A few questions about curling and straightening irons

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Posted 1/31/2013 by KristinL16 in NSBR Board

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Posted: 1/31/2013 3:45:07 PM
I have been thinking about getting a larger curling iron and a nicer straightening iron, but an expensive one really isn't in the budget right now. Today I was at Ulta on my lunch break and they had a Solia straightener and curling iron on sale. I am tempted to get one or both because of the price but am not sure if they will do much that my current products don't do, which is where my questions come in...

My hair is medium-long in length, pretty thick and has some natural wave. I straighten my hair most days but there are always some spots that stay wavy. My flat iron is Ionika brand that I got on clearance at TJMaxx. I have never heard of that brand before so don't know how it compares to other top rated brands, but it does work better than my $10 Conair that I had before. I would like my hair to look smoother and shinier after I straighten as well as to get rid of those wavy spots. I also have been trying different methods to curl my hair in "beach waves" or like Natalie Morales' hair. I have a 1" iron that works ok but not great. I also have tried using my flat iron to curl my hair using You tube tutorials, but do not get a consistent curl. I don't know if it is user error or my flat iron. It seems kind of loose and when I twist it around the hair falls out, if that makes any sense. It is also more squared around the edges than this Solia one is. The Solia curling iron is 1 1/4" which doesn't seem like much difference in size but when I compared the two sizes it does seem like it would make bigger curls than my current curling iron.

So, if you are still with me...would you buy one or both of these? The curling iron is on sale for $21 and the flat iron is $50. I have a 20% off your total purchase coupon as well. I asked the salesperson if it could be used on those and she said yes, but I am not convinced that it will work since they may be on clearance. If anyone has experience with this brand I would love reviews. I did read reviews on Amazon. There are a ton for the flat iron but not as many on the curling iron. Most are excellent.


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Posted: 1/31/2013 5:10:07 PM
I bought my dd a solia straightener last year while I used a cheaper one from TJ Maxx. I used her while she was home from college and it worked so much better thn mine. I was able to make my hair look just like the hairdresser did it. I ordered the same one after Christmas. I paid $100 for hers and $69 for mine so $50 sounds like great deal. I don't know about the curling irons.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 6:40:49 PM
I am not up on brand names either but I know that the flat iron I use now was almost $100 and it works tons better than the $20 one I originally purchased.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 6:49:39 PM
Both of my DDs first had $20 straighteners which didn't last very long. From there I bought them CHI irons, both are still using them after 5 years. So I think paying the extra will pay off in the long run.

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Posted: 2/1/2013 4:52:26 PM
I ended up getting both the curling and straightening irons. I used the flat iron this morning and really like it! They did let me use my coupon so it was only $40!

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Posted: 2/1/2013 6:25:32 PM
I have a Paul Mitchell straightening iron and I just found out from a hairstylist that it's better than a Chi. Figures. It's lasted me many years (I think about 6 or 7 so far!). As far as the curling iron, I get the gold ones from Hot Tools. I had a 1", 1 1/2", and an even bigger one. I have thick, long, curly hair, but when I blow it out (I have a good T3 blowdryer) and use some coconut oil, it stays straight or beachy when I use the curling iron, for 3-4 days.

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Posted: 2/1/2013 6:59:17 PM
Saw your update. I love my Solia flat iron, never tried their curling irons, I use Hottools.


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