|From Left to Right: CHI, TS Titan, ISO International Turbo Silk, Remington Wet to Dry, MAXIUS Maxiglide, Maxiglide Mini|
I think most of my readers know that I don't like my curly, wavy hair. I really don't know what to do with those curls. It is hard to tame and it gets frizzy fast. Besides, as an Asian girl, I prefer a silky, smooth and super straight hair because that's the "ideal beauty" according to by my mother, grandmother, great grandmother and society. I was brain-washed. ;) Due to my obsession with straight hair, I bought all kind of hair products and beauty tools. I also have had Brazilian Blowout and Japanese Rebonding which can be super expensive. I can only do that kind of treatment once a year since it can be pretty damaging to your hair. Flat irons can cost between $50 to $300, depending on a brand, plate material, plate size, and temperature. I have a thick hair so I need a flat iron that has a temperature between 380° - 410°. I have bought a lot of flat irons that do not work well with my type of hair, and I feel like I wasted a lot of money. Some of them I have already trashed, and I have only these (see above picture) left. I hope this review will help some of you.
ORIGINAL CHI by Farouk:
By far the best flat iron I have used. It lasted for about 7 years, can you imagine that?! I bought it in 2002 and it just died on my last year. The temperature is about 356 degrees fahrenheit, and it has a swivel cord. The plate is ceramic, which won't damage your hair. The price is $99 and up, depending on the stores. I really need a replacement for this, so I have checked around and found that Apothica is having a sale for $69.00. Check out their sales items, up to 70% off and a free shipping for purchase over $49.00. They also have Stila, The Balm, M.D. Formulation, Laura Geller, Clinique, Clarins, Murad, Napoleon Perdis, Vincent Logo, Essie, all on sales. Here is the print screen of CHI flat irons:
TS Titan Mini Flat Iron:
Why do I need a mini flat iron? Well, I used to have full bangs and I needed something small that can help styling and smoothing out my bangs the way I wanted to. This little thing did a wonderful job! It's still working just fine.
ISO International Turbo Silk:
I bought this flat iron at the mall to replace my CHI. It worked well for a month or so. It gave me the straightest hair and it heated up fast. Now, it takes forever to heat up, and won't smooth the freeze and curls as much. It just gives me a nice wavy hair. It was a waste of money really. The sales person "gave" me the discount of 50% and I paid $99 for the iron. I felt the pressure because she said "the sale is only today. The original price is $199". Ha!Ha! I fell for it! Especially after she did a demonstration. By the way, if you do a research online, you will find that this brand does not cost over $99. Oh well.
Remington Wet to Dry:
I like the idea to skip the blow dryer all together in my hair routine, but seriously after a while, my hair looked damage. It works yes, but I will only do it when I really don't have time to spend on my hair. Don't ever use this kind of flat iron on everyday basis.
I don't know how to even begin. I was fooled by a great infomercial. There! This flat iron is supposedly helping to tame the frizz and keep the hair smooth and straight for days! MAXIUS's selling points are: innovative ceramic detangling pins detangle, smooth and straighten hair all in one steps; and its patented steamburst technology penetrate the hair's cortex which hydrate and condition the hair especially dry ends. So what you do is filling up the steamburst pod with water and while you flat iron your hair, you just press the steamburst button to let the steam comes out. Sounds good, eh? Well, it doesn't work for me. First, the detangling pin doesn't detangle my hair and the plate is not ceramic. Maybe it was coated with ceramic, but the whole thing inside is metal. I broke one of the plates and that's how I found out. Also, it burnt my hair. The steamburst technology? Nah. Doesn't work. I spent $109.95 for the whole kit which includes that Maxiglide Mini. Money "worth spent". So after this incident, I don't pay attention to any infomercial anymore.
Forget it. It comes FREE with the MAXIUS Maxiglide kit, and doesn't even straighten my hair, even an inch! That's how bad it is.
Well that's it. Quite a rant. :)
Have a great Sunday everyone!