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Old 06-29-2013, 11:46 AM
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Default Need flat iron help!

My second CHI just died on me, and I've about had enough of that. Exact same issue as last time - I heard a little pop and now one of the plates won't heat up at all. Grrrrr. The first time it happened it was under warranty...but since the CHI I have now was my free warranty replacement, I'm not sure if it has a warranty!

So, anyways, I'm on the market for a new flat iron. Preferably one that won't crap out on me after 8 months, especially if it costs me $100+.

I have a Target giftcard for $45, so I would like to purchase a flat iron from there, so I can afford to get a more expensive one.

What is the best flat iron that target sells? I saw that they carry the CHI brand, and while I've never had any issue with my CHI actually working on my hair, the fact that they keep breaking has me loathe to try them again.

I have very thick, very frizzy, naturally wavy hair. I need the hottest of the hot to even make my hair think about being straight. Even with the CHI, my hair wouldn't hold its style for more than a day. Sometimes it didn't even make it through the day. Although I probably need the top of the line best of the best, I can't afford good, but not more than $100ish total (from Target) would be very nice.
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Old 06-29-2013, 11:52 AM
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I've heard the GHD flat irons are better than the CHI, but they aren't cheap.

I own a Babyliss one I bought from TJMaxx on the cheap and it works great, goes to 450 degrees just like the GHD and CHI. I'm not sure if Target has them, or if the BedHead ones they have are that high quality... but as long as it goes to 450 you should be pretty good. Don't mess with anything that doesn't get that hot, it will be a waste of money!

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Old 06-29-2013, 01:16 PM
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Honestly, I bought this Remington flat iron that I've put through the ringer that does just fine. I paid about $13 for it at Ulta, though, instead of $30 at Target.

I also have a Conair 2" flat iron that is probably 6-7 years old that still works like a charm. It was about $20 and I bought it at Target.
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Old 06-29-2013, 05:08 PM
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I have a GHD and it is pretty awesome. I'm sure they're expensive though... but I got it for Christmas a couple years ago, and it was discounted since my sister is a hair stylist. =P

But my hair is probably similar to yours - very thick and frizzy and out of control if left to its own devices. I don't straighten my hair very often anymore, but I do really really like my GHD. Before this, I had one from Ceramic Tools (I think?) and that was okay and got the job done, but wasn't as awesome.

That probably doens't help though since I don't think you'll find that brand at Target!

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Old 06-29-2013, 06:29 PM
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I've always used the Wet 2 Straight irons (I don't straighten wet though). I went through a bunch of shite ones (and kept returning them!) before I found this one. I found it to be one of the best "Under $40". That said, I've never used a CHI or any of them that are really expensive. My mom has a Wet 2 Straight too.

Oh..and I'm on my second one in maybe 10 years, but only because I left the first one in a hotel.

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Old 06-29-2013, 06:33 PM
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I bought a BedHead Rockstar from Target. I think it was around $80. It worked fine, but died on me fairly quick. It just suddenly wouldn't stay on and would turn itself on and off whenever it wanted to. I have a CHI I bought from Target now. Haven't had any problems so far.
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:00 PM
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I went ahead and bought a Remington flat iron...the "new" one with kerotine "built in". I tried it out on my hair tonight, and it worked really well! Now I just hope it stays working really well, although it has a 4 year warrenty on it. For just over $50, it was definitely worth it.
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:44 PM
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Not from Target, but seriously... this is the best flat iron. I absolutely love it. It literally takes me 5-10 minutes to straighten my hair.

My mom bought it, so I'm not sure where she got it from. But I know she didn't pay the $200 that I've seen some places sell it. She got it much, much cheaper. I've had it for at least 2 years, probably more, and it's still going strong.

Rusk flat irons are amazing.

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Old 07-01-2013, 12:32 AM
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I have a Wet2Straight that's several years old (at least 5 years). It works like a charm! I rarely straighten it wet, but it's nice to have that option...especially since I despise hot air dryers.

I really want to try one of those heated brushes, but I'm still a bit skeptical.
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:06 AM
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I left my Chi for my Babyliss and will never go back. I love it! It gets super hot and the titanium is wonderful! I know they sell them sometimes at TJMaxx for super cheap so it is worth keeping your eye out for for the future.
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