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Old 11-19-2010, 07:29 PM
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Question NATURALS!What is the best flat iron for 4C/4B natural hair? HELP!

I'm planning to straighten my hair for the first time in 5 years this December. I used to press my hair with a hot comb and electric stove but once i stopped using heat on my hair i gave my stove away and i'm too scared to use a hot comb again (heat damage). I never thought i could flat iron my hair, i think i tried it once years ago and it just didn't work , but my hair was very different back then. Now that my hair is in good condition and i've been on LHCF i've seen women with a similar texture flat iron their hair with beautiful results. My dilema is i have no idea what kind of iron to buy, i really don't want to spend over $100 but i could stretch to $120(maybe). I wanted to ask all the naturals out there , specifically 4c/4b (i'm mostly 4c) what is the best flat iron out there. I've been leaning towards getting the Maxiglide(is there really a difference between MP and XP??) but after seeing this technique & video :
YouTube - How to Straighten Natural Hair

I'm thinking the CHI iron looks amazing. Help! I'm CLUELESS.
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Old 11-19-2010, 07:36 PM
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Default Re: NATURALS!What is the best flat iron for 4C/4B natural hair? HELP!

A hot comb really would be the best option, IMO. Pinkskates, TheMoptopMaven and BlackMasterPiece all get great results from using them, and I use them on my sister's 4b hair. If you are fully committed to using a flat iron, hopefully some others can help you with that. For what it's worth, I wouldn't recommend the CHI as much as the Sedu or Maxiglide.
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Old 11-19-2010, 07:39 PM
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Default Re: NATURALS!What is the best flat iron for 4C/4B natural hair? HELP!

I wud also love to know.

Im planningn to get either the hana professional or the babyliss pro nano titanium from misikko in the black friday/cyber monday sales.

I wud love to see some results from 4b ladies
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Old 11-19-2010, 07:53 PM
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A hot comb really would be the best option, IMO. Pinkskates, TheMoptopMaven and BlackMasterPiece all get great results from using them, and I use them on my sister's 4b hair. If you are fully committed to using a flat iron, hopefully some others can help you with that. For what it's worth, I wouldn't recommend the CHI as much as the Sedu or Maxiglide.
Thanks, yeah hot combs always got my hair straight but i got a little heat damage. I'm thinking i would do less damage (i not burn myself as much!) with i flat iron lol Maybe I'll look into getting an electric hot comb! Could you recommend any? I'll probably look for one with different heat settings hmmmmmmm not you got me thinking!
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Old 11-19-2010, 07:55 PM
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Default Re: NATURALS!What is the best flat iron for 4C/4B natural hair? HELP!

try maxiglide
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Old 11-19-2010, 08:03 PM
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Default Re: NATURALS!What is the best flat iron for 4C/4B natural hair? HELP!

Here is a link to a post from my blog where I did my friends 4b/4c hair.Flat Iron Comparison

I think the best thing to look for is variable temperatures.
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Old 11-19-2010, 08:08 PM
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Here is a link to a post from my blog where I did my friends 4b/4c hair.Flat Iron Comparison

I think the best thing to look for is variable temperatures.
Thanks for your response but the link didn't work
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Old 11-19-2010, 08:27 PM
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Default Re: NATURALS!What is the best flat iron for 4C/4B natural hair? HELP!

I'm an electric straightening comb fan, I just need to find a quality ceramic model. I think next time I straighten, I'll roller set first. Use the straightening comb to smooth, and do a once over with a ceramic flat iron to seal the press... then silk wrap.

Gosh that sounds like a lot of work...
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Old 11-19-2010, 08:32 PM
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Default Re: NATURALS!What is the best flat iron for 4C/4B natural hair? HELP!

I need to know what everyone is using too. I have nothing to offer, but I have the CHI nano technology iron, and my efforts don't come out as smooth as I like them to. There's no variable temp. My relaxed hair was banging, but my 4b natural hair is like un uhn, get that outta here!
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Old 11-19-2010, 09:03 PM
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Default Re: NATURALS!What is the best flat iron for 4C/4B natural hair? HELP!

It depends on how much you plan to use your new flat iron. If you aren't going to use it for another few years then there's no need to buy the top of the line. I like tourmaline infused ceramic not sure why - maybe it's coz I like gemstones and the only other thing I ask is that it goes to 450 degrees. There are plenty of options that meet this criteria that go for 50 bucks or less at walmart, target, ulta, etc. If you plan on giving the iron a workout then that's when you might want to invest in a pricier model.

My pressing comb is electric. I got it at sally's. It has variable temp control and goes to 500 degrees but I've never used it at max setting. I usually set it in the 450 area and that's fine for my hair. If you need a lower temp then you do have that option - just turn the dial down. Start with a very low setting and turn it up only if you need to, and you won't have heat damage.
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Default Re: NATURALS!What is the best flat iron for 4C/4B natural hair? HELP!

I use a CHI iron to straighten my natural hair.
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Fixed! Confessions of a Blog Vixen: Splurge or Save?: The Flat Iron
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Old 11-19-2010, 09:46 PM
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Default Re: NATURALS!What is the best flat iron for 4C/4B natural hair? HELP!

I have 3 flat irons.
1. CHI ceramic - The version I have does not have an adjustable temperature gauge.
I hate it...It's too hot. I never use it on my hair but it works well on my cousin's hair
she is mixed and her hair can take more heat than mine.

2. Conair ceramic - I got this for $12.99 from walmart it is lightweight and thin and has
a temperature adjustment. This item was perfect when I was relaxed and still does a
good job now that I'm natural. Especially for the price.

3. Maxiglide - I don't know the difference between MP and XP and don't really know which version I have.. I inherited this from a friend. I really love my maxiglide. I use it with the plate that has teeth. I set it on 4.

The cons.....It is pricey.. and it is large and heavier than most other flat irons..

But I like it that the plates slide off and are easy to clean. I like the steam burst feature too. And I really like the plate with the teeth. But when you use that one you have to part very small divisions of hair.

I am a natural Type 4 b/a
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Old 11-19-2010, 10:06 PM
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Default Re: NATURALS!What is the best flat iron for 4C/4B natural hair? HELP!

Here are pics of when I flat-ironed my cousins 4b hair with a Hana Professional...
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Default Re: NATURALS!What is the best flat iron for 4C/4B natural hair? HELP!

I don't think you need a $100 iron to get your hair straight. I got my hair straight w/the Babyliss Ceramic iron that I bought for $40. I don't really straighten any more this was a few years ago. Now I use the Maxiglide , but I like the semi straight puffy look so I use it on a pretty low setting. The teeth will get your hair really straight but if used too frequently can lead to splits-I know from experience.
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Old 11-19-2010, 10:14 PM
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Default Re: NATURALS!What is the best flat iron for 4C/4B natural hair? HELP!

^^^^ooooooh riiight I remember these pics ^^^^

her texture looks very similar to mine

I hear titanium is the way to go these days, thats why I was thinking of going with the babyliss ... ahhhhhhhhhrggg
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Old 11-19-2010, 10:15 PM
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I don't think you need a $100 iron to get your hair straight. I got my hair straight w/the Babyliss Ceramic iron that I bought for $40. I don't really straighten any more this was a few years ago. Now I use the Maxiglide , but I like the semi straight puffy look so I use it on a pretty low setting. The teeth will get your hair really straight but if used too frequently can lead to splits-I know from experience.
do u remember where u got it?

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Default Re: NATURALS!What is the best flat iron for 4C/4B natural hair? HELP!

very nice!!! :-)

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Here are pics of when I flat-ironed my cousins 4b hair with a Hana Professional...
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Old 11-19-2010, 10:19 PM
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Default Re: NATURALS!What is the best flat iron for 4C/4B natural hair? HELP!

I wanted to add...my cousin has NO 4a- she is straight 4b...and the Hana Professional was $118 from misikko.com
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Old 11-19-2010, 11:52 PM
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Here are pics of when I flat-ironed my cousins 4b hair with a Hana Professional...
Wow, i'll be honest i have NEVER got my natural hair THAT straight!lol. I never even thought it was possible! Did you blowdry her hair before you used the flat iron? I'm super impressed!
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