The Chi brand is classic, and known to be dependable. If you’ve decided on purchasing a Chi flat iron, the next question becomes, which flat iron should you purchase? The classic Chi flat iron is always a nice choice. Of course, Chi isn’t falling behind on innovation. They’ve got updated models that come with certain perks.
Original Chi Flat Iron
Here are the pros for the classic flat iron that all of us are used to when we think of this brand.
- This model comes with the classic, ceramic, one-inch plates.
- It’s cheaper than the newer models.
G2 Flat Iron
Here are the pros for the newer model.
- Comes with a free thermal pad you can use to rest your flat iron on when not in use.
- It heats to a higher temperature than the original model.
- The ceramic plates are also made of titanium, to make them sturdier.
- The temperature read out is digital, and comes with color coded temperature settings for different types of hair.
- The plates are slightly larger than one inch.
Really, the difference between these two flat irons comes down to whether or not you feel like the extra features are worth the price. I think most of us can get by with a standard flat iron like the Chi Original. I’ve used similar models in the past, and I didn’t feel like I was missing out on any particular convenience. That said, the new features are nice if you’re willing to pay for them. It seems like Chi was really looking for a way to make things easier on users. Even though I don’t find it necessary, I think the digital temperature read out is a nice touch. It would be beneficial to new users, or to anyone who might be damaging their hair by using too high of a temperature. I also happen to love the idea of a thermal mat. It makes your flat iron more mobile, since you don’t have to worry about the integrity of whatever surface you rest it on between sections of hair. Plus, you can leave it out to cool completely without worrying that it might cause unintentional harm.
Another issue between the two is the plate size. I happen to think one-inch plates are the best size. They’re a good size for both curling and straightening. (In my opinion, one-inch plates produce the same sort of curls that you would expect from a classic curling iron.) The 1.25 plates of the G2 model can certainly be used to curl, but just keep in mind that your curls will obviously be larger. This is really a minor issue, but if you’re used to the way one-inch curls look, keep in mind that they will be different with the G2 iron.
For me, I think the Chi Flat iron is enough for an experienced user. There’s no need to pay for extra features if you already know your way around a standard device. I would recommend the G2 for someone who is somewhat new to flat irons, or who has difficulty managing a more traditional model.
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