I have been on the hunt for an amazing flat iron for months. I think I probably spent a good 5 or 6 hours scouring the interwebz for reviews and what not. One brand that kept turning up in my search results was HSI. They have the #1 rated flat iron sold on Amazon. That is seriously something to boast about because Amazon reviewers don’t sugarcoat ish.
4/11/13 EDIT: Some readers pointed out that the flat iron I’m reviewing is the 2nd Generation Worldwide Edition, and the popular model sold on Amazon isn’t. The only difference I can find between the two is that the Worldwide edition is dual voltage. Both go to 410F, both are 100% ceramic. One thing I noticed on both irons, the product descriptions say the heat temperature begins at 240F, but you can clearly see from my photo that the low setting is marked at 140F.
I don’t use hot tools on my hair very often, so I wanted a flat iron that was 100% ceramic (not just plated) with an adjustable heat setting. I wanted it to have rounded floating plates so I could also use it to do flips and curls. My hair is actually pretty straight when air-dried naturally, but if I sleep on it wet then it dries with a wave and causes some ugly hair bump things on the top of my head.
I’m VERY happy with my HSI Flat Iron. It’s tourmaline Ceramic, which means it’s a gentler form of heat that helps eliminate frizz and puts an awesome shine into my hair. The plates are 100% ceramic, not just ceramic plated, making this iron much higher in quality than your average supermarket flat iron. The ceramic plates are floating and curved, so I can easily flip my ends and create gorgeous barrel curls.
If you have extremely curly/kinky hair, you will appreciate that high heat setting. One feature I hope they implement soon into their design is a digital heat gauge that tells you exactly what the temperature of the iron is. Currently it’s a little knob and it’s a bit difficult to tell what temperature you’re at unless it’s all the way up or all the way down.
This iron heats up very quickly, probably 60-90 seconds or so. The package that I received included a small jar of leave-in argan oil hair treatment, a gorgeous red silk pouch to store the flat iron in, and a black glove to protect your hand during styling.
Disclosure: This product was sent to me for consideration. All opinions expressed are my own.