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Straightner?

Okay, so my new hair cut kind of requires a straightner.  I know a lot of you swear by Chi's but I'd like to hear all opinions.

Bill said that he really liked the way my hair looked last night and I told him it only looked that good thanks to an expensive straightner and a lot of expensive product.  He then asked me if I wanted a new straightner (I have a $15 Target special).  So, I guess I'm going to try to take him up on it.  TIA--I have to run out for a while but I look forward to any information and discussion.  

PS:  I do have a 20% off my entire purchase to Ulta so I'd like to be able to get whatever it is there.

Re: Straightner?

  • I have had a Hot Tools ceramic straightener that I got at Ulta for $70 for literally years.  I can't even remember when I got it, it has been so long.  And I've dropped it a million times.  It gets hot, hot, hot.

    That being said, I do recommend that you invest in a good one.  Nothing damages your hair faster, take it from someone who knows.

  • I have a Chi.  I have had it since my senior year of college and it is still going strong, but I only use it about once a week. 

    I ordered a new hair dryer from Folica (thank you Tiffany!) a few weeks ago and I got a Sedu straightener for free.  I haven't used it yet so I can't really rec it, but my best friend has a Sedu hair dryer and swears by it.  Just thought it could be another brand for you to think about/check out.

  • I can't remember the brand of my straightener, but I just wanted to echo PP about taking good care of your hair if you are going to use a straightener.  I use one every day.  So, I also use "it's a 10" spray-in conditioner.  I use that every time I wash my hair.  They also make a hair mask to use weekly.  I'm about to add that to my routine.
  • You've seen my crazy hair. I use Hot Tools as well. The Chi is nice, but my friends who have bought them recently have to replace them in a year or so. I've had my Hot Tools for years like Stephanie. I use it regularly and it hasn't had issues. I just recently actually bought my sister a replacement for hers which is 5 years old. Still works, but not as well as she would want for her really frizzy hair

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    I can't remember the brand of my straightener, but I just wanted to echo PP about taking good care of your hair if you are going to use a straightener.  I use one every day.  So, I also use "it's a 10" spray-in conditioner.  I use that every time I wash my hair.  They also make a hair mask to use weekly.  I'm about to add that to my routine.

    I have started using "It's a 10" leave in conditioner.  I really like it, but it is making it hard for me to wash my hair every other day because it kind of makes my hair greasy.  Any suggestions?  Maybe I am spraying too much?

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    I have started using "It's a 10" leave in conditioner.  I really like it, but it is making it hard for me to wash my hair every other day because it kind of makes my hair greasy.  Any suggestions?  Maybe I am spraying too much?

    Oh bummer.  Do you just spray your ends?  I divide my hair in two halves, I spray each side of the half once, so a total of four sprays and I only spray  the ends, not close to the roots.  Then I comb through all my hair, which in my mind is 'spreading it'. 

  • image serlace:
    image saramc27:

    I have started using "It's a 10" leave in conditioner.  I really like it, but it is making it hard for me to wash my hair every other day because it kind of makes my hair greasy.  Any suggestions?  Maybe I am spraying too much?

    Oh bummer.  Do you just spray your ends?  I divide my hair in two halves, I spray each side of the half once, so a total of four sprays and I only spray  the ends, not close to the roots.  Then I comb through all my hair, which in my mind is 'spreading it'. 

    Great suggestion!  I will try just spraying my ends next time.  Thanks!

  • I had a Hot Tools one but lost it in the move :(  DH got me a Revlon one for my birthday and I have yet to use it. 
  • I have had my CHI for the last 5-6 years and it's still going strong.  I love it!  I use it every day also.
  • My straightener is a POS, so I can't give a rec there, but as far as protection from heat, I use a Redken product called Anti-Snap. It's not greasy, but it protects from the heat.
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    Babyliss Pro for me all the way.   I'd never use a Chi again.  Ever.

     http://www.folica.com/tools/flat-irons/babyliss-pro-nano-titanium-one-and-one-half-inch-sraightening-iron

     ITA! I have this exact straightener (birthday gift almost 2 months ago from my fiance after the rotating cord detached from my old cheap one) and it is the best straightener I've ever had. I used a lot of different straighteners in college (borrowed from friends so I didn't have to buy my own) and none of them worked as well as this.

     BTW Julie, your new hair is amazing. 

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    BTW Julie, your new hair is amazing. 

     

    ITA.

    I have a Croc at home, and a Remington at work in my desk. For being cheap, the remington is pretty good, but I looooove my Croc.

    ~DFWs Resident Snark~
    I'm not so good with the advice... Can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?
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  • I love my chi, but it's my second or third one since they all kept breaking after a year. This ones staying strong thPugh so maybe I got a good one.

    but for hair protectant stuff, I love my spray from the big sexy hair line, it's called straight sexy hair straightening spray and it's pretty awesome. Sometimes all I do is spray that after blowdrying my hair and it calms down the frizzies without having to actually use the straightener. Also make sure you blow dry your hair in sections with a round brush, that helps straighten it a lot.
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  • Thanks for the reminder about taking care of my hair because I don't want it damaged (I've made it this long without doing so).  I'll take those recommendations into mind as well.  I definitely won't be using it every day because I probably won't want to take the time every morning--I'll be wearing it curly probably 1/2 the time. 

    Thanks, everyone, for your input, and thanks, Wendi and Kristan, for the compliments.  I appreciate it.  

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