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The Best Flat Iron for Natural Hair

Updated on June 27, 2010

Natural Hair

I have been natural for a total of 5 years and this is my second stint.  There's no hair like natural hair!  I have spent thousands and thousands of dollars on everything from shampoos & conditioners, styling agents, dryers and steamers and countless other products.  I could literally "set up shop" in my home. 

My most recent purchase was a 1 1/2 inch flat iron.  That makes a total of 4 in my collection.  In addition to the 1 1/2 inch, I have two 1 inch irons and 1 half inch iron.  Each one is used for a different purpose and I wouldn't trade them for anything.  If I had to leave the world with a few possessions, taking my irons would definitely be high on the priority list.

I get compliment after compliment about my hair.  It has body and sheen and looks very healthy.  I hate to toot my own horn, but I do a damn good job with my hair.  *toot toot*

I have what you call kinky-curly hair.  It takes a little time and effort to get it straight, but at the end of the day, I have a beautiful "do" that people can't believe doesn't have a single chemical application.

People often associate flat irons with the Chi.  I have even heard people say "I'm going to 'chi-iron' my hair."  Like I said before, I own four irons, but I've tried and tested dozens.

Does the Chi live up to the hype?

"Cha Cha Cha Chi Iron"

The Chi

The Chi by Farouk is a very popular choice for many people in search of a good iron.  I believe that the brand sells more than the actual product itself.

FHI Iron


The FHI iron is hands down my favorite thus far. If you google Chi versus FHI, you will get some shpeel about the difference in plate sizes, the lengths of the cords, some ergo crap etc. It all boils down to what your preference is and in the end, what really matters is what the product does for your hair. Are you expectations being met?  Are you pleased with your hair? Are you pleased with the iron?

I have tried a number of irons and I cannot stress how please I am with the FHI. It comes in a variety a sizes, has tourmaline plates which protect your hair and most importantly, it gets the job done better than any CHI that I have ever used.

You should test it for yourself; I would so love to say "I told you so!"

My Five Favs

  1. Bb Gentle Shampoo
  2. Bb Super Rich Conditioner
  3. Bb Sumotech
  4. Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum
  5. PhytoSpecific Integral Hydrating Mist



My Tools

Before and After

 Check out my before and after pictures below.  Why spend money when I have the resources and skill to do it myself; the time and effort is worth it!


Blow Dry

Press N Curl

Au Naturel X 2


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      3 years ago

      Best I have ever used is the Karmin! ^_^

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      3 years ago

      The best flat iron I have used is the Karmin.

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      4 years ago from San Francisco, California

      That would be the karmin g3 in my opinion!

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      7 years ago

      @ Shelia...I use a FHI Nano Salon Pro 2000 blow dryer with a concentrator. (2k watts)

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      7 years ago


      Love your hair so beautiful and shiny. I am also natural for about 15 months now. I was wondering what blow dryer do you use. Wattage, etc?

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      7 years ago

      @ PrettySYDitty ...I love the user name.

      It is highly unlikely that its your iron. I prefer the FHI over the CHI, but the CHI is a good quality iron as well. I use both bumble and bumble and the FF Shea Butter shampoo and conditioner. The bumble and bumble super rich conditioner is awesome. The super rich is sold in a travel size. You should try it and decide if you like it.

      After I wash my hair, I use the super rich. From time to time when my hair is dry, I add a teaspoon of olive oil to it. The wide tooth comb usually glides through my hair.

      After rinsing, I may (not always) add a little FHI hot sauce. I subscribe to birch box on a monthly basis and get a lot of travel size products to test. Tomorrow I'm going to try Oscar Blandi Olio di Jasmine Hair Serum.

      On a normal day though, I put a little bit of Paul Mitchell's skinny serum in my hair before I blow dry it.

      Do you have a really good blow dryer? If not, this may be the problem. I know that you don't like the heat, but by the time I blow dry my hair, it is pretty much straight, but it lacks sheen. Pressing it with the flat iron smooths it out.

      Also, are you parting your hair in small sections when you flat iron it? This is essential. I use a 1/2 in iron to accomplish this.

      I recommend the bumble and bumble gentle shampoo and super rich conditioner, olive oil and a good heat protectant. Comb the conditioner through while in the shower (with a wide tooth comb) and sit under the dryer for 20 minutes or put a shower cap on and wrap a hot towel around your head.

      Lastly, my flat irons are adjustable temp and I usually turn the dial to 400. The heat is better than a relaxer.

      Next time you wash your hair, let me know how it goes.

      I'll work on the youtube vid and will post really soon.

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      7 years ago

      Beautiful hair!!!! I'm new to going natural. I had my last relaxer last June and I am enjoying it...BUT since I didn't do the big chop, and I love my hair thick, but pressed to perfection, I have been trying different products to help me manage my own hair...this is becoming difficult. I have a Chi iron which can press my ends perfect, but the top however, is a different story. Lol.

      I began using Giovanni shampoo and conditioner (Tea Tree and Silk) which made my hair manageable with Silk Elements as my "serum" to flat iron my hair with the Chi. My hair remained puffy at the top.

      Then I bought Chi Silk Infusion to press my hair with and it straightened my hair, after straightening my whole head twice each time. I didn't like using so much heat, and definitely didn't like the fact that Chi product caused my already dry scalp to flake RIGHT after I flat ironed it. (Maybe the cause was a bad shampoo?)

      My friends pushed me to try Paul Mitchell shampoo and conditioner next with the skinny serum. After shampooing and conditioning, I could barely get a comb through my head, it hurt so much, and the skinny serum seemed to act more as a "glosser" than a help to flat-iron my hair. I gave the serum assistance with the Chi

      Last, I tried Biosilk last night. After shampoo and conditioning it made my hair manageable, unfortunately for me, I've straightened my hair twice and it's still puffy in that same area at the back of my head.

      My hairdresser used Phytospecific and I loved it.

      All I want to know is:

      1.) Could it be the Chi? :-(

      2.) I heard Bumble Bumble and Fekkai are good?

      3.) what products do you recommend that will make the hair weightless and move?

      Sorry so long. Lol. ;-) Love your post! YouTube vid?

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      7 years ago

      @ precious, I always use a serum...most of the time I use paul mitchell's skinny, but from time to time, I use one by design essentials (it is a little heavier).

      I live in New Orleans, so its always humid, but my hair has become accustomed to the weather; it no longer frizzes unless it is rainy and humid. What kind of shampoo and conditioner do you use?

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      7 years ago

      @ AA - After washing my hair, I put about a quarter size amount of super rich conditioner in my hair and I sit under the dryer for about 20 minutes. I also have a hair steamer, but I rarely use it. But before sitting under the dryer, I comb it through. From time to time, I will add a teaspoon of olive oil to my conditioner. You can't put too much OO because it weighs your hair down. After rinsing this out, I put a little bit of Paul Mitchell's skinny in my hair, add a little FHI hot sauce (heat protectant) and I blow it out. I then proceed to flat iron it.

      In the past two months I've added Frederick Fekkai's shea butter shampoo and conditioner to my basket. I switch back and forth between this and BB.

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      7 years ago


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      7 years ago

      Wow, your hair looks AMAZING! You should definitely make a flat ironing video on youtube :). Could you explain how you use each of your products before you flat iron? Whenever I blowdry or flat iron my hair it never really comes out straight and I don't know what else to do. Thanks for your post!


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