Last updated: March 15, 2017 How many times did you ask yourself: “how she did it?” The woman with the unbelievable hair? You bet she used one the most wanted hair tools, a flat iron.
But with so many brands available, which one is good for you? We have reviewed the best hair straighteners so you do not have to spend hours to find the right one.
I will only consider ceramic and titanium straightening irons because they are the best. If you do not have time and you are just interested in the top rated flat irons, here they are (in no particular order):
HSI Professional GliderPlus Tourmaline Digital Flat Iron 1″
It is packed with the most advanced technology to give you shinier, smoother results that lasts longer. The one-inch wide heating plates are made of high quality, durable ceramic that provides an ultra smooth surface so that you’re hair glides through. The ceramic plates are then coated with tourmaline gemstones that emit negative ions to give you a frizz-free shine.
The ions work by breaking down water molecules so they more easily penetrate and hydrate the hair cuticle. The infrared heat generated by the ceramic tourmaline plates, heats the hair from the inside and locks moisture into the cuticle, sealing the hair for a smooth shiny finish.
The glider plus is designed to protect your hair with integrated heat balance micro processors that continuously monitor the exact temperature across the surface of the plates and automatically adjust the temperature for evenly distributed heat. That means fewer passes are needed for silky results, while protecting your precious hair from over heat exposure.
The digital interface accurately displays the fully adjustable temperature setting from 170 degrees to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, providing optimal performance for any hair type. The floating plates with curved edges continuously adjust the tension and angle of the plates to avoid snagging your hair so that you have full flexibility when creating sleek, wavy or curly styles.
GHD Classic Styler 1”
Must have, girl’s best friend, worth every $$$, the best straightener I’ve ever used, really impressed, surprisingly great, excellent item, two years and still loving GHD, lovely results, great investment!
These are just a small sample of reviews of this tool you can find online. It’s one of the most counterfeited flat iron brands out there. Typical hair problems such as bed hair and travel hair aren’t really all that serious with this styler.
Multi-award-winning styling tool is suitable for all hair lengths and types. This dual voltage iron heats up in seconds and automatically adjusts to the needs of your hair. It glides so effortlessly throughout hair, leaving it pin straight after just one pass, instead of 3 or 4. You hair will stay completely straight even in 90% humidity.
One of the great things is that it has an automatic shut off. Very long cord (9-feet) is something that many users really like. If you travel a lot, then GHD Classic Styler is the one to take with you. You will be able to use just about everywhere. This is also beautifully designed straightener that you will love to show to others.
Croc 2 Infrared 1″
This is the Ferrari among straightening irons! It has “Dual Plate” technology and combines ceramic, tourmaline, titanium and infrared technology. It’s like having four tools in one.
Due to this combination, it is 60% faster and more effective than other hair ironers! It’s not only very good at straightening hair, but it does some other terrific things: reconstructs and reconditions hair, stimulates hair growth, prevents damage and dandruff, protects colored hair, removes bacteria and odor!
There are 25 heat settings (200 °f-450 °f) that are digitally controlled. It heats up to 450 degrees almost in an instant, making it a perfect solution for maintaining keratin treatments. You can use it without the infrared lights and still get great results, but when you turn them on, you will not believe the change in your hair quality, that will be visible immediately.
This tool is a huge time-saver. Why? Because you do not need to restyle your every single day! The hair simply stays how you style it, no matter what! As an added bonus, the hair stays cleaner longer! Hairstylists especially love to use this flat iron because it smooths the hair twice as fast freeing up their time.
T3 SinglePass X 1.5″
This iron is one the coolest tool I’ve ever used. It is a beautiful looking straightener with very high technology. With 50% more power and wider plates (1.5″), the T3 SinglePass X is specifically designed to straighten hard-to-manage hair, such as long, thick or coarse hair. Most importantly, it is designed to do the job fast – it straightens in a single glide!
The tool have a microchip that constantly measures and adjusts the temperature of the ceramic plates, ensuring consistent heat the entire time you are styling. This is the reason why you get a long-lasting, smooth and shiny finish in one quick pass – totally damage-free.
Other features include:
- 5 heat settings – 260F to 410F, so it can be used on all hair types
- Dual voltage – automatically adjusts to the local power supply
- 60 minute auto shut off
- Audio/Visual interface – computerized operation remembers your best heat setting
- Ergonomic & lightweight for easy styling
- 9 ft. 360 degree swivel cord
- Heat-resistant mat
If you want a flat iron that is impressive, stylish, luxurious and chic, but creates salon results at home, this is your perfect option.
Original CHI by Farouk 1″
One of the most popular flat irons ever. It’s considered high caliber by many users. This flattening iron is made from NASA-grade ceramic! That’s why it is a professional salon model. It is responsible for creating so many red carpet styles. It’s incredible how many styles you can create with this tool.
One of my favorite things about it is that it does an amazing job of locking in hair color and preventing fading. It not only creates sleek and soft hair and eliminates frizz. Many users swear that the texture of their hair is dramatically improved with this product.
It becomes extremely hot – up to 392 degrees Fahrenheit, and it holds that heat until you shut it off. Because of this, you can straighten any type of hair with Chi, including very thick and coarse tresses. So if you have such hair, this iron could be your best option. It is not only designed to straighten but also to curl hair. Thanks to its ergonomic design, you won’t strain the hands and wrists during use.
Your hair will look like you was born with perfectly straight strands. And results last all day long. No need to apply any anti frizz serum or anything like that.
Cloud Nine Iron 1″
If you think that you could never get your hair sleek and shiny like the hairdresser, you are wrong. This iron is magnificent! It glides over hair like a hot knife through butter with absolutely NO pull or drag at all.
There is a “special and mysterious ingredient” in Cloud Nine that gives hair added shine and sparkle, each time you use it.
The ultra-smooth, mineral-infused ceramic plates allow you to achieve incredible styling results at much lower temperatures. You can choose the temperature with a range of settings between high, medium and low.
You can change the heat setting easily with the one-touch temperature control. Thanks to the clear LED display, you’ll always know what level of heat you’re applying to your hair.
One you are finished using it, slip on the protective heat guard and allow them to cool down. There is also intelligent sleep technology that automatically starts when the iron has been switched on, but not used for 30 minutes – they’ll cool down to ‘box temperature’. With swivel cord and international voltage.
Vibe | Professional Vibrating Flat Iron 1.5″
This innovative flat iron uses gentle vibrations while you straighten your hair to prevent damage to your locks. Gentle vibration limits friction and provide fluid, smooth styling. Say good bye to pulling your hair and having kinks and creases. The vibrating technology makes possible for hair to glide freely between plates, giving a more smooth look.
One user said: “The vibration makes me want to do my hair more often because it takes half of the time than it did before.”
The tourmaline ceramic plates lock in moisture, making your hair silky soft for days. The PTC ceramic heating core evenly distributes heat and quickly reaches desired temperature.
- Single high-heat temperature setting
- Built-in ion generator
- Dual voltage
- 360° professional swivel cord
BaByliss PRO Nano 1 1/4″
When you pair 100% pure titanium plates with ionic technology the final results can only be astonishing – the sleekest, smoothest hair ever! Digital ionic technology creates millions of negative ions, giving your hair unbelievable shine.
The tool is very easy to handle due to its slim design, eliminate hand fatigue. It makes styling hard to reach parts a breeze. It’s smaller than some other hot tools, but the more you use it the more you will like its small size! It heats up to 450 degrees, creating exceptional straightening results.
It has settings for different amounts of heat needed to straighten various types of hair. You should not use the highest setting unless your hair is very unruly with lost of natural oil. It is a well known fact that some straighteners can leave your hair hard and flat. This will never happen with model. Your hair will not get “cooked” even with daily use.
One thing I keep noticing about this product is that all women who tried it say they will never go back to any other straightener! There must be a good reason for that!
Glider Titanium Professional Flat Iron 1 1/4″
If you are a women who are addicted to perfectly sleek hair, this flat iron will become your irreplaceable beauty accessory! This must-have straightener will instantly transform your dull, frizzy hair into a cover girl straight hair!
The Glider Titanium features ionic titanium plates with eight microsensors (4 on each plate) to regulate the temperature and evenly distribute heat. This means that you will only need a few passes through your hair to get silky results that shine.
The floating plates with curved edges heat up in seconds and you can adjust the temperature setting using the digital display between 200-450°F. With dual voltage (110-220v), auto shutoff safety mode ans swivel cord.
BaByliss Pro Nano Ultra Thin 1”
If you are one of those women that always lack time to style their hair, you simply must have this tool in your beauty arsenal. Its extra long plates cut straightening time in half! Just imagine, instead of doing your hair 30 minutes, you will be able to do it in just 15 minutes! Priceless!
You will be able to straighten wide sections of hair, while reaching scalp and roots easily thanks to thin design. This is especially useful for styling bangs. It is also good for creating waves or even curls. Its extremely lightweight with ergonomic handling.
This styler is further enhanced by ionic and nano technology. It features 50 heat settings and warms up to 450F for those fast results. Get ultra-shiny, pin-straight hairstyles with just one pass. And the best part is that you do not need to use any product.
This straightener is a miracle worker! African-American women with extremely coarse hair consider this tool a godsend. Thanks to 5-inch extended plates, faster and more efficient straightening is finally possible, especially for those mornings when you’re in a rush. If you want a hair tool that can help you with styling details, this BaByliss PRO is a very good solution.
Croc 1 (1 1/2″)
Croc flat irons are used by women who like quality and performance. This brand is very well known for original functions and overall superb quality. This particular straightener is made of 100% titanium plates. But that is not the most impressive feature of this tool. When you use it, you will get six times more shine! Why?
Because it has a turbo ion generator that produces six times more negative ions than other irons! There are two features that no other straightening tools have: “Infra-red Shield” and “Negative Ion Shower”. They do two important things: drastically reduce risk of damage and rejuvenate hair.
It comes with the most advanced heating element in this industry. Using a digital display, you can adjust temperature from 280F to 450F. This means that you can use it to style fine or very fragile hair as well as very thick and coarse. This is the model that is often recommended for women that have hair that is hard to straighten and difficult to keep straight. So if lower heats do not work for you, use the highest setting, and get pin straight results, like glass.
If you desire straight hair that will impress anyone you meet, try this Croc. You can’t go wrong with a flattening iron that not only straightens hair, but protects it from damage and infuses it with incredible shine.
Corioliss C3 Hair Straighteners 1″
A high performance iron for glamorous and perfectly styled hair. It features professional titanium smooth plate technology and extra long floating plates. These smooth plates glide easily through your hair and allow you to straighten, curl, and spiral!
The extra-long plates allow for larger sections of hair to be styled in one pass, which could easily reduce your average styling time by half. Floating plates meet perfectly each and every time, so the straightener will not snag at your hair whilst you style.
The C3 heats up quickly (in about 20 seconds) and has LED digital temperature control, allowing you to adjust between 275 and 445 degrees Fahrenheit. The plates’ great conductive properties ensure that they distribute heat evenly over the entire length of the plates, with no hot spots.
It also features far infrared technology and negative ions to provide a frizz-free, silky smooth shine to your hair. In addition, the C3 has a safety sleep mode, which shuts the styler down after 30 minutes.
It features dual voltage circuitry making it ideal for travel. Thanks to an ergonomic slim line design and professional 360 degree swivel cord, this styling iron is very easy to use.
Tame | Pro-Style Titanium Tourmaline Flat Iron 1.25″
“I have super curly hair that usually takes about 4+ hours to straighten and I did it in 2!” This is what many women experience once they start using this tool.
Iron’s flexible heat control and innovative design allows you to transform your hair into beautiful, long-lasting styles. High quality titanium tourmaline plates provide fluid, no-tangles straightening experience.
Tame can be used on damp hair. The tool has vents at the top that release steam while. The negative ion generator breaks up water molecules and dries damp hair quickly.
You can set temperatures from 150°F to 450°F and it also has a temperature lock feature. Tame also comes with:
- digital heat control
- auto shut-off after 60 minutes
- 360° swivel cord for tangle-free styling
- a handle lock mechanism
- handles have a soft touch coating that prevents slippage
Brilliance Diamond Flat Iron 1″
If you are very picky about your hair care products, here is a tool you will adore.
It is created for women who want salon results at home.
I can not say enough great things about it. You will be ale to achieve an impeccably straight and glossy hairstyle within minutes.
The advanced technology packed in sleek black diamond flat iron makes it the ultimate tool for the salon or your home kit.
Take a look at these great features:
- Ultra smooth diamond infused titanium plates
- Maximum temperature 450°F
- More than 100 different temperature settings
- Advanced ceramic heater for better recovery time
- Advanced LCD screen for more accurate temperature control
- Built in ionic generator that crates hundreds of millions more negative ions than other tools
- Automatic shut off
- Cool tip for safer styling
- Dual voltage
- Lifetime warranty
There you have it – ten flat irons to choose from. Deciding on what model to buy should not be rushed. Just keep in mind that usually you get what you pay for. For this reason, if you can afford, you should buy a more expensive brand. It will last you longer and results will be worth it.
Titanium Or Ceramic Flat Iron – Which Is Better?
One of the most often asked questions when shopping for a flat iron is: what is the difference between titanium and ceramic plates?
If you do not know how these two different materials affect the performance of the hair straighteners, you are about to find out. Bur first, we need to explain one term that is often associated with hair tools – ionic.
An ion is as an atom in which the number of electrons and protons are not the same. When a hair tool has ionic in its name, it means that it can generate negative ions. Hair has high water content, making it positively charged. When negative ions come in contact with hair, the positive charge is neutralized. This leaves your hair straight, sleek, shiny and smooth.
Both ceramic and titanium are ionic materials, however, titanium is a better generator.
Ceramic: There’s no question about it, this is the most often used material in flattening irons. It provides even heat distribution, ensuring that there will be no too hot or cold spots.
This is critical for three reasons:
1) you get consistent results, 2) there is less risk that you will burn or damage your hair cuticle, and 3) decreases the amount of time you need to run the iron over your hair.
Another important characteristic is that these plates heat up extremely fast – some brands reach their highest temps in just ten seconds! Ceramic’s natural infrared heating does not harm hair’s exterior layer but gently warms the hair from the inside. This retains moisture within each strand, creating a superb shine and a healthy look.
Here is one crucial thing to keep in mind – not all flat irons are pure ceramic, many of them are aluminum. They are just coated with ceramic on the top. Such models are less expensive, but you need to be extra careful when using them. This coating can chip or peel, revealing less quality metal below. These peeled areas can snag your hair! So always try to find out if an iron is coated or not.
You can even find costly professional models that are not 100% ceramic. Solid or pure ceramic are words that you are looking for. One big problem is that ceramic plates can crack after some time. These cracks can snag the hair and give you an awful experience.
Titanium: Its properties are better than ceramic! It’s better at conducting heat, providing consistent heat, allowing minimum temperature variations. It also warms up quickly, produces more ions and is corrosion resistant.
Plates made from this material last for years and never crack or scratch. They outlive the iron itself because titanium is naturally very strong but lightweight. Titanium is a professional choice by hairdressers.
It is used by the best hair salons because they are more efficient, save time and clients are satisfied with long lasting results.
Titanium vs. Ceramic Verdict
In this battle, it is obvious that titanium is a winner. But does this mean that you should use only this type of iron? No. Many experts say that consumers should use ceramic for one obvious reason. Since titanium can get very hot and transfers heat better, it’s very easy to damage your hair if you are not careful. Also, this high heat is only advantageous for women with thick, coarse and stubborn hair. If your have thin or fragile hair, there is no need for high temperatures. In the end, it is up to you to find out what will work best for your hair. Now you have all the facts to make the right decision. If you are still indecisive, there is a simple solution! Get a flat iron that combines ceramic and titanium, such as Croc 2 Infrared mentioned above. This way you get ceramic’s safety and protection and titanium’s speed and efficiency.
There is one more thing you need to know about materials used in plates. That is tourmaline. It is crystal that is ground into a fine powder and infused into the plates of the flat iron. When this mineral is heated, it produces enormous amounts of negative ions, much more than ceramic or titanium alone. Negative ions allow for faster straightening process, preventing heat damage and help create extremely sleek, shiny hair. So the next time you read ionic, ceramic, titanium or tourmaline – you will know exactly what each of these terms mean. See the best tourmaline flat irons.
How To Choose a Flat Iron
There is a huge selection of hair straighteners on the market. This is both good and bad thing. In other words, buying this equipment can be both effortless and tricky. It is effortless because you do not need to spend hours or even days looking for this tool. Just go to a beauty store or visit an online shop and you will find dozens or hundreds of options.
But at the same time, it can be tricky because you can get lost as to which type to buy. In order to help you, here are key factors you must take into account when choosing straightening irons.
Of course, this first thing you should consider is material. I already talked a lot about it above. So I suppose you already know what you want when it comes to this matter.
Size is very important feature that you need to pay close attention to before you make a purchase. When choosing a plate size, you must consider your hair texture and length. Study this table:
|Plate Size||Hair Length||Hair Texture|
|1'' to 1.5''||All lengths||Fine and thin|
|1'' to 1.25''||Short||Normal|
|1'' to 1.5''||Medium||Normal|
|1.25'' to 2''||Long||Normal|
|1.25''||Short||Coarse, thick or curly|
|1.5'' to 2''||Medium||Coarse, thick or curly|
|1.5'' to 3''||Long||Coarse, thick or curly|
This is another crucial thing to remember. In general, you want a tool that has an adjustable temperature setting. This will let you select the heat temperature that is best for your hair type and texture. A fixed temperature is only recommended for thick hair that is hard to straighten. Different hair types need different heats. For example, if your hair is thin, fine and fragile, use heat below 360 degrees Fahrenheit (182 Celsius). If you hair is normal, it can be subjected to heat from 360 to 380 degrees Fahrenheit (182 – 193 Celsius). Coarse and thick tresses can be heated from 380 to 410 degrees Fahrenheit (193 – 210 Celsius). Another aspect to consider is how the unit heats. Find one that comes with an instant heating option. This is excellent feature for those times when you are in a hurry and need to style your hair quickly. Equally important is an automatic shut off if you forget to turn the unit off. Take a look at this picture of a burned flat iron that started a blaze (the hair straighteners had been left turned on; they did not have auto shut off):
Also pay attention to the heating source. Irons that produce far infrared heat are the best for the reason that they warm the hair from the inside out. This causes way less damage to the hair. You should always use hair heat protectant to prevent heat damages.
If you are going to use your iron every day, you definitely need to think about its weight. Bulky tools are very hard to use and they can place serious strain on your arms. Get a lightweight, ergonomic model that will not make your arm tire quickly. There are hair straighteners that weigh around one or two pounds.
I’m well aware that cost is a huge factor in choosing the perfect hot ironing tool, but please do not make it the most important. The quality and efficiency of the equipment is represented by the price. Cheap models are almost always made of low quality materials and are manufactured poorly. In addition, such flat irons have PTC heaters that do not produce a consistent temperature. This will damage your hair very easily. When using the cheaper models, you get exactly what you pay for – not what your hair deserves! So, choose a reputable brand with price between $80 and $150. Again, do not skimp on quality. The more expensive a flat iron is, the better its quality and longer it will last. Here is how a high quality iron looks inside:
This is another biggie to keep in mind. Look for a brand that offers at least one year warranty or longer. It is not uncommon that a flat iron breaks after only several months. A product that is protected by a warranty means that you will be taken care of if the item breaks, but it also means that the tool is a high quality one. There are even brands that offer lifetime warranty! Imagine how good they are.
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How To Take Care Of Your Flat Iron
After many years of use, I learned one thing: it is not about how much you spend on your item, but how well you take care of it. Taking a few extra minutes to take care of your hair straightener will not only help prolong its life but it will keep it in excellent working condition. Styling products used on your hair will cause build up on the iron plates over time. This leads to stickiness on plate’s surface and results in poor styling results. This gummy residue on plates can damage your hair, by pulling and snagging strands, causing split ends and breakage. Your tool should be clean before every use.
Here is how to clean it:
Clean after each use. Wait for it to completely cool down before cleaning and storing. Use a soft cloth and a professional iron cleaner that is specifically formulated for use with flat irons and other heat styling appliances. Do not spray the cleaner onto a hot iron to prevent damaging the plates. You can also use a terrycloth towel with warm water. Avoid using very hot or very cold water. It must be lukewarm. With one finger, gently rub plates to remove the grime. Do not scrub to avoid scratching ceramic plates. Do not forget to clean around the sides or edges. Never use any harsh or abrasive cleaners that will damage or scratch the surface of the plates or reduce iron’s ability to glide through hair easily.
Do not clap the clamps. With regular use, sometimes the handles of the iron may become loose. On some models, you can remove the hinge cover and tighten the screw in the hinge. When storing your unit, never wrap the cord around it. This can cause damage to connection points, which can damage both the item and the cord. You should also use a heatproof mat where you can place a hot tool to avoid damaging your dressing table or bathroom counter. These mats can also be used as storage bags. There are also heat proof styler holders that are used when styling your hair. They are really great at protecting countertops and other surfaces while keeping your tool conveniently at hand.
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