I’m looking for a good hair straightener that won’t dry out my thick hair. I also want to stay in a decent budget of $30-35. Any suggestions?
Buying hair appliances on a budget can be tough, especially because typically, you get what you pay for. And I gotta say this first: when it comes to heat styling tools and my hair, I invest in something that will do the least amount of damage to my hair. About four years ago, I bought a CHI flat iron for around $100 and I’ve never had any problems with mine. I used to buy the cheaper $40-50 flat irons at Wal-Mart and Sally Beauty Supply, but I found myself either waiting a really long time for it to heat up, the plates cracked, or it just stopped working completely. Or worse: it was starting to take its toll on my hair. After I bought my third flat iron in a year, I decided to just give up and invest in buying a quality one. While CHI flat irons are expensive, they typically last a very long time. I would recommend investing a little more money in buying a better iron for your hair that will last longer, and it will probably save you money in the long run.
Now, with that being said, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a quality flat iron within your budget. (And Lovelies, if you know of or use a great straightener that is around $35, let us know!) Here are a few things to look for:
1. Read user-submitted reviews of the product online before you buy.
Don’t assume that just because a flat iron is more expensive than another, it means that it’s better. While there is typically a correlation between quality and price with a lot of hair appliances and products, most user reviews will usually help guide you in your decision-making.
2. Is there a warranty available?
You can always tell who stands behind their products if there is a warranty involved. No warranty? Proceed with caution.
3. Look at the heat settings that the flat iron offers.
You had mentioned having thicker hair, so if you like to flat iron your hair in bigger chunks, you may need a higher heat setting to make sure your hair stays silky and straight. I have very thick hair, but since my CHI has only one heat setting (which is hot enough, trust me…I have scars to prove it), I section my hair to make sure I am able to straighten all of it. If you divide your hair into smaller sections and straighten them, it will stay straight longer.
4. Make sure you protect your strands from heat damage with the right product.
If you’re going to use a flat iron that has ceramic-coated heat plates (and almost all of the cheaper ones do), be aware that the ceramic coating will chip over time and you MUST use a heat-protective product on your hair before you blow-dry and straighten.
1. Andis Ceramic Clamp Flat Iron, 2 Inch - $19.66 and an almost perfect rating with currently 31 reviews. Maximum temperature: 400 degrees. Also comes with an auto shut-off feature.
3. Remington S9520 Flat Iron, 2 Inch – Currently $33.99 on Amazon with free shipping, this bad boy has an almost perfect rating with currently 151 reviews. Maximum temperature: 450 degrees. Also comes with an auto shut-off feature.
4. TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray – Around $5. Perfect for daily use, and it smells good, too.
5. John Frieda Frizz-Ease Heat Defeat Protective Styling Spray – Around $6. Great for heat styling and it also helps block humidity.
6. CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray - Around $14. Help keeps hair silky and straight all day. I use it before I blow-dry also.
I hope this helps! Keep in mind that a lot of beauty supply stores will have return policies, so if a certain hair product just does not work for you, keep your receipt and you can exchange it for something that does… and they may even offer returns/exchanges for appliances also. I know that Trade Secret and Ulta have return policies, and Ulta also carries some drug-store brands as well. Good luck!
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