SalonTech's new Silicone 450 flat iron aims to protect the health of hair. Courtesy photo.

Any woman who has had a love affair with her flat iron knows that silky smoothness often comes at a price: hair health.

But a new flat iron is attempting to change that with the help of silicone technology.

The SalonTech Silicone 450 contains three conditioning silicone bars directly embedded in its ceramic plates, so that strands are conditioned and sealed everytime you pass a section through the iron. The bars also help keep the hair in proper straightening position, so that strays don't fall off the sides while you're ironing.

The technology takes a cue from the haircare world, where cult products like Biosilk have transformed the vitality of locks through the help of silky-feeling silicone derivatives that coat and protect strands from heat styling treatments.

And like many irons designed to power up as fast as possible for the increasingly impatient consumer, SalonTech's version heats up to the recommended 450 degrees in an impressive 17 seconds flat, followed by a beep to let you know it's good to go.

We're also loving the motion sensor that shuts off the iron if it hasn't been in use for 30 minutes. We can't be the only ones who suffer from nagging did-I or didn't-I turn-the-iron-off thoughts all day.

While the $200 price tag is steep, it's not unusual for the professional-level flat iron market, where irons can often be counted on to endure and produce maximum results for years.

Yet, we know that everyone has been on a budget -- so StyleList has secured a free SalonTech 450 flat iron just for our readers!

To enter the giveaway:
-Leave a confirmed comment below telling us why you want to try the flat iron.
-The comment must be left by June 7, 2010.
-You may enter only once.
-One winner will be selected in a random drawing.
-One winner will receive a SalonTech Silicone 450 flat iron, valued at $200.
-Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 and older.

Click here for complete Official Rules.