Hey everyone! Most of us use a blow dryer, hair straightner and/or curling iron every single day. There are so many different brands and models of straightners on the market. I’m going to give you a review of the straightner I use and review some popular brands on the market. In my 24 years, I have had every brand from Chi to Revlon! I’m hoping this blog helps anyone who is looking to buy a new straightner.
First things first…
Before I go into product reviews, I’d like to share a little information on proper temperature settings and use of flat irons. I don’t know how many times I have caught my friends and family using their hot tools on settings that are WAY to hot for their hair type. Heat is hard on anyone’s hair, so it’s important you know the proper temperature to set you tool to for everyday use.
DO use this chart as a guideline for finding your perfect flat iron and heat setting!
DON’T use the highest heat setting on your tool because you can!
Also, you know those wet to dry flat irons? Worst thing ever. The steam it creates is often too hot and will damage your hair. They are never a good idea.
I currently use the Tool Science Professional Digital Nano –Silver Styling Iron. I have had my flat iron for about 3 years now. I like it because it has multiple heat settings and does not snag my hair. I have used this flat iron to curl my hair as well. My only complaint is that the red paint is chipping off but that does not effect how the product works! I highly recommend this iron. I purchased it at Sally’s Beauty for $60.
CHI makes some amazing tools! I currently own one but do not use it. My only complaint is that the CHI’s tend to get really hot. The temperature settings on the model I have are not very versatile. CHI has other models that do have more temperature options. CHI is probably one of the more popular brands of irons. While reading the reviews on CHI irons I noticed the most common complaint was limited settings. If you do not have thick coarse hair or hair that is easily damaged, I would not recommend a CHI iron. CHI’s can be on the more expensive side as well. You can expect to spend anywhere from $100 to $300.
BabyBliss is another great brand of irons. I had one when I was younger and it lasted me years. I finally had to get rid of it because it broke (I was hard on it). BabyBliss irons are just as expensive as CHI’s irons, but online they have better reviews. The most common thing I’ve seen is that the irons are too bulky and heavy. This is something you may want to keep in mind if it takes you a long time to completely straighten your hair. It only takes me about ten minutes so the bulk didn’t bother me. I would honestly choose a BabyBliss over a CHI, but if you need extremely high heat settings a CHI would be a better choice.
Hot Tools is a wonderful brand! I love this brand because it is super affordable and still feels like a professional tool. They offer a wide variety of iron sizes and models with different heat settings. Their reviews online were very good with few complaints. This is a brand that offers a good product for a fair price. Most of their irons are about $30 to $100.