Farouk CHI GF1001 original 1" ceramic ionic flat iron hair straightener, CHI - ceramic hairstyling iron is the #1 selling Iron in the professional beauty industry today. This iron will curl, bend, flip, spiral and even straighten hair.
· Straighten, curl, flip, style
· Versatile "all in one" ergonomic design
· Flash quick heating. Swivel cord
· Create silky shiny hair instantly
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Reviewed by Joanna Daneman (Middletown, DE USA)
Flat is where it's at
When I was a kid, I used to iron my long hair before school. This was a fashion in the Sixties and my hair, though fine, tended to frizz or go wild in our humid climate. Now, fast-forward to today and my hair is getting grey. I actually like my grey hair, but...no one told me grey hair would be different in texture than my formerly raven locks. It's Frizzy. Wild. I look around at other women my age and they have hair that looks wild, too. I am not alone in this, apparently. So, I searched for a cure for my bad hair day (week, month, year...)
I bought a CHI flat ceramic iron, with some trepidation. They aren't cheap. Wow, I had to pay over $100 and this at a discount online website. I didn't want to buy a cheap tool; figuring that poor service life or poor performance would be a bad investment. Plus, I could always ebay the item if I was ultimately not enchanted.
How it works: The iron is rather heavy, has two flat tongs lined with a ceramic plate on each tong's inner surface. The unit stays open until you close it across a lock of hair. It plugs into the wall, heats up in about half a minute and gets quite warm, well, hot even. I prop mine on a towel to prevent burning the resin vanity surface. The iron is about one inch wide, slightly curved inside.
Unlike a curling iron made of metal, the ceramic surface straightens and somehow reduces static. And the smoothness, the glass-like surface slides across the hair, contacting each hair to make a shiny smooth finish.
How to Use: Turn on iron, let heat up. Now, take a comb and pull out a lock of hair and as you comb, run the iron behind it down the entire length of the hair. Try to get as close to the scalp as you can. Repeat this all over your head. If your hair is bushy, use hairdresser clips to section off the hair that's not being styled at the moment. This really helps.
You should use a heat-protective serum or spray, as the heat is rather warm and can damage hair. There are a number on the market that is aimed at high-temperature hair styling.
Results: This is not the easiest technique to use on oneself. I am not so great with hairdryers either, so it's a bit clumsy for me to comb and iron, but when done, my hair is smooth and frizz free and it lasts all day. The frizziest hair (on my temples) is the hardest to smooth out, but it does work.
Supposedly, if you are really good at this, you can turn the iron and use it like a curling iron. I have had no luck with this technique.
Durability: The iron looks as if it should be protected between uses. Mine came with a drawstring bag. If you drop it, I think it would be all over. So I am careful to stow it in a drawer afterwards. (After it cools) Putting hair product on can gum up the plates; there is a specific cleaner for ceramic irons on the market if you find after some time your iron plates are sticky. This would really negatively impact how smoothly the iron slides. So keep it clean.
Summary: While in winter, I have no trouble, in summer, my hair frizzes like mad with the humidity. Even sleeping on a satin pillowcase is not enough to banish the frizz. This iron keeps my hair smooth and shiny. It isn't as easy to use as a hairdryer, but the results are worth it.
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