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Disneybuckeye
05-16-2010, 09:17 AM
My DD was going to her second prom last night and begged me for a new straightening iron that was "good". She did not like the way her hair looked for the last one and blamed it on the iron (never mind that I volunteered to pay for her to have my stylist straighten it for this special occasion). I aquiesed as a present for her 18th birthday in two weeks and took her to the hair salon. We spent $160 :scared1: on a salon quality iron. Now, like everyone on the budget board I try and watch what we spend and scrimp where we can. We both have been using $20 irons for years and I was skeptical that the more expensive irons were that much better. Well, I was wrong. We used the iron on both of our hair and it definitely made the hair smoother, it handled easier, and our hair looked better, It also seems much better made as we were replacing our old irons once a year or so. In this case we got what we paid for and it was worth it. Now I need to start saving my pennies so I can buy one for me when she leaves for college in the fall.

gracie1
05-16-2010, 09:22 AM
My DD was going to her second prom last night and begged me for a new straightening iron that was "good". She did not like the way her hair looked for the last one and blamed it on the iron (never mind that I volunteered to pay for her to have my stylist straighten it for this special occasion). I aquiesed as a present for her 18th birthday in two weeks and took her to the hair salon. We spent $160 :scared1: on a salon quality iron. Now, like everyone on the budget board I try and watch what we spend and scrimp where we can. We both have been using $20 irons for years and I was skeptical that the more expensive irons were that much better. Well, I was wrong. We used the iron on both of our hair and it definitely made the hair smoother, it handled easier, and our hair looked better, It also seems much better made as we were replacing our old irons once a year or so. In this case we got what we paid for and it was worth it. Now I need to start saving my pennies to I can buy one for me when she leaves for college in the fall.

What kind did you get? I have had mine for years and it cost $100 (paul mitchell) but it's going to die soon. I can tell! And I need a good one!

mrsmom
05-16-2010, 09:23 AM
Hey fellow cincy!
I totally agree! My dd16 and i have each have our own and i couldn't do without my hair straightener, she just got hers a month ago and loves it.
Kim

Disneybuckeye
05-16-2010, 09:25 AM
It is a Centrix. It was recommended over the Chi by the salon (and a stranger in the salon waiting for her appointment) becuase you can adjust the temperature to you hair type and not burn your hair. Glad yours lasted a few years. Hopefully we can get that. Of couse it will be going to college in the fall and that could be scary.

gracie1
05-16-2010, 09:59 AM
Thanks! Is this the one?
http://www.amazon.com/Cricket-Centrix-Ceramic-Ionic-Styling/dp/B002LZ1SP8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=beauty&qid=1274021868&sr=8-1

I might go ahead and order it!!
Thanks:thumbsup2

Disneybuckeye
05-16-2010, 11:58 AM
I believe that is it. The box does say Cricket company on it in small print. Let me know how ordering it from there goes. I knew we would overpay buying it at a salon, but had no choice due to our time crunch. Would love to find a cheaper place to order mine.

Sarah_Rose
05-16-2010, 04:15 PM
I think spending money on a good straightener (if you use it regularly) is always worth it! Good salon-quality straighteners have 100% ceramic plates instead of ceramic coated on the cheap ones. I was also replacing my cheap straighteners every year until I coughed up the money for a good one (a Solia - also recommended over the Chi because of the adjustable temp controls). My Solia has been going strong for 3 years now and shows no sign of wear at all! And my hair is much less damaged from the ceramic plates, so I don't have to cut it as often to keep it looking healthy.

abmitch01
05-16-2010, 06:34 PM
I just got a haircut that I think would look better if I used a straightener (angled bob style). Never used one and my hair is straight, would it look more done if I ironed it? Should I start with a cheaper one? I do have a DD 11 who will likely eventually be using it too

Disneybuckeye
05-16-2010, 09:27 PM
My hair is very curly (ok, borderline frizzy) and I won't leave the house without straightening. Several of my daughter's friends who have what I consider straight hair do straighten theirs to make it look bettetr (their words, not mine). That is all I can say about straightening already straight hair.You can buy a cheap one relatively inexpensively to see if you like the look better. I would hate for you to spend $100 or so on something you later decide you don't need. You can pass it on to your daughter for her to use so it would not be a waste of money. I just wish they had (or maybe they did and I just did not know about them) when I was growing up. I hated my curly hair. I do have one friend who told me she would iron her hair with an iron when she was in high school. That sounds like a bad burn waiting to happen.

lisaross
05-17-2010, 08:02 AM
I also have the Solia and really like it.

I think spending money on a good straightener (if you use it regularly) is always worth it! Good salon-quality straighteners have 100% ceramic plates instead of ceramic coated on the cheap ones. I was also replacing my cheap straighteners every year until I coughed up the money for a good one (a Solia - also recommended over the Chi because of the adjustable temp controls). My Solia has been going strong for 3 years now and shows no sign of wear at all! And my hair is much less damaged from the ceramic plates, so I don't have to cut it as often to keep it looking healthy.

amtag
05-17-2010, 08:29 AM
I was sucked in by a tv infomercial and got the maxi-glide, but I have to say, I LOVE it, my hair is so frizzy and I can't believe how straight it is using this and it is really easy to use!

http://www.mymaxiglide.com/index.asp

kmvand1
05-17-2010, 12:18 PM
I just returned my daughter's In Styler, what a piece of junk! Her $20.00 straightner from Target does a much better job.

stinkerbelle's mom
05-17-2010, 02:14 PM
I forget the brand names, but I got an inexpensive straightener last year. It worked great, but only had 1 setting and my hair had to be dry to use. My hair looked great, but it was frying my hair and giving me lots of dead ends.

For Christmas my family bought me a new one for somewhere between $25 and $40 (can't remember the exact price). Its great its steam drys my hair which leaves it softer and straighter then the original one. Also I don't have the dead ends like I did before. It also has a temperature setting depending on your hair type.

If investing in a straightener whether you pay a little or a lot I would look for the temperature control and I like the steam drying one.