When you have naturally kinky curly hair, no relaxer, but like to wear your hair straightened, the heat used matters. The last thing I want to have is heat damage. I often avoid heat by wearing hair weave, but when I do straighten my hair, I have found that no-heat straightening methods do not work for me. So, after blow drying, I use a flat iron, then wrap my hair at night.
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I received a HSI Glider Ceramic Flat Iron free to try and share my honest opinion. Of course I was happy to, because my current flat iron had been a disappointment. My ordinary flat iron would leave my hair with burn smells when using it with any type of spray, which is unavoidable since I must use a heat protector. I didn't want to spend the money my sister spent on her fabulous flat iron and this one was less expensive than the one I had, but I still figured it would be an upgrade. Below is my experience:
The Flat Iron doesn't come in that pretty box all alone. It includes a nice, shiny, red pouch to carry the flat iron in. Cloth Gloves, no need to touch the hot iron when gliding through your hair! A sample of Argan Oil Leave-in Hair Treatment.
There is a light on the iron that goes from red to green when the desired temperature has been reached.
NOTE: My hair is not flat ironed from the root. I didn't go up to the scalp, not because I'm afraid of getting burned, but because I plan on wearing my hair in a twist out style in two days and perfectly straight hair today isn't necessary.
No sizzle sound when using the spray with the iron
No burn smell when flat ironing my hair.
Using the HSI Glider Ceramic Flat Iron. After the first time using it in the back of my head, I noticed the difference. It actually does glide through the hair. I have a lot of curling irons and a couple of flat irons under my sink. Never has any of them moved smoothly through my hair, no matter what the advertisement boasted.
The one I used most often would sizzle when I had heat protector spray in my hair as I moved through. It would also stop as I move through it, it would never glide.
The HSI Glider heats up from 140° to 450° F. The sides are rounded, so you can also use it to bump (curl) the ends of your hair. For my naturalistas who aren't afraid of heat, this is a good option. A perfect match for the HSI Argan Oil Thermal Protector sulfate free spray. They really knew what they were doing when they made these two!
The second time using it was just to re-straighten the parts that puffed up. For those of you wondering if that's a bad thing, it's not. It was about two days later and with natural hair I want to know that my hair will revert to its curls when I'm ready for it to. This is a great tool that I definitely recommend for all hair types.
The only thing that would make it even better is if it was available in a 2" flat iron.