Choosing the Best Flat Iron / Hair Straightener?

Flat iron typically uses heat and pressure on ceramic or metal plates to “iron” out the kinks and curls in your hair for a short period of time. Sounds simple, but picking the right flat iron is more than just picking the flashy one that first catches your eye at the STORE. Among the many random names and technical specifications, you want to make sure you pick one that suits your hair type to create the best look without damaging your hair. Hair Type & Temperature The primary concern with picking the right flat iron is to pick one suitable for your hair type. Thick hair requires higher temperature to straighten. On the other hand, if you have fine hair you have to be extra careful not to overheat and damage your hair. Girls with fine hair can go for flat irons that OFFER temperature control. Digital flat irons are especially useful for letting you choose the exact temperature you want. Size Flat irons come in various plate width. Thin flat irons usually have plates about one inch wide, and is more suited for short hair. They also have flexible utility, which includes styling bangs and spikes and can even be used like a curling iron. The plates for wide flat irons can go up to 2 inch wide. This size is a better choice for long hair as it irons faster and more evenly compared to its thinner counterpart. Material There are a variety of materials out of which flat iron hair straighteners can be made. Ceramic Ceramic is by far the most popular material, as they work well with most hair types and comes at an affordable price. Solid ceramic plates are durable and will not form heat spots that will burn your hair, while ceramic coated metal plates will eventually chip. The price difference between these two can be large though. Metal There are several types of metal plates. One of the cheaper OPTIONS  is aluminium, but it’s not recommended as it damages hair. Some professionals recommend titanium to be the only metal flat iron worth buying, as it works as well as ceramic and comes with a bigger variety of heat settings and features that work better on thicker hair. Tourmaline Finally at the top of the line, there are tourmaline flat irons. Tourmaline is one of the newest material to be infused in ceramic flat iron plates, and they are more expensive than those without it. Due to its unique properties, tourmaline crystal is able to APPLY  more heat and produce perfectly straight, smooth and shiny hair on the first try. Tourmaline is also naturally ionized, so as a tourmaline flat iron passes over the hair, it seals moisture into the hair to prevent damage. Weight Don’t break your arm straightening hair. A lightweight hair straightener is your best friend, especially if your hair is thick, long or both. Remember, you’ll be working on your hair bit by bit. Brand Professional flat irons win hands down over drug store brands, of course, unless you don’t plan to put it to much use and want to get the cheapest possible. The most popular brands of flat irons among others are Kadori, Chi and GHD, being rated by many hair experts and reviewers ONLINE. The price of flat irons are a ridiculous range between $100 and $200, but I strongly advise you to get something above $125 for best value and quality