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Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best Flat Iron

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So many flat irons . . . so little time

We’ve all been there, standing in front of a display of flat irons, dreaming of having our hair feel and look like it does when we leave the salon and asking ourselves “which one is the best flat iron?”, “which one should I choose?”, “what does Nano titanium mean?”.

It can be an overwhelming experience but it does not need to be. I am here to let you know a few things about the flat iron and to reassure you that you can have sleek, straight and frizz free hair in between salon visits. No really . . . you can. I have compiled a little list, a “how to” for the best flat iron, so you can know what it is you are looking for, and what you are looking at.

First things first. When purchasing a flat iron, you want to be sure that it is a Salon Professional name brand. Salon Professional tools will have higher heat settings and heat is what you need. Salon Professional Flat Irons will have ceramic plates, Nano Titanium plates, universal voltage and many other features. The following is a little explanation of what all these features are. As always, my aim is to educate and enlighten.

Nano-Technology – involves the compression of molecules. The result is greater stability and increased benefits of the properties of ceramic/tourmaline plates. (In other words – this technology ensures the best result possible from your flat iron).

Silver Nano-Technology – purifies and protects the hair for a silky, shiny, healthy finish.

Tourmaline – a natural source of negative ions and far infrared heat that eliminates frizz and seals in moisture, leaving hair smooth and shiny.

Floating Plates – permit easy gliding with perfect tension – less chance of snagging the hair or getting ridges through out the hair.

Advanced Ceramic Heater (MCH) – provides a quick heat up, stable temperatures and is more lightweight.

Sol-Gel Technology – these plates have a higher concentration of ceramic and titanium which offers increased durability and less friction for a smoother glide. (Great for coarse/thick hair)

Universal Voltage – this term means that the flat iron can be used anywhere in the world and you can know that the circuit won’t blow. You will still need a plug adapter for the wall, but you can rest easy that your flat iron will not short out and you won’t be left looking for the nearest hat shop.

Brand Names – You will want to look for Salon Professional brands such as Babyliss Pro, Avanti, CHI, GHD, HAI, to name a few. Most Professional flat irons will have a temperature control dial and will reach 450 degrees Fahrenheit  and some of the newer models have an auto shut off feature, the flat iron will shut off after 60 minutes without usage. Prices will range from $99.99 – $300.00, depending on the make and the model.

So there you have it. Quite honestly, when purchasing a flat iron it comes down to the features you need and the price you are comfortable with. If you are concerned about the heat and possible damage to your hair, there are many flat iron sprays on the market. Everyone from Redken to KMS to Joico offers a flat iron spray to help protect your hair from the heat of a flat iron.  If you are like me, and half way to work you find yourself thinking “Did I turn off my flat iron?”, you may want to be sure your new flat iron has the auto shut off feature.

Contributing author Sara Stancu is “That girl in the red coat”. Sara is also the manager of a salon and retail shop with over 20 years of customer service and sales experience. Her tell it like it is approach is aimed at educating and enlightening clients, stylists and salon owners. She has also been the woman locked in the bathroom hating her hair. You can follow Sara on her website That Girl in the red coat and Twitter.


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Sedu Hair Styles – Hot Topic!

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Sedu Flat Irons, Are They Worth it?

It is time to look into what all of the buzz is about. The hottest styling tool on the market today has to be the Sedu Ionic Ceramic/Tourmaline Flat Iron. At least that’s what “Allure” magazine says. A quick second is the Solia Ceramic Ion Flat Iron. On my last visit to my hair care salon, I noticed that most all of the hairdressers were straightening their own hair. The straight look is in . . .

“Flat Irons Review”

I wanted to know what the difference was between a normal straightening flat iron and a ceramic, ionic, tourmaline straightening flat iron? Is it really worth the difference in price? I admit I would have trouble paying $209.95 for a straightening iron! But, after reading up and talking with some folks out there, sounds like paying somewhere between $85.00 to $125.95 is not out of the ball park, and I just checked eBay Straightening Iron Category and found many bargains. But make sure you get a warranty and your buying from a dealer who will stand behind the flat iron. Having a one-year warranty could be very important. While looking through the reviews, lots and lots of women seem to have trouble with these flat irons dying early.

The difference between a great straightening flat iron and a mediocre one is huge.

A great flat iron will:

Leave any hair type silkier, shinier and healthier feeling. It will take half the time or less than others to heat up and to style your hair. It will last days, through rain or humidity and will eliminate frizzyness. Can straighten, bend, flip and spiral curl your hair. It will have a variable temperature selection option, which may just save your hair!

A mediocre flat iron will:

Take longer to style your hair and may not eliminate frizz. Can result in more hair pulling, may not last very long when it does straighten and may be more apt to burn your hair, not a pretty sight. More importantly, it can’t be undone.

Tip: Always use the least amount of heat to get the job done.

If you are not a techie you can stop reading now, but for those of you who are into that sort of thing here is how it works. Negative ions eliminate frizz by leaving more moisture in the hair shaft. So, ceramic plates are described as able to heat more quickly and more evenly with no hotspots. It is said to preserve moisture by penetrating to the center of the hair shaft, exposing the hair to less heat and to eliminate frizz. I wrote more on this technology in my recent blog on hair dryers.

Tourmaline is a gemstone, so a natural product. The best description I could get for “Tourmaline” technology was here.

Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Irons take flat irons to the next level by adding Tourmaline negative ion technology. Use of 100% crushed Tourmaline jewels ensures the most negative ions and far infrared heat and the healthiest, sleekest results.”

  



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Sedu, flat irons, ceramic, T3 Tourmaline Flat Iron, curling irons are we confused yet?

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T3 Tourmaline Flat Iron frustrates Barney’s Girl

Barney’s Girl over at Iam fashion has a hilarious piece about her experiences with a new T3 tourmaline flat iron, Medium Duality. All of the new flat irons need a little getting used to. The new ceramic and t3 tourmaline flat irons can really do some fantastic things if you know how to use them.

Several of Barney’s Girl readers suggested that she ask her hairdresser to show her how to use her new T3 tourmaline flat iron. This is great advice . . . any hairdresser worth their salt will gladly set aside some extra time on your next appointment to show you the professional hair styling tricks and tips on how to properly use a new hair styling tool. If you have a hairdresser who balks, then it is time to find a new hairdresser.

T3 Tourmaline Flat Iron

After much rave from absolutely everyone and much consideration on my part, I finally bought the T3 Professional Ionic Ceramic Flat Iron, Medium Duality.

How cool is that? For just $160, you get perfect, less-damaged-than-normal-irons hair! And you even have the option by going $40 further and get to curl/straighten your hair dry or WET! But of course, as avid followers of fashion and beauty you already know this.

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Read the entire T3 Tourmaline Flat Iron article

You can buy Sedu products at Folica I have found they have the best selection, product reviews and great prices.

  



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