theduchess wrote:The secret to a good straightener is temp control. If this is a tool that she will use everyday a quality tool is essential. ---- snip --- But again being able to adjust the temp is a good step toward not burning and hair breakage. Spending more for good products and tools is a good thing because women do take great pride in their hair.
Thank you for the quick reply -- that was great information.
The one we purchased from Sams Club for $40 does have a temperature control.
When she has her hair professionally straightened, the pros use a special unit that is at an extra high temperature that is not available with most consumer grade units (at least thats what they say). They do sell those high temperature ones for $350 but I think that is a ridiculously high price when you consider the low technology involved in a straightener. For example, it doesn't have a microprocessor with memory and a touch screen. I've taken them apart and they seem to have about $5 in parts including a heating coil, potentiometer, and a thermal fuse.
It sort of worries me that you basically say spending more money gives you a better tool; however, how do I really know that. What makes one better than the other? I do know you want a ceramic one and a device with a temperature control but what else causes a unit to go from $30 to $250 or even higher for the pro models?
I've read the warranty carefully on some of these expensive models that have a life-time warranty. If you send it to the manufacturer under warranty, you also send them $20 for what they call return shipping and handling. It's what I call their manufacturing costs plus real costs of S/H so they don't lose a single penny when swapping out a defective unit and might actually make a couple dollars in the process.