Splurge or Save?: The Flat Iron

by West Parsons on October 8, 2010 · 3 comments

in splurge or save, straight hair

A comparison of the two flat irons at the opposite ends of the pocket book spectrum.

Ceramic Tools Professional Iron  $25
Professional 1″ ceramic flat iron with 25-heat settings and Ceramic Pulse heat technology for instant and even heat that reaches 446F. Slim ceramic plate design for versatile styling and soft grip handle for comfort. Ideal for short hair styles.

FHI Heat Runway  $350
Wide temperature ranges adjusts from 140° to 450°.  Tourmaline treated plates produce maximum shine and conditioning of the hair. Solid beveled ceramic plates with 3 baked layers that can flip, twist, straighten and curl. Damp to dry versatility. Protects hair color and retards color fading.


The most important factors Naturals should consider when purchasing a flat iron:

  • Variable temperature gauge – Natural hair has many textures requiring different levels of heat.  A flat iron with a dial of at least 6 varying temperatures is vital.
  • Thick ceramic coating or ceramic plates – Consistent and even heating in tools reduces the risk of scorching the hair ultimately preventing heat damage. Ceramic plates and coating is a gentler form of heat, if comparing to metal appliances.

READ MORE: The Kinkiest of Kinky Hair Can Be Flat Ironed Silky Straight Too! (w/ a Ceramic Tools Flat Iron)

Both of these irons posses the features listed above.  I also own both and I must say, the Ceramic Tools flat iron is a pretty darn good substitute for the FHI Runway. Truthfully speaking — If my Runway were to die today, I would be content using my Ceramic Tools flat iron. SAVE!

What flat iron do you turn to for silky straight hair? How much was it?


Lynnieluve October 11, 2010 at 3:57 am

This post came right on time. I've just made my $20+ purchase.

westNDNbeauty October 11, 2010 at 4:49 am

Great! I'm sure you will love it!

Anonymous March 17, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Thanks for creating this segment and giving honest reviews. I am always looking for a dupe.