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good flat iron?

I've decided that all my hair woes will be cured if I get use a flat iron to style it (not just blow drying straight). Any recommendations? I'm looking in the $50 range. I browsed Amazon but have no idea what I'm looking for, honestly. TIA!
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Re: good flat iron?

  • not $50 but i've loved my sedu irons. i've ordered both from folica.com and they have great customer service. you can probably google coupon codes and get another 15-20% off.
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  • In that price range i'd recommend Hot Tools.  If you get a 1-inch one, you can also curl your hair... but if you just want to straighten your hair, and its longer than shoulder length, i'd get a 3 inch one.
  • I have a 3" Rusk ceramic, ionic straightener that I love for my very long, thick hair.  I've had it for 3+ years and haven't had any problems.  The 1 1/2" one is cheaper on Amazon but still $85.

    http://www.amazon.com/Rusk-Professional-Ceramic-Straightening-Straightener/dp/B00380086A 

    A really good straightener will retail for at least $1-200.  You can find them discounted on folica or Ulta or Amazon, but if you want something that will last it is probably worth the investment. 

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    A really good straightener will retail for at least $1-200.  You can find them discounted on folica or Ulta or Amazon, but if you want something that will last it is probably worth the investment. 

    I agree. It's above your budget, but I have this CHI from Overstock and I love it. Works great, doesn't damage my hair, makes it really easy for me to look put together quickly in the morning. http://www.overstock.com/Health-Beauty/Farouk-Systems-GF1001NS-CHI-1-inch-Digital-Nano-Ceramic-Hair-Iron/3917947/product.html

  • Another vote for Sedu here, it's well worth the extra cost. I also got mine from folica.com when they were having one of their sales and spent about $80. You can also check out TJ Maxx or Marshalls - they usually have a couple higher-end flat irons in stock (although it's hit or miss).
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  • On the F&B Board, Chi and Sedu are the two most highly rec. I have a Sedu and love it.
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  • I have fine hair. I use an In Styler. Its great. I got mine on ebay for about $60.
  • I love my BabyBliss ( I think thats what it is ) that I got from TJMaxx for $25 - my friend swears by her Chi.

    I don't flat iron everyday ( maybe once a month ? ) so my investment is minimal. 

  • I have a Ceramic Tools flat iron and really like it. It had the best ratings for an inexpensive iron at the time I was looking.

    I know Chi and Sedu get all the best ratings, but I only use it a few times a month and was not interested in making that kind of investment, especially since my hair is like yours and relatively straight and well behaved to begin with.

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  • Wow, see, I had no idea I might need to spend that much . . . I clearly no nothing about flat irons. Thanks for the tips!
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  • Chi is the very best you can get em cheaper on ebay! It is so worth it to buy up though. I used to always buy cheaper ones and they lasted 6-12 mos like clock work. The Chi is faster at doing hair (time=money) AND has lasted 4+ years
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  • Ditto the Chi. I've had mine for at least 5 years and it is still going strong. It was worth the investment.
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  • It is really worth it to spend the money on a good one.  I bought cheaper ones and they never worked well and broke easily.  I bought a CHI 1" about a year ago on folica.com (ended up being $70 with a coupon I had and free shipping) and it is awesome!
  • BTW, I don't know what your hair woes are, but if you have problems with friz or weird waviness, I highly recommend getting a professional keratin treatment.  I got one in October and it is still working well.  My hair has never been easier to do - I can simply blow dry (not style) and it looks good.  If I flat iron after drying I can get three days without washing.  I have had the Keratin Complex treatment.  It is expensive, but SO worth it!  My hair is smooth, shiny and never frizzy!
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