I am opening up this review with a bit of 411 of the handful of ways women have been straightening their hair. When I think of some methods women had used to do this, I think of the clothes iron. The thought of it scared me only because that item is big and the other person has to be paying attention to what they are doing. Still, the history of straightening your hair goes as far back as the late 1800s.
There were a few methods of straightening hair and to be honest it wasn’t just women that did it though we are more well known for doing it. Some of the methods used were:
- A Hot Comb – Heated electrically and most widely used for coarse hair. I have a curling brush that works in the same manner and does straighten my fine hair. Though not in the manner I would like. It is better suited for coarse hair.
- Chemical Relaxers – Used by those with very tight curls. You can often find African American’s showing how they do their curly hair straight in YouTube videos.
- Japanese Hair Straightening – This one was new to me. According to Byrdie Beauty, last accessed April 15, 2020, “Japanese hair straightening relies on a special solution that’s applied to hair, similar to a flat perm. This solution breaks down the hair’s bonds that give it shape, allowing it to become pin-straight when the flat-iron is applied. The hair is saturated with the solution, rinsed, dried with a blowdryer, and then flat-ironed with a ceramic iron in small 1/8-inch sections. Also like a perm solution, a neutralizer is then applied, which locks the style in place. The entire process is labor and time-intensive. Depending on the length of your hair and its thickness, you can expect to be in the salon for a few hours.”
- Brazilian Hair Straightening (Also known as a Brazilian Blowout) – Similar to Japanese hair straightening.
- Roller Sets (for Curly Hair to be more straight) – You achieve this by washing your hair at night before bed, then rolling your hair in the biggest rollers you can get and let them dry while you sleep. Though for the life of me I could never figure out how it was comfortable.
There are also shampoos and other hair products that create a temporary straight hair look. You may be wondering why I choose to talk about straightening hair when I used the Styling Iron to curl my hair. The reason I started to talk about that is that, for the most part, it is what flat irons and styling irons did in the beginning and are still used for that same purpose now. Still, I find the history of straightening rather fascinating and worth bringing up.
Cons of Mentioned Methods
Many of the methods above, especially if done too often or not done correctly, can open the shaft of the hair and expose it to damage that can dry out the hair and cause it to break. And in some cases, you may lose hair. If you are addicted to using a method too much, it can cause enough damage that it takes months to repair. I recall this former neighbor once who claimed she knew what she was doing in always chemically treating her hair. She ended up with bald spots. To be honest I am shocked she kept doing what she did and didn’t cut all of it off. It was beyond repair. To make it worse, she decided to add dreadlocks to her hair. On her own. With damaged hair. Even when I went back to being a dark brunette from being a plum purple who lost her color, I had to use a balm for my hair for 6 months and use more moisturizer than I imagined I ever would use. Basically when you dye, perm, straighten, use heating tools too much, what happens is the cuticle of your hair opens (now when you dye your hair lighter this is only supposed to happen so you can let dye in especially for us dark-haired folk) up and if done for too long or too much it can cause damage to the hair. Your hair becomes dull, frizzy, split, brittle and dry. And if you have fine hair like me, it can happen all too easily. it can take a lot of time to fix the damage and if I recall, one celeb had such damaged hair from the treatment it received that she cut it all off. I don’t remember who sadly.
Why the Chi Styling Iron is Different
As I mentioned in the description of the stying iron in my post Hair Chi: Adding Life Back into Your Hair, the “CHI 1″ Tourmaline Ceramic Hairstyling Iron utilizes the latest innovative technology combining Tourmaline Ceramic with even heat distribution, producing an exceptionally high amount of negative ions and Far Infrared which reducestatic electricity for that perfect style. Hair is left smooth and silky with an exceptional shine. This hairstyling iron is ideal for all your hairstyle needs. Now you can straighten, smooth, curl, wave, spiral, flip, and bend. Just use your imagination and create your own personal flair.” The iron has a temperature nob on it next to the switch. And each temperature can be used for your hair type. I used the lowest setting of 310 degrees and only had the iron on my hair for 3-5 seconds and gradually and gently brought it down to the ends of my hair to create a nice decently sized curl to add volume to my hair. The fact that it has an adjustable temperature and guide to use it helps in knowing you won’t be as likely to damage your hair. The plates are heated in the tool as evenly distributed as well. A bonus knowing that one section that you use it on won’t be as hot as the rest. Also, it has a shutoff timer within it and turns off one hour after not being used. I am not sure how that works but at least you know if you forget to turn it off that it will on its own.
It had been years since I had used a styling tool. And I am pretty sure the last one I used didn’t have an adjustable temperature. It did have a light like the Chi Styling tool to tell you when it was heated. Also, a bonus. I didn’t expect it to be as large as it is. I like the color. Black; a favorite color of mine. I liked that it came with a warranty and also some instructions. The cord is very long. Still, I styled my hair after watching a few videos. You think I wouldn’t need to but, again, it has been a very long time since I have used this styling tool.
The result was nice curls. I don’t have a curling iron. I could get one but this is what I chose. How I went about prepping to use the tool was that I first used a detangler on my hair damp hair and then used the Chi Heat Protectant from Avon to help protect my hair while I blew it dry. It took about 15 minutes. I didn’t time how long it took to dry and then I plugged in my styling tool and waited for it to be ready. It didn’t very long. Maybe about 5 minutes on the lowest setting. Then I used the styling tool to get out any kinks in my hair first. I did notice that though my hair was dry that my hair felt ever so slightly damp but then quickly was dry again. I heard this is a feature of many new styling tools now. I don’t have many clips to section my hair and decided I would just do around my face. I like to add volume to my hair. I did just under 1″ sections. I placed the hair, one inch from the roots, between the clamp and carefully turned it way from my face at one and a half times. I held it for 3-5 seconds and slowly, using two hands, brought it down slowly so the hair curled as it was brought down.
I got nice, decently sized curls that opened up my face and added volume to my hair. I also did my daughters hair but I wrapped her hair around a pencil and used the iron to clamp the hair for the same length of time, she has fine hair like me, to create tighter curls. It came out great on her. One difference is that I did use hair spray on mine to keep the hold. Whenever I get my hair down I hate having it move a lot. It’s been a weird thing of mine since I was young. I didn’t do this on my daughter.
The reason this is a part of the review is that I have a heated curling brush that adds soft curls to my hair. But even with a heat protecting spray, that I hear help hold curls, my hair never stayed styled without the use of hair spray. So, this time I wanted it to stay but used my daughter as a way to test if the curls stayed in her. And they did. For three days with gentle brushing. She looks great with curls in her hair, too. They somehow made her look more like the teen that she is. I still like using hair spray though. The kind I use may not be Avon but it is made for voluminous looks and holds a curl. I have made a view that features how I did my daughter’s hair. Due to my internet being slow I have to post the link different than how I would like. I wanted to start with where I was doing her hair. I do apologize for the shakiness of the camera. I had accidentally deleted the whole scene of me doing her hair and had to repeat. My son wanted to be the cameraman.
I think I have a new favorite tool in my hairstyling routine. I won’t go nuts and use it every day. Maybe twice a week for when I do videos and for when I go out. Whenever that will be with this social distancing going on still. I do suggest something to the Chi company though: add cord keepers for long cords to product packaging, and maybe sell gloves that protect your hands from heat or at least have a grip area at the top of the tool to make it easier to hold. Other than that I loved the tool.
I recommend buying the Chi Styling Iron from Avon from their new line of styling products. Make sure to get the heat protecting spray as well and keep those locks safe from heat exposure. If you have used this item before or buy it from me here at my online store, tell me what you think in the comments below. The styling tool is $125 right now in campaign 10 (2020) (Reg $139). Let me know in the comments if you have bought this product and what you think of it. What are your thoughts on straightening your hair? have you ever tried it and how did it work out for you?