The variety of hair straighteners aka flat irons that are out there on the market probably outnumber the strands of hair on your head. The sheer quantity is enough to make your head spin and seriously complicates the process of choosing the straightener that is right for your hair type and the style you’re seeking. That’s why I’ve compiled reviews of the best hair straighteners on the market.
The reviews here break down straighteners into material type in addition to taking into consideration other important factors like special capabilities (e.g. wet-to-dry or professional), pricing and size.
Material Girl in a Material World
The various materials that the heating plates in hair straighteners are made of can have drastically different effects on your hair, from their heating temperature range, to protecting your hair from damage, to retaining moisture, to reducing frizz.
Ceramic straighteners, for instance, are great because they can maintain heat consistently. These are the tried-and-true flat irons of the hair care industry because they have been around for so long and are proven to be reliable. A lot of professional stylists I’ve spoken to swear by ceramic or titanium flat irons. One thing to look out for though if you are considering a ceramic straightener is to make sure that the entire plate is ceramic, not just coated in ceramic. The ceramic coated plates won’t give you the same consistent heat across the entire surface of the plate, which can produce hot spots that will unevenly affect and potentially damage your hair.
Tourmaline straighteners means that the flat iron plates have been coated with tourmaline, which is a crystalline mineral that is turned into a fine powder that then gets applied to ceramic plates. Ooh, fancy. The wonderful thing about a tourmaline-coated flat iron is that it produces a consistent and insulated heating surface, which means you can crank up the temperature and not worry about damaging your hair.
Titanium flat irons are fantastic because they can heat up really quickly, they’re lightweight, and they’re safe to use. While titanium plates are the safest on the market, metal plates are not a one-material-fits-all type of material. If you have delicate hair, titanium could do some damage to your hair. If on the other hand, you have coarse hair that’s thick enough to rival Rapunzel’s ladder-making locks, then titanium plates are the precious metal plates you’ve been looking for.
Wet to dry flat irons are another option, especially for those on the go. They aren’t always as reliable as the other straighteners reviewed here, but if you’re top priority isn’t achieving the perfect sheen but getting your hair presentable enough before rushing off to look professional, then they are a great time-saving choice.
Unlocking the Secrets to Finding the Best Straightener for Your Gorgeous Locks
Material matters are of course not the only factors that distinguish one straightener from another. Other factors like their wallet-friendly ratings will also serve as a basis for comparison, in addition to seemingly trivial issues like size. Anyone with lots of hair knows that holding a straightener for a long time can actually make your hand cramp up. So it turns out, when it comes to straighteners, size does matter.
The reviews in this section are meant to be a guide to help you find the best straightener for you, so that you can turn a bad hair day into a perfect hair day. Hair’s to happy reading and shopping!