One of the most well-known names in straighteners has to be Chi. They were one of the brands that brought about a more professional revolution. People bought them because they wanted to be able to do salon quality styling at home. As to whether or not that actually worked out, you can’t make a blanket statement. Some people really stand by this brand, while others consider it overpriced.
With any device, the real issue is whether or not it’s features will fit for your hair type. As long as you know what your hair needs, finding the right device isn’t too difficult.
For this particular device, there are a few features that I really like. And while it’s obvious that they would be beneficial while styling, I don’t see this device working for a wide variety of hair types.
For a more detailed explanation, check out the review below.
- 410 degrees Fahrenheit maximum temperature
- 1” flat iron floating plates
- Ceramic tourmaline
- Temperature dial
- 9 foot swivel cord
- Tourmaline Ceramic
- Floating Plates
- Lower Temperature
- I” Width
Both of these materials are great for keeping hair healthy and shiny. Ceramic is good to keep heat steady. You won’t get the same type of uneven hot spots that you do with metal materials like titanium. This means that your styling will be more even also, and you won’t have to worry about certain portions of each hair section getting burnt.
Tourmaline is good for locking in moisture. The negative ions help it seal your hair so that it doesn’t dry out as much as you straighten. This keeps your hair healthier, and can also help add shine to your finished styling.
This feature is a small touch, but helpful for styling. Floating plates means that the plates will move with you as you slide the straightener down a length of hair. It won’t resist pressure, or tug the way that non-floating plates can. This is better for your hair, particularly if it’s fine textured, since it has less chance of damaging it by pulling or snagging.
I like this device best for people with fine or medium hair types. You can set it at a low temperature, and the ceramic will make sure that temperature is steady. The tourmaline should also help keep hair moisturized and shiny. It’s easy to dry out fine hair, so having a lot of negative ions in a device can help combat this.
However, I wouldn’t recommend this device as my first choice for anyone with really coarse and thick hair. Although the temperature does go up past 400, it’s not high enough that I would consider it effective for very coarse hair, especially considering the plate material. For more stubborn hair, titanium and higher heat are generally better.
The 1” width is also a little thin for people with thicker hair density. As someone with thicker hair, I typically prefer wider widths when straightening. Although the benefit of this width is that it’s good for curling. Standard curling iron size is usually around 1”, so this might be a good option for anyone who intends to use their device for more than just straightening.
This is a device I like best for fine to medium hair. The temperature and materials are great for these hair types, since they can keep the heat low and steady, and help keep your hair more moisturized. People with coarse hair can certainly use the device, and might find that they like it more for their hair. Yet, in my experience, a titanium device, or a device with higher temperature options, might be more effective.
The real question when buying a device from a well-known brand at a high price point, is if the device is going to as effective as it claims to be. While I don’t think this device is perfect for everyone, there are a few features that I find beneficial for styling. You can certainly get a cheaper device, however if you’re willing to spend more on a device from a noted brand, then I think this option is worth considering.
Assuming your hair will pair well with this device, this Chi Air flat iron review has no problem recommending this device as capable of providing good styling.