Post # 1
So this morning, while I was getting ready for work, I turned on my flat iron like normal. I mostly wear my hair curly these days (natural curl/waves), but I touch up the front part that’s around my face with my flat iron every day.
I started to use my flat iron like normal, when I noticed a strange smell. Concerned, I went to flip its switch to “Off,” and the switch had started to melt — my flat iron was melting from the inside!
Needless to say, I’m trashing it. Not that I could even turn it on again if I tried with the switch all melted, haha! It was a Chi, and I’ve had it since 2006, so it was its time to die, I think. I just never thought it would die from melting!
I’m going to eventually get another Chi (probably), but for now, because I don’t fully straighten my hair much, I want one of those mini or travel-size flat irons to use for touch-ups. Does anyone have recommendations for brands or specific mini models of flat irons?
Also, as I’ve had my Chi since 2006, I’ve not paid much attention to the new flat irons out there. Are there any others I should consider when I decide to replace my full-size flat iron? I need something pretty heavy-duty — my hair is thick and naturally curly/wavy. Thanks ladies!
Post # 3
I’m trying to look on Amazon, but there are so many choices!
Post # 4
@Gemstone: boo! that sucks!
I’ve never used a mini flat iron. I have semi thick hair and I use the Chi turbo and I love it!
Post # 5
Thanks for the tip! I may look into the Chi Turbo when I replace my full-size one. Where did you buy yours? In a store/salon or online?
Post # 6
This is a really good place to look for flat irons:
They have TONS of user reviews and you could see which one is best for you!
Post # 7
I’ve never used a mini flat iron. I just got a new one last week and it’s amazing though (: It makes my hair so glossy and straightens really quickly (I have thick wavy/curlyish hair). There are a lot of YouTube reviews comparing it with the Chi and most people say they’re essentially the same. This is the one I got:
Post # 8
I didn’t know a flat iron could melt… Mine is about as old as yours, I hope it doesn’t melt!
Post # 10
(: That’s the list I used to help me pick a flat iron last week! The reviews are really helpful and sometimes they have promo codes to save you money on their ‘Best of’ winners.
Post # 11
OMG I’m glad it didn’t burn your hair off with it!! The only flat iron that I have ever loved was the Corioliss. I had it for years until I sadly dropped it on the bathroom floor and the ceramic plating smashed into pieces. May it rest in peace….
Post # 12
Thanks for the links and for sharing your experiences! Sounds like Folica is the place to look! I was just hanging around Amazon because my husband has a Prime account with free two-day shipping. 😉
Haha, I didn’t know they could melt either! It didn’t really pose a safety risk because I noticed it right away, plus the strange scent kinda tips you off that something is amiss.
I have the worst luck with styling tools. Years ago, I had a hair dryer catch on fire!
Post # 13
Great, thanks! There’s an Ulta near me. 🙂
saving money? Sounds great!!!
Oh wow, thanks for the recommendation! I will definitely look into that one. That sounds like a decent price. And yeah, I’m glad nothing else, like my hair or hand, got damaged. Nutso!
Post # 14
@Gemstone: Make sure it’s cool before you trash it! lol I use to have a Chi and the old models did work good, but now they suck! I spent $99 on one at Costco and they are very cheaply made. I love my hair and take good care of it, so I am picky on what I use. You may not believe it, but I found a GREAT hair straightener and it’s only like $30 online. My best friend uses it and I tried it and loved it so I bought one and bought one for my sister. It’s a remington. It goes up to 410*, turns off automatically after 1 hour, and has a lock/unlock switch to open and close. I looked up a coupon code and literally tax and shipping, paid $25.40. I couldn’t believe it, especially since I’m use to spending $200 for my straighteners.
Sorry that was so long.
Post # 15
If you buy from Trade Secret, they actually have a lifetime warranty on some straighteners, so you could just replace it if it happens again, for free!
I am pretty loyal to my CHI, but my stylist recommends BaByliss straighteners. I will probably purchase one of those when/if my CHI gives out. It’s going on 4 years now, so it is inevitable 🙂
Post # 16
Oh, don’t worry! I have one of those heat protection pouches that I stashed it in before I left the house The Remington model that you mentioned sounds great — I occasionally leave my flat iron on longer than intended, so the automatic shut-off would be really helpful, and that’s a fantastic price! Thank you so much for the link!