I previously had a Chi straightener for over 6 years which would have lasted me forever, except I overloaded the voltage while traveling abroad (please use the proper 110V! An adapter will not do the trick when the voltage is at 240 - you need a transformer). I bought this one as a replacement, and ordered the "Original" in order to recreate the sturdiness, simplicity, and quality of my previous Chi. Since it said Original, I thought it would likely be the same model. However, this model is lighter and of less sturdy construction than my previous version, which had less of a plastic feel and look to it. Other than that, it works great! It does not bother me that it looks cheaper, because it really is the same instrument and does the same job. I recommend it.
I purchased this flat iron because it has dual voltage. It heats up quickly and gets very hot, but doesn't seem to straighten as quickly as the one I use in the states. If you go over the same strand several times, it does do the job.
i went back and forth regarding this hair straightner; everyone said it was the best (made of the best quality/sturdy, etc.) and for the price point, you would believe that fact. the pros are that a.) it gets hot quickly (6 seconds wait time) b.) it has dual-voltage. the truth is, my hair is curly but not ridiculously curly, and it just doesn't get hot enough to get it straight with one pass through. i have to do all my strands 1-2 times to get it straight--which adds time. i think this thing goes till 390 degrees. i used to have a chi nano 1" (the older version from 3 years ago, not the digital one) that got hot quickly and got hot enough to straighten my hair properly (probably 415 degrees). i'm just not a big fan of this product, but i'll keep it because of the dual-voltage advantage for international trips. if anyone curls their hair with a hair straightner, this one does a good job with that as well.
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