Today there are hundreds of fake Chi irons out there, a growing wave of counterfeits has driven down prices and created a dilemma for Farouk Systems. So you need to be concerned is if the model of your chi flat iron is authentic.
If the CHI iron is bought through a professional salon or other authorized distributor, give them a call or contact Farouk directly ( (800) 237-9175). They would be able to give you a definitive answer. If not, try these alternative methods.
The real chi has stamped GLOBAL BEAUTY NETWORK, INC. in silver on the handle, while some fake ones do not have a comma after the word "Network".
On the inside of the handle it has all of the electrical information embed, NO STICKERS. Any CHI flat iron original model that has a sticker with the iron information on it is more than likely a fake.
CHI original flat iron has a R next to the word CHI. If you buy a CHI original model that has TM after CHI, then it is fake.
On authentic CHI irons, the ceramic should not chip or wear off. Cheap knockoffs are made with aluminum plates coated with ceramic. Also, the ceramic plates should "float". Press down on the plate and see if it moves. If the plate moves, or "floats", then you have the real deal.
If you have the owner's manual, it should say GF-1001 on the cover, with contact info for Farouk Systems at the bottom. The manual should be printed in English and should contain a one-year warranty.
On the back of the CHI box it should say: Manufactured for Farouk Systems, Inc. Houston TX 77090.
Fake one is just lighter in weight. Plus about 60% cheaper.
The fake ones don't have the 3 pronged cord. But original model has 2 prongs on the plug.
Older authentic model
An older model could be made in China, Korea or USA, 2 prongs, has the electrical (35w) embedded in the handle, the silver LED printed next to the light, and a manual that has Farouk's address and number from Texas and the one year warranty listed.
Earlier 2009, Farouk founder Farouk Shami issued a press release stating that he will be closing all overseas factories in an attempt to counterfeiting. If you plan to buy a CHI iron in the future, make sure it was made in the USA.
Where to Buy Authentic CHI Flat Iron
For more information on where to buy authentic CHI flat iron please click here: http://www.farouk.com/Locations.aspx