(Pictured above is my BaByliss mini iron with 1/2″ plates which I use for my bangs and which does a fantastic job. The small size means you can get really close to the scalp. I love this thing and cannot recommend it enough. If you’d like to see more scale I took a picture of it on top of a dollar bill.)
(Pictured below it is the original Chi straightening iron which is hugely recommended and which I bought on a whim yesterday. The Chi, as far as I can tell, has a reputation for being the best, and also for breaking after only a year. It’s expensive, most salons sell them for around $200, but you can find them online and at Target for less. Be aware that if you buy one at someplace other than a salon the warranty does not apply.)
My old hairdresser once used a fabulous hair straightening iron on me. It was far smaller than the Chi pictured above and larger than the BaByliss mini. It was compact and easy to maneuver and I want that one. Unfortunately she is no longer at that salon so I cannot ask her what kind it was. I bought the Chi above and I find it just large enough to be awkward. My hair is fine so I don’t need a really super heavy duty iron, and I’d rather have one that is easier to use.
I seem to remember her iron being white, slim and straight sided (no crocodile styling) with 1″ plates, but it was a while ago. Does anybody have any idea what this iron I’m thinking of might be?
The Chi Turbo irons look like they might be smaller (shorter) than the original (and since they have temperature settings I might get one of those instead). I’m not particularly loyal to Chi though and would happily try out other irons that aren’t as large. Unfortunately I’m having trouble searching for irons because there are so many mentions of plate size and hair length that using words like short, small, and mini don’t really help sort through the results. Even Folica, which it seems is to hair stuff as Makeupalley.com is to makeup, isn’t helping me out here. Anybody know what iron my stylist might have used?