Best Flat Iron Hair Straightener Reviews 2018
We’ve all been there: it’s 8:00 a.m. and you are supposed to be well on your way to work already. Instead, you find yourself frantically rushing around your home, desperately trying to remember where on Earth you left the lunch you thoughtfully packed for yourself the night before…
If styling your hair each morning seems more like a fantasy than reality, think again! All you need to achieve the red carpet worthy look of your dreams is a reliable hair straightener, and we have done the hard part for you: researching!
Table Of Contents
- 1 Product Reviews
- 2 LumaBella Keratin Duel Touch Hair Straightener
- 3 CHI G2 Ceramic and Titanium Flat Iron
- 4 Cloud Nine Original Flat Iron
- 5 ISA Professional Titanium Flat Iron
- 6 CHI Air Expert Classic Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron
- 7 T3 Micro Single Pass Flat Iron
- 8 BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Straightening Iron
- 9 Solano Sleek Heat 450 Professional Flat Iron
- 10 Conclusion
- 11 Why You Should Start Using A Hair Straightener
- 12 The Best Hair Straightener For Your Hair Type
- 13 Our Top Tips For Using Your New Hair Straightener
- 14 It’s All About Versatility: Alternate Uses For Your Hair Straightener
- 15 Cleaning And Caring For Your New Hair Straightener
- 16 The Modern Hair Straightener: Not Your Teen Self’s Flat Iron
LumaBella Keratin Duel Touch Hair Straightener
If you’ve ever had your ‘do coiffed by a professional hair stylist or visited a salon, chances are you’ve heard the word ‘Keratin’ tossed around a time or two. Known for its ability to strengthen hair and restore your strands to their original shine, Keratin is a powerhouse nutrient in the world of hairstyling.
When putting your hair under the intense heat of a flat iron or hair straightener, you’ll probably find that breakage and damage are that much more common. And that’s why we absolutely love the LumaBella Keratin Duel Touch Hair Straightener! Packed with all sort of high-tech features and gizmos, LumaBella’s hair straightener achieves salon-worthy results without the harsh damage of most styling devices for a natural, healthy shine with each use!
Keratin-Infused Micro Conditioners
Ever since the early 2000’s when the planet collectively decided that straightening our hair to death was a good idea, beauty companies have been searching for a way to achieve beautiful and natural-looking straight looks without frying or unnecessary damage. From ceramic plates to protective sprays and everything in between, we have been desperately searching for some way, any way, to show off a straight head of hair that isn’t entirely made of straw.
As the only product we reviewed featuring innovative Keratin-infused technology, it’s no surprise that the LumaBella Keratin Duel Touch Hair Straightener was at the top of our list of the best hair straighteners on the market today. If you’re curious about how the Keratin technology works in action, we broke down the science for you below:
- Each ceramic plate in the LumaBella hair straightener is infused with teeny tiny Keratin micro-conditioners just like the ones found in your favorite styling products!
- When heated, these conditioners begin to activate and leave your hair feeling soft and healthy.
- Keratin also creates a natural shine on the hair, leaving your strands looking and feeling their best after styling!
Smart Heat Sensor
One of the biggest problems you will face when using a heated hair styling tool is overheating. We’ve all been there: you’re casually straightening your hair when a particularly funny scene comes up on the show you have playing in the background. After a solid minute or two of laughter, you realize (in utter horror!) that your poor hair has been sandwiched in between a couple of hot plates the entire time.
That’s when it happens; the biggest beauty fear for women the world over: a chunk of your gorgeous hair breaks off…and all because of a little too much heat….
If your palms are already sweaty from this brief yet terrifying description, you’re not alone.
Hair breakage is an all too common problem, and even the most seasoned of hair stylists can slip up from time to time. That’s why LumaBella’s Keratin Duel Touch Hair Straightener features a unique smart heat sensor. This nifty little gadget can actually tell when there is too much heat for your hair, and will automatically adjust to a safer styling temperature!
Features like this prove that hair straighteners really have come a long way over the last decade, and the LumaBella Keratin Duel Touch Hair Straightener certainly doesn’t disappoint in this regard! When the terror of hair damage is removed from everyday straightening, there’s no limit to the styles you can create with a hair straightener like this making this an ideal choice for novice and expert stylists alike!
Floating Plate Design
Sadly, the plates in the LumaBella Keratin Duel Touch Hair Straightener won’t begin to magically levitate on your bathroom sink! BUT they do float in the frame! They are specially engineered to deliver a consistent heat with a smooth glide, and their design enables a flexible grip on the straightener, giving you great results no matter how you hold it. Even better, it won’t tug or pull like so many others on the market. The result is pain-free styling in a fraction of the time!
This feature is particularly beneficial for users with naturally wavy or curly hair, which can have a tendency to easily snag in hair styling tools. This floating design, combined with the heat sensor, also ensures that your gorgeous curls won’t become permanently damaged just because you decide to straighten things out a bit for an evening or two. After all, those curls are coveted by beauty pros the world over, and you never want to damage them just because of a styling trend!
Ceramic Heat Technology
If the Keratin-infused plates weren’t enough to get you excited about this hair straightener, we bet the added bonus of ceramic will do just the trick. Known the world over as a hair-saving grace in heat technology, ceramic acts as a natural barrier between your delicate strands and the 100°+ temperatures of your hair straightener.
50% Less Breaking & Splitting = 50% Less Damage!
The LumaBella Keratin Dual Touch has been found to give 50% less breakage, splitting, and damage compared to other straighteners without heat sensor technology! While your hair straightener can’t repair years of damage overnight, this model can help restore the natural shine of your hair and allows you to keep styling by reducing additional damage by up to 50%! This means that it is safe for daily styling.
CHI G2 Ceramic and Titanium Flat Iron
Ask any seasoned hair stylist for a flat iron recommendation, and you will hear the same brand time and time again: CHI. Known the world over as a leader in hair care and styling, CHI is your go-to name for salon results at home. While CHI offers a variety of designs (and fun colors!) to choose from, the brand’s G2 Ceramic and Titanium model is what caught our eye when researching the best hair straightener. This hair straightener is packed with high-tech features and an upgraded, ergonomic design for the shiniest and straightest do’ you’ve ever seen!
Ceramic And Titanium Plates
By now you are probably aware of the awesome benefits that ceramic can have on your hair and the healthy, natural shine this element creates when combined with heated hair styling. Well, it turns out that titanium can magnify these effects and lengthen the lifetime of your hair straightener in the process!
Unlike other hair straighteners on the market today, the CHI G2 Ceramic and Titanium Flat Iron features ceramic plates that are actually infused with high-grade titanium for increased durability and longevity. The titanium also reduces snagging for a faster and overall smoother styling experience.
As an added bonus, titanium has also been found to resist rust, so your hair straightener will keep its out-of-the-box look for years to come. This is particularly important when you are making a long-term investment by purchasing a high-end or professional hair straightener. After all, you wouldn’t want your car or bathtub to start rusting after just a couple of uses and the beauty tools you use for your flowing hair should be no different!
Digital Temperature Display
If you’ve ever used a CHI hair straightener before, then you’re probably pretty well acquainted with the turn dial temperature control of models’ past. While this dial design made it easy to switch on your hair straightener each morning (even before you have had your morning coffee!), it also made it all too easy to accidentally change the temperature during use.
To solve this problem, CHI’s new G2 Ceramic and Titanium Flat Iron features a digital temperature display located right on the outside of the handle. No more knobs or dials, just buttons and electronic displays, and it is intuitive to use! This feature is great for maintaining an exact temperature during styling and also allows users of varying hair types to experience the professional-grade results CHI hair straighteners have delivered for years without the worry of damage or frying!
Color-Coded Temperature Settings
One of the niftiest features of CHI’s new G2 Ceramic and Titanium Flat Iron is its innovative, color-coded temperature settings. Featuring a digital LED display, these settings correspond to certain temperature ranges that are designed for your specific hair type! Check it out below:
- Blue (0° F – 370° F): Ideal for fine, thinning, or fragile hair
- Green (375° F – 395° F): Ideal for medium textured or wavy hair
- Red (400° F – 425° F): Ideal for course, high curl, or resistant hair
This feature is particularly helpful if you have textured hair with waves or curls, which can become damaged so easily by heated styling tools. That said, it is not clear which heat setting is ideal for users with thick or somewhat straight hair. This may make this slightly more difficult if you are using a flat iron for curling purposes or if you need to straighten an especially thick head of hair each day! However, we are confident that a little tinkering is all it takes to find the perfect heat setting for these different hair types and styles, so you can rest assured that this hair straightener can still meet all your hair styling needs!
Upgraded And Ergonomic Design
Featuring the same 1.25-inch plates CHI users have loved for years, the new CHI G2 Ceramic and Titanium Flat Iron make it easier to style longer hair! If you’ve ever tried to use a non-professional hair straightener on your hair, then you know just how quickly the process can become a literal pain! From hand strain to sore wrists and arms, most hair straighteners stick to old adage of “beauty is pain.”
Luckily for you (and your poor, sore arms!), this is not the case with CHI’s G2 model. This hair straightener has been re-designed with an ergonomic handle for easy styling and reliability. We especially love that this tool only weighs a couple of pounds so that you can style even the most stubborn or thick locks in no time!
Heats Up To 475° F
When taming coarse, wavy or curly hair, sometimes you need a little to kick it up a notch. That’s why we love that the CHI G2 Ceramic and Titanium Flat Iron can reach a maximum temperature of 475° F and heats up in under a minute! With this hair straightener, say goodbye to wasted time waiting for your tool to heat up, and get styled and out in the door!
Cloud Nine Original Flat Iron
The Hair Awards are awarded to the best hair care and styling products on the market each year, and the Cloud Nine Original Flat Iron was crowned as the best hair straightener of 2016!
It features a fool-proof, one-touch temperature control system and is ideal for users with medium to long hair, so it’s no surprise that the Cloud Nine Original Flat Iron was a judge favorite at the 2016 Hair Awards or that it makes our list of the best hair straighteners!
One-Touch Temperature Control
If LED color-coding screens and confusing digital displays aren’t up your alley, look no further than the Cloud Nine’s easy-to-read, one-touch temperature control. Perfect for the technologically challenged, this hair straightener has seven temperature settings that you can toggle between with just the touch of a button. It’s that simple!
We especially love this feature for beginner users that may just be learning their ideal heat setting. This hair straightener is also ideal for seasoned users that want the ease of hair straightening without the unnecessary bells and whistles.
Like other hair straighteners on the market we have reviewed, the Cloud Nine Original Flat Iron features two ceramic plates for optimal shine. They help you to create beautifully smooth, sleek and silky styles including flicks and curls.
360° Swivel Cord
Let’s face it: styling your hair is a 360° job. That’s why the folks at Cloud Nine have designed their Original Flat Iron with a swivelling 360° cord! No more tangled messes or twisted cords, with this hair straightener you can easily reach delicate fly-aways and seemingly invisible back sections without the hassle of a tangled or knotted cord ever again. When it comes to hair straighteners, the Cloud Nine Original Flat Iron really proves that perfection is in the details!
Ideal For Medium To Long Hair
If you have what the Internet has started to refer to as ‘Mermaid Hair’ (i.e., flowing, lengthy locks that Ariel herself would be jealous of!), then you know how time-consuming and difficult straightening your hair can be. After all, running a flat iron through 12+ inches of hair is no easy feat!
With so many models and styles to choose from, it can be hard to find the right hair straightener for your medium or long hair. That’s why we love the Cloud Nine Original Flat Iron! This straightener is ideal for users with medium to long hair; this hair straightener can tame even the most stubborn tresses. Featuring 1-inch plates and low, medium, and high heat settings, this flat iron is ideal for anyone with thick or lengthy hair.
Heats In As Little As 20 Seconds!
Most of the hair straighteners we reviewed heat up in under a minute, but the Cloud Nine Original Flat Iron has to be one of the fastest on the market! In as little as 20 seconds, this hair straightener transforms from cool to hot, hot, hot! With this model, there is no need to wait around for your hair straightener to warm up, which means you spend less time getting ready in the morning and more time getting on with your day.
ISA Professional Titanium Flat Iron
If you’ve ever had your stylist give you bangs (or, dare we say it…cut them yourself), then you know just how important it is to keep them primed and coiffed for a put together look.
Designed with a unique arc-shaped tip and mirror plates, the ISA Professional Titanium Flat Iron is ideal for anyone taming shorter hair like bangs and bobs as well as longer lengths.
This innovative design can replace all of the tools in your hair care arsenal, and allows you to style everything from bangs to roots with one device! The arc-shaped tip is only meant to be used on tiny areas like bangs, and ISA recommends that users section-off the rest of the head into smaller pieces for the best results.
Innovative Mirror Titanium Plates
We’ve talked about Keratin-infused plates, ceramic plates, and even ceramic and titanium plates, but what about mirrored plates? The unique ISA Professional Titanium Flat Iron features innovative, mirrored Titanium plates which can help your hair to feel silky smooth.
These ultra-smooth plates are great for straightening stubborn strands like curls and waves and are also ideal for creating natural, finished curls (similar to a curling iron) and even beachy waves. By gliding effortlessly across hairs of all types, without pulling or breakage, the ISA Professional Titanium Flat Iron has the potential to leave your hair looking and feeling healthier after each use.
Neon LCD Background Display
Unlike some of the hair straighteners we’ve reviewed that only indicate a temperature range, the ISA Professional Titanium Flat Iron can be tweaked to the exact degree for your unique hair type. You can easily add and subtract degrees with the digital, backlit display as well, which is illuminated with an LCD light to an easy-to-read green shade.
Heats Between 265° F And 450° F
Depending on the thickness and texture of your hair, you may need to change it up from time to time. No, we’re not talking about a new haircut! We’re talking about temperature.
Fine or thinning hair can easily become damaged under too much heat, so cooler temperatures (i.e., those under 300° F) are ideal for these hair types. If you have very curly, course, or thick hair, then higher temperatures upwards of 400° F may be more suitable to your needs. With the ISA Professional Titanium Flat Iron, you can cool it down to 265° F if need be and also crank it up to a whopping 450° F for textured styled.
2 Year Warranty
“They just don’t make em’ like they used to.” Sadly, this is often the case when it comes to beauty and hair care products, many of which seem to die a tragic death after only a year of continuous use. Luckily for you, the folks at ISA are so sure that you’ll love your new hair straightener that they tacked on a full, 2-year warranty!
Designed To Be Used Perpendicularly To Hair For Minimal Pulling
We don’t know too many people that are using their hair straighteners vertically, but there must be a few since ISA has made a point of clarifying that this model is intended only to be used horizontally, i.e., perpendicular to your hair. According to the manufacturer, using the hair straightener horizontally reduces hair pulling for a more comfortable experience. This may be particularly important to you if your hair tends to knot easily or you have unruly curls and texture.
CHI Air Expert Classic Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: CHI knows what’s up when it comes to premium, salon-grade hair straighteners! That’s why we’ve included another CHI model in our list of the best hair straighteners on the market today.
The CHI Air Expert Classic Tourmaline Ceramic Flat iron packs a similar punch to its G2 counterpart without the added tech. This hair straightener has come to be known as somewhat of a staple in the hair care industry, and it’s easy to why.
With so much inside a small package, it’s no wonder women all around the world have this iron stashed in their bathroom cabinets and vanity drawers!
Tourmaline Ceramic Plates
Unlike the plain Jane ceramic plates of most hair straighteners, the tourmaline-infused ceramic plates in the CHI Air Expert Classic Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron are designed to keep your hair healthy during styling. Specifically, the tourmaline helps to more evenly distribute the heat during use which, in turn, creates a higher number of negative ions for shinier and healthier looking hair with each use. This reduces the static electricity created, meaning you get a sleeker, smoother style.
Paired with ceramic technology, the plates in the CHI Air Expert Classic Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron are ideal for all hair types and lengths. In fact, CHI boasts that these plates reduce frizz and the appearance of damage for an unparalleled, shine every time!
Far Infrared Technology
If you have ever visited a luxury spa or wellness company, you have probably run across far infrared heat a time or two. Without going into too much science, infrared heat is the same heat you feel when the sun kisses your cheeks and warms your body from the inside-out. Far infrared heat, in particular, has been used by medical and wellness professionals for years to treat a variety of conditions from muscle pain to even cancer.
So, when it comes to hair care, it is no surprise that the healing benefits of infrared technology would make their way into the industry sooner or later! The far infrared technology in the CHI Air Expert Classic Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron leaves your hair looking and feeling smoother and silkier than ever before, while helping to restore your strands to their naturally strong and beautiful thickness.
Utilizes Negative Ions For Superior Shine
Negative ions have been a longtime fan favorite in the hair care industry, and it is no surprise that this same technology would appear in our top picks for the best hair straightener. Negative ions have been found to reduce static and frizz while locking in moisture, and the same goes for your hair when you use the CHI Air Expert Classic Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron!
The negative ion technology in this hair straightener fights frizzy waves, curls, and fly away’s while locking in moisture for an unprecedented shine!
Heats Up In Just One Minute
While it isn’t the fastest heating hair straightener we have reviewed, the CHI Air Expert Classic Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron warms up to temperature in just one minute! If one minute seems like too long for you to wait, try adding a bit of multitasking into your morning routine by taking advantage of this found time. If you are at a loss for what you can do in just one minute, check out this list for a little inspiration:
- Brush your teeth
- Apply your face makeup, including a primer, foundation, concealer, translucent powder, and blush
- Pick out your outfit for the day
- Make yourself a cup of coffee
Temperatures Range Between 180° F And 410° F
One of the best features of the CHI Air Expert Classic Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron is its versatile temperature capabilities. Whether you have fine hair that needs less heat or a head full of curls that are begging for a higher temperature, you can find it all packed in this hair straightener.
T3 Micro Single Pass Flat Iron
If you have coarse, thick, or long hair, the T3 Micro Single Pass Flat Iron is the hair straightener for you! Specially designed with more difficult hair in mind, this hair straightener features an innovative SinglePass X system to straighten even the thickest of hair.
We also love the modern, stylish finish of this hair straightener making it an ideal choice for any rose gold addicts!
T3’s Micro Single Pass Flat Iron truly is a treat in the luxury beauty space, and is packed with the features and specs you would expect from a high-end styling tool.
Specially Designed To Straighten Long, Thick Or Course Hair
One of the greatest features of the T3 Micro Single Pass Flat Iron is its innovative SinglePass technology. Unlike other hair straighteners that require multiple swipes to achieve optimal results, the T3 model guarantees results with just one pass!
Whether you have particularly curly hair or thick locks, this T3 hair straightener is designed to leave you with a shiny finish in a fraction of the time of other hair straighteners on the market today. Specifically, the T3’s smart SinglePass technology maintains consistent heat throughout the entire plate to straighten all hair types with one glide.
50% More Power
With a world voltage of 100 volts to 240 volts, the T3 Micro Single Pass Flat Iron packs a big punch in a small package! T3’s hair straightener has a maximum temperature of 410° F and a unique, auto-off feature to prevent overheating and damage.
Another great feature of this model is the abundance of add-on’s that come with the hair straightener! Specifically, we love these free goodies (all of which are included!):
- 2 Ultra Strong Pro Sectioning Clips
- Heat-Resistant Mat
- 2 Year Warranty
Audio And Visual Interface
Many hair straighteners feature a visual interface to alert you when the device is getting a bit too hot for comfort or when it has surpassed the ideal temperature for your hair. With the T3 Micro Single Pass Flat Iron, you can expect the same visual cues with the bonus of sound alerts as well! That’s right; this flat iron will actually tell you when it reaches its ideal temperature or when it is about to shut off automatically after one hour. Now that’s some hot tech!
Like some of the other hair straighteners we have reviewed, the T3 Micro Single Pass Flat Iron has a lightweight and ergonomic design. Weighing in at just over a pound, this hair straightener is ideal for anyone with wrist strain or who just wants to give their poor, tired hands a break when styling their hair!
Tourmaline And Ceramic Ionic Plates
When it comes to hair straightening, sometimes less isn’t always more. That’s why we love that the T3 Micro Single Pass Flat Iron features not one, not two, but THREE amazing features to increase shine and hair health with each use. Specifically, the plates in the T3 model are packed with:
- Tourmaline: Helps to smooth curly or unruly hair (even hair that has been damaged previously by other heated styling tools, coloring, or product use)
- Ceramic: Adds shine to make the appearance of curls more polished and increase the overall look of straightened hair for a healthier gloss
- Ionic Technology: Negative ions reduce frizz and static!
BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Straightening Iron
If being limited to only a handful of temperature settings isn’t really your cup of tea, look no further than the BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Straightening Iron! This lightweight flat iron features a whopping 50 heat settings for hair types of all shapes, styles, textures, and colors making it one of the most versatile hair straighteners on our list.
In addition to its sweet settings and versatility, this hair straightener is also super lightweight and features thin, 1-inch plates to save precious real estate on your bathroom counter or inside your vanity cabinet! The BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Straightening Iron is ideal for anyone with a tiny bathroom (or multiple roommates!) and who wants the results of larger hair straighteners without the added weight or storage space.
This hair straightener is also a good choice if you have short hair since the smaller plates will glide through your hair with less effort than those larger, 1.5 – 2-inch models. On the other hand, if you do prefer a larger-sized plate, then it is available in 1.5 and 2-inch models too.
50 Heat Settings
The BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Straightening Iron really is the Baskin Robins of hair straighteners, making it the perfect choice for anyone that wants to straighten their hair quickly. Whether you have naturally short hair and opt for extensions on occasion or you just chopped off your do’ into a new pixie cut, you will have a hard time not finding the perfect heat setting for your hair so many choices!
With a maximum temperature of 450° F, the BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Straightening Iron can really pack a punch despite its otherwise small frame. One thing to note though: these heat settings are not pre-set like the CHI G2 hair straightener we also reviewed, and you will need to play around with them to find the right temperature for your hair. This shouldn’t be a problem if you have a Saturday afternoon or two to kill, but may not be ideal for users that are looking for a flat iron with pre-recorded settings.
Ideal For Short To Medium Lengths
Given its tiny stature, it is no surprise that the BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Straightening Iron is ideal for users with short or medium hair lengths. Unlike the more industrial models we reviewed that are designed for longer or thicker hair, this BaByliss hair straightener is small and light enough to polish off a short bob or shoulder-length style in no time.
Having said that, this may not be the best hair straightener for you if you have particularly curly hair or long length. While this flat iron certainly has the temperature capabilities to take on a larger job, there are other options which are specially designed for thicker and longer hair.
Ultra-Smooth Nano Titanium Plate Technology
The titanium plates in the BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Straightening Iron were designed to conduct high levels of heat (again, up to 450° F!) in a short amount of time. Coupled with the Nanotechnology that is packed in each plate, this hair straightener is ideal for anyone that experiences unwanted frizz or static on a regular basis! The titanium also acts as a barrier from corrosion keeping your hair straightener and precious strands free of build-up for years to come!
The ultra-smooth and ultra-thin design of the BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Straightening Iron also make it a good choice for anyone with lackluster or dull hair that is looking to add a bit of sparkle back into their hairstyle. It can straighten your hair faster and more efficiently than some other models.
Weighing just over 1 pound, the BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Straightening Iron is the lightest hair straightener on our list of the best flat irons! This lightweight design makes it a great choice for users that are constantly on the go, and even when traveling. In fact, this model might make a wonderful “second straightener” for someone that wants to keep their locks looking fine on the road without toting around their heavier at-home hair straightener!
Ceramic Heater For Faster Heating Time
While the plates in the BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Straightening Iron are made of titanium, this hair straightener does feature a unique ceramic heater inside the handle for faster heating time. However, it is not clear exactly how long this hair straightener takes to heat up completely, so you may need to test it out for yourself with a timer.
Solano Sleek Heat 450 Professional Flat Iron
Known around the world as a leader in the hair care and beauty industry, Solano has become somewhat of a household name amongst the top stylists in the business. With a complete line of hair straighteners, hair dryers, and curling irons, it is no surprise that many salons are using Solano tools on their clients and even at home!
While the BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Straightening Iron is a great option for a beginner or someone on the go, we like to think of the Solano Sleek Heat 450 Professional Flat Iron as the no-nonsense, professional-grade alternative for anyone with short or medium length hair. This Solano professional hair straightener isn’t just for stylists or beauty bloggers though: the fast heat time and maximum heat temperatures make it an ideal choice for any aspiring stylist-to-be or anyone with stubborn shorter styles.
Heats Up To 450° F
As one of the hottest hair straighteners we have reviewed (temperature-wise…although it is pretty to look at, we have to admit…), the Solano Sleek Heat 450 Professional Flat Iron can reach temperatures of up to 450° F in as little as 60 seconds! This Solano hair straightener also features thin 1 inch plates, making it an ideal choice for anyone with short or medium length hair and the quick heat time ensures that even the most stubborn of curls can be tackled with a little extra heat. If you are looking or something a little larger though, it is also available with 1.54-inch plates too.
4-Sided Beveled Plates
Another unique feature of the Solano Sleek Heat 450 Professional Flat Iron is its 4-sided bevelled plate design. These plates are bevelled (meaning they taper in on the sides) to give you a smoother glide through your hair and minimize damage to the hairs.
Gentle Infrared Heating Technology
We’ve touched on the power of infrared heat a bit already, but what sets the Solano Sleek Heat 450 Professional Flat Iron is the gentle way that it emits far infrared heat reduce the time it takes to style your hair.
Unlike infrared saunas or even other hair straighteners on the market today that emit a blast of infrared heat, this Solano hair straightener was designed to slowly warm your hair similarly to how the sun warms your skin over time when you are exposed to its rays. The result is evenly distributed heat for superior hold without the shock of putting your hair under intense temperatures all at once!
Combined with ceramic plate technology, the tourmaline design of the Solano Sleek Heat 450 Professional Flat Iron reduces styling time while minimizing fly away’s and frizz.
2 Year Warranty
We love that Solano stands behind its products so much that they offer a full 2-year warranty with purchase! Solano’s Sleek Heat 450 model is no exception to this rule and comes with a full 2-year, limited warranty in addition to all of these great features and specs.
While there are a lot of great options to choose from, our all-around top pick is the LumaBella Keratin Duel Touch Hair Straightener. Featuring unique, keratin-infused plates for optimal shine and less damage, the LumaBella Keratin Duel Touch Hair Straightener proves that technology really can make a difference when it comes to hair care! We also love this model’s innovative smart heat sensors that protect hair from heat damage and lock in moisture.
Coming in at a close second, the CHI G2 Ceramic and Titanium Flat Iron is our second editor’s choice as the best hair straightener on the market today – featuring fool-proof and color-coded temperatures for easy straightening or who just wants to protect their luscious locks. We also love the digital display that is featured on the CHI G2 model along with its combination ceramic and titanium design for optimal shine!
We’ve all heard the saying that the grass is always greener on the other side, and our hair types tend to follow the same old adage. If you were born with a head full of beautiful curls, you probably spent your childhood longing for straight hair; if you were born with bone straight hair, then you’ve probably spent more hours than you’d care to admit with a throbbing curler-induced headache. No matter how hard we may try to love the hair we’re born with; the truth is that most of us wish there were something else perched on top of our heads from time to time.
Why You Should Start Using A Hair Straightener
For better or worse, we are B-U-S-Y nowadays. Running from meeting to meeting and trying to pick up our kids from carpool before soccer practice, it’s no wonder that we often place ourselves at the bottom of our daily priority list. This mindset typically carries over into our appearances and explains why more women than ever are rocking messy top knots and buns than ever before.
Let’s call it like it is for a second, shall we? Curling irons are tricky to use and nobody has time to schedule a professional blow out every 3 days. There, we said it, and if you’re reading this buyer’s guide, we bet you’ll agree!
That is just one of the reasons that hair straighteners are such a wonderful tool to keep in your beauty arsenal; not only does this nifty little device give you movie star-quality straight hair when you want it (sorry blow out bars), but it can even create the same curls as those confusing barrel-ended curling irons! So, clean out your cabinet under the sink and make room for that makeup you’ve been eyeing or the perfume your husband forgot to buy you for Valentine’s Day last year, because a professional-grade hair straightener can literally replace all of your existing heated hair care tools!
Whether your hair is naturally curly or bone straight, everyone can benefit from adding a hair straightener to their regular hair care routine. Modern hair straighteners can leave your luscious locks looking shiny and refreshed, all while preserving volume and bounce.
A few swipes from a professional hair straightener can finish off a high ponytail, restore life to split ends, and give your natural curls a relaxed look for a night or two. No matter what your natural hair type may be, there is a hair straightener as unique as the gorgeous locks on your head! Here are just a few of our favorite hairstyles that can be achieved using a professional hair straightener like the ones we’ve reviewed here:
- Sleek Bob or ‘Lob’: Get ready to rock a chin-length style with a sleek and stylish long bob (otherwise known as the ‘Lob’)! This style is ideal for anyone with a round or heart-shaped face and draws attention away from the shoulders and up to the eyes.
- High Ponytail: There’s a reason high ponytails are a girl’s go-to style on the go! With practically zero effort and a decent hair tie, you can go from drab to runway-ready fab in no time at all. Top off the look by straightening the tips of your ponytail for a polished look every time.
- Half Up, Half Down: Whether you’re getting ready for your Big Day or just a night out with the girls, a half up, half down look is about as classic as a little black dress. Finish your look by smoothing unwanted fly away’s and you’re good to go!
- Long and Straight: You can never go wrong with a Cher-inspired long and straight look. Part your hair in the middle for a classic retro look, or opt for a side part if you’re feeling more relaxed!
- Effortless Beach Waves: Bet you didn’t know that you can make waves with a hair straightener! Whether you’re looking for a crimped look or subtle beachy waves, your professional hair straightener can pull off a beach-inspired look (without the unwanted sand or sunburn!).
The Best Hair Straightener For Your Hair Type
When shopping for the best hair straightener for your unique hair type, it can be difficult to decipher all of the different styles and specs. That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you and created this all-inclusive guide to finding the best hair straightener for your unique head o’ hair, so you can spend less time scrolling through pages of products and more time rocking your new dream do’!
Fine Or Thinning Hair
If you have fine or thinning hair, remember one simple rule: less is more. The naturally weak structure of your hair type is especially prone to damage, so you’ll want to avoid overheating and particularly high temperatures. Keep an eye out for:
- Heat settings between 250° F and 350° F
- An auto shut-off feature to prevent over-heating
Naturally Curly Hair
Anyone with naturally curly knows that the trick to keeping your curls looking their finest is all about moisture. Whether you’re hoping to sport a straightened style for an evening or two, or just to polish your existing curls, a great hair straightener can help you get the look you’ve always wanted without causing permanent damage to your precious curls! When shopping for the perfect hair straightener for your curly hair, you’ll want to keep the following in mind:
- Tourmaline or keratin-infused plates to lock in moisture
- Versatile heat settings with a maximum temperature of at least 400° F to tame stubborn curls
- Ceramic plates for added shine and dimension
Thankfully, we’ve learned a lot about hair care and preserving your hair’s natural integrity while styling. However, this wasn’t always the case. If you ever had a perm done in the 80’s or teased your hair to holy heaven in the 90’s, chances are pretty good that your hair has endured a bit of damage. The same can be said if you color your hair on a regular basis or recently went from your natural brunette color to a bright platinum blonde. No matter how the damage was caused, there are certain features you will want to shop for when selecting the ideal hair straightener for your course hair type:
- Ceramic plates to restore shine that is lost during coloring or extreme styling
- A swiveling cord so you can straighten even the hardest to reach of spots
Naturally Straight Hair
Just because you were blessed with a head of naturally straight hair, doesn’t mean hair straighteners aren’t for you! Hair straighteners are a great way to style the split ends that are all too common with straight hair types and can also give your hair a natural-looking curve for added volume! When shopping for the best hair straightener for your naturally straight hair, you will want to look for the following:
- Medium heat settings to get results without the damage (optimally between 375° F and 400° F)
- Keratin-infused plates to lock in moisture without contributing to oiliness
Coarse Or Thick Hair
Thick hair can be particularly tricky to work with when you’re trying to straighten your locks since flat irons tend to get caught in those luscious locks. Luckily for you, there are hair straighteners designed to tackle even the fullest head of hair, you just need to know what to shop for:
- Smaller flat irons (1.5 inches or less) to reduce the likelihood of tangles or snags
- High heat settings (over 400° F) to tame thick hair without spending hours sectioning off your entire head
- Ceramic or tourmaline plates to protect your hair’s natural shine and healthy appearance
Our Top Tips For Using Your New Hair Straightener
If you’re a hair straightening novice, you may be a little intimidated during the first few times you use your new flat iron. These feelings are totally normal (after all, you are putting 300+ degrees of heat right near your scalp!), but there is no need to worry. All you have to do is follow these simple steps and you will have the gorgeous, flowing hair you’ve always dreamt of in no time!
- Protect – Spritz in a protective spray of your choice to prevent heat damage and unnecessary breakage.
- Section It Off – Separate your hair into a few sections (less if you need to run out the door in a few minutes, more if you have some time to kill) using hair ties or clips.
- Keep Calm And Clamp-On – Starting at the root of the section, clamp the hair straightener on your desired piece of hair.
- Glide On Down – Keeping the straightener closed, slowly drag the device down towards the tips of your hair pausing at any areas that are particularly curly or course.
- Repeat, Repeat, Repeat! – Continue around your entire head, going section by section.
- Double Check and Repeat as Necessary – Return to any sections or spots that need a little extra attention.
- Preserve Your Look – Lock in your style with a gentle hold
That’s it! With a little bit of practice, you will be a hair straightening pro in no time. If you are feeling more adventurous, we recommend playing around with other styling options such as waves and curls for even more versatility and fun!
It’s All About Versatility: Alternate Uses For Your Hair Straightener
We all know that hair straighteners can be used to smooth curls and add shine, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg! In addition to traditional straightening, your new hair straightener can be used to:
- Crimp, curl, and wave your hair for looks similar to those achieved with a barrel curling iron (for a quick how-to guide, click here).
- Tame fly away’s.
- Improve the appearance of split ends or a tricky haircut.
- Instantly switch between daytime, office looks and fabulous, night-on-the-town evening looks.
- Polish bangs.
- Add shine to existing straight hair for a more finished look overall.
- Smooth bumps and waves created by bed head.
- And, if you’re feeling especially D-I-Y, iron out unwanted wrinkles on the hem of your skirt or blouse in a pinch.
The ability to create bouncy curls or waves with a flat iron (we know, it seems counter-intuitive!) is a biggie in the beauty industry and merits a bit more discussion. If you’re totally lost and there aren’t enough video tutorials on the planet to explain this weird yet awesome process, don’t worry! Just follow along with our step-by-step guide and you will be curling with the best of them in no time!
- Protect – Just like you do when straightening your hair, you will want to apply a heat protectant to your hair to prevent any damage or frying.
- Twist And Curl – The awesome folks at Good Housekeeping couldn’t have put it better than this: curling your hair with a flat iron is like curling ribbon with a pair of scissors. To do this, simply clamp your hair straightener around a piece of hair as you normally would when straightening, except flip the entire tool, so your hair is now wrapped around one of the plates. Holding the tip of your hair for support, simply glide the straightener down the entire length of hair and just like magic, you’ve made a curl!
- Repeat – Move around your entire head repeating this process until you have created the desired amount of curls or waves.
- Lock It Down – Spritz on some hairspray to preserve your look and you are good to go!
Cleaning And Caring For Your New Hair Straightener
Once you have purchased your new hair straightener and mastered the multitude of ways you can put it to good use, the only thing left to do is take care of it, so it lasts for years to come! Just like any luxury beauty tool, you will want to care for your hair straightener to extend its longevity and prevent corrosion (which can actually leak into your flowing locks…yuck!). Our top tips for caring for and cleaning your new hair straightener include:
- Storage In Between Uses – Store your hair straightener in a cool, dry place such as a cupboard or drawer to avoid dust build up.
- Wrapping Your Hair Straightener With A Towel – Consider wrapping your hair straightener in a towel or carrying case to keep it clean of accidental spills or makeup. You don’t want to wind the cable too tightly though as you risk damaging the wires.
- Scrub Off The Gunk – At least once per month, when your straightener is cold, wipe down your hair straightener with a combination of diluted dishwashing detergent and warm water to remove product build-up from hair sprays and heat protectants.
- Storage On-The-Go – When traveling, store your hair straightener in a towel (yours, no stolen hotel towels!), so you can pack it even when it is still warm. Overall we would always recommend storing it once it is completely cool though.
- Inspect The Electricity – Periodically inspect your hair straightener’s cord for signs of wear and tear (especially if your hair straightener comes with a warranty of some kind!).
The Modern Hair Straightener: Not Your Teen Self’s Flat Iron
Close your eyes for a moment and remember the good old days of 2003. MySpace was dominating our online lives (Facebook was still an invite-only college platform), iPods were all the rage, and AOL Instant Messenger was the best way to keep tabs on your friends…ah, what a time to be alive…
If you lived through this particular time in our world history, then you probably remember the super straight hairstyles that we all sported a time or two (bonus points if you took a photo of yourself like this in your bathroom mirror using a digital camera!). For reasons we may never know for certain, sharp and straight hair was the hairstyle of choice back in the early 2000’s giving the good old hair straightener somewhat of a bad reputation.
Sure, the drugstore flat iron you used on its highest setting back in the day was clunky and had a tendency to fry your hair if you glanced away for more than a second, and okay fine, your mom probably told you that you looked a little “emo” from time to time. Luckily, those days are long gone and hair straighteners have truly come a long way since the days of The Jersey Shore.
Due in large part to the damage we inflicted on our poor locks during this time, we’ve learned that heat protection isn’t just a luxury: it’s mandatory when it comes to hair straightening. That’s why so many hair straighteners now feature conditioners built right into the plates. We also learned that excess heat can cause permanent damage to hair, so now many flat irons come with automatic turn-off features or self-adjusting heat settings. Well, as the saying goes, there is no progress without a bit of struggle and our hair certainly struggled during the early 2000’s!