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Farouk Chi Arc Review

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PROS / This curling iron features a rotating barrel.

CONS / The Chi Arc requires some learning curve before you can fully use it.

 VERDICT / The Chi Arc gives you beautiful curls with little work, but only after you master its slightly complicated use.

Farouk's Chi Arc curling iron allows you to curl your hair without the effort of manually rotating it. This curling iron features an automatic rotating barrel, digital capabilities, high heat and a spring clamp, and it is designed to work on all hair types. However, because of the rotating barrel, it does have much more of a learning curve than other hair curlers.

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The standout feature of this curling iron is its design. It features a ceramic barrel, which helps conduct heat and reduce static electricity. The barrel is the unique feature of this curling iron, as it automatically rotates so you don't have to rotate it manually. The curling iron features directional buttons, which determine the direction the barrel rotates, allowing you to get the type of curl you desire.

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We tested this curling iron on all hair types. Overall, it produced curls, but not without some learning curve. The rotating barrel can be difficult to master without producing unwanted creases and limp curls. This curling iron features a spring clamp, but the clamp is miniature, making it even more difficult for hair to stay wrapped around the barrel. Testers with straight hair had a difficult time keeping hair on the barrel to produce beautiful curls.

This is one of the hottest curling irons on our lineup. It reaches a high temperature of 410 degrees Fahrenheit. The high temperatures are ideal for thicker and coarse hair.

Even though there are many standout features on this curling iron, it lacks several features that you will find in similar products. There is no automatic shut-off ability. This means the curling iron won't automatically turn off after a certain period of time with no use. It doesn't include any safety accessories either, such as a heat shield or heat-resistant glove.

The Farouk Chi Arc is only covered under warranty for one year. We would like to see a much longer warranty on such a heavily designed curling iron. In case you have any question or concerns about this curling iron, email and telephone options are available for speaking with representatives. However, we are disappointed in the support we received from Farouk representatives. We sent several email inquiries to the company and never received any response. We also called the company, and representatives were not able to address all of our concerns or answer our questions.


The Farouk Chi Arc is a curling iron that does most of the work for you. The rotating barrel gives it a unique design, and the high temperature makes it an excellent option for all hair types, though straight hair tends to have trouble staying on the barrel. Despite these strengths, we would like to see several additional safety features included with this device, a longer spring clamp and greatly improved customer support.

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