If you are in the market for a flat iron, there are many different factors you want to consider. First of all, what exactly is a flat iron? It is important to realize that a flat iron is different from a curling iron, and works very differently from the Hot air brushes. Though it is called a “flat” iron, and is normally associated with making the hair flatter, but they can also wave it and curl it, depending on how you use it. Also important is to realize that different kinds of flat irons can make different sorts of effects on your hair.
With all of the different choices on the market, it can be tough to know which iron will work for your hair. In general, most women’s hair falls into one of four categories. Find yours to discover the right flat iron for you.
Fine, mostly straight hair.
If you have fine hair that gets frizzy from time to time, you will need a straightener with digital (or analog) heat settings so you can adjust the temperature to the low setting the reduce damage to your hair , a ceramic or tourmaline plates can help increase protection.
Fine, curly hair.
If your hair is fine, but very curly
, you will want to find a flat iron that has a wide range of temperatures to choose from, so you can pick the one that works for your particular mixture of texture and density. Look for a model with tourmaline or titanium plates.
Thick, mostly straight hair.
Even if you have only a little wave or curl that needs to be tamed, thick hair
demands more heat than fine hair. Look for a model with high (370F-420F) temperature settings and a larger plate (1”-1.5”) that allows you to spread your thick hair out, so that ever strand gets equal attention from the heat.
Thick, curly or coarse hair.
If your hair falls into this category, you will want to look for a model that offers you both high heat and hair protection. Though you might have unruly hair, you will need to look for model the combine tourmaline with ceramic and far infrared heating system to protect your hair from becoming fried. Look for one with at least a 420F to 450F degree temperature setting.
Basic Flat Irons
– These are the most common flat irons, made with metal plates and no heat settings, usually confined to just On/Off. While some people, especially those who only occasionally flat iron their hair, or only flat iron a small portion of their hair may find a model like this helpful, in general, most people opt for the next level of iron.
– Ceramic models come in a variety of function, with many different heat settings. You may be able to
find a ceramic model for fairly cheap, depending on its other functionalities. In general, however, the more functions it has, the more expensive it is going to be. There are also different qualities of ceramic. The reason these are more popular than the basic models is because they are far less likely to burn the shaft of the hair as they straighten it.
– Tourmaline is by far the most durable materials, and is well-loved in the beauty industry because it heats up quickly, holds its heat well, and leaves hair looking healthy and shiny, rather than crispy and fried like some other materials.
– Ionic is by far the most advanced technology used in straightening irons, and is therefore also the most expensive. This defiantly does the best job for the widest variety of hair types. If you have dry hair, it is the most recommended option for your hair, which actually traps moisture into the hair, rather than sapping it away like other materials do.
In general, the thicker and curlier your hair is, the higher heat you will need in order to straighten it. That means that the thicker and curlier your hair is, the more advanced flat iron you should buy. Better quality materials not only allow the flat iron to last longer, they also do less damage to hair that needs hotter and more vigorous straightening in order to get the job done.