Post # 1
I’m just curious if any Bees have the CHI Flat Iron? I have a flat iron that I use probably 4x a week and I’ve had it for a couple years now. There’s nothing wrong with it but it’s getting old and I was thinking about replacing it.
I’ve heard RAVES about the CHI but was curious if any one actually owned one that could give me some real feedback.
Plus, if it’s better for my hair, health-wise, then it might be a good investment.
My hair is pretty thick and wavy so if it cut down on time too, that’d be a great bonus!
Post # 3
I LOVE my Chi. I’ve be using a Chi for the past 8 years. I think I’m on my third Chi (but I use it every day and travel with it). After booking our honeymoon, I imediately started researching votages and wattages to make sure I could bring my Chi with out damaging it.
After using the Chi you will never go back to a cheap flat iron.
Post # 4
@texasmeredith – do you find it damages your hair less? I straighten my hair every day, and fried ends have been a huge problem for me.
Post # 5
jgibso27, I LOVE my Chi!!! I bought my first CHI about six years ago and have only had to replace it once. It lasts well as long as you’re careful with the cord (not winding it tighting, not jerking it, etc) and of course, don’t drop it.
I’ve been with friends while they are getting ready and are using their flat irons (non-CHIs) and sometimes it seems like they are practically scorching their hair with to get it straight. I’ve never had an issue with mine damaging my hair — the ceramic is intended to prevent hair from scorching and reduce styling product buildup. I use it with Tressemme heat defense products.
My CHI just works so well; it makes my hair straight, smooth and shiny. I don’t know if I could ever use another flat iron after having my CHI for so long!
I don’t know if you have a JcPenney by you, but the JcP salon often runs ads with coupons for $$ off their CHI irons.
Post # 6
@lilyfaith – I don’t straighten my hair every day, but like I said, I’ve never had a problem with damaged ends from my CHI.
Post # 7
Thanks Bees! Amazon has them for $75, which seems reasonable. Is the 1″ the standard size? The one I use now is probably 1.5 or 2″ wide and I like it.
Post # 8
I’ve been using the CHI for about 3 years now and I couldn’t live without it!! I straighten my hair every day. There is some damage but I think that’s mostly user error.
The biggest thing to remember is to put some sort of heat protectant on your hair before you dry or straighten it. CHI has it’s own brand of syrum that’s pretty good. It’s not greasy or even feels like you have product in your hair. THat’s a big selling point for me because I HATE feeling like I have stuff in my hair.
It’s totally worth the investment to me. I’ve had 2 and there’s something I noticed. The black CHI seemed to be better and more gentle on my hair than the colored plastic ones. For some reason, I feel like the plastic one pulls at my hair a little bit. That could just be me, though.
Post # 9
I don’t have a Chi (because I have pretty fine hair and can pretty much make do with whatever straightener) but I always go for the 1″ because I can also curl my hair with it! A wider one might make for faster straightening though, not really sure.
Post # 10
I have 2 2″ chis. I tried a cheaper flat iron, but it really doesn’t work nearly as well. I’m not sure why.
Of course they’re great for our local econcomy here in Houston (even though the owner didn’t win the democratic primary for govenor).
Post # 11
The CHI is simply the best flat iron out there, in my opinion. I got oe four years ago as a gift, and I can’t use any other irons after this one.
It makes your hair so much smoother than other irons, and you only need a few strokes of each section to flatten it. It’s just amazing. I have super, super thick hair, and it used to be really long, so with a regular iron, it would take me FOREVER to straighten it. Now? Not so much. It’s probably twice or three times as fast.
TOTALLY worth the investment (do the CHI people want to pay me for my endorsements??).
Post # 12
I have the CHI and STRAIGHTEN my hair EVERYDAY. =]
I love it & even though I am my own worst critic and am NEVER happy with my hair.. I would never trade my CHI. I have been using it for 10 years (im 24!) & always has been about every day!
I have super thick HISPANIC hair that I cant do ANYTHING with except for straighten it with the CHI!
and ive gotten the “your hair is always perfectly straight” more than once.
Post # 13
I suggest checking out http://www.folica.com — user reviews, discounts on styling tools, etc. I got a Solia flatiron and blowdryer and I love them both.
Post # 14
I LOVE LOVE LOVE my CHI!!! It is fabulous!!! The only thing I do not like is that they tend to go a little hay wire after about a year or two. I am on my third or fourth one 🙁 You can send them in to get fixed for about $30 though. I have heard that the CHI people intentionally do this, so you are sorta backed into a new one. 🙁 Unfortunately I am addicted!
It does do an AMAZING job at keeping my hair straight though. Even in extreme humidity, where normally I would look like the lion king!
Post # 15
Ive had my current CHI for 4 years using it everyday. In the past I did have many that only lasted 1 -1.5 years.. I noticed it makes a difference if you take extra good care of it (put it back in the box, neatly fold the electrical cord).
Post # 16
I skipped the chi and went for the hai which is less but pretty much the same. It’s awesome! My hair is not thick in that there’s a ton of it but the strands themselves are very thick and if there’s a tiny amount of moisture in the air it frizzes back up if I styler it. The Hai keeps it straight pretty much during anything even when it’s raining outside, I’ve gone out without an umbrella when it’s been slightly misting and it still stays straight. Any heat process you put on your hair is going to cause damage so you have to moisturize after. Olive oil is a brilliant trick (if Marylin Monroe could use it so can I) just make sure you have nothing to do because it doesn’t look pretty. Also never ever use it on wet hair or even slightly damp hair, make sure your hair is totally dry. If you see steam that’s a bad sign. The moisture in the hair boils and causes much more damage than jus the heating element alone.