Curl Me Crazy: Avon’s Chi Hair Styling Iron Review

Curl Me Crazy: Avon’s Chi Hair Styling Iron Review

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.

Methods

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.
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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.

My Review

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.

One one side I have curls in and on the other, not curls, using the styling iron.
A full frontal view of my hair after it is done.

A side view
My daughter’s high ponytail with curls.

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.

Final Thoughts

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?

Check out my other articles on Avon hair products:

Hair Chi: Adding Life Back Into Your Hair

Avon Hair Color Overview

Three Powerful Reasons to Use Chi Essentials by Avon

Amazing to Dye For Hair Color Line by Chi

Hair Chi: Adding Life Back into Your Hair (Quarantine Edition)

Hair Chi: Adding Life Back into Your Hair (Quarantine Edition)

The Chi founder Farouk Shami, a hairdresser, wanted it to be his mission to create healthier and safer hair products (as well as a work environment) for everyone.

As of late, we are having to practice healthier and safer environments during the pandemic by practicing self-distancing. It throws off the balance we may have had before. Let us discuss finding balance during uncertain times through hairstyling.

About Chi

When I first heard of the company Chi, I immediately thought of the traditional concept of Qi. Which is a Chinese term of philosophy for “vital life force.” It is what binds all things in life. Being everything and nothing. I thought of Tai Chi that people do in the park, or so I have seen, and in the movie The Karate Kid (both the new and original). A form of martial art. I want to look at the philosophical aspect of qi. That way we can look at how it is a concept of the company brand and why it is a way to add life back into your hair using Chi hair styling tools now out through Avon.

Chi Founder and Hair stylist, Farouk Shami

A Little About Qi

Beyond having to maintain the health of our hair to give us reason to look our best with the Chi products I have written about consisting of shampoo, conditioner, serum, and heat protectant as well as the new hair dye line, it may be that your hair needs more life to it. I, for one, have very fine hair that can quickly go limp and cannot keep a curl though I have tried with regular styling tools. May I now look at my none Chi curling brush with disdain at its lack of ability to do what I would like on my hair without needing to use hair curling aids such as special shampoos. Remember Wash and Curl shampoo? Yeah. I used to use that on the regular when my hair wasn’t permed. It was the only way, besides heavy use of super-strong hair spray that is not good for the overall health of very-fine hair, I could keep a curl longer than 30 minutes. Not to say that curls are the only way to add life to hair but also hair straighteners and handheld hair dryers. Heating tools are often used to add life to our hair.

Symbol for Qi

Qi deficiency is when something is off balance. It could be any number or combination of things. Inadequate sleep, not enough water intake, tainted water, poor nutrition, too much of a particular nutrient (least we forget that this is also not healthy), air pollution, mental and emotional un-wellness. The list goes on. If you are wondering what that has to do with hair, well healthy hair and healthy-looking hair add to our overall appearance and look of health. It’s isn’t enough to want to look handsome or pretty, but to look healthy. Hair can give us a glow. Maintaining our qi (Chi) in as many areas as possible, hair included, will help us look and feel our best. I don’t mean you have to do it every day. However, doing it when you need to (for work, for example) or when you need a pick me up (hello Coronavirus stay-at-home orders that are driving us up the wall with cabin fever) or are tired of the same old look can aid in balancing out the off days. Or when you can chill with friends in a messy bun and sweatshirt binge-watching your favorite shows.

I recall a very hard time in my life when I felt as if I would be in that same position day in and day out for the rest of my life. When I began to do my makeup and my hair and picking out an outfit to compliment all that, I felt better. I wasn’t looking to impress but simply to feel better and that I had at least some control over my life’s direction at the time. I easily suffered anxiety attacks and got depressed often. I, for some reason or another, decided I wanted to learn more about doing makeup and taking care of my hair and knowing what to wear and what it meant to wear that particular outfit. Doing all that balanced out the negative in my life. Granted, it wasn’t always easy, but it helped. Many would say it sounds vain. To be honest, I don’t always do it. There are times I feel content sitting in my sweats with a messy bun drinking coffee. Binge-watching many shows until I think I have had enough and maybe read a book.

Avon’s New Hair Styling Tools

Fast forward to now when Avon rolled out a new line of hair styling tools to go along with their other Chi products. As you know, Avon and Chi partnered up last year, as I mentioned in my hair dye review. I got a bit excited about the new hair styling tools. A hairdryer with attachments, a hair curler, and a flatiron. Let’s look at the curling iron first.

The Chi Lava Spin and Curl

Made of volcanic lava ceramic material that has minerals in it that distribute heat evenly and doesn’t stick to your hair. It has several features worth looking at. Such as:

  • 1” Volcanic Lava Ceramic rotating barrel creates bouncy curls and waves
  • Maximum temperature of up to 410°F/210°C
  • Includes pre-set temperature settings with adjustable heat-up times and display
  • Pre-Set Temperatures:
  • – Low 370°F / 188°C – Fine Hair
  • – Medium 390°F / 199°C – Medium Hair
  • – High 410°F / 210°C – Coarse Hair
  • Adjustable Heat -Up Times (Timer Settings):
  • – 15 seconds – Fine Hair
  • – 17 seconds – Medium Hair
  • – 19 seconds – Coarse Hair
  • Curl chamber surrounded by a protective heat barrier for safe usage
  • Directional buttons with tangle protection
  • Temperature display with auto-lock
  • 11 ft. (3.35m) swivel cord
  • 1-hour auto shut-off
  • Dual voltage

It also beeps when it is done curling, which is a nice feature to have if you aren’t sure how long to curl for. An excellent way to know that you won’t somehow singe the hair. In addition to knowing when your curls are set, it also has an alarm to let you know if your hair might get tangled. A fear for many fine hair girls or any of girl.

CHI 1″ Tourmaline Ceramic Hairstyling Iron – Black Matte

This is the product that I have used. I have used crimping irons back in the day but not flatirons. It worked great on both my hair and my daughter’s hair. Read about it here. I will quote the description of the tool as I don’t think I could say it any other way. “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.” I really do love how this product worked, and it is now the most expensive hair styling tool I own. Now on to the features of the ceramic flatiron.

  • 1” Curved Floating Plates
  • 392°F(202°C) Maximum Temperature
  • 30-second Quick Heat Up
  • 9 ft Swivel Cord
  • Dual Voltage
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty

Benefits:

  • Reduces Frizz & Static
  • Adds Exceptional Shine
  • Versatile Styling: Smooth, Curl and Flip

Not to forget that this tool also shuts off after an hour of none use. It locks moisture into the hair and seals cuticles as well. The temperatures are set to suit your hair type. Look to curling wand above for info related to that.

CHI Advanced Ionic Compact Hair Dryer

Many women blow dry their hair to get their hairdryer faster and to help set hairstyles. It gives hair volume as well. Something I look for in a hairdryer. The way this one works is by emitting negative ions that reduce frizz and shine. Who doesn’t have to deal with frizz and flyaways when they have done drying their hair? I tend to have to gently use a serum just to manage that. I want volume, not frizz. It has microbial properties that keep the air that circulates through the dryer cleaner when it hits your hair and also reduces buildup in the dryer using blue LED lights. Something new, I learned to be a “thing.” It comes with a few attachments. That helps concentrate and diffuse. Other features are:

  • 1875 Watts
  • CHI Ceramic Technology locks in moisture and maintains body
  • Ion Generator reduces frizz and minimizes fly-a-ways
  • Adjustable 3 Heat / 2 Speed Settings
  • Cold Shot Button locks in curls, waves, and styles
  • Lightweight and Powerful DC motor
  • Air Nozzle Concentrator and Diffuser included
  • Super Compact, space-saver design.
  • The removable filter prevents damaging lint buildup and extends motor life
  • 6.5 ft. (1.9 m) cord for convenience
  • designed for all hair types

To accompany the new products, we have BioSilk Silk Therapy, which, along with the hair protectant, can help keep curls longer.

BioSilk Silk Therapy

A weightless protein product that adds for strength, elasticity, shine, and moisture to hair while reducing frizz and fly-aways.

Main Ingredients

Silk protein… The natural wonder for hair because:

Strength – One of the most durable fibers in the world, silk contains 17 of the 19 amino acids found in hair; it bonds and builds hair from the inside out.

Moisture – Holds up to 2.5-3X its weight in moisture, to improve elasticity.

Shine – Provides unparalleled shine due to its triangular molecular structure.

• Protection – Helps shield hair from UV rays, heat, humidity, and other environmental stressors.

TO USE

Shake well before use. Place a small amount of Silk Therapy in the palms and apply from the scalp to the ends. May be used on wet or dry hair or skin. Use as often as necessary.

My Styles with the Flatiron

Though I have written a review of the Styling Iron, I still want to show you pictures anyway. This is my and my daughter’s hair. I did hers by wrapping the hair around a pencil and using the iron to create tight curls. She loved it. For me, I simply wrapped my hair around the iron, waited about 5 seconds and slowly brought it down to the ends creating big curls. I loved it. It gave my hair more volume which I am always up for. Still, check out my review here. Now these items will be out as of tomorrow April 14, 2020.

Finally

With being stuck at home a lot right now, you few chances to walk outside stylish. People dress-up in Australia right now to take our garbage just to add joy to the day of not being able to go much of anywhere. Or, if you are one of the essential workers that can do up their hair, these new tools are a great way to add life to your hair that stays and doesn’t let the hair loose its style, my daughter’s curls stayed in for two days even with brushing and no hair spray. Do it for that video call you have. Keep a healthy balance of lounge days and days where you want to feel like there is still something to try out. Have a virtual girls night in through Facetime or another video chat platform, and you all can do your hair. Kind of like a “get ready with me.” Stay safe and add some life to your look while you’re at it.

I have a video that shows more of how I used the styling iron on my daughter. Forgive me for having a shaking camera in it. I had the luxury of accidentally deleting that scene and having to redo some of it. And since setting up can take a few minutes, my adorable son wanted to help out. You will find great ideas for Mother’s Day, May 20th, in it as well.

Check out my other articles on Avon hair products:

Curl Me Crazy: Chi Styling Iron from Avon Review

Avon Hair Color Overview

Three Powerful Reasons to Use Chi Essentials by Avon

Amazing to Dye For Hair Color Line by Chi