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Updated on March 3, 2011

Chi Flat Irons - All you need to know before you make a purchase.

What makes the CHI flat iron so special? Why are so many women (and a few men) so interested in styling their hair with a CHI hair straightener?

Is it the best ceramic flat iron on the market or are there other models that are better? Where is the cheapest place to buy a CHI flat iron online?

All these questions and more will be answered (hopefully) by this page.

History of the CHI

The CHI straightener is manufactured by a company named Farouk Systems Inc. The owner and chairman of this company is Farouk Shami. His company specializes in making high quality professional hair care products for professionals and consumers alike. They are headquartered in Houston TX.

The darling of the CHI brand is their ceramic hair straightener, but CHI also sells hair dryers, curling irons, brushes, and other hair care products. Many people think that CHI is short for 'ceramic hot iron' or 'ceramic heat iron' but that is not true. CHI actually stands for 'Catonic Hydration Interlink' which is a registered trademark.

All about CHI Flat Irons

There are 5 different types of the CHI ceramic flat iron available. They are:

1. The Original CHI (1") that operates at a fixed temperature (350 degrees F).

2. The new CHI Turbo (1/2", 1" and 2") has a variable temperature (between 175 and 350 degrees F)

3. The CHI Nano (1" and 1.25" models) that actually sterilizes itself and kills bacteria on the handle. The temperature can be set between 300 and 350 degrees F. Some CHI Nano models have a digital control to tell you precisely what the temperature of the iron is.

4. The mini CHI, aka, the wee CHI (1/2"). Same as the original CHI but in a 1/2" format.

5. The wet to dry CHI (1"). This iron allows you to style damp hair (must be at least 90% dry).

Of course, there are some limited edition models available too. Namely the pink CHI, the red CHI, the CHI with hearts, the blue CHI and the stars and stripes CHI.

Features common to all CHI flat irons:

  • the power cord is ten feet in length and swivels 360 degrees so you have lots of room to reach the back of your head
  • they only take at most 1 minute to heat up
  • the ceramic plates distribute heat evenly which means you get better results with only one pass
  • they only use a maximum of 25 watts of power

How do you select the right CHI for your hair?

The length and thickness of your hair normally dictates how wide a model you should buy. If you have short hair, then most likely a 1/2" to 1" model will suit you best. If you have longer hair or thick (ethnic) hair, then you will most likely need one from 1" to 2" in size. Lastly, remember that a thinner CHI flat iron is more easy to twist so if you are into doing funky hair styling tricks (flips, waves, etc) then a thinner flat iron may be what you need to buy.

Some models, like the Original CHI, have a fixed temperature. This can be an issue if you have fine or delicate hair. If that describes your hair, than you should look to using a newer model like the CHI Turbo or Nano which come with a variable temperature. That means you can lower or increase the temperature at which the iron operates. For fine hair, try a lower heat setting and for thick hair try a higher heat setting. If you have normal hair than the Original CHI will most likely be an excellent choice.

Where to get your CHI flat iron?

The best place that I have found to buy a CHI hair straightener online is Folica.com. They will give you free shipping with the purchase of a CHI flat iron and some models include a free $20 heat proof mat/travel pouch. I have one of these and they are really great. I place my flat iron on the mat while it heats up. When I am done, I let it cool down on the mat. When I put it away, I gently fold up the cord and place the flat iron inside the mat and put it in a drawer.

Folica.com also has a place where customers can comment on their purchases. If you visit Folica.com, you can read all the comments for the original CHI. The last time I checked it out there were 1087 reviews and the average vote was 4.15 out of 5.

Some positive comments - you will be surprised to know that there are customers that had their CHI for over 3 years or 5 years and it is still working. Some people get super fast results (30 mins instead of 2 hours with the cheap drug store models). Many people are impressed at how hot it gets and how fast it heats up. They also talk about getting smooth and shiny hair with the CHI. That's just some of the hundreds of 5 star comments about the Original model. And remember, the Turbo and Nano models also have positive reviews too.

More Information

You can find out more information at these sites:

Need more info: CHI Flat Irons (more details about the CHI flat iron models)

Fake CHI Flat Iron bust

Ok, so I thought this counterfeiting of CHI flat irons was something that happened in Asia (mostly because of the inexpensive manufacturing). Well, this is bound to make you take notice ...

Apparently the Canadian federal police (RCMP) in Quebec broke up a flat iron counterfeit ring. They seized 3,500 units of the CHI and 1,000 GHD hair straighteners. Amazing.

So, please make sure you buy from an authorized dealer. I personally use Folica as I stated above. Remember, if the price seems too good to be true, perhaps it is not worth the risk.

Please note: The Yahoo News page that reported this story has been archived (ie, taked down) so I removed the link to it. 

A 6 min demo of how to use the CHI hair straightener - Hubpages is having troubles embedding videos ... I will add the video once it is fixed

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      questions 5 years ago

      I am asking a question , if how you know if chi straightner can be fake ?how many plugs is their 2 or 3 ? And what products can i use before i use the Chi

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      Snicker 5 years ago

      I was wandering if i boucht a chi straightner from jcpennys...it wold be the original and would be just as great as everbody else's?

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      Laura 5 years ago

      Chi is much too expensive for the time it lasts for. As a stylist I have to use hair dryers on a daily basis and Chi dryers NEVER last more than a few months. I'd recommend getting the Karmin Salon Pro Professional hair dryer instead, it has a 3 year warranty, a 2000 watt motor and hasn't failed me once.

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      mia 5 years ago

      So i received an original Chi straightener as a gift, and unfortunately the person who gave it to me did not think to keep the receipt. I plugged it in the first time and used it, and this first time the light came on, blinked after a few minutes, but stayed on till I was done. The next time I went to use it, the light came on for maybe 30 seconds, then turned off, and turns itself back on randomly. I thought maybe it was the light itself but the plates cool down too. I've tried to use it a third time, and now it doesn't turn on right away, and the light barely comes on. I'm fairly certain its a real chi. It has all the info embedded on the iron, the plates "float", there is a reset button on the plug-in, etc. Can anyone tell me what might be wrong with it? Because Farouk no longer fixes Chi's, I cannot do anything without the receipt.

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      Lashonda33 5 years ago

      @ CHRISTY

      Did you ever find out if the iChi are the same as Chi? I purchased one about 2 weeks ago from Jcpenny's I am wondering the same thing.

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      Linda S 5 years ago

      Question for Pennys employees:

      I purchased my CHI 18 months ago. Will Pennys replace it since it stopped working?

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      Christy 6 years ago

      My husband recently bought me a pink iChi from JcPenny's for $109. Can anyone tell me if there is a difference between the 2 or if this is a fake? It has all the things that Zendog was saying EXCEPT my LED isn't silver it's black. AND the handles do not say Global Beauty Network. The inside by the LED light says Farouk Systems Inc w/ the certificate # there. Mine does say it's made in china. I am curious to know what the IChi is? My hairstylist had NEVER heard of the IChi.

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      AJ R 6 years ago

      I work for a JCPenney and I would have to say that they are not selling fake CHI's. We(as well as Trade Secret) fight VERY hard to keep any sort of diversion out of our store. We are always on top of the latest items for diversion, which in the past may have included CHI. If you're really worried about whether it's a fake or not, look on the outside of the box it came in. They are now putting a tracking device on each box(or so they say). It's in the shiny silver tape on the left side of the box. It should say CHI Farouk Systems in the tape. If it doesn't....I wouldn't buy it! You can find plenty of CHI's under $90 at Penney's. Watch for great deals with added coupons! And good luck!

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      Myztique 6 years ago

      I am looking to purchase a CHI Curling iron. I'm a little nervous about purchasing one after looking up info about it on the Internet (Fakes vs. REAL). Has anyone has a good experience with purchasing a CHI curling iron? I am looking to purchase 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch barrel.

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      Roxanna 6 years ago

      My chi was working perfectly fine the other day now all of a sudden it didn't turn on anymore! What should I do!?

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      Foreverchi24  6 years ago

      Hi, About two days ago I noticed while straightening my hair that my chi was going on and off, if i tapped it gently then the red light ( and the heat) would turn back on, but then a few second later shut off again. I've had my Chi for 3 or 4 years and never had a problem up 'till now. Is there any way I can fix it? PLEASE REPLY BACK! Ps: I have to Original Black standard Chi. I bought it from Ulta.

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      I was searching Chi's online, it came up as a bunch of zebra Chi's...pink and black zebra stripes, blue and black zebra stripes...etc. Are they fake Chi's? If so, how do I avoid buying A fake Chi online?

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      madmom95 6 years ago

      CAUTION!! PLEASE READ!!!....My daughter has had the hot pink chi for at least 3 yrs now with no problems at all. 2 days ago she plugged it in but did not turn it on yet. She wanted to dry her hair before turning power on. Well a few minutes into drying her hair she smelled something burning and turned to see the power cord was shorting out about 2-3 inches down from the handle and had caused her rug and a towel that was near by to catch fire. luckily she reacted quickly and only caused a small amount of fire damage to her room. Thank God she was home and in her room when this happened or the whole house would have burned down!!Please be careful and never leave them plugged in unattended.

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      macc 6 years ago

      i find that if you turn on a fake chi it takes longer to heat up, and its harder to straighten hair aka. takes longer. my chi that i have right now cost 150 dollars canadian, when i turn it on its already hot it doesn't even take a minute. i have long thin hair and with my other hair straightener it took me 30-45 minutes to straighten and it was a hassle, this morning i straightened my hair with my new chi straightener and it took me 10 minutes, no joke! :)

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      Alexandra 6 years ago

      Hi! I'm moving to Australia in late January and need help/reccommendations on what flat iron to get and one that is compatible with their voltage system since I think the CHI is least compatible abroad, even with a converter. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! xx

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      j gothwould 6 years ago

      FYI folica is not an authorized Chi dealer... call Chi and ask them. Authentic chi are not sold online...

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      Sean 6 years ago

      You can buy it at the salon...I got mine at Regis. Make sure you save the receipt. Get it replaced before the warranty is over.

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      sean 6 years ago

      where can i buy a chi flat iron in Houston TX

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      Ralyn 6 years ago

      I am a professional stylist and I have used CHI for 7 years and wouldn't use anything else. I have had the same iron for that amount of time. I leave it on all day while I'm working and shut it off at night. I have never had a problem with it. There are alot of fakes out there for sure. One of my clients was being cheap and bought one off e bay and it doesn't work well at all. I had her bring it in and there was a distinct difference. It looked the same compared to mine but the model number was not engraved and the plates were not 100% ceramic as it was chipping off. She got it for 70 bucks. An original CHI will usually cost about $100 or so. You get what you pay for!

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      I have not personally used them so please use good questions to make sure there are no hidden fees, etc.

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      Stephanie 6 years ago

      The Beauty Supply Outlet also is selling fake CHI irons. I checked with Farouk where they claim to get their products, and Farouk confirmed they are not a registered seller. I have loged a federal complaint about them as THEY WILL NOT GIVE REFUNDS on their fake products.

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      trueinvestor 6 years ago

      JC Penney is an authorized dealer for Chi irons. They carry a 3 month warranty in the store,otherwise it is warranted for 1 year with Farouk. All of the information is in the box.

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      mnw 6 years ago

      umm ya i was wondering where u can buy the CHI straighteners @ b/c i live in a small town... and i hav a conair wet to dry and it takes forever to straighten my hair and i hav thick and naturally curly hair too... i need help plz and thanx

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      Tammy 6 years ago

      i keep reading that an authentic CHI will have 3 prongs on the plug, but I purchased one from Target and it only has 2 prongs, but has the reset button. Is there anyway that Target is selling fake CHIs?? I highly doubt that would be possible. It works great and everything else about it follows authenticity guidelines.

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      Cece 6 years ago

      I bought a CHI last December from JC Penney, and about a week ago, it just kind of died out, it wont turn on. I have tried countless times, pressing the reset button, and the on and off switch. I am wondering if anyone would know how or why this could have happened, and what i can do to somehow fix it. It still has its warrentee, and am planning in taking it back to the salon, however i do not have the recipt. So, im not sure if they will be able to replace it for me. Just wondering if there are some cheap options out there, in order to replace the lovely CHI!! I cant live without it.:)

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      hey 6 years ago

      If you have the receipt where you bought it usually the store will take it back. Chi's now have a 2 year warranty and you should be able to get it replaced at the store you bought it from, always with a receipt. You may have better luck with your chi flat irons if you don't wrap your cord around the flat iron when you store it/put it away. Wrap it in the S shape so your not putting tension where the cord connects to the flat iron you'll have a lot better luck keeping it hot.

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      mad! 6 years ago

      I just bought a PINK DAZZLE CHI -- BOOTLEG! I peeled a sticker off, and it read MADE IN KOREA! IM SENDING IT BACK ASAP!

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      not important 6 years ago

      the problem with the chi iron is farouk shami himself. years ago the chi iron was a great product (durable, reliable, and effective). in an attempt to reduce costs mr.shami began sourcing companies (china and korea) to manufacture the chi iron at better prices for a larger bottom line. the first problems were with the switches, your iron works then just stops. next problem was the durability of the ceramic.

      let me explain how asia manufacturing works. chi irons manufactured for farouk during the day followed by a night run (unknown to farouk) of irons which are then sold to third party vendors (target, winners, costco, etc.), these irons are not fake, just not authorized by farouk systems. this is what happens when a company sources manufacturing at rock bottom prices, they lose control of there brand!

      farouk now realizes the integrity if there brand is on the line so they begin to liquidate their own stock (often done at farouk events for hairdressers). shauky gulamani (president of farouk systems at the time) was often guilty of this himself. shauky snags a buyer and sells the irons of the books and out the back door so to speak. this way if one of the irons is returned to farouk there is no history of it being sold by them therefor they can respond by saying the iron is fake. now farouk has moved there manufacturing back to the usa. the warranty has now been improved to two years and we should see the quality of the chi iron improve, only after farouk caused the entire problem himself.

      THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS FAKE, JUST POORLY MANUFACTURED PRODUCT WITHOUT QUALITY CONTROL!

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      Christina 6 years ago

      I just called the Farouk company & since 2009, they no longer service broken CHI's... they used to have it where you can send in a repair for a fee of $35. Now, guess the economical BS caused this service to no longer be in use. lovely...

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      Kristen 6 years ago

      I had bought a CHI flat iron and it gave me a year warrenty. I bought it about 4 or 5 months ago, but I had lost the coupon and it stopped working. Is there any way to get a new CHI without the warrenty?

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      Kelly 7 years ago

      .

      actually, zendog- get your facts straight. everything cheap is made in China. if the iron was made in China- then it is FAKE!

      cheap imitations sold in China actually are disguised as 'Made in Korea' to pass customs and to appear more legit, but they ARE FAKE AND MADE IN CHINA.

      if it really was made in Korea, it is authentic.

      get this- China is Communist- Commy countries don't have laws or restrictions on the selling and distributing of fake products- which is why it happens SO OFTEN in China.

      South Korea is Capitalist- it is ILLEGAL there to make and sell counterfeit products.

      that's why China lies about their cheap shit being made elsewhere legit- like South Korea.

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      D.H. 7 years ago

      I've had two and both cords broke in the same place. Mine were both authentic but poorly made. I'll be trying a different brand.

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      minottgirl 7 years ago

      this was not help i wanted to see it work on curly hair thanks for nothing

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      HELP! 7 years ago

      I have used my chi once or twice and now it says ERR when i turn it on? What do i do?

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      chi? 7 years ago

      i got my chi 3 weeks ago and ive been using it , ive noticed where it says GLOBAL BEAUTY NETWORK INC on the top and bottom the silver ink is kind of rubbing off on both sides and the CHI on the bottom is fading as well is this normal? do i have a fake?

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      jack lai 7 years ago

      Dear :

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      Ashley 7 years ago

      Wow I didn't know there were alot of fake Chi's... I just checked mine, but its real! Yay! ^_^

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      Dr. CHI 7 years ago

      hi were profesionals in the health of your chi fix problems with your iron such as loose plates cord on/off problems and new cables switch issues and every of them let your iron in our hands were located in laredo texas you can fix it for only 20 dlls. top bam__ivan@hotmail.com

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      Anna 7 years ago

      HI

      We are the professional suppliers of Hair Irons and dryers, we can offer you the best quality and good price.Our products list as below:

      1,CHI Flat Iron styles:

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      CHI Nano Digital Ceramic Hair Straightener

      CHI Original WEE CHI 1/2inch

      CHI Nano Hair Dryer

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      4,GHD MK4 black

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      Shippment: EMS (usps), UPS, FEDEX, DHL. Door to door shipping takes 4-6 calendar days.

      Hope to do great business with you

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      Daphne 7 years ago

      hi friend

      this days , CHI flat irons is in sale promotion,MOQ: 40pcs,4days by DHL free shipping to your hand.

      if you need,pls dont hesitate to contact with me,More order,More discount

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      CHI Camo,turbo $23/pcs

      best regard

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      ebuyqq@hotmail.com

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      kasey7368 7 years ago

      i purchaced one last summer...and the first 7 mounths i loved it..but then it started to not get so hot.. i made sure the thing on the side was at the highest degree..and i even let it sit out for about 10 min..and i can put my fingure on the hot part..and its barely hot.....dose anyone know what might be wrong? and i bought the CHI turbo(red and black one)

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      sandy 7 years ago

      Hi Friend

      Thanks for you reading this mail.

      We are the professional wholesale supplier of CHI Hair Irons & GHD Hair Straightener . We can offer "Excellent Quality.Reasonable Price & Best Serive !"

      our chi website: www.chinusale.com & GHD web: www.retailk.com

      Payment method: W.U/ Paypal

      Shippment: EMS (usps), DHL.Door to door shipping

      Service: 1)We assure you with guarantee shipping and no customs duty issue . If your order being taken by domestic customs we will either refund or resend.

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      For more information, please don't hesitate to conact us

      Looking forwards to our long term business cooperation

      Have a nice day!

      Sandy? Sale@ebuyqq.net )

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      tati 7 years ago

      hey i need some help. after reading all the comments i dont know if my chi is fake or not. but it just stoppd working today after having absolutely 0 problems before, and it just shut off while i was straightening my hair. i have really thick curly hair and it takes awhile to get it straight, even after blow drying it. i got the chi from target :/ and it worked pretty good until just today and out of nowhere it shut off and it wont come back on. i dont have a lot of money right now, definitely not enough to buy a new one. i dont know what to do. help!

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      sarah 7 years ago

      my friend gave me her CHI about a year ago and the lining of the wires came apart from the plug and it stoppped working would i be able to get a new one and send that back?

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      ChiLover 7 years ago

      Adding to the above post....it's actually the Chi Turbo Digital/Microchip. It looks the same as the pictures on most websites, but I'm just concerned about the safety information.

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      ChiLover 7 years ago

      I just bought a Chi turbo 1" from ebay. It works great and has all of the signs of being real: the cord is right, has a tm next to Chi, the plates float, etc. However, the safety information on this iron is not embedded in it but is in white lettering. Is this a fake?

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      Solia Flat Iron 7 years ago

      Chi makes a great flat iron but I prefer the Solia flat iron.

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      franny 7 years ago

      my chi has worked very but now when my family plugs it in it wont turn on we tried the reset button but still nothing we bought it in the usa but we live in canada and we cant go back to return it what should we do?

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      amber 7 years ago

      My chi has the silver sticker sticker and says 45W and made in China. Then engraved in the straightener it says 35W and made in Korea. Chi's seem to be nothing but problems. Even the real ones have electrical issues. I will definitely stay away from this product.

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      MISSandra 7 years ago

      Is it possible that I get the real Farouk flat iron with the european plug?!? Please help me...

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      kris 7 years ago

      I just got a new CHI (digital) for christmas. I used it once and it worked great, but now when I turn it on, it heats up and then it says ERR on the digital screen and gets cold. what's the deal?

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      JOANNE 7 years ago

      WHERE CAN I REPAIR IT IN RIPON, CA.

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      7 years ago

      I bought a chi off ebay and at FIRST thought it was great...until the plates fell out...and I think it started overheating and frying my hair too i think...and my stylist said it was probably fake. After reading this it has many trademarks of a fake- the"tm" next to the "chi" instead of the "r" the plates easy scrape off, the cord is different. It does however have floating plates. The logos are a little fuzzy. Overall it DID work great to start but beware of the long term effects. I just bought a real one from my stylist yahhhh better to pay the extra for quality and get a warranty and know your hair is well taken care of. The fake did not last near what the warranty would cover.

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      bob 7 years ago

      ive had a chi turbo for three years now and i love it, i have long thick curly hair and when its straightened you would never know. the only down side is it gives lot of dead and split ends

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      Jovan 7 years ago

      I have had my CHI nsince 2004 and it still works i also just got a GHD so if something happens 2 my CHI i sell CHI irons as well and never hadf a complaint I cant believe people out here are counterfiting them I KNOW OF IMITATION ONES AT SALLYS. i WOULD NEVER BUY AN IRON FROM EBAY. There are wholesellars who sell theres for 50 and they are real but i heard that te company who made CHI when they first came out got bought out or they r merged with GHD makers now but i have an original and it still works you also have to think about how much you use yours cause most hair stylist have been through a few cause the amount of hair they do but if its for home use it should still work

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      Sirren 7 years ago

      Does anyone know if JC Penney's sells the "real" chi?

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      Kristen  7 years ago

      Does anyone know a phone number to Chi manufactory, I have only had it 3 months and it just stopped working. Thanks!

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      Jackie 7 years ago

      I want the damask limited edition chi from ulta. Would the ones from ulta be fake? and its 119$ and im scared if it breaks. how long do warranty last?

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      7 years ago

      real chi's are made in the USA, if its made in china its fake

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      chiuser 7 years ago

      This is a really good article! And for all you nay-sayers who keep trying to worry people into buying a fake straightener, if you want one that looks like a CHI and still really straightens your hair then why not buy a fake one? they work as good as the real ones, they are just lighter in weight. Plus about 60% cheaper.

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      confused ????? 7 years ago

      i just ordered my chi from a diifferent bidding site and im scared that its fake, there was a sticker by the led light but the sticker just says made in china and 110-120 volts, when i took the sticker off it had all the right stuff ingraved on the inside

      the instruction manuel has the warranty and the number and when i called the number ledme to farouck systems

      do u think i have a fake chi or is it just an older model? im very confused

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      Wet Dry 7 years ago

      They come in pretty much every color imaginable, what color are you looking for?

      http://www.wetdrystraightener.info

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      cellyy 7 years ago

      are there any other colors besides those???

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      seyaraa 7 years ago

      thank you for sharing such details about chi flat irons. your article was very insightful. i just bought my very own chi at folica.come =D

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      ayah 7 years ago

      help me,

      i wont to buy chi.which one better black or pink.

      plz help

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      LOVEYDOVEY 7 years ago

      WHY WHY WHY is she straightening STRAIGHT hair????????????? this how-to video is idiotic! It's poop!

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      ayah 7 years ago

      help me,

      i wont to buy chi.which one better black or pink.

      plz help

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      ayah 7 years ago

      help my,

      i wont to buy chi.which one better black or pink.

      plz help

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      S. Lomax 7 years ago

      I agree that even the real CHI's have their flaws. I bought my first one on the internet. It was a fake but it worked for 2 and 1/2 yrs. I have bought 3 from salons since then that were the real thing and they all quit working from the wires in the cords going bad. The real Chi works great!

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      TIMWILLIAMS 7 years ago

      I am a man that bought a CHI iron. I got a one inch. I have natural curly hair and the iron helps make my hair straighter.

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      Nat 7 years ago

      Ive had my CHI for just over a year, and between my mom and i we wore out the chord. we have to have it bent a certain way to have the light turn on and to heat up. its almost broken. we bought it at the local hair cutters, but how do we get it repaired?

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      Morgan1248 7 years ago

      Hi. I have a Conair steam straightener. But I'm thinking about getting a Chi with the way everyone is talking about them. But the one I have right now, has a setup that controls the temperature that goes up to 365 degrees. It gets my hair fairly straight but my sylist can definitely get it straighter. And by the end of the day, it usually doesn't look so hot anymore. Can someone tell me the advantages a Chi has over my steam straightener? I have curly hair that frizzes at humidity. All my friends keep telling me that I need a Chi. Why?

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      Ghd Straighteners 7 years ago

      Thank you! I really like this. If want buy? I recommend this site: www.diymyhair.com. They are a good seller.