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Hair Straighteners?!?


Hi everyone :)
I'm on the hunt for a quality hair straightener that can work with thick hair.
I would like to spend around $50 or less, though I realize this might not be possible. Any recommendations?
p.s. Is it really true that to get a quality hair straightener, one must spend $300? I was told this and found it hard to believe.
Jan 25, 2010 @ 05:20 pm

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*Extra Note

I should mention that I checked Winners and saw many for $30 or $40, but I had no way to know whether they were good quality or not.
Jan 25, 2010 @ 05:53 pm
Miss K

Winners works!

Winners is actually where I bought one for myself and for my mom.
The cortex brand they carry used to be sold at one of those middle of the mall kiosks. I tried it and it works well, gets very hot and makes my naturally crazy curly hair smooth and shiny.
Both of them were around the $40 mark for each.

The great thing about winners is that you can always bring it back (within 10 days for a refund and after that for store credit)

Happy shopping!
Jan 25, 2010 @ 08:07 pm


Hey there, I have natural curly thick hair and I have tried alot of different straightners but the one I stick with now is LOOK brand and I bought it at Chatters salon for around $180. (They've probably come down in price now since that was a couple years ago.) I found all the others never got hot enough and just made my hair more frizzy whereas this one smooths it right out :)
Jan 26, 2010 @ 09:59 pm

hot tools


I think you can get one that is not too expensive but it depends on what kind of hair you have. I had bought some cheap ones and they were not working really well for my kind of hair. I bought my last one at chatters for 120$ and it works well. It's an hot tools and it works very well.
I never had my hair as straight before :)
Jan 26, 2010 @ 11:35 pm

Paul Brown!

Hey There

You should be able to get a fairly cheap straightener at a department store for the price your looking for, if you want to get a high quality product, you would have to pay out a little more. Go to the salons and ask what they have, you would be surprised at how many different types there are. I would recommend buying a Paul Brown straightener or a chi, I use a Paul Brown, and I've been told the chi is good as well. I have extremely curly hair and getting it relaxed was out of the question..I paid $120 for mine, but that was 5 years ago. You should be able to find what your looking for for under $150. Sorry if the price seems steep, but you wont regret paying the extra little bit :)
Jan 31, 2010 @ 03:04 am


I like Sedu, which you can get for about 100 bucks nowadays but if you want high quality and a little less get an original CHI ( you can get them for around $70 or $80) . Other than that I recommend hot tools which you can get from Sally Beauty supply. Have fun :)
Feb 01, 2010 @ 12:08 am


I would definitely suggest CHI. I have thick naturally wavy hair and I got a CHI on sale for 85$ and I absolutely love it. The temperature is great, the plates smooth your hair and they come in really cute designs! I have had CHI for 4 years and it still works just as good as the day I got it. I definitely recommend it!
Feb 02, 2010 @ 01:39 am

I agree - Chi, Hot tools ... and you get what you pay for

These brands are average in price but they do provide good results. I've made the mistake of spending around $30-40 on a cheaper, i think conair curling iron (I have straight hair, so i don't use straighteners) But it was such a waist, the heat wasn't enough to have my hair hold the shape. I would much rather spend $50-$80 on a quality one that actually works. So you have to see and shop around because some lower end products don't work as well. Let us know if you've found one that works!
Feb 02, 2010 @ 04:16 pm

new technologies

Keep in mind that cheap starighteners will damage your hair, cause splits and dry them out. It's frustrating, harder and definately costs more to repair damaged hair, so I agree with what most ppl here said, spend a bit more but go for quality. I think you should go for Ceramic or Titanium plate straighteners so it doesn't damage your hair. Beware of some brands (e.g. Cortex) that say they are ceramic, but really are just ceramic plated.

Feb 03, 2010 @ 05:28 pm


I found one at winners for $30. It was Cortex brand. I've been using it for a while now and I've been pretty impressed. It isn't super-fast, but it gets the job done. When I'm ready for an upgrade, I'll check out the CHI line. Thanks for all the suggestions! :)
May 14, 2010 @ 08:33 pm

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