Looking for the perfect hair straightener? With so many heat tools on the market, it’s not easy to find the flat iron that will work best for your hair.
It’s important to consider your hair type, your budget, and the hairstyles you want to achieve before you jump in. Knowing the features to look for can help, too. That’s where this article comes in!
Follow these five tips straight to the hair straightener of your dreams. (See what we did there?)
1. Understand the different materials used to make hair straighteners.
The plates of most hair straighteners today are manufactured from one of three materials: Titanium, ceramic, or tourmaline. To be more specific, some ceramic straighteners are infused with tourmaline, a semi-precious mineral.
Tourmaline ceramic straighteners lock in moisture to smooth strands and reduce frizz.
Ceramic hair straighteners provide good quality and sometimes cost a little less.
Titanium hair straighteners offer many of the same benefits of tourmaline and dry hair even faster with a hotter overall temperature.
2. Determine what type of hair you have.
The plate material is one of the most important aspects of choosing a flat iron. And the type of hair you have could affect your choice in plate material.
If you are concerned about damage to your hair, tourmaline ceramic plates can help minimize damage. The smooth plates actually help close hair follicles as they straighten for less heat damage. Tourmaline plates may also help reduce breakage.
Ceramic plates also work well to reduce breakage and minimize damage and work well on any hair type, from thin to thick.
If you have thick or coarse hair that requires lots of heat for smoother straightening, consider a titanium hair straightener. Because titanium straighteners work more quickly, they can also help minimize damage.
3. Decide how much time you can spend straightening your hair each day.
Are you looking for fast results? A hair straightener with thicker plates may straighten your hair in less time, but may not allow you the flexibility to achieve a variety of styles.
With a very high operating temperature, a professional quality titanium hair straightener can straighten even thick or course hair in less time.
Because of the high heat, though, be sure not to let the plates linger on your locks. A quick swipe across your hair is all you need.
Additionally, make sure to choose a titanium straightener with a micro-chip controlled heating element for constant, steady, and consistent heat and a variety of temperature settings so you can operate at the temperature you want every time.
4. Figure out what other features are important to you in a flat iron.
A no-tangle cord and automatic shut-off are handy features that can enhance the safety of your flat iron.
If you travel a lot or tend to be rough on your hair tools, a titanium straightener is designed to be more durable and scratch resistant.
Hair straighteners with negative ions and infrared heat help reduce damage to your hair while locking in moisture for a smooth, frizz-free look.
5. Decide how much you can spend on your new hair straightener.
Getting a quality hair straightener matters. But so does your budget.
Consider the investment in a professional quality flat iron which will last longer, reduce heat damage to your hair (meaning you’ll spend less on other products to repair damaged hair), and even straighten your hair faster to save you time.
With a wide range of models at different price points, Karmin has a hair straightener for nearly everyone.