Hair straighteners have come a long way over the last 10 years. Choosing the best hair straighteners is a must to avoid a frizzy or flyaway hair day.
With so many hair styling gadgets to choose from, all promising to give you the perfect poker straight hair, how do you know which ones will deliver the best look?
When hair straighteners first came on the market women, (and some men!) all over the world were doing little whoops of joy. Finally, there was a glimmer of hope, as it became possible that they might just be able to get that just stepped out of a salon look – every day.
|Picture||Model||Max Temp||Heat Settings||Heat Up Time||Best For|
|ghd IV Styler||185 degrees||1||20 seconds||Fine, easy to style hair.|
|Remington S3500||230 degrees||30||15 seconds||Fine, short.|
|ghd Max Styler||185 degrees||1||10 seconds||Thick, long frizzy|
|BaByliss Pro 235 Elegance Straightener||235 degrees||3||15 seconds||All hair types|
|BaByliss 2860||200 degrees||1||Short hair & touch ups.|
|Remington Wet 2 Straight||230 degrees||10||15 seconds||All hair types|
|Cloud Nine Wide Plate||220 degrees||7||Thick, long frizzy|
|Cloud 9 Original||200 degrees||7||Fine, short, normal.|
Nicky Clarke Wide Plate
|230 degrees||1||15 seconds||Thick, long, frizzy|
The hair straightening brush is the latest wonder to hit the hair industry. They are certainly popular, but are they good enough to replace your trusty hair straightener? You can read my complete review here, but if you want the summary, I think they are great enough to invest in a pair, especially as they are so reasonably priced. They are very effective for touching up hair and work well on normal to fine hair. For me with thicker hair I will always recommend the wide plated Cloud 9 or ghd straighteners for the bulk of your hair straightening efforts. But I get good use out of a hair straightening brush for the odd tidy up, or if I want to get a more natural straight look (ie. not dead straight hair).
|Picture||Model||Max Temp||Heat Settings||More Info|
|AsaVea||230 degrees||Variable (80 to 230 degrees)||See on Amazon|
|DROK Ceramic||230 degrees||Variable (170 to 230 degrees)||See on Amazon|
|AsaVea 3.0||200 degrees||6 Settings (130 to 200 degrees)||See on Amazon|
|Merit 2 in 1||230 degrees||Variable (150 to 230 degrees)||See on Amazon|
Over the years I have tested out quite a few different irons, either ones I own myself, those belonging to friends or in a hair salon. As ghd were the first company to create and market hair straighteners, there was nothing to really compare them to. They were a beauty appliance like no other.
Fast forward to 2016 and there are numerous companies all selling hair straighteners and all claiming to be the best. So, it pays to do your homework and find out which straighteners will suit your hair type (and budget) best.
The plate type that a hair straightener uses is a really important factor. Depending on what kind of plate is used will make a big difference to the price. That is one of the main reasons that hair straighteners vary so much in price. If they are really cheap it is because the quality of the plates are much less than the more expensive ones.
Titanium plates are very strong yet lightweight. Brilliant for when you are spending a lot of time straightening your hair (less arm ache!) They are really quick to heat up and the heat is distributed evenly and quickly.
Ceramic plates are more common in hair straighteners than other materials. They heat up evenly which helps to reduce damage from hot spots when applied to your hair.
Tourmaline are the latest plate types to hit the hair straightening market. Tourmaline is a naturally occurring mineral that reacts to heat. Tourmaline produces negative ions which close the hair cuticle during hair straightening. The natural moisture that your hair produces is sealed within meaning that your hair will look healthier and shinier. The straightener can heat the hair at a faster rate meaning that less heat is applied in total. This is all great news for your hair as the result is less heat damage.
Metal and Glass are the cheapest materials used in hair straightener plates. These are often found on the lower priced straighteners and I really wouldn’t recommend them. The plates do not heat up quickly and the heat is often distributed unevenly, meaning a lot of potential damage for your hair.
Being able to adjust the heat temperature is a nice feature. Everyone’s hair type is different so it is important to be able to change the level of heat accordingly. If your hair is thin or has been damaged previously, then you will need a lower temperature setting. If you have thicker hair that is hard to tame then a higher heat setting will be needed to get an effective result. See our Hair Straightener Temperature Guide for more details.
As hair straighteners have evolved so have their plate sizes. Whereas it used to be a one size suits all scenario, there are now hair straighteners specific to hair types.
The most common plate width is 1.25 inches to 1.5 inches wide. However, if you have shorter, thinner hair, or hair that is already straight, you might want to opt for a narrower hair straightener with a width as narrow as 1 inch.
If you have thicker, coarser or curlier hair you will more than likely need a wide plated iron, between 2 and 3 inches wide.
I have made a few guides to straightening different hair types that you might be interested in;
A hair straightener might not seem heavy at first, but after you’ve been using it for some time you’ll really start to notice it in your arms. The more recent models on the market tend to be made lightweight if they have titanium, ceramic or tourmaline plates.
If you can, go for a hair straightener with a longer than standard cord. This way you don’t need to worry about the mirror and plug socket being close together. The other important factor with a cord is whether it has a swivel. It’ll make straightening so much easier by avoiding tangles in the cord. It will also protect the cord from the damage caused when it gets bent. It’s the little things that will make your hair straightener your favourite investment!
Yes, I left this one until last.
Choosing one that is in budget is often the deciding factor.
If you are going to be using it a lot and want it to last a long time it is a worthwhile investment. Sometimes it can be a false economy to buy a cheaper item as it sometimes breaks more easily or it doesn’t work as well as you hoped it would.
I know that I get a lot of use out of my ghds as I have very thick and wavy hair. It was an investment that has paid off time and time again. I wouldn’t be without them.
When deciding which hair straighteners to buy ask yourself the following questions;
a) What is my budget?
b) What is my hair type (short, thin, thick?)
c) How often am I going to use them?
Then take a look through our hair straightener reviews and decide which one suits you best. Let us know how you get on and if you have any questions or want some advice, please do just ask!