Products under strong consideration:
- Hot Tools Ceramic Curling Iron (Marcel handle style)
- Sedu "Pro Ionic" Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron
- CHI Ceramic Flat Iron
- Fahrenheit (ceramic "Clip Grip Digital Curler") -- $30. It's been less than 3 months and it's already starting to chip.
- Kiyoseki ("Mineral Ceramic" flat iron) -- $16. I suspect it wont last more than 6 months.
Prior to all this, I had a ConAir 2-in-1 ceramic flat iron/curling iron (less than $30) that lasted for what seemed like 4 years. It was flawless. If I can find it, I might just go back to that if all else fails. Other than that --
- Marcel handle (for curling iron).
- Temperature control (digital or "dialer" style; doesn't matter).
- Ceramic plates/barrels (not metal or "gold").
- Brands that you think are averse to burning/"browning"/chipping under reasonably moderate temperatures.
Bottom line? Help me cut through the inflated hype, bells, and whistles. I get that most of the buzz words ("ionic", "tourmaline"), are just that -- buzz words to market products. It's also said that more expensive tools = higher quality products. I'm partly compelled to believe this, because I've never paid more than $40 for hair appliances, and have to replace them within 1-2 years (OR LESS, CLEARLY). But of course, I'm happy to spend less if prices are truly irrelevant as far as informing quality.