And how do you straighten your hair with a flat iron without causing unnecessary damage?
While selecting the right product, pay attention to technical specifications as well as your needs. Read reviews and make sure you don’t just pick the flashiest brand – your straightener needs to be really well-made. Here are some questions to ask yourself first:
Will you be using your straightener only occasionally, or every day? For daily use, it’s best to find a professional-quality device that’s gentler on your hair.
Do you want to straighten your hair while dry, or wet? For wet straightening, you’ll need a special device with a “wet” technology to protect your hair.
Should your flat iron have narrow plates to help you create tight curls, or short and wide ones to make straightening easier?
Is your hair healthy, or damaged? Healthy hair can handle pretty much any straightener, however damaged hair will benefit most from a steam, ionic, or ultrasound device.
Should you go with a ceramic, titanium, or Teflon straightener? Every surface has different benefits. We don’t recommend basic metal plates because they’re most likely to burn your hair. Ceramic plates heat up evenly, while titanium is more resilient. A Teflon coating will make sure your hair doesn’t overheat, but the best solution is probably a combination of several different materials. Some manufacturers add for instance tourmaline to reduce the effect of static electricity.
And what do we at Notino think are the top hair straighteners on the market? Find your favourite in our top picks.
Straightener for wet hair The BaByliss Stylers I-Pro 235 XL Intense Protect straightener has 6 temperature settings, with the hottest one being able to straighten your hair in one go. The ceramic plates have a thin diamond coating which protects them from scratches, plus they feature a comb on the sides to brush through your hair. The ionisation protects your hair from unnecessary damage and prevents fly-aways caused by static. You can even use it on wet hair, which will save you a lot of time, especially in the morning.
Ionic straighteners are amazing for all hair types and protect your hair from damage by creating negative ion which neutralise harmful cations, and thus reducing breakage and dryness. For instance the Bio Ionic OnePass 1,5″ is a truly fantastic flat iron – in fact one of the fastest hair straighteners on the market, at least according to hairdressers. It heats up in 10 seconds and features so-called Speed Strips on the side for faster straightening and higher shine. Its plates contain nano-ionic minerals and the higher price point of this product is justified by the incredible glossy results.
Whereas a normal straightener needs more time to deal with curly, frizzy, coarse, or thick hair, a steam straightener makes things way faster. The L’Oréal Professionnel Steampod LP7100F0/7PO R is a top-quality steam hair straightener with ceramic plates which are only 2.5cm wide to help you curl your hair while keeping it hydrated and shiny. You can also use the steam action to apply hair care. Steam straighteners are mostly used for the application of keratin products, but this particular model also comes with its own special line of Steampod products and the Pro-Keratin technology which regenerate your hair beautifully.
Brazil Keratin Iron Repair is actually not a classic flat iron. It doesn’t really “iron” your hair by using heat – instead, it uses ultrasound technology which makes your hair healthier and can also help you set your hair dye after colouring. Simply dye your hair, rinse it, dry with a towel, switch on the ultrasound straightener and to over each section of your hair 3 to 5 times. Apply the same process when using for instance a keratin treatments. Afterwards, your hair will need to be dried with a hair dryer, but the gorgeous colour and healthy hair are definitely worth the extra step.
If you’re addicted to straightening your hair, you definitely need a mini straightener that fits even in your bum bag! The Remington On The Go S2880 travel straightener is only 15cm long and works especially on short hair or the ends of your hair – but with some extra time, it can handle long styles, too. It heats up really fast and comes with a heat-proof pouch to make your packing easier. Still undecided? Find more tips in our Hair Straighteners section!
Be careful. These devices work at high temperatures (up to 230 °C, even though the optimum temperature is said to be 190 °C), which means that you might easily burn your hair as well as your head, ears, or hands. For better safety, choose hair straighteners with a handle that has a secure grip. Since not all flat irons feature a cold tip you can touch, you might also want to invest into protective gloves (for example by Cera Styling). Another handy feature is a rotating cable that doesn’t get tangled.
How to prevent burning your hair? Try a good protective spray which doesn’t weigh your hair down, or some of the creams and oils you can apply to your hair before straightening, curling, or blow-drying. These products also help you set your hair style in place, make your hair smooth, and give it shine. Find the right product in our Thermal Protection category.
Straighten your hair before using hair spray, brush it first, and go by smaller sections. It’s also important to wipe down the plates with a cloth after the device cools down, so that it doesn’t collect dirt.
Author: Jane P