- Ceramic plates for maximum shine
- Tourmaline coating for smooth, frizz-free hair
- Variable temperature control (170ºF – 450ºF)
- Beveled edge
- Contoured easy grip handles
Very impressed….great product for the price!!
Okay I will admit it: With that kinda curly, kinda wavy hair that is never one thing or another; I have been on a quest to find the perfect hair straightener and well as products to complement the process ever since I was a teen!Back in the day, it was the cheaper kind you buy at the drug store, but in the last few years I have now been the owner of the Chi, the Sedu and now this – The Solia Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron!Now to compare, I loved my Chi, felt it was a quality product and it did a great job – it lasted a good three plus years with a lot of use when the fuse blew and that was that! More recently I owned the Sedu. This was also pretty good, did the job, but lasted less than 18 months before the cord issues meant that the power went on and off, so completely unacceptable for the price point! I also had to go over my hair several times in some cases to achieve the desired effect.This time I decided to try the Solia. The reviews seemed good, the price point a little kinder and after my short lived Sedu experience, I was skeptical of paying a high price for a straightener again.Now to be fair, at the time of writing this review I have owned this just one week, but so far, I am a fan! The design and quality of the product seem very similar to the Chi! This is a sturdy product, has a lot of different heat settings and heats up quickly! But best of all, my hair has never looked so straight and so shiny! It transformed my waves into straight sleek hair, and the results lasted all day (through 100 degree heat and a good level of humidity I might add). After sleeping, my hair was still remarkably straight which was an added bonus!The size of this is just perfect – 1 1/4 inches and I managed to straighten my long hair in remarkably quick time; the design made it comfortable to hold and one swipe down my hair was all it took!I will update this review as my use continues, but for me, this is as good as some of the pricier models if not better and toy save a good chunk of change in the process!! Very comparable to the Chi in my opinion!
A very good, but not GREAT flat iron…
Ever since I discovered ceramic flat irons about ten years ago, I haven’t been able to live without one. I’ve tried so many different brands from Chi to Fhi to Hai to Solia and Sedu… Each has its own benefits and detriments. The honest truth about all of them, though, is that none of them last more than a couple of years. The wiring goes out or the casing cracks. Or they just die. Either way, no matter which brand you choose, unless you’re the most careful person on the planet, you aren’t going to have this iron forever.Now that that disclaimer is out of the way, onto the Solia! I shop on Folica for all my major hair needs and I find they offer the best prices for hair tools. The Solia Tourmaline Ceramic Ion Flat Iron is one of the most reviewed items they had and at a reasonable price of $80 (with coupon I got it for $60), I figured it was worth a shot. Before I bought it my Sedu iron had just died, so I was comparing the Solia’s performance to that one as soon as it arrived.The Solia, compared to the Sedu, feels like a solid iron. There is a little more weight to it and it doesn’t feel flimsy or easily breakable. I’ve only ever owned the black model, so I can’t comment on any of the other colors. I bought the one inch size since I wanted to try to curl my hair with it after watching several tutorials on youtube.This iron heats up to a pipping hot 450 degrees, which is nice. My hair is quite thick and somewhat wavy so I generally have to use these irons on their highest setting.Unfortunately, the Solia did not perform as well as the Sedu had. It took me about 30 minutes to fully straighten my hair and I would have to go over sections three or four times with the iron before they would be perfectly straight. The other downside of this was that the straightening did not hold up as well when I would go outside. Windy or humid weather would make my hair wavy all over again, somewhat defeating the purpose.Curling was out of the question since the exterior of the iron did not get very warm, although the plus side of that was that I never accidentally burned my fingers.Two years down the road when my Solia died, I shelled out the extra money and replaced it with the Sedu. However! Folica was running a promotion at the time that if you spent over $75, you would get a Solia 1″ iron as a gift with purchase. So I guess I know have a backup Solia iron for when my Sedu ultimately dies.If you have easily straightened hair and are on a budget, this might be the iron for you. I need something more powerful, so I prefer the Sedu. However, I can still get the Solia to work for me with extra time and effort.
Love this flat iron!
I did a lot of research before buying this flat iron after my old Chi broke. For years, I thought Chi was the only way to go, but there are a lot of other high quality options on the market now. I asked around and some other friends said they were happy with their Solias as well. I have fine hair that is very wavy in most areas and slightly curly in others. My hair holds curl well and does not like to stay straight on humid days. The Solia does a good job of straightening my hair without damaging it. I really like the temperature control. I’m glad I was open to trying new things.
It works, and it’s nice. It’s not as great as I thought it would be based on all the reviews from Folica.com.But, oh well.It does what it does–straightens. And it’s not completely horrible. I have to take a few more passes through my hair than I would like, since that’s why I bought a new straightener in the first place. And it’s pretty heavy… another reason why I was replacing my older one.I’m bummed, but hey, we learn right? And, unfortunately, when it comes to flat irons/straighteners, you really can’t test it out before buying without being unsanitary. :(Better luck next time. 🙂
This flat iron works well on fine hair and has an adjustable heat setting. No complaints, just wish it had an automatic off in case you rush out the door and leave the iron plugged in.
I was searching for a quality iron after my old (and cheap) Revlon went out. I decided since I was beginning a new journey towards healthier hair, I would invest in a quality professional straightening iron to (hopefully) straighten my hair with less damage. I had purchased and returned two irons prior to taking a chance on the Solia and I am so happy that I did. What I like most about this iron is that you don’t need high temperatures to get the hair straight (unlike cheaper or drugstore brands). I comfortably straighten my transitioning 4a/b African-American hair at a temperature no higher than 360 degrees. The plates heat evenly and I have no problems curling under or creating flips. Though I’ve only had this iron for seven months, it seems to be well-made and I suspect I’ll have this iron for a long time to come.
A dutiful soldier
My Solia just died its final death and I felt compelled to leave a review in honor of its memory. I used this at least 1-2 times per week for nearly 8 years. That’s some longevity! Never pulled out hair or got snagged like some other hair straighteners I’ve used. This was my go-to for so long, I think I’m going to have to run right out and get a new one. I just don’t think I can live without it.
Smooth, Frizz-Free Shiny Hair
*4 1/2 Stars*I would give this flat iron 5 stars if the outside didn’t get as surprisingly hot as it does. The outside middle gets very hot, more than it should since that’s where one’s fingers typically would be when holding this. However, since I work rather quickly while doing my hair and am accustomed to dealing with heat (I used to work in a salon), this is not such an issue for me, but would likely be for some people with more sensitive fingers.However, that being said, this is a fantastic flat iron and is exceptional at straightening, putting waves/curls in longer hair (mine is right at waist-length), smoothing/de-frizzing, and adding a fabulous shine. This iron’s plates have remained smooth, held no build-up, and provided even and consistent heat distribution for the entire 2 years that I have owned it. I have become hooked on the Sedu Argan Oil polishing treatment that makes my hair look so much better than it actually is.Of note, I have used this iron with and without the oil, and even without the oil it has given my hair a silky-smooth appearance that is not natural to my hair. If you are in the market for a high-quality flat iron, I highly recommend this one–just remember to hold it further down toward the bottom than you normally might if you have sensitive fingers.4 1/2 Stars!
Great even for Fine Hair
I’ve had this product for a couple of years. It never lets me down. I have fine hair, a bit curly and I wear in an ear length “bob”. This width does the job to turn my hair under, it never burns me or my hair. I am buying another one even though this one still works perfectly I’m just wanting to make sure I have another to hand just in case. I have just thrown out another so-called professional flat iron that got too hot and gave me a few little burns even though I am extra careful.This model has a swivel cord and the plates have never burned my hair off even at a high temp.