How to Tell If a CHI Flat Iron Is Authentic?

by Ilene Meeks Gilmore ; Updated September 28, 2017

Farouk Systems, the creator of CHI flat irons, recommends purchasing CHI flat irons from professional salons or authorized dealers. The company website has a store locator to help you find an approved retailer. The company offers warranties only on flat irons purchased at a professional salon or authorized dealer; this does not include any Internet purchases. Proceed with caution before purchasing a CHI flat iron for $47.99 at a low budget-looking website. It might be a fake CHI flat iron. CHI flat irons are expensive and seldom go on sale. If the deal is too good to be true, it is probably a fake. Here's how to tell if a CHI flat iron is authentic.

Step 1

Examine the CHI logo on the side of the flat iron. The real CHI logo is printed directly in the center of the circle on the handle. A counterfeit CHI flat iron might be slightly off-centered. The lettering might not be very clear.

Step 2

Check the on/off switch and the LED light. The LED lights on all CHI flat irons are located near the on/off switch, are clear when powered off and red when on. On fake CHI flat irons, the LED light is always red.

Step 3

Check the label on the inside of the CHI flat iron. Look for engraved company information on the iron. Fake CHI flat irons have a sticker and no engraving, except for CHI Nano flat irons.

Step 4

Check the Plug on CHI flat irons. Real CHI flat irons have Ground Fault Circuit Interupter with a reset button on the plug. There are a few exceptions; the CHI Digital Nano, the CHI Mini and the CHI Volumizing Iron do not include the GFCI.


  • A website selling discount CHI flat irons might advertise with real CHI flat iron pictures but send you a fake one in the mail.

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About the Author

Ilene Meeks Gilmore is a freelance writer and editor since 1999. She has written for "The Cupertino Courier" and "The Sunnyvale Sun." Gilmore holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism with a concentration in reporting and editing from San Jose State University.