Choosing The Best Hair Straightener or Flat Iron

When it comes to hair tools, one of the best investments you can make is in a hair straightener or as it is also known flat iron. They are extremely versatile tools and it doesn’t matter what type of hair you have – curly, wavy, damaged, thick, fine, or even naturally straight – you will be able to benefit from this amazing hair tool.

On the other hand, choosing the right one that is ideal for you and your hair is not an easy task. It can be difficult to know what exactly you need and which brand. Before diving into the details of straightening irons, you´ll need to determine your hair type. A person with fine, curly hair needs a different straightener than someone with thick, coarse hair.

Which type of plates?
When looking at hair straighteners you should keep in mind the type of plate that it uses. You will find that the prices of hair straighteners will strongly reflect what type of plate it has. Metal or glass plates are commonly found on hair straighteners which are less expensive and for good reason.

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These plates simply are not good for your hair. The plates do not heat very quickly which means it takes much longer to prepare the iron for styling and when they do heat up, these plates do not heat evenly, which will cause hot spots on the plates that can burn your hair. Often, glass and metal plates will be covered with paint which can chip or peel causing snags, pulls and tears in your hair. These hair straighteners often cause damage to the hair leaving it looking very unhealthy.

Ceramic plates heat up evenly, preventing any hot spots that can damage your hair. They also heat up very quickly which means that you can start styling when you are ready and not when your straightener is. Because they heat up very quickly, this means that there is less overall heat applied to the hair, decreasing the chance of damage. The ceramic works to smooth your hair, leaving it looking shiny and healthy. These irons also eliminate static, thus reducing frizz.

Temperature Control
Although the plate type is probably the most important thing to look for in a hair straightener, it’s not the only thing. You will also want to look for an iron that has a temperature adjustment.

Being able to adjust the temperature is very important because not everyone’s hair is created in the same way. If you have damaged, colour treated or very fine hair, you will need a lower temperature setting (180C) so you don’t risk the possibility of burning or damaging your hair.

However, if you have very thick, coarse hair or have very tight curls, you will need a higher temperature setting (190-210C) in order to achieve the effect you are looking for. Being able to adjust the temperature to suit your needs is a major bonus if you have any special considerations.

Plates Size
If you have short hair, you may wish to opt for a narrower iron, something that is only 1–1.5” wide. Narrow irons are also effective if you already have straight hair and are using the iron to create a greater shine hair.

The most common size for hair straighteners are 1.25” to 1.5”. However, if you have very long hair you may consider a 2” or 3” plate size in order to save time and get your straightening done more efficiently.

Price
The last thing to consider before making your decision is also one of the most important ones – the price of the hair straightener. Of course, you know what budget you have to work with, however we do recommend that you weigh all the options before making your decision. Cheaper hair irons are also of a cheaper quality. They will therefore not perform as well and they will very likely damage your hair. A professional hair straightener will last longer and give you the hairstyle you desire.

Be sure to balance all of the major factors when making your decision about which hair straightener will work best for you and you will soon have beautifully straight, shiny and healthy hair.

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