Hair straighteners have improved greatly over the years. When they were first launched there was really only a one size fits all straightener available – which weren’t really suitable for those with thick hair. I speak from experience.
But thankfully it didn’t take long for those clever manufacturers to release flat irons suitable for all hair types.
If you have thick, frizzy or afro hair, you will have much more success taming your hair with a straightener specifically made for you.
Enter the wide plate straightener.
By having a wider plate, often around 4cm in width, you can straighten more of your hair in each glide, making thick hair much more manageable. Not to mention much quicker – think of your arms!
|H2D Wide Professional||80°C-210°C|
|ghd V Gold Max||185°C
|Cloud 9 Wide||150°C-220°C|
|Remington S5525 Pro Straight Extra Wide||150°C-220°C|
|Toni & Guy Wide Plate||Variable to 235°C|
Cloud 9 are the biggest contender for rivalling ghd straighteners. In terms of quality they are neck and neck. The plates of the Cloud 9 are marginally thinner than the ghd (ghd are 4.4cm and Cloud 9 are 4cm), not really a factor that should determine your choice of one over the other.
However, the main difference between the two is the variable temperature control that Cloud 9 have. With one touch temperature control you can choose from 5 different settings, from 100°C to 200°C.
These cloud 9 straighteners also come with a heat guard and a heat resistant carry pouch. The heat guard can be put on the straighteners even when they are still hot.
Another really cool feature of these straighteners is the European plug that is concealed within the UK plug. Such a clever idea – no more needing to remember the plug adaptors when travelling to Europe!
The Gold Max Styler comes with the same efficient straightening capabilities of the popular ghd IV Stylers, but the wider plates make them more effective on thicker hair.
These straighteners work at the optimum temperature of 185°C, ensuring that your hair doesn’t get damaged from temperatures that are too high.
The ghd V Gold Max Stylers work incredibly well on thick, long, coarse and curly/frizzy/wavy hair, including Afro-Caribbean hair.
Straightening hair is much quicker with ghd and if you have thick hair, these ghd V Max Stylers are high recommended.
The Remington Pro Wide Plate straightener is my recommended budget buy. Costing less than the high end Cloud 9 and ghd straighteners, but still a high quality product. The Remington gets glowing reviews with reports of super straight hair. The variable temperature and fast heat up time means they are adaptable and quick results can be achieved.
The Remington wide straighteners offer great value for money if you are looking for straighteners for thick hair on a budget.
These straighteners are very effective in achieving salon style straight hair without the price tag of the more expensive brands. The ability to adjust the temperature is a bonus, meaning you can use the correct temperature for your hair type.
Users have reported that these straighteners are as effective as ghds. Unfortunately these straighteners don’t have universal voltage, meaning they won’t be suitable for taking abroad. However, the H2D VI model does have universal voltage, but they are of a similar cost to higher end straighteners.
Toni & Guy are of course a recognised brand name owing to their high street presence. User report fast heat up times of around 15 seconds alongside favourable results. They work well on thick, frizzy and coarse hair. The lengthy 5 year guarantee is also a bonus.