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How to Find the Best CHI Flat Iron for Your Hair Type

HOW TO FIND THE BEST CHI FLAT IRON FOR YOUR HAIR TYPE

Finding the perfect straightener can be a daunting task. You might be tempted to buy a cheap drugstore flat iron, but professional flat irons are the way to go. "Professional heat tools are going to have a much longer lifespan, be far more gentle and specific to your hair needs, and usually maintain a better warranty policy," says stylist Teddi Bickers of Indianapolis.

How do you know which one will last the longest? How do you know if the straightener will damage your hair or not? Which one does the best job in the quickest amount of time?

Today we're talking about CHI. This iconic brand has been around for years and is well-known in the beauty industry. But with so many different models and designs available, how do you know which one is perfect for you?

If you’re ready to invest in a new CHI flat iron, ask yourself these three questions to ensure you find the best CHI straightener for your hair type.


What is your hair length?

If you have short hair (chin length to pixie length), you’ll want smaller size plates. Think 1/2" to 1". If you have medium to long hair, you're safe with a 1" or 1 1/2" straightener, like the G2 1" Ceramic and Titanium Digital Hairstyling Iron or the Original 1" Ceramic Hairstyling Iron. Even though longer hair takes more time and effort to style, CHI straighteners warm up quickly. The larger base will help you reach more areas of your hair much quicker.


What is your hair texture?

Flat iron plates are made of different materials, and depending on you hair type, you'll want to choose carefully.

Ceramic is best for:

  • Thin to thick hair
  • Normal to moderately damaged hair
  • Regular use

Tourmaline is best for:

  • Thin to coarse hair
  • Normal to damaged hair
  • Regular use

Titanium is best for:

  • Thick to coarse hair
  • Normal hair
  • Professional use

Try the G2 1" Ceramic and Titanium Digital Hairstyling Iron for coarse, frizz prone and curly tresses, and grab the Original 1" Ceramic Hairstyling Iron for other hair types.


Do you have damaged or healthy hair?

Always use a heat protectant. What's great about CHI is that they also have heat protectants that they've formulated to use in tandem with their heat tools. CHI 44 Iron Guard,  a thermal protecting spray, provides outstanding heat protection and prevents damage from the hottest heat styling tools. You can use CHI Silk Infusion to help reconstruct damaged hair by infusing it with natural proteins. Both of these products will protect against thermal styling and help add extra hydration to your hair.

Shop the entire line of CHI styling tools here.

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