Unlisted Brand • Solia Ceramic Ion Flat Iron • Hair Styling Tools
|Would buy this product again.||66%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel
Not amazing. Decent straightener. If you buy it at folica.com then it's worth the price since they're on sale, free shipping, and a two year warranty. Not sure how long that will be.
I used this after using Chi nourish silk bath in the shower and then I used a Sedu blowdryer, so I'm not sure how effective the straightener is without the help of these other products.
I have mid-length thick wavy hair. Bleach damaged.
Pros: Soft, did not snag, heat up was fast, straightens better than say... a Conair or Revlon. I didn't feel like I was frying my hair. Hair actually looked healthy despite being bleach damaged and dead (I think the chi silk bath hair stuff and the blow dryer helped that though). You can achieve straight hair with nice volume with this and make nice flips! I hear it's durable?
Cons: You will probably not achieve a pin-straight hair with this if you have thick hair or wavy to curly hair. It took me 30 minutes just to get it straight looking. I could not get it pin straight even after the help of chi products and blow-drying and using this afterwords. My Nanotech (unknown brand?) Sally's Beauty store $70.00 straightener works just as efficiently when it comes to straightening. The product claims you can make curls with this. You can, but the curls are not amazing and don't hold for long. I suggest getting a curling iron, this was not meant for curling.
Hm.. I say it's worth the money if you purchase at folica since they have a nice offer, otherwise if you see if for more than 90.00 I wouldn't buy it.
GHD is vastly superior. I have never used Chi or Sedu so I can't compare. The Paul Mitchell Straightener is about the same as the Solia.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
Compared to my usual drugstore brand straightener, this thing is awesome. It glides through the hair and doesn't snag at all, the heat control is nice as well. My only gripe is that I cannot figure out how to make it do the flat iron curls. Oh well, I got the spiral curling iron along with the straightener so I have the best of both worlds :)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
Okay, I've had my Solia for three years now, and I really like it. It does a pretty good job of straightening my hair, and quickly. My biggest draw is that it NEVER snags my hair, which happens with ANY iron I've ever used or had my hair done with (including the CHI). I will admit my hair does get frizzy in the rain, though. And I have noticed that even though I use a heat protecting spray, my hair still gets damaged and I need regular trims. Either way, it's been a great, long-lasting iron that has never caused me a big problem. If it does break, though, I might try the CHI.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I had my eye on a more expensive flat iron (the FHI Runway iron at a whopping $450) but couldn't swing that expense so decided to try the Solia. I had been using an original 1" CHI but hated the way the CHI snagged and pulled out so many hairs every time I used it. I am much happier with the Solia. For one thing, the temperature control is a nice feature, after being used to just one heat setting on the CHI. My hair is fine and I use the Solia at about 325 degrees. The Solia makes it VERY shiny - more than the CHI did - and the Solia leaves my hair with more body than the CHI. I can also get my hair done faster. I'll probably keep lemming the Runway iron, but am very pleased with the Solia as a more economical purchase. I don't understand how the CHI can be more expensive when I think the Solia is a much better product.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I had the Paul Mitchell "Smoother" flat iron for about 3 years, and then my dad stepped on it... and it was pretty much a goner. I needed a replacement, and after seeing how much the hair board raved about the solia, and all the positive reviews here and on folica.com, i decided to get it. Overall, it definitely did not live up to expectations.
So about my hair, I have long (about 1.5" below my bra band in the back), frizzy hair. It is half wavy, have straight, and majorly poofy. I have to flat iron my hair almost every day. The solia does not help with frizz, and actually seems to cause more flyaways from broken hair towards the top of my head, which I am not a fan of. Also, it does not hold the straight-ness very well, like the Paul Mitchell. My hair will start to get wavy in the front even 30 minutes after I straighten.
The handle does not get very hot, so that is a plus. Also, it does not snag hair, and heats up really fast. I will live with it for a while, but overall, it is only average, not the miracle worker I was expecting.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Curly, Medium Eyes: Brown
This is my 1st real flat iron, I love it! I'm 100% asian but I have really curly hair :( so it's a huge pain getting my hair thermally reconditioned all the time so I've just been flat ironing, and I eventually plan on wearing my hair curly once in a while once my relaxed hair grows out and I can cut it. I like how you can change the temp settings, my hair is kind of thick so my temp setting is at 370, I bought mine on ebay for around 60ish.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Tan Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
i love this iron! okay, so for the last few years i've been using a Corioliss, that i got at a stand in the mall. it worked well, got my hair super straight, but i started to wonder in the last month or so whether it was losing it's effectiveness. it still got really hot but after styling my hair would look frizzy. for reference i have kinky curly hair and loads of it, when i say loads i mean hairdressers just want me to get a relaxer so they won't have to try to straighten it. anyway, once i decided to get a new iron, i did tons of research. of course, it needed to be ceramic and needed to go to at least 430 degrees, which is what i've been using my Corioliss on for years. i need extra high heat to get my hair super straight. the temperature thing helped to eliminate a lot of flat irons, (Sedu, HAI,etc.) in the end i was choosing between the Solia and the Paul Brown Hawaii. both go to 450 degrees. both got great reviews. the Solia has thousands of reviews, while the Paul Brown has very few but they are all pretty much 5 star reviews. i decided on the Solia because it was $85 dollars as opposed to the Paul Brown's $150 price tag. plus i would get the free flat iron stand from Folica if i got the Solia. i figured it was worth a shot and if i didn't like it i would send it back and get the Paul Brown. Well, this baby isn't going anywhere, i love it. it's much better than my previous flat iron, because it gets my hair super straight but it isn't too flat. it has nice body and movement. it seems to keep that straight look longer too. my hair looks gorgeous! would definitely recommend.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Black
I love my Solia. It does what I want and more. Previously with my drugstore flat iron straightening time would take about 30-45 minutes, and it wouldn't even stay straight. I got so sick and tired of the wasted time and damaged hair that I went online and did some research. I was debating between the Solia or Sedu, but since the Solia was $20 cheaper and the reviews pretty much the same, I went for it. Folica.com delivered it on the exact day they told me (they have a map of the US that's color coded by number of days it takes to ship) and it came with a free flat iron mat (which is GREAT). The thing I love the most about the Solia is that its plates are on springs, so even if you clasp the iron as hard as you can there will only be minimal tugging. It heats up in about 45 seconds and gets hot hot. The area around the plates stay relatively cool so you can touch it if you want more control (I've heard the Sedu gets too hot to touch. Ouch.) I straighten, flip, and curl with my Solia. The waves it creates look very beachy because the edges are round and doens't cause kinks. Like all hot tools, it does inflict some damage, but if you find a good heat protector all is good. Overall, I hope my Solia stays as good as it is!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Other
I recently killed my first Solia iron after dropping it about 30 or 40 times...I had a Rusk iron backup, but after using it for a week I immediately ordered a second Solia! (I emailed the company to see if they could repair the old iron, but I haven't heard back from anyone. I didn't mention I dropped it, I just said I wanted to get some information about repairs. So the customer service isn't too great so far.)
Anyway, I have owned 2 cheap Conair irons (good for touch-ups at work, but not for straight out of the shower), a Chi which I liked okay (husband threw it out after I sent him home to turn it off one too many times), and the above-mentioned Rusk (hair poufy after a couple of hours). The thing about the Solia that I have noticed opposed to the others is that once my hair is straightened it stays straight until I wash it the next day. Even when I wake up, after gravity kicks in, my bed-head starts to hang straight.
FYI: I have coarse, semi-wavy hair cut in a textured chin-length bob that absolutely requires straightening to look like anything. I live in Southern Louisiana, so I battle 100% humidity and high temperatures most of the year. Solia passes the test!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Red Eyes: Blue
I've had my Solia for a couple of years now and it works but lets just say if it broke I wouldn't exactly be upset about it.
I purchased it after my beloved Unil flat iron finally gave out. Now the Unil was a gem, a totaly workhorse that lasted and lasted and lasted, even through *several* dropping incidents but I foolishly decided to try the Solia and purchased on on folica.com (I'm not exactly raving about them either), mostly because it was cheap (relatively speaking) around $80ish. It's just OK, it straightens my hair but it does just a meh job of it. So if you are looking to purchase a flat iron I would say maybe spend a little bit more and get a better iron. The Solia is a pass. Also the plug is starting to separate from the cord so really it's just a matter of time for this to crap out on me.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
this sucks big time looks cheaply made plates are not smooth at all sedu is way better!!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I just received my Solia flat iron through folica.com (you rock!) and tried it out this morning. It really did do a great job with straightening and i used it in combination with Kenra platinum hot spray which was great. I looked great when I left for work, but throughout the day the humidity got to my hair and curled it all up again, which was the only reason I gave this product a 4. I guess it can't withstand the heat and humidity but other than that it is a great styling tool!!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
This straightener has worked great for me. It straightens my hair fast and leaves it shiny with no frizz. It was inexpensive compared to other quality straighteners and I've had it for 3 years already. I always get compliments on how great my hair looks so I would definitely recommend this product to anyone.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Warm Hair: Brown, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Green
This is my third flat iron, so I'm comparing it to my Chi and BaBliss irons. Compared to these two, I feel that it damages my hair much less. There's no fried-hair smell or steam, which I often got with my Chi and BaBliss. The price of this iron is also reasonable, compared to the Chi especially. I use Aphogee's keratin and green tea reconstructor to protect my hair from the heat with this iron, and I'm left with smooth, healthy looking hair everytime.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
I can straighten my thick wavy/curly hair in ten minutes with this, compared to the thirty I needed with the cheap brands. This flat iron smooths out my hair and keeps it that way all day (or more, if I'm being lazy..oops!). On extremely humid days my hair still flips up a little if I don't use any product, but I usually do so it's all good! I've had this for about a year and a half and it's still going strong. If it ever happens to die I would consider buying it again, but I would probably try a different brand just because I can't stick with the same thing for too long. You can also curl with the Solia, but it takes some practice. Heats up super-fast, tames frizzies, pin-straightens hair in little time. Love it!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Green
I love my Solia. I can't compare it to a Chi because I've never owned one, but the Solia does a great job for me. I have naturally wavy, frizzy, thick coarse hair (lucky me, huh) and it really is effective. I can straighten with the Solia and it will stay straight until I wash my hair again. I live in a dry climate, so that helps, but i've used this in extremely humid places and it works pretty well there too. I may try a Chi when this one dies (I've had it for a year and a half and dropped it once on tile and have had no problems so far) just to try something different, but I would definetly consider purchasing the Solia again.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Tan Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
ive had this for a little over 4 years. still works great. all i need is one run through sections of my hair n im DUNZO. leaves my hair shiny. although im not sure id buy again only because i wanna try other brands out of curiosity. bought it for around $70 on folica.com
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Dark, Warm Hair: Brown, Fine Eyes: Brown
I bought my 1 1/4" Solia for $88 from Folica in Nov '06 and it hasn't skipped a beat. It came w/a great heat resistant pouch that is great to travel with. I bought it to replace the cheapy flat irons that kept falling apart on me. I had a Jilbere flat iron & I loved the smooth results but it kept shorting out. The Solia is definitely a quality product. Unfortunately I've dropped it one too many times by bumping it off the edge of my bathroom sink but this thing is heavy duty, no shorts, no creaky plates - it's solid. I've never had to worry about the handles getting too hot to the touch. I have fine, relaxed hair & I use the Solia just about every day on a pretty low setting 300 - 330 degrees. I get consistent results and actually lots of compliments on my hair.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
I love this hair iron! I have been reading reviews on a few different flat irons and I decided to take the plunge and spend some money on the Solia. It was definetly worth it. I have thin, wavy and sometimes frizzy hair and it makes my hair pin straight all day. I live in Florida too where the humidity is crazy, and my hair lasts through the sticky days.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Tan Hair: Brown, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Brown
I have super thick, super dry/frizzy, CURLY, south Asian hair.
When I use this on freshly washed, air dried or blow dried hair-- my hair is still poofy but straight. However, the next day I have wonderfully straight silky hair. That's pretty much a miracle for me unless I go to a salon and pay someone $20+ for spending two hours with me and a hairdryer.
I bought it after reading about 100 reviews on folica. My sister has the Chi and likes it better than mine because she's borrowed my Solia before. I don't really mind the Solia over the Chi or w/e, ceramic flat irons all seem the same to me at a certain price range and I really liked this one for it's blue color hehe.
I would not buy again, because I think I will try the Chi next.
I have had this for about 1.25 years and use it 2-3 times a month depending on my mood for straight hair. I've had no problems and it is still working like new.