CHI Air Expert Classic Tourmaline Ceramic 1-Inch Flat Iron Review



Achieve professional styling results with the Chi Air Expert Classic straightener. It uses the latest innovative technology with its tourmaline ceramic plates which prevent your hair from being damaged by the heat when using the flat iron. It is considered to be one of the more expensive models but the features really live up to pro standards. But is it really worth the money?

Won’t you get the same performance in other less expensive products? In this review, we will take a look at its features and benefits, as well as the possible drawbacks you may encounter to help you decide if this is a hair straightener that you want invest on.

Important Features and Specs

CHI is really quite a popular brand when it comes to hair straighteners. A lot of customers who give feedback on other products often mention a CHI model and compare them, because CHI has quite a reputation as well for its one pass technology. If a flat iron can straighten hair in one pass the way the Chi can, and it’s less expensive, that is a good sign. This is because of the special plates which has both Tourmaline and ceramic technology. They make hair straightening less damaging to the hair despite the high heat.

The Chi Air Expert Classic has a pretty simple design. It looks very minimalistic, and comes in plain colors; in elegant black, red, and silver. The plates stand out because of their pinkish gold shimmer. It is quite compact, with dimensions of 2.2 x 4.1 x 12.4 inches, Width, Depth, and Height, and weighs only 1 pound. The 9 feet swivel cord makes it easy to keep very around when styling.

As mentioned, the ceramic plates with tourmaline, prevents the hair from getting too dry because of the heat. They produce high amount of negative ions to keep the natural moisture of your hair so it doesn’t look stiff and fuzzy.

The heat comes from far infrared which reduces static in the hair. So you get less frizz. These same plates are also called floating plates which give a slight bounce when pressed together, which means that they won’t pull too hard on your hair. This prevents split ends that typically happen when you using flat irons.

It heats up really quick, in under a minute; to reach the desired temperature. The temperature can be adjusted up to 410 degrees, which is a little lower than professional salon standards but because of the ceramic plates, it is still able to straighten hair in one pass.

When tested on a wig with pretty strong curls, it really did take only one pass to create a smooth shiny straight finish. The dial can be found in the middle, on the inner side of the plate; beside the on and off switch and indicator light. Simply turn the dial to bring it to your preferred heat. It is advisable to use lower heat if you have have thinner hair, and high heat for thicker coarse hair.

The even heat distribution is what is responsible for the shine. Achieve a naturally shiny result, unlike with other basic straighteners which make your hair stiff. It has a thin, one inch coverage which also makes it great for curling and creating soft waves.


  • Heats up quickly
  • Temperature control
  • Swivel cord
  • Simple and elegant design
  • Antistatic
  • Compact
  • Natural shine


  • No auto shutoff
  • Some customers received counterfeit products from other online stores

Who Should Buy

The Chi Air Expert Classic is great for those who are really particular about salon quality styling. It can straighten and curl your hair with a very professional look and it is also very easy to use. Perhaps, one thing you need to watch out for when buying this product, is to check if you getting from a legitimate dealer. Because the only problem seems to have come from fake items.

To avoid this, just go to the trusted retailers and always check the warranty. It’s supposed to come with a two year limited warranty. This is great for those who have extra cash to spare and are willing to invest on a quality styling tool.


The CHI Air Expert Classic Tourmaline Ceramic 1-Inch Flat Iron is a pro quality flat iron that those with high styling standards would find suitable. It is a little more expensive than basic straighteners but it offers quite a lot of advanced features such as temperature adjustment and ceramic plates.

These combined, make styling your hair a breeze, and also prevents your hair from being damaged by the heat. It is easy to use and will allow you to get a natural looking straight or curl hair.