CHI Wet-to-Dry Flat Irons on Sale!

chi flat iron wet to dry ironLimited time only!  The Chi Wet to Dry Hair Straightener by Farouk Systems is on sale for only $149.95.  That is a 40% savings off of retail!  The CHI Wet-to-Dry Flat Iron is a state-of-the-art hair straightener, unparalleled in its performance. The auto digital feature allows you to set the temperature and the time, and the digital monitor allows you to see the temperature setting. Additional features include a timer with automatic shut off, ceramic, ionic technology for smooth straightening, and curved edge 1-1/4″ plates for a variety of styles all from one versatile styling tool.  The perfect do for the Fashionista.  Remember this is for a limited time only.

Celeb Style: Janet Jackson

Jane JacksonI’m a huge fan of Janet Jackson. Her music, her dancing, her style, her smile … her ever changing hairstyle. I think she’s a healthy mix of extreme creativity and talent and she seems so well, normal compared to the others in her family. And she takes great risks with her hair. Her hairstyles have gone from controlled to classic, glamorous to sometimes kooky, sleek brown brilliance to ravishing red spirals and everything in between. As she promotes her new album Discipline, Janet has been seen sporting a very hot Hollywood trend – sleek long locks with bangs. For great bangs like hers, brush up on your wrist flicking motion with your favorite flat iron. Remember to turn the iron inward towards you when styling to create the smooth curved style your bangs are craving.

Take Your Hair Beyond Straight

Beyond Straight Temporary StraightenerIf you have curly hair, you realize that going straight isn’t a few quick swipes with your flat iron. No, for you it’s an entire lengthy process of sectioning and blow drying to try to straighten your hair before you even turn your flat iron on. Why not get a little help with a straightening glaze designed to unwind, uncoil and detangle those tresses?

If you want to straighten and smooth your style sleeker than you ever thought possible, try Beyond Straight Temporary Hair Straightener by Maxius Beauty. Straight from the makers of the Maxiglide flat iron, this non-chemical temporary smoothing glaze straightens strands with ease – even those unruly, shall we say overly coiled curls?

This aptly named super-styler not only relaxes curls, it also provides a thermal protection barrier from heat styling appliances (ahem, Maxiglide) and eliminates frizz and fly-aways. It contains a natural blend of Matricaria, Kiwi, and Henna Extract to hydrate and condition your hair, and added Vitamins A and E, Wheat Protein and Panthenol to build volume and thickness while softening and straightening your hair.

How to use it: On wet hair, pour a little bit into your hands and distribute throughout your hair with your fingers. I’d suggest adding a little more and lightly coating your ends – this is where you get those teeny tiny knots that sometimes cause snagging while styling. Beyond straight detangles and conditions, which we know is a must for curly hair that always needs lots of both.

After applying, fire up your blow dryer and show those curls and frizz who’s really in charge. You’ll notice your hair is more manageable, and super straight in no time with less effort. If straightening your hair usually takes you forever, you’ll love this stuff. It will help create a smooth canvas of hair that’s ready for your flat iron. And when you use your flat iron, you’ll notice smoother glides and less passes down the section. Less passes means less time, less energy, less damaging heat to your hair. All good things.

Hard to straighten hair has just met its match, push the limits of your own hair straightening with Beyond Straight.

-CurlyBelle

(who could actually pass for StraightBelle after Beyond Straight!)

Maxiglide Hairstyling Tips

Maxiglide Flat IronLove your Maxiglide Hair Straightener? Who doesn’t? When I saw these styling tips from Maxius Beauty on how to style with your Maxiglide I thought I’d share them with everyone. These tips are after you’ve applied your thermal protectant of course. Happy hairstyling!

1. Use a lower temperature setting (1 – 4) if your hair is fine or chemically treated, and (5 -10) if you have strong, coarse hair. 2. Always set the Maxiglide on its non-slip, rubber base.3. Your hair should be clean, dry or nearly dry, and free of tangles and knots.4. Never use steam within 3 inches of scalp.5. To prevent steam from wet hair touching your scalp, be sure the hair is completely dry at the roots.6. DO NOT use steam while your fingers are on the ridges of the Maxiglide. Never touch the hot plates!

7. You don’t have to squeeze tightly like ordinary irons – the ceramic plates and the detangling pins will do the work for you. Simply glide it through your hair. You’re not ironing – you’re gliding.

8. When you get to the very end of the hair, pause for a second, then continue gliding.

9. Start with a section of hair about 1 1/2″ inches thick and about 3 1/2″ inches wide.

10. Brush each section to free it of tangles.

11. For Softening: For especially frizzy, dry, brittle or stubborn hair, first, without applying a lot of pressure, barely close the iron and quickly go over the frizzy, brittle part of the hair which is usually the last 3-7 inches before the ends, with 1 or 2 bursts of steam. (This will soften the hair, much like you would iron out a tough wrinkle in a shirt). Then go over the entire section from the roots to the ends WITHOUT THE STEAM. You don’t want to steam the entire section of hair, just the ends.

12. Creating flips is fun and stylish. When you get down to about the last 2 inches of the end of a hair section, start rotating your Maxiglide in one spot. Keep rotating until your hair “flips-out” automatically. Note that for especially frizzy, dry or stubborn hair, you can soften the ends first as described above in tip 10.

13. For more control, you can use your other hand to help guide the Maxiglide.  DO NOT use steam while touching the ridges. And never touch the hot plates. Never.

14. And finally, for those quick touch-ups, your Maxiglide comes with a bonus flat plate without the detangling pins. Using this bonus attachment, you can move quickly through big sections of your hair for speedy touch-ups.  

These styling tips are extremely helpful, especially if you are a first time “Maxglider”. Tons of people love this iron, and for good reason, it’s great for straightening all hair types and lengths. Even CurlyBelle’s thick, unruly mop!
-StraightBelle

What’s So Great About Maxiglide? Everything!

Can you really transform your hair from frizzy to smooth with Maxiglide, the revolutionary, heat styling appliance? Yes! With a few simple tips, your strands can be sleek, smooth and damage free with this Ceramic super-straightener. Unlike the other flat irons and hair straighteners on the market, the Maxiglide has many patents for its unique design, so I decided to put it to the true test with my thick, massive mop of hard to straighten curls. And the results were unbelievable.

Maxiglide Flat IronFirst thing you’ll notice is the design – it’s very different and pretty hi-tech. The Maxiglide has over 120 detangling pins, a small water chamber for the steamburst system, a rounded edge design, ridges and grooves on the outer casing and Ceramic technology. These patented perks promise smooth, straight hair in just minutes, without blow drying the hair smooth first.

That’s good news if you’re like me and have thick, curly hair and don’t have the time or energy to get your hair super smooth before straightening. Hey, if I could blow dry my hair as straight as possible, why would I even need a Maxiglide? But I can add a little help with a straightening booster before I start styling.

Tip: Relax your hair texture with a smoothing product such as Beyond Straight Temporary Straightener. This will help soften the texture and prepare your hair for straightening. Don’t worry, your curls will come back the next time you wash your hair.

The unit is much larger than you might expect, especially if you are used to holding a 1″ flat iron. The Maxiglide has a plate surface of almost 4″, so you really have a lot of ceramic contact to smooth each section of hair, but I suggest keeping your sections small.

Tip: Take small sections. Don’t go wild with big thick chunks of hair. Styling smaller sections at a time will ensure smooth results in only 1 or 2 passes. That’s better for your hair then going over and over the same section many times.

The detangling pins are smooth and didn’t pull or snag my hair, but I did feel a little tension if the section wasn’t thoroughly combed beforehand (those tiny knots). I admit I’m a big fan of the elastic band for securing the giant pile of hair on my head at night, so I do get those little knots where my hair seems to mysteriously get caught…. Note to self: Must comb section before Maxigliding.

Tip: Comb through your section first. Taking the time to comb through each section before styling will remove any tiny tangles and alleviate snagging or pulling as you glide down your strands.

I notice the ergonomic design is comfortable for such a big iron, and the heating time is up super fast. In a few glides my section of hair is super soft and smooth. I continue following the manufacturer’s styling instructions by spritzing my ends with the burst of steam before going over my entire section of hair. The steam really helped defrizz, smooth and straighten my ends. They are usually very dry and I’m glad I didn’t have to fry them to get them straight.

Tip: Don’t steam the entire section of hair, just focus on the ends. Use the steam burst button on the last 1/4 section of your hair first, then starting at the top, smooth your way down. This will keep your ends from drying out.

While I style, I feel my hair becoming softer. The Ceramic Steamburst Technology is infusing the negative ions on my hair and creating a silky, shiny finish. My cuticles are now flat and smooth, without damage. WHEW. I am also surprised at the glossy shine.

The best part? My hair’s coarse/dry texture is gone, and there are no little tiny frizzies. Sometimes when you straighten curly hair, the curls are flattened, not straightened. But with the Maxiglide, my texture is gone with a capital “G”. My hair is definitely straight. Straighter then I’ve EVER seen it.

I should also mention that I like having the variable temperature control so you can direct the exact amount of heat you need. I don’t like to use more heat than necessary (too damaging) but obviously, I want enough heat to get the job done.

Tip: One temperature does not fit all. Fine/thin hair – use a lower temperature. Thick/coarse hair – select a higher temperature, but only as high as necessary. Don’t use more heat than necessary. Use just enough heat to straighten your hair, no more.

Bonus points: A styling dvd and Ceramic flat plate (for touch ups) are included with the Maxiglide – I just love visual aids, and the flat plate is perfect for the second day touch up. Yes, my hair was still straight after sleeping on it, even though I swore my curly texture would come back during the overnight hours.

One more great perk – the Maxiglide has protective styling channels and the body doesn’t get hot. This is great so there was no concern of burning my fingertips, or getting that crazy forehead or side of the neck burn from the iron. Ever get those? But no problems with the Maxiglide.

Silky straight hair in few passes and I don’t have to burn my skin or fry my ends? What a concept. If you have thick or curly hair that is difficult to straighten, try the Maxiglide, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the results. We’re talking straight hair for once!

A++ for the Maxiglide.

-CurlyBelle

Top Rated Best Selling Flat Irons of 2007

Here they are, StyleBell’s best selling, top rated, must-have hair straighteners of the year and why we like them! You’ll notice a few newbies on the list this year, as well as some past favorites.  

ghd MK3 Ceramic Flat IronGHD 1″ Ceramic Hair Straightener MK3 
Alias: The International Fave
Already a best-seller in the UK and Australia, the GHD MK3 flat iron has a large, loyal fan base here in the US. Even heat conduction allows for quicker heating time than a conventional flat iron, and the long lasting temperature leads to optimal, snag-free hair straightening in minutes. Just brilliant!  

Plus: GHD has expertly formulated a line of hair care and thermal protectors to accompany your heat styling endeavors for maximum hair happiness. Check out the Obedience Cream, it’s truly a must-have.

Insider Info: This iron delivers snag-free results, more than most irons I’ve seen. Great for every hair style and hair type. A little pricier than other irons, but the results are worth it. 

Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Flat IronBaByliss Pro Nano-Titanium 1-1/4″ Flat Iron
Alias: The Mac Daddy of Techno
Love to take control? With the Babyliss Nano Titanium Digital flat iron, you get the superior heat conductivity coupled with the smoothest surface available in a styling tool – Titanium. No more overheating, over-drying, over-damaging your hair. Titanium rocks. Plus the super smooth snag-free surface straightens hair up to 40% faster, what’s not to love? 

Bonus: The Babyliss Pro Nano-Titanium flat iron looks as great as it performs! I love its major counter appeal and never want to put it away. It looks great on any vanity (on top of a heatproof mat, of course!) Gotta love an appliance that has style.  

Insider Info: This iron is chock full of amazing technology for the price, and includes a killer 4 year warranty. It goes toe to toe with those pricey irons, and kicks some of them to the curb. It’s newbie on my list, but the impressive results are sure to convince you.

HAI Convertable Ceramic Flat IronHAI Convertable 1-1/4″Ceramic Flat Iron 
Alias: The Multi-tasker
The HAI Convertable’s ceramic plates are unmatched for equal heat distribution and the ergonomic design makes it is easier to press, hold, mold, twirl and curl your hair. Talk about multi-tasking! People seriously love this iron, and you will too. The HAI Convertable is another one of my all time favorite straighteners. 

Plus: The HAI is just right for smoothing your hair, and for creating loose waves, perfect for those of you who like to mix it up! 

Insider Info: This is the flat iron they use at my salon, and everyone agrees, it’s awesome!

Maxiglide Flat IronMaxiglide
Alias: The Cult Favorite
Soft, shiny, straight and snag free! That’s what I keep hearing from Maxiglide users. Unique steamburst technology and ceramic detangling pins make this iron unlike all the others – in a good way. Not only does this iron get consistently high reviews on beauty sites, Maxiglide customers are very passionate about this straightener; they keep raving about it again and again. There is a reason it’s a best seller. Need I say more?  

Plus: The Maxiglide also has a slimmer, smaller version – the Miniglide. It’s the perfect traveling companion for touch ups on the go. 

Insider Info: Comb through your hair first and style small sections of hair at a time. Less potential for snagging, especially if you have very thick, textured hair. Definitely use the steam on the ends. Definitely. The Beyond Straight is awesome with the Maxiglide – I’m talking super straight. 

ghd MK4 Ceramic Flat IronGHD Ceramic Hair Styler and Hair Straightener, Flat Iron MK4
Also known as: The Innovator
With tons of media buzz, the newest arrival of the GHD family does not disappoint! Being one of the lucky few to get a sneak peek, last year, I am still in love with this iron a year later. Incorporating state-of-the-art styling technology, this heat styler curls as easily as it straightens, giving you the ultimate in versatility. Plus it auto adjust for international voltages, has a stronger cable, and a new sleep mode which turns itself off after 15 minutes. That’s one smart styler! 

Plus: Just to make sure you’ve got the styling ‘know-how’, there’s a step-by-step DVD included in the box. Watch out competition, there’s a new player in town, the GHD MK4 has arrived. 

Insider Info: This is one of the most innovative irons on the market, hands down. The technology is tops and you just cannot match the smooth glides of this iron. Pricey and totally worth every penny, it’s my favorite on the list this year.

CHI Original Ceramic Flat IronChi Original Ceramic 1″ Flat Iron
Alias: The Original
Great hairstyles are simple with the right tool; CHI proves that time and time again. With an extensive product line and many different irons to choose from, I have to agree with their loyal customers, you can’t go wrong with CHI, but the original model is always a customer favorite, and surely to be one of yours! Well known in the industry for continually creating new limited edition irons in trendy colors, CHI is great for you fashionistas out there.
 

Bonus: CHI has a killer line of hair care to keep your hair smooth with pure silk!  

Insider Info: Tons of street cred, everyone’s heard of CHI. The CHI Original narrowly beat the CHI Turbo this year, mainly due to pure customer popularity, but I personally like the Turbo a little better for my hair. Also note, some CHI Original followers have been spotted recently upgrading to other brands due to the increase in technological advancements in the past year, I’ll keep you posted. 

FHI Platform Tourmaline Flat IronFHI Platform Ceramic Tourmaline Professional 1-3/4″ Flat Iron
Middle name: Big Daddy
If you have long, thick, coarse or unruly hair, the FHI Heat Platform Professional 1-3/4” Ceramic Tourmaline ionic flat iron is your one way ticket to smooth. FHI’s Ceramic Nano-Fuzeion Technology combines Titanium, Titanium Oxide and Silver to seal in hair’s moisture and shine, while removing build-up and toxins on the hair. Plus an enormous amount of negative ions neutralize the positive ions found on coarse, dry and damaged hair. If you’ve ever set aside a few hours to straighten your thick, massive mop, you’ll be amazed at how quickly this flat iron tames your tresses.  

Plus: FHI makes an amazing heat protectant – FHI Heat Hot Sauce. It’s moisture-based, and when used with a flat iron it actually penetrates into the core of you hair to reconstruct and deeply condition from the inside out. Talk about protection.  

Insider Info: Another newbie on the list, I find this to be one of the best Tourmaline straighteners out there, and the FHI Platform beat the FHI Classic in my iron to iron showdown this year. I find that some irons with Tourmaline make my hair static-y for some reason (and that’s never a good look) but not FHI Platform. Whew! 

CHI Wet-to-Dry Flat IronCHI Wet to Dry Ceramic Flat Iron Auto-Digital Hair Straightener
Also known as: The Powerhouse
Specially designed for damp hair, the CHI wet-to-dry flat iron utilizes ceramic ionic technology to eliminate frizz while straightening and transforms hair into shiny, super-smooth locks directly out of the shower. State of the art digital technology allows you to set the precise temperature and it even has a timer with automatic shut off. Great for every hair type, the CHI wet-to-dry straightens the fullest, most unruly locks with ease.  

Plus: The CHI works just as well on dry hair, making it perfect for every primping situation. Sometimes I run late you know…  

Insider Info: The CHI Wet-to-Dry iron works best on hair that is 90%-95% dry. Not only is your hair much easier to straighten if it’s drier to start with, there is less potential for damage and frizz. Remember, hair is more vulnerable when it’s wet. Note: The T3 Wet-or-Dry flat iron was a top contender for this spot and missed by just a hair.

Hot Tools Ceramic Titanium Flat IronHot Tools 1″ Ceramic Far-Infrared Heat Flat Iron
Nickname: The Professional
A separate heating system for each heating plate ensures superior styling performance and puts the ‘hot’ in Hot Tools. Professional Soft Heat™ technology produces gentle, far infrared heat for more efficient heating, faster styling, and shinier hair, and the Ceramic and Titanium Technology provides snag-free styling as it glides smoothly down your strands. Any hair appliance that won’t snag or pull an overworked ‘do gets an A+ in my book. Thanks Hot Tools.  

Plus: This iron does a great job of smoothing those strands and adding an unbeatable shine with gentle far-infrared heat. Most irons at this price point just don’t have the technology to compare. 

Insider Info: This flat iron proves you can get great technology at a great price point! This is perfect for those of you who straighten your hair from time to time and want a quality iron without spending the big bucks.  

HAI Twig 3/8HAI Twig Flat Iron 3/8″ Ceramic Styling Iron 
Alias: The Root Smoother
Get up close and personal with those roots and transform even the shortest hair into smooth shiny locks with the HAI Twig. One use and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. The ultra-slim 3/8″ ceramic plates work wonders on bangs and those whisper-y wisps we love so much. For the best results and styling control, you should never use a plate width larger than necessary, and now you don’t have to. Now everyone can have the same results as the pros, Twig makes it so easy!  

Plus: This sleek styler features the same rapid heating element and adjustable temperature settings as the larger HAI models, making it a great choice for anyone looking to style extremely short sections in seconds.  

Insider Info: Perfect for pixies, roots, tendrils… and guys! Yes men love this one for super short hair that’s seeking some sleeking. This iron has the slimmest, teeniest plates ever but works like a smoothing fiend to get those roots straight. It’s a great second iron for those of you who need that slimmer design for styling.

FHI Technique Professinal Pink Flat IronFHI Technique Professional Pink 1″ Hair Straightener 
Middle Name: Versatility
One flat iron, with all the styling capabilities you will ever need. You can straighten, flip, and even curl your hair in seconds with this baby in our favorite shade, PINK. The Ceramic Tourmaline technology generates negative ions to help neutralize positive ions found on damaged hair, allowing the hair to lay flatter and smoother. This means shinier and healthier hair is yours with FHI, and who doesn’t love pink?  

Plus: Smooth and sleek or sexy curls, change your style as often as a celeb with this FHI Pink flat iron. And you thought flat irons were just for straight styles!  

Insider Info: It curls and straightens with ease, it’s got Ceramic and Tourmaline technology and it’s pink. What more could you ask for? 

As you can see, there are plenty of great irons that are perfect for your individual hair type and styling needs. Whichever you choose, don’t forget to use a heat protectant. All of these Ceramic, ionic styling tools get super hot and can cause dryness or damage if you aren’t careful. Using a thermal protectant on your hair before styling should always be your first priority. It will keep your hair healthy and shiny and it will enhance the styling potential of any iron you choose.

Can I use a Maxiglide on ethnic or relaxed hair?

Question:

“I am African American with thick, relaxed hair. Can the Maxiglide straighten my ethnic hair type? Will the ‘steam’ frizz this type of hair?”
Tammie via email

Maxiglide Flat IronAnswer:
You can definitely use the Maxiglide Flat Iron on ethnic or relaxed hair. I recommend using it on dry hair along with a thermal protectant to lightly coat your hair before you start styling. The thermal protectant along with the ceramic iron will close the cuticle therefore helping hair stay soft and straight and not frizz in humid temperatures. Plus, if your hair is already delicate, you want it as protected as possible.
To use the Maxiglide if your hair is especially frizzy, dry, brittle or stubborn hair, first, without applying a lot of pressure, barely close the iron and quickly go over the frizzy, brittle part of the hair which is usually the last 3-7 inches before the ends, with 1 or 2 bursts of steam. (This will soften the hair, much like you would iron out a tough wrinkle in a shirt). Then go over the entire section from the roots to the ends WITHOUT THE STEAM.

Please note I do not recommend the use of any heat styling appliance on very, very damaged, fragile hair, and I would always use a flat iron with a thermal heat protectant, for added protection to my hair.

For more questions and answers about the Maxiglide Flat Iron you should definitely check out this article: Maxiglide, Everything you want to know and more, you’ll love it!

Need some visual aids? The following video willl help you get started and straightened in no time…

-StraightBelle

The 411 on CHI Technology

Just a guess, but maybe you’ve heard of CHI? Of course you have! As one of the best-selling brands of hair appliances (and hair care!) we’ve decided to find out the scoop on why CHI is such a great brand, and we love what we found out. CHI really is different than other brands out there because of their innovative ideas and breakthrough technology. Interested? Read on…

CHI What is CHI Technology?
The unique thing that makes CHI stand out as a brand with a huge competitive edge is the technology. Farouk Systems believes that through innovation they can offer the hairdresser and home stylist truly unique products that out perform anything else on the market. 

What are the Benefits of CHI Technology?
Ceramic Heat
CHI Turbo Flat IronCHI Hair Straightening Flat Irons use moist ceramic, ionic, far infrared heat with ceramic plates and coils to maintain an even temperature all the time, eliminating hot spots that can cause damage and breakage to the delicate hair strands. This ceramic technology in CHI irons also produces negative ions to seals the cuticle, repel humidity and lock in hair color while smoothing and straightening. Shown: Chi Turbo Ceramic 1″ Flat Iron.

CHI Wet-to-DryFlat irons made with traditional copper coils can cause damage by pulling and snagging the hair strands and drying the hair because there is no ionic technology to protect the hair from the excessively high temperature of the hair straightener.

CHI Pink Dazzle Flat IronNegative Ionic Activity
Did you know that your hair carries a positive electrical charge caused by dryness? Over time, this positive charge increases, and as your hair becomes drier, more hair cuticles open, creating unhealthy hair that is hard to style. The negative ions created by CHI appliances cancel these positive hair charges, while smoothing down the hair cuticle. Smoothing the hair cuticle seals in your hair’s natural oils and moisture resulting in healthier, shinier hair. Shown: CHI Pink 1″ Flat Iron.

CHI Turbo Hair DryerFar Infrared Technology
Far Infrared is the longest frequency of the infrared spectrum; it is invisible to human eyes. Far infrared frequency can penetrate up to 1 ½ inches (4 cm) inside of the skin as well as inside of the hair. Far infrared dries the hair from the inside out due to its ionic charge by penetrating deeper. Far infrared heats up objects like your hair, and hair brush not just the air, to dry your hair faster. The recent studies have also shown that it can increase the blood circulation and metabolism. It can also help to maintain our general health. Shown: CHI Turbo Hair Dryer. See more CHI Hair Dryers.

Far infrared heat is produced in all CHI products and tools giving the user amazing performance with every product. CHI products and tools penetrate deeper into the hair and the results speak for themselves.

Want to see more? We’ve got the whole she-bang…CHI Turbo, CHI Nano Digital, CHI Original and more! We also have CHI Hair Care, talk about a selection. Want to see it all? Visit our section dedicated to everything CHI, you’ll love it.

-StraightBelle