Farouk CHI Turbo Flat Iron 2" Review

June 4, 2008

I used to think that expensive curling irons and flat irons were just gimmicks but when I finally got myself a CHI flat iron, I can see why people are willing to fork out that extra money for it.

The Farouk CHI Turbo Flat Iron 2″ is extremely lightweight and it has a slightly longer, 360-degrees swivel cord to help it from getting all tangled up. The controls are placed on the outside for easy access and the velvet lining on its handles makes it really comfortable to grab onto and less likely to get your fingers burnt. The indicator light is located on the outside as well but the light itself is really crappy so it can be hard to tell if the flat iron is heated up or not.

Temperature-wise, there are two settings – low and high – with a range of 175F/80C to 356F/180C. I normally use the highest setting and it never takes more than half a minute for the flat iron to heat up completely.

I also love how how the 2″ plate allows me to work with more hair at a time. Five minutes is all it takes to straighten my long, Asian hair and most importantly, my hair is left looking shiny and smooth and it stays straight even until the next morning, which almost never happens with my other cheaper flat irons from Sally’s! Plus my hair never gets dry or damaged when I use the CHI Turbo, even without a heat protector.

Overall, this is a very user-friendly flat iron that is great for beginners and pros. I am proud to say I am now a CHI convert!


  • Reply abc June 4, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    hey phyllis, i love your blog, i come everyday to check for updates =p i have a question, i have reasonably good skin and i moisturise religiously. however when it comes to foundation application, i’m just not very good at it. i own a foundation brush but my makeup just looks streaky. i don’t know what to do, can you help?

  • Reply Karen June 4, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    I would live to try a flat iron as well! I am seriously thinking of getting a GHD. Though it’s more expensive but it has universal voltage which allows me to use back in HK.

    Btw, let’s find some time to meet up. Give me a call whenever you are free.

  • Reply Anonymous June 5, 2008 at 7:58 am

    are you still selling pigment samples?

  • Reply eNNsquared June 5, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    as a fellow asian gal, i have never thought that flat ironing would make a diffence. your hair is already beautifully straight and shiny. do you feel that it makes a significant difference when you use?

  • Reply Jacqueline M. June 5, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    hi phyllis! hehehe is the flat iron size ur using good for bangs? does it have the curve on the edges? ill be needing something for my bangs once i get my azncut

  • Reply Melia June 5, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    I recently bought me a CHI flat iron too! It was a crazy $129 worthy purchase though.

  • Reply bxan June 6, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    hey phyllis, like karen said, i’m getting a GHD dark limited edition one. I hope it’s good because it’s not cheap…im paying about 175 euros for this…
    im getting a new one because me old one imploded :'( that one was about 3 inches…i think…well maybe not that mucn, but it was huge and straightening my hair was so easy and fast, but for curling, it was hard 😛 and then sometimes my hair would get caught…
    love your blog !

  • Reply Karen March 31, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    I want to straighten my hair with it and if anyone says this product is not what I am looking for what would you recommend?

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