Flat Iron Experts sent me a KQC X-Heat Ceramic Styling Iron (1″ plate; retails $249.95 Canadian Dollars – SALE price $159.95 Canadian Dollars…PLUS this item qualifies for FREE shipping!). I use a flat iron almost every day (unless my kids kept me up all night…then I dry my hair & go).
KQC is one of the fastest growing manufacturer of electrical personal care appliances, from hair straighteners, hair dryers and curling irons. These products are made in the Korea. KQC flat iron is #1 choice for professional in British Columbia and is expanding around the world. You get a high performance product designed to help you achieve salon finish at home. Flat Iron Experts has rated KQC flat iron as the #1 best flat iron and they recommend KQC flat irons with confidence.
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Buying Guide – BEGINNERS GUIDE 101 –
Your Questions. Our Answers .
1. Why should I invest in a professional flat iron instead of a cheap drug store flat iron?
Flat iron quality is all about the contents of the plates and the heating elements used. Consumer flat irons are generally made with cheap materials and are poorly designed. Plates: Many drug store flat irons claim “Ceramic”
or “Tourmaline”. But in reality the majority of them are made with aluminum plates coated with regular paint. Coating usually comes off plates after a few uses and hair get caught between the plates. Heating Element: Consumer flat irons uses PTC or Ceramic Coated heaters which are more inefficient and they don’t regulate heat as efficiently, this causes 3 major problems.
- Heat is not distributed across the surface of the plates evenly causing ‘cold spots’ (temperature lower on the outer edges of the plates)
- Large ‘recovery time’ (The amount of time it takes the heater to get to its max temperature every time the iron passes through the hair)
- Slow heat up times (The time it takes the iron to get to its desired temperature)All these Factors are very important when a professional stylist is looking for the best flat iron. Maintaining constant temperature throughout the entire styling session is very important to the performance of the flat iron. Having poor heating element means you have to go through your hair many times to get it straight, thus causing more hair damage.
2. I am very confused, what is all the fuss about Ceramic, Ionic, Tourmaline, Titanium and infrared?
Ceramic, Tourmaline and Titanium is the coating material for the hot plates. All three of the materials produce negative ions when heated. But which one is better you asked, all three will do they all generate negative ions. We haven’t seen any differences but if you are into technology Ceramic flat iron came out first followed by Tourmaline flat iron and the newest right now is the Titanium flat iron.
What are the benefits of ions?
Your hair carries positive electrical charges caused by dry friction and natural movement of the hair, it tends to spread out and become difficult to style. The positive electrical charges also cause hair cuticles to open, resulting in dull, unhealthy hair. The negative ions cancel positive electrical charges, thus smoothing, relaxing and repairing your hair. Infrared Heat penetrates the hair shaft from the inside, without damaging the outside. However there is nothing really special about it. All heated object including all flat irons produce far infrared ray.
You can safely ignore this claim.
3. What size plate should I choose for my hair?
Small sizes like (1” inch) to (1-1/4” inch) are lighter and easier to use and are more versatile compared to bigger ones. Bigger plates like (1-1/2” inch and greater) works faster and save time with long coarse hair, but they are not as user friendly and are more on the heavier side. Most popular plate sizes are (1” inch and 1-1/4” inch)
4. What temperature should I use for my hair?
Different hair texture should require a different temperature. It is very important to buy a flat iron with adjustable temperatures. Again, different individuals have different hair types, higher temperature speeds up your process, however be careful not to burn your hair. Use the chart below as a starting and slowly move up.
Today some of the best flat iron can heat up to 450°F
- Bleached, Fragile, Damaged or Fine Hair: Below 360°F (180 °C Celsius)
- Normal Hair: 360 – 380 °F (180 °C – 190 °C Celsius)
- Very Course, Thick, Curly or Ethnic Hair: 380 – 410 °F (190 °C – 210 °C Celsius)
5. What is Swivel Cord?
A cord that turns so you can spin an iron or dryer in a 360° Degree circle and the cord will not tangle up. A nice added feature, it helps make your flat iron experience easier and more manageable.
6. Is there any thing I can use on my hair to reduce the damage caused by flat iron?
Use Flat Iron Protection Spray before each styling session. A lot of protecting spray also increases the shine and the texture of your hair. Lastly it is extremely important that you make sure you set the right temperature on the flat iron for you hair, start out with a lower temperature then slowly increase it to see what temperature would be best to match your individual needs. Follow our #4 Guideline for heat settings.