I really like this flat iron. I bought it after my Chi died and I haven't regretted the choice.
Although I've only had it for a couple months and I only straighten my hair occasionally, I have noticed that for some reason this flat iron makes my thick, coarse hair much smoother and silkier than other irons I've used. I also love what an effective job it does of keeping my hair straight. Ive been traveling to some rather humid areas recently and every morning I keep expecting to turn into a frizzy, poofy-maned lioness the moment I step out my hotel door.... but to my pleasant surprise my hair has stayed fairly flat, through my travels.
Last but not least, being the clumsy person I am, I have dropped it several times - and it still works. So that's also a plus! I hope to use this iron for many more years to come.
I'm amazed by the results of this iron. This is a potential life changing purchase for me! I've been in long term relationship with my Paul Brown flat iron, but lately I've noticed that it is not giving me the old 'thrill' anymore - lol! These last months, I'd flat iron, drive 3 minutes to work, walk across the parking lot, and by the time I got to my office, my hair would be frizzy, flyaway, kinky,wavy - anything but resembling the style I walked out the door with. I was piling on products, blaming my hair - age, hormones - it was depressing. My hair looked awful and it was making me sad. Years ago I used to have a 2" iron (can't recall brand) which gave me a really good shape to my neck length bob, so I looked into trying another larger plate iron. The Sedu has tons of reviews and was a perfect 1 1/2". I got mine from Folica for $69, which I see is a great deal - they were on sale, plus an extra 25% off for Fall promo.
I got it yesterday and tried it at 350 degrees and it totally flattened my hair and made quick work of my waves, bumps, kinks - but it was obviously too hot for my fine hair because it sucked out the body, and probably did a bit of damage. I wasn't going out anywhere so that was ok. I put on a repair treatment and went to bed.
Today I tried a lower setting and went out and did a bunch of errands. I felt like I just came out of a salon. My hair was swinging, and shiny, and stylish, and full of body. When I got home, my hair looked great, just like it does after my stylist does it. I'm so happy! This has elevated my mood, and made me feel so good about starting a new job this week. I know that my hair is going to keep up with me as I go throughout my day, without looking awful within the hour.
I get a good shape to my hair using this - however I probably will still use my PB or my mini irons to do my shorter back ends, as this iron makes it a little difficult to maneuver back there.
I have to say that this is probably the best iron I've used - the result speak for themselves. I have an expensive FHI, I've tried Chi, and my PB has been great, but obviously isn't working as well anymore (after more than 8 years, it owes me nothing - and the FHI never worked as well as my PB).
I don't think I'll need to buy another 1" iron again - just use the Sedu, and then one of my mini irons, or one of the underperforming 1", and that will be all I need.
I'm thrilled to have my hair stylin' again!!!
What I'm not to keen on is that the plates don't meet across the full length of the iron - near the tips, the plates meet, but near the handle they don't exactly. Also they have an awful design where the sides of the iron are exposed, but the tip of the iron has a plastic ridge with these awful little "L" edges on either side (why?? - couldn't they smooth those out?) and if you have hair near the tips, it gets caught in the edges and the iron crunches and pulls them. ugh! I posted a photo. So keep the hair within the width of the plates.
I've had my 1.5" Sedu iron for a few years now, and I haven't had a single major problem with it. Not only does it quickly heat up (I would say around 15 seconds max for the highest setting), but it wonderfully straightens my curly hair, making it pin straight (which no other straightener that I've owned had been able to achieve).
However, the reason I may not buy this product again is because I would like to upgrade to something different (or more expensive), as this Sedu:
- doesn't have a swivel cord
- doesn't have automatic shut off
- feels somewhat fragile/cheap
- is very flat, so even achieving large loose curls/waves with the 1.5" plates is nearly impossible & isn't the best for taming short hairs and bangs (not the straightener's fault)
Overall: Great product, reasonably priced at around $120. Perfect for those who want a long lasting straightener without breaking the bank, and especially recommended for those with long hair. People who have bangs or hair above the shoulders should opt for the 1" model (if it is still available).
I'll start by saying this is the best straightener I've ever had. My hair is curly and thick, and this straightener definitely does the job. It goes up to 400 degrees and i use it on 380-400 usually.
I've used this product for about 5 years, but I have had some issues with it. Each straightener lasts about 2 years, and after that, the light flickers and it fails to stay hot. On the bright side, Sedu has sent me a new one each time this has happened (3 times).
I'm not sure if the problem is me or the iron, but since it has happened three times I'm sure it is not an uncommon occurrence.
Overall this product works fantastically, it just has some minor flaws.
This is so amazing I love it! I'm on my second one. My first one lasted six years though! Nothing makes my hair look and feel so soft and smooth. I have coarse curly hair and this makes it look stick straight and completely flat. I like the bigger plates cuz I have sooo much hair. It really cuts down the styling time. All my sisters and friends love it and use it when they come over. It's well worth the money.
BEST STRAIGHTENER EVER. Seriously. I've had Chi's, GHD's, off brands and this has been the best. I'm on my second one only because my mom stole my original one. It's about 5 years old now an still going strong by the way. My Chi ruined my hair and left it fried and snagged constantly. I've never had problems with my sedu. You can usually get a good deal on folica. I think I spent about $120 on my second one three years ago. Definitely worth the money. I use it 3/4 times a week for the past few years and it's still in great shape. I usually keep it at 320 degrees because my hair is fine, colored and damaged and it still works wonderfully. I can't say I've ever had it up all the way but it gets super hot. I've taken this thing all over the country and it's a real trooper. Invest ladies! It's amazing.
Great hair straightener. It does the job without damaging the cuticle of your hair. I had a Chi before this one and it wreacked havoc on my hair.
What at nice sized hair straightener, it was smaller than I originally thought it was. It's quite lovely, best hair straightener I've owned with a great heat setting option. It's good quality for the price of the straightener. I love it.
I purchased on folica.com for over $100, and have been using mine for about 3 years now. Its a wonderful purchase that is worth it.
I have naturally curly voluminous hair, yet this straightens my hair in a breeze, about 45 minutes to get it bone straight without having to blowdry first. Ofcourse I'd advise you air dry your hair first. Heat styling on wet hair kills the shaft and causes mega damage!
The temp goes all the way to 430, but I don't set mine that high. Around 360 is good enough. Best to use some form of heat protectant. Tresemme spray is my fave. The plates get very hot so be careful around your ears. I've nicked mine if not careful.
The sedu heats up quickly, ergonomically easy to hold, lightweight, maneuverable, and durable. The plates are not wide which means you can get the hard to reach shorter hairs.
Update 6/9/2012: My sedu cord causes it to not work. Its not a swivel cord, and it seems its a consistent problem with other people. Luckily this started happening a week before my 2 year warranty was up, so its being sent back for replacement. They really need to make it with a swivel cord for the amount of money we dole out on it!
I bought this flat iron in a combo with a hairdryer. At first, I was so delighted with this flat iron. I have long, very coarse, curly hair. This did an excellent job of straightening my hair. And then, one day, it just quit working! I never dropped it. And, I only used this once in a while. I was never the type to straighten my hair every day...maybe 3 times a month, if that. I simply don't have the time. It takes me about 2 hours to do my whole head. Anyway, I had this for about a year when it quit heating up all the way. Of cource, when the warranty had just expired. It heats up, but not enough. On a good note, the dryer still works great.