Today’s review is on the CHI G2 Ceramic and Titanium Hairstyling Iron. The CHI brand has produced quality flat irons for professionals and their latest product, the CHI G2 (Generation #2) comes out of the gate with guns blazing. But how good is this 2nd generation? Let’s find out.Features
CHI G2 Ceramic and Titanium Hairstyling Iron comes with a thermal travel wrap/mat. It uses 40 watts and has dual voltage. It comes in two main sizes: 1 inch and 1.25 inches. It has a digital display and comes with preset temperature modes as well as the ability to set your own custom temperature with plus/minus buttons. The mode settings are color-coded for ease of use. The plates are made up of a combination of ceramic and titanium, which results in efficient, almost instant heating and effective, long lasting straightening.Pros
Heats up quickly—no long wait to heat up for the G2. With its titanium infused ceramic plates, this flat iron heats up in 40 seconds. Now that’s fast.Outer casing comfort—it can be very frustrating when you’re straightening your hair and holding a hot-to-the-touch handle too. But no worries, the G2’s outer casing stays comfortably cool, allowing you to complete your style in less time.
Silky straight Hair—ceramic plates on their own do a decent job of smoothing out hair, but when you add titanium to the mix you get super hero results. The G2 plates glide over the hair and you don’t have to worry about the flat iron “pulling” on the hair.
Adjustable temperature settings—this is a very special perk. In addition to the preset modes, you can adjust the temperature from 350 to 425 degrees. You can have your own custom setting that is just right for your hair.
Lightweight—if you’ve ever tried to straighten or curl your own hair, then you know how awkward and tiring it can be to maneuver your irons around your head without accidently burning something in the process. The G2’s lightweight and sleek build minimizes hand, wrist and arm fatigue. That is especially important to users with chronic wrist, hand or shoulder issues.
Long cord—some users do not like the long length of cord, but many more users have come to appreciate this feature. The G2’s cord measures 11 feet, so you’re definitely not restricted to the immediate area in front of a mirror. Besides, the long cord is essential in salons and the G2 is a professional grade straightener. Another nice feature is the Velcro strap to keep your cord neatly contained when not in use.
Handles all types of hair—the G2 can straighten any type of hair—thick, thin, curly, coarse, kinky, short, long or combinations thereof. No matter what, the G2 can straighten it.
Multiple styles—the G2 is a versatile tool that not only straightens your hair, but you can use it to style your hair too. The rounded profile lends itself perfectly to producing soft curls and waves. Just need your bangs or your ends bumped? The G2 has your back.
Reduced styling time—what used to take you 40 minutes now takes half the time with the G2 straightener. It comes back to the plates. Ceramic-titanium and/or ionic tourmaline infused plates heat up quickly and smooth out hair instantly. So instead of multiple passes, you only need 1-2 passes to achieve desired results.
Temperature resets on its own—Some users have reported that the temperature gauge has a tendency to reset on its own or has temperature fluctuations on its own. If you leave the iron idle for too long the G2 does reset itself. However, you can simply press the mode button and the temperature will promptly be restored back to the last setting.
No automatic shut-off—we agree that the G2 could use an automatic shut-off, but it does have the standard GFI plug/switch, so it does have some protection against surges. And if you use the thermal mat that comes with the G2, you can minimize potential fire hazards to your counter.
No warranty if purchased online—some users were outraged to find out there was no warranty if you purchased your CHI G2 online. The only way to receive the limited 2-year warranty was to purchase at a salon or beauty supply store. You will have to make your own determination on whether the price of the G2 is worth going the extra mile to obtain that 2-year warranty.
Relatively expensive—the CHI brand is a recognizable one in the hair styling industry, and if you plan on buying the ceramic/titanium or the tourmaline coated straightener, be prepared to pay for the G2 in the $120.00-$160.00 range.
Cannot use in other countries—while the CHI G2 does boast dual voltage and the
manufacturer claims you can take your G2 abroad, there have been mixed reviews from users on this subject. That being said, you should be able to use your G2 if traveling out of the country to a destination serviced by either 110/220 voltage outlets
The CHI G2 Ceramic and Titanium Hairstyling Iron is a solid investment. This styling tool can produce beautiful straight hair in less time with virtually no pulling. We like the fact that it works the same on any hair type and the digital temperature controls are like icing on a cake. The pros easily outweigh the cons when you can achieve the same results as a professional. If you’re looking for a quality, durable and efficient flat iron and don’t mind paying for it, then the G2 is definitely for you.