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CHI Original Pro 1” Ceramic Ionic Tourmaline Flat Iron

Last update: Aug 22, 2017 08:49, April Williams

In this article, I am going to discuss the CHI Original Pro 1″ Ceramic Ionic Tourmaline Flat Iron. I will point out all of this tool’s features and will indicate all of its pros and cons. This will help you to make an informed decision before purchasing.

First Impressions

It is difficult to not take notice of the smooth lines and the futuristic look of the CHI Hair Straightener upon opening the box. It just has a very “Euro” look about it.

There is no LCD display on this model which means that It operates solely at one temperature and does not offer the ability to adjust the operating temperature per user preference.The body is made of black plastic with a matte slip-resistant finish. The heating plates are made of tourmaline ceramic. The heating plates are rectangular in shape.

The dimensions of this tool are given as 10×1.5×1.5 inches. It weighs in at one pound.

Black is currently the only color available. This is not necessarily a bad thing as black goes with pretty much every color. So, this iron will never look out of place, wherever you put it.

Sadly, the only item that comes in the box is the hair straightener itself. There are no additional items included.


Although the box advertises the heating as flash quick, this is misleading information. In reality, heating takes two to three minutes from start to finish.

Fortunately, the CHI does feature a swivel cord. This is great because a swivel cord allows you style effortlessly and without any hassles. The cord stays out of your way as well as out of harm’s way during operation. Although, there is no hanging hook.

The button layout, although simple, is quite a departure from what we normally see on these units. There is only a simple on/off slider switch with a lone LED next to it. The switch is located on the inside of the unit which is actually quite different as most hair straighteners have the switch placed somewhere on the outside of the body, so there it no way you could accidently switch it off.

Also, the LED is a bit different. You see, it flashes while the unit is heating up. Once heating is completed, the light goes solid.


Upon Further Inspection

As this tool operates at only one temperature, there is no temperature interval to speak of meaning it is either on or off. On this note, there is no automatic shutoff function. You must always be attentive in turning the switch to the off position after each use. As is generally the case with all small electronic devices,  it is a good idea to completely unplug it after each use too.

The design does not lend itself to complete anti-scalding. As this is a hair straightening iron, the elements are only slightly recessed from the body but are not obscured. So, you must be careful to not touch the heating element during operation.

The heating elements do have an ionizing function as they emit negatively charged ions. This promotes silky smooth hair combined with a straightening effect that lasts longer than others produced that lack ionizing.

Although the CHI does not feature dual voltage, it is possible to purchase it for use wherever you intend to use it. You must specify at the time of ordering whether you want an 110-volt or a 220-volt model.


The hair styling market is, even after all these years, still evolving. Products are developed to fill each niche. Every customer can, therefore, find a tool or product what their particular hair type needs.

The CHI Hair Straightener has a very small footprint and is very lightweight making it ideal for traveling. At the same time, the unit is very well made, so it is certainly possible to use it every day at home too. It is built to last and will provide years of service.

The modern appearance is visually very appealing.

Simplicity is key here. There is only one control, and it is a basic on/off slider switch. The maximum temperature is suitable for all hair types. I like that the switch is located on the inside of the tool. This way, it is nearly impossible to unintentionally switch it off during operation.

The LED next to the switch features a unique innovation allowing you to understand whether the tool is ready to use or not. It flashes during the heating cycle, and then it stays fully lit when the operating temperature is reached.

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Sadly, there are no other items included in the box. I mean, who doesn’t appreciate a free gift with these tools such as a carrying case or a hair comb? At the price of $89.95, A small token item would be nice. The bottom line is that the price point is there because it is a high-quality unit. It is built to last, providing years of worry-free, great results.

Lack of an automatic shutoff means that you must be vigilant and power it off and unplug it after each use. But again, for a small and highly portable hair iron, this is a minor point. Lack of a temperature control is also a minor point as this iron is primarily meant for travel usage. Only so much can be done on smaller units like this.

Two really big plusses are the ionizing heating elements and the ability to order a specific voltage configuration. Despite the small size, the heating elements emit negative ions. This helps to ensure smooth hair after processing as well as making a look last longer.  The fact that this item can be ordered for use with 110 OR 220-volt electrical service is totally unique. Whichever one you desire must be specified at the time of ordering. This is the first hair straightener that seems to offer this option.

If you are looking for an intelligent hair straightener that features the latest in hair styling technology, the CHI is the way to go.

3 comment(s)

  1. Does the straightener heat up quickly? – Is it worth the money?

    1. Trina

      It heats up quickly, within one minute it will completely be ready t use and I can say it is 100% worth the money. I bought mine in 2007 and it still works. I now require a temperature control so I am going to purchase the upgraded digital version, but this product has lasted me years. It has exceeded my expectations! I hope it lasts as long for you too if you decide to buy this tool!

  2. Being that it doesn’t have a temperature control how much does it heat up to and how bad is it for your hair since you can’t control temperature ?

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