviews, but not from people with my hair type.

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Being that i'm a Hairstylist, I've usd the Babyliss on All different types of hair, from thin to super thick, Frizzy, and Super curly. All of my Friends who are Stylist also prefer to use the Babyliss. I haven't met too many people who don't like it. And the ones who don't like it, have different styles than the Ultra Thin one inch. And i'm not a fan of the other styles.

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Hi, I'm a Hair Stylist so i have some experience with different flat irons. I used the Chi for awhile on myself till i came across the Babyliss. It's my Absolute Favorite. So many things i love about it compared to many others. It isn't sold in Sephora though. Its around $100-$129 and i've had mine forever. The one i have the the Ultra thin, It's about once inch in width so it's awesome for curling hair also. You can make curls tight or really loose. And the legnth of the plates are longer than normal so i can get more hair done faster. And you control the temp. which is a must. Not everyones hair can handle the same temp. But don't turn it on too high. I think Ulta might sell it. I tried it once and i'm hooked. It works on all the clients ive used it on and i love it for my hair. I have extremely frizzy hair with alittle wave. I spend maybe 7 minutes straightening my hair. And it's Long. So you might want to look into it. 

 

The Paul Mitchell Flat iron is nice as well, But after having the Babyliss i love the longer plates. I couldn't get used to another flat iron. But that might work for you. 

Try to always get one that you control the temp. 

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Loooove my Babybliss straightener. I've had for for 8 years, and it's STILL going strong. I feel like I need to replace it just because I've had it for so long, but it's still in fantastic condition.

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I've heard wonderful things about babyliss too, though I've never used it.

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