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A Paul Mitchell best-seller, the Express Ion Smooth+ 1.25" Ceramic Flat Iron is packed with pro features to deliver the smoothest hairstyles in no time.
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Rated 4.41 out of 5 stars
Let me start off by saying that I seriously dragged my feet on buying this iron. My Sedu finally died and I was left trying to find a replacement. Several other irons were bought and returned for various reasons and I eventually broke down and asked my new hairdresser what she would recommend. When she told me this is her favorite iron I almost dismissed it because I have tried the Paul Mitchell Neuro Shine in the past and HATEDED it! It snagged my hair and left it feeling dry and looking dull.
I am not easy to please when it comes to a flat iron because I use it DAILY! I have wavy but coarse hair that always seems to take several passes with even the best flat iron which is tough on my hair. Even when it came down to ordering this iron I hesitated with it in my cart and almost decided to give another brand a try instead. I am SOOOOOOO glad that I went with it because I was pleasantly surprised.
While this iron maxes out at 410 degrees (I have always had my set at about 425-430) it seemed to be just as hot if not hotter than those that I ran higher, it has NEVER once snagged my hair and I only need more than a single pass when I get to the very top of my hair (this is where I wear it thickest and this area takes the most abuse). I was also unsure how I would feel about a plate size wider than 1 inch as that is what I have always used but after a few days of practice, I am not sure I could ever go back now. The slightly wider plate allows me to smooth larger sections at a time thus decreasing the overall time it takes me to straighten my hair. My hair looks smooth, straight, shining and most importantly NOT dry.
This iron has a decent cord length (not quite as long as some others I have used but still plenty long enough. The temperature can be set in 10 degree increments (max temp 410 degrees) and the weight of this iron seems lighter to me than most.
While everyone's hair is different, I would definitely recommend giving this iron a chance!
Great shine, but too flat for fine thin hair. It says it's for all hair types but no matter what temperature I set it at still same result. I think this would be great for thick or frizzy hair.
rickeeh from Pennsylvania
Best straightener I've ever owned! Glides over hair easily with no snags. Quick heat up time and reheating. The buttons are inside the handle so no worries about accidentally changing how you've set it. I have coarse, thick, wavy hair that's about 24 inches long and this straightener keeps my hair straight for DAYS and DAYS!
Erika Isabel from undisclosed
Perfect for thick hair! My hair is super thick and I love this straightener. Works amazing on my hair!!
Amber V from undisclosed
This flat iron works great on my daughter's thick hair. I got this as a present for her, and she loves it! She has tried many high end brands in the past, but they always seemed to pull her hair, but this one was perfect!
Vorei from undisclosed
I love the straightener it works amazing & they send you a matching paddle brush it's so cute , I was just disappointed the brush was missing a bristle in the middle :(
Nessa from undisclosed
I love the way it looks and love the way it straightens my hair.
yazmine from ny
I got rid of an old straightener that didn't work on my thick curly hair and decided to get this one bc of a cosmetologists suggested and it works pretty well. It heats up fast and straightens my 3a curly hair really well. I have only owned this for a month so I can't say anything about lifespan
Desertrose from Az
The plates don't hit and the hair just slides right out and I had to make 3 passes on each piece of hair to get it straightened. It took to long. I returned it.
Connie from Oregon
I needed a new flat iron so decided to start reading the reviews. This iron got such good reviews that I decided on this one. I have owned 4 other brands and have not been happy. This iron surprised me! I fell in love with it after the first use! My hair looks absolutely beautiful and stays straight even the next day. My other iron never got my hair this straight or smooth. If you are wanting a new iron and read reviews like I did, don't hesitate to try this one! I love the features of this iron. Love that it's 1.25 in width and easy to use. It heats up super fast and has the shut off feature in case you forget to turn it off and unplug. It's super smooth and doesn't pull your hair. It simply glides through it as you straighten.
I am very happy buying the Paul Mitchell brand. Worth the price.
DaniHu from Atlanta, GA
I had an older version of this same straightener that finally gave out. Was disappointed at first to have to buy a new one, but I love this one so much more! The curved sides makes it great for straightening and also curling my hair.
Teenage gift from Raceland
We have 2 in my household. I owned the first one and my teenager kept borrowing it. I bought her a Chi for Christmas and had to return it because she said she was sold on the paul Mitchell. She has thick long hair and this one straightens better.
Mo from Phoenix arizona
I love this flat iron! Doesn't damage my hair has many heat settings perfect for straightening my curly hair
Patty from Chicago
I have natural curly hair. It was hard to straighten the baby hairs. It also pulled my hair as I straighten down.
Anyta from undisclosed
Its ok. It does the job
Katie J from undisclosed
I've been using this flat iron for the last 6 months and I loved it. I went to use it today and it won't turn on :( expensive for the short time it lasted.
Ashleync from Missouri
I've had this straightener for maybe 8 years? It's held up great and I love how smooth, shiny, and sleek it makes my hair. If mine ever stopped working I would definitely repurchase. I feel like this flat iron is so underrated but it is truly the best. I have a chi one which I wish I could return because I never use it. I use this Paul mitchell one after I blow dry with my dyson airwrap.
EM from Houston, Tx
My hair last straight for a long time!! This thing works miracles. When I would use my other straightener my hair would only last straight for one hour, but this straightener is a game changer.
Stephaniee from TX
I use this every day for the past 6 years and before that i had there old model .. ive always used paul mitchel and i loved it my just gave out to wear and tear looking forward to geting a new one pretty soon! Defently recomend.my hair is so thin and it really helps me.. wouldnt go for any other brand
fa-lee-see-ya from Pennsylvania
I had the older version of this one (it was AMAZING) after 5 years it finally stopped working, got this newer version with its updated Electric temperature reader and the buttons are much different but still the same great quality and I can't say I'm shocked.
Kaylee from Ohio
I've had this straightener for many years (6+) and has been the best I've ever owned. It just started going out on me and will definitely repurchase!
Super Great Product from Arizona
I've had this one exact straightener for the past 6 years I sh*tbyou not. Great product. Works like the first day I bought it, highly recommend.
Hair type for reference is naturally a little more than wavy and in between thick and thin, probably more towards the thin side but I have a lot of it.
Also, I live in AZ and recently it's been raining more than usual and the humidity has been evil to me, so my hair stays pretty straight, I use little to no product, I just add Moroccan oil to my ends and air dry my hair.
Jennifer Rodriguez from undisclosed
It's worth the price!! I love how my hair looks after using this flat iron.
A. J. from undisclosed
Great flat iron for coarse hair! Heats up really fast and very easy to use. Well worth the price.
Celeste from Las Vegas, NV
I bought this iron at least 10 years ago - it has gotten a little design refresh since then - but nonetheless it lasted me years! I have really thick, long, curly hair and i would straighten my hair at least twice a week and my hair is extremely healthy so this hasn't damaged my hair from the frequent use. It's not good for curling your hair because the wide iron plates and shape but it is amazing ay straightening your hair. Mine finally died so I'm going to repurchase!
robynh35 from undisclosed
I love this flat iron. I always used Chi before and they would last maybe a year if I was lucky. I have had this iron for at least 5 years and it still works the same as it did the first day. You can adjust the heat and dont need to go very high.
Mai from PA
I have bleached thick Asian hair. Finally found a flat iron that actually delivers straight smooth results. My hair actual felt softer after use. Love it