Sunday, August 8, 2010

Inexpensive and Effective Hair Straighteners

#11: VS175

Shipra asked me for my recommendation on a good and cheap hair straightener. Back in my undergraduate days sleek and straight was my hair style of choice, so I do have a bit of experience in this area even though I've given up the flat iron for the most part. I decided to do what any good 'newbie' knows best, google :)

Now, when it comes to straighteners, it's very important to purchase one with ceramic plates as they are less damaging to the hair cuticle and heat up evenly and quickly. I used to use a titanium one back in my heyday and while it straightened my then curly hair quite well, it also left me with a lot of damaged, dry ends. Frequent use of hot tools can dry out your hair, so it's good to use ceramic tools and some sort of heat protectant spray before straightening. I've heard good things about Tresemme's, but have never used any myself (probably also why I had such damaged hair!). has been my resource of choice lately for finding new, highly-rated hair products. I recently discovered Giovanni's Frizz Be Gone serum from this site, and am loving it (review to come soon)!! They have a Top 12 Flat Irons feature under their Advice section which I thought would be very useful to all those in search of a great flat iron for less :)

Here are the products from their list that were under $45:
- #12: Revlon Tourmaline Heat Ionic Ceramic Straightener - $32.99 
- #11: Vidal Sassoon VS175 Studio Tools 1-1/2" Tourmaline/Solid Ceramic Professional Ceramic Straightener - $32.99
- #7: Vidal Sassoon VS182 Gold Series Professional 2-1/4" High Heat Straightener - $25.49
- #4: Revlon Amber Waves Dual-Edge Straightener - $25.77
- #3: Conair Infiniti 1" Straightener - $44.99

Lingo check: According to, tourmaline hair straighteners are good for giving a shinier, silkier result than just a ceramic straightener alone, in less time! Sounds good for those busy mornings.

Take a look at the article and be sure to read the reviews to see if the straightener is good for your particular hair type (i.e., thin, wavy, curly, thick, frizzy, etc).

Good luck finding a new straightener :) 

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