In this corner,
We have the Sedu Pro Ionic Flat Iron that is battling against the Solia (which I will discuss in the next post). Yesterday I talked about the “battle” between the Sedu and the Solia so I’m putting them both to the test. I want to know which flat iron is really the best. I want to know if the Solia can kick the Sedu’s butt even being $40 less. I mean, is there really even any competition between them or does one just blow the other out of the water?
I don’t know but I’m fixing to find out…
What’s The Big Deal About The Sedu Anyway?
I jacked this quote straight from Folica.com “Rated the best hair straightener on the market…”. It also won Totalbeauty.com’s 2010 Editor’s choice for best straightener. Now I don’t know who rated it the best hair straightener in the world but someone did so that’s plus one for the Sedu…
The Sedu’s Specs
Full Name: Sedu Ionic Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron Hair Straightener 1.5 Inch
The Sedu’s Claim to fame: “Ultra smooth ceramic and tourmaline plates guarantee smooth straightening motion without pulling or breaking of hair”
Have you ever used a flat iron that:
a) You could actually hear it as you were swiping sections of your hair because the plates were that rough
b) Yanked individual strands of your hair out?
I have had both of these things happen and both of them disturbed me down to my product junkie soul. So, I love the idea of the plates gliding silently across each section of your hair while not plucking any hairs out of your scalp. So far so good.
Reduces static and frizz- Yea! Because there is nothing cute about looking like you just rubbed a balloon all over your head.
1.5” plates– This is good if you have longer hair because you can do wider sections of hair and finish faster…however, this is not so good if you want to curl your hair.
2 Year Warranty– This is good. Many only give you a one year warranty and don’t manufacture them to last much longer than that.
“Exclusive” Infrared heat– Hmmmm…okay then…whatever. If you read my email series Five Flat Iron Fairy Tales then you will know that there is nothing exclusive about infrared heat. All flat irons with a ceramic heating unit have one http://www.misikko.com/true-flat-iron.html… Next
Exclusive heat optimization technology– I don’t really know what this means except that it is supposed to help protect your hair from heat damage which is great but I don’t know how exclusive it is…I found another flat iron that claims the same technology…maybe they are made by the same company or something.
Ergonomic and light weight– Yeeesss….some flat irons get so heavy especially when you have tons of hair like I do and it takes 2 hours get finished….that last hour can really do your arms in so having these features are a major plus for me.
Adjustable temperature 240- 410 degrees– This is great but pretty standard. Only flat irons like the original chi and older models don’t give you this option.
Faster heat times– Sweet!
Professional grade cord and length 9 Feet– This is good because I hate companies that skimp on the cord. It is tre annoying. It is also good that it is durable because that can be a fire hazard. Price Range- Designer: $100-350)
So we’ve heard what the company has to say but what about the people. . .Do the users thinkthis is the best flat iron on the market or are they equally unimpressed?
So I’ve read through a lot of the reviews for the Sedu and I’ve done two things. I’ve paraphrased comments about the flat iron that stood out to me whether positive or negative and I’ve always come up with a ratings system. I’ll explain later how it works. For now here are what the users think of the Sedu…
Positive Comments About The Sedu
-The Sedu gave many users soft and straight hair that stays straight even in humidity. This is very significant because many flat irons can give you straight hair for an hour or two but can then quickly revert back at the first sign of moisture. This shows that the flat iron can protect against the elements.
– One user said the flat iron gave her results better than a Dominican blow out. I don’t know if you have see a Dominican blow out but the results are amazing. They can take the curliest hair and make it soft and bouncy. Here is a video:
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– One user said it changed their life. Trust me girl, I understand.
-Some claim it is better than the Chi which is saying a lot because the Chi is also considered to be one of the best on the market
– One said that the Sedu does not make her hair staticy (full of static)
– One said they had tried the Chi, the GHD, the GVP, the Croc, and the Sedu was far and away the best.
– A woman with 4b natural hair said that she only had to pass over each section twice and it was super straight.
Negatives Comments About The Sedu
– Some users found that it took much longer to straighten their hair using the Sedu so that must mean she had to do a lot of passes on each section.
– One user had several complaints of burnt fingers, straightness that didn’t last and eventually become puffy and frizzy. She also said that you can’t get to the roots. Then the iron broke on the same day she got it. Not a good experience. Hopefully a lemon. – Some users said it made her hair dull and did not last in humidity after about an hour.
– One said it made their hair too soft and staticy. Weird.
– Others said the iron didn’t last longer than a year.
My New Flat Iron Ratings System Explained
Now the ratings system I’m using is of my own making. What I did was go to websites like Amazon, Ulta, Flat Iron Experts, etc. I added all of the 4 and 5 star ratings from these sites together and counted them as “likes”. The 3 star ratings are neutrals. And the 1 and 2 star ratings are counted as dislikes.
The Sedu’s Rating
This is how the Sedu fared:
Before and After Videos
This is my personal opinion but the Sedu before and after pictures that I saw were like so amazing. I was hating on them so bad lol. They really did look like they had gotten their hair done at a salon. Most of the b&a pics I saw had really shiny hair. Just look at these videos…
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This is going to be a tough flat iron for the Solia to beat. For there to be only 30 dislikes and 27 neutrals out of 1,830 reviews is amazing and unheard of. The Sedu Ionic Pro is an amazing flat iron that gives you shiny salon like results. It truly is at least one of the best flat irons on the market (not sure if it is the very best but a case could be made for it).
And the price? You can spend $200 going to the beauty salon once you’ve gotten your washed, cut, colored, and styled (and don’t forget the tip). Why not spend the money on a good hair straightener and have it at home where you can use it anytime you want?
It’s almost a no brainer but if you are still not sold be sure to come back a see what the Solia is all about.
Tomorrow I will review the Solia to see if it has a fighting chance against the Sedu.
Don’t miss it,