So here’s the deal. Since childhood, I’ve been a little fro-baby, the person with black-girl hair, and the one with the crazy hair. Needless to say, my curly locks have a very unique texture and thickness and not every product will work with it. Recently, I’ve been curling my hair, and I decided that I would set up a test:
Which is better: A $75+ Chi Straightener or a $50 Hot Shot Tools Flat Iron?
Now, onto the curling. Usually, one would show a tutorial, a video, but seeing as how I’m not interested in the process, here is the result:
Now let’s back-track.
After spending a good two hours and running Chi Silk Infusion through all of my hair, I started out with the left side, curling with my roommate’s lovely straightener.
The Hot Shot Tools Flat Iron:
– formed loose curls and I had to re-curl several strands
– fuzzies (pieces that refused to curl/straighten) remained near my skull
– the flat iron steamed every single time I curled a strand. So much that the steam made my eyes hurt!
– separated the strands of hair too much, to where I had to work to make them mesh together
The Chi definitely fared better. The expensive straightener:
– formed tighter curls and fell in line with other strands better
– smoothed out fuzzies
– steamed less! My eyes weren’t hurting this time.
– definitely gave the better overall appearance
All in all, I must admit, I figured the Chi would do better. It’s a well-known, highly sought-after brand, and after my test, it was well worth the money. Then again, you always have to take into consideration different hair textures and thicknesses. As I said, my hair is not the most conventional type. Additionally, because I lack the oils in my hair that most people have (as I said, black girl hair!), I don’t wash my hair every day. I actually wash my hair every 4-5 days. Thus, I cannot assess the damage a Chi or Hot Shot Tools flat iron could wreak on my hair until a week or two later.
Regardless, I do recommend shelling out the extra cash on the Chi if your hair looks half as well as mine did after using the flat iron.