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What Is the Best Flat Iron?

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If you want sleek, elegant straight hair at home, you need the best flat iron. But finding the best flat iron is a daunting task, as there are so many different brands and models on the market.

If you’re flat ironing your hair every morning, you need one that will stand the test of time and not damage your hair. Even if you’re only using your flat iron once or twice a month, you don’t want to waste money on a low quality product.

For help finding the right flat iron for you, read on for our tips on what to look for, temperature settings, and more.

Get the Best Flat Iron for Your Hair Type

As with any hair tools or hair products, choosing the best flat iron for you starts with finding one that matches your hair type and texture.

If your hair is fine and thin, you want a flat iron with lower hair settings that won’t damage your hair. The thicker and curlier your hair, the wider the plates you want on your flat iron so your tool can tackle the job ahead.

If you have thicker hair, you’ll also want a flat iron with titanium plates that heat up quicker and apply heat evenly to all your hair. Ceramic plates are great for reducing frizz.

Also consider the shape of your flat iron and your desired look. If you like adding a bit of curl to the ends of your hair, a flat iron with rounded edges can double as something of a curling iron while a flat iron with sharper edges can give you the ultra straight style you want.

It’s important to read reviews and talk to your stylist about finding a good flat iron before making a purchase. You don’t want to settle for a cheap product because it won’t last long and will end up damaging your hair in the long run.
Professional hairdresser straightening long blond hair using straightener

Best Flat Irons for Curly, Wavy Hair

A flat iron that works for someone with almost completely straight natural hair will not work on someone with thick ringlet curls.

The thicker and curlier your natural hair, the higher heat settings and wider plates you need so that it won’t take you forever to straighten your hair (or instantly frizz up the moment you step outside).

Here are some of our picks:

Deogra Tourmaline Ceramic Ionic Hair Straightener

This baby has a temperature range between 360-450° so it’s for the thickest of hair and can take you from curly to straight in one swoop. Plus it locks shut when you’re not using it, so there’s no risk of burns.

L’Oreal Steampod Flat Iron

This one is pricey but it does the best job. Steam technology and an integrated comb make your hair twice as smooth in half the time with much less breakage. Choose the temperature based on your hair style and you’re good to go.

Paul Mitchell Neuro Halo Styling Iron

This flat iron can smooth and straighten any curls, no matter how tight, and leave you with sleek, smooth, and of course, straight hair. The temperature ranges from 160-450° so it’s great for customers with thin or thick curls.

Best Flat Irons for Frizzy, Thick Hair

Just because your hair is frizzy and unmanageable does not mean it’s the same as curly. You can have relatively straight hair that’s nothing but frizz.

And that’s where finding the right flat iron comes in to help you get the sleek look you desire. You’re likely using this product a lot so you want something that will last.

Here are some of our picks:

Bio Ionic GoldPro Smoothing Styling Iron

This flat iron will not only give you the results you’re looking for but ionic tools also help keep your cuticles smooth and lock in moisture in your hair, which is ideal for minimizing frizz.

Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener

This one is pricey, but it works on every hair type and texture you can think of, and it won’t wear out anytime soon. This is a great investment if you’re regularly straightening your hair because you can straightener more hair at one time with less damage.

MiroPure Enhanced Hair Straightener Brush

If flat ironing isn’t quite for you, try a straightening brush. The thicker your hair, the more times you’ll need to brush through to get the desired look, but you can detangle while you straighten.
Hairstylist straightening a client's hair with flat iron.

Get Your Best Look from the Best Stylists

When you’re shopping for the best flat iron—or any new hair products—consult a stylist first for their expert opinion. After all, they’ve used all these products repeatedly on numerous hair types, so theirs is a review you can trust.

Whatever hair styling questions you have, the stylists at Studio 312 Salon are here to help. Whether you’re looking for a new color, a quick trim, or you want to learn how to diffuse your hair, we can make it happen for you.

Book an appointment today and your best look isn’t far behind.

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