Finding the best hair straightener to suit your needs is quite the task. Though they only gained popularity in the last two decades, there are now so many hair straighteners to choose from, the selection process can be confusing.
Still, a great quality hair tool is a beauty staple for most of us and, when we find the perfect one, it can be a total mane-changer. Whether you have naturally curly, frizzy or straight hair, the right iron will leave your hair smooth like glass.
Rather than the original iterations, which typically heat-damaged hair in the 90s, modern heat straighteners can style hairwith little to no damage, too.
"We have moved on from the days of frizzy, unmanageable styles and straighteners are readily available for all hair types, at a range of price points," says Hershesons hairstylist, Jordan Garrett.
How to use a hair straightener?
Before styling, cleanse your hair from any dirt or pollution-residue it may have picked up in the day with a cleansing shampoo and conditioner.
Before you begin styling, ensure you hair is completely dry, too; using a hair straightener on wet hair will maximise the heat emitted to a dangerous level and burn your hair's cuticles (read: long-term damage).
What are the best hair straighteners?
The best hair straighteners will allow you to create a range of styles, from bouncy curls to poker straight, sleek lengths, and typically include the use of digital temperature displays, automatic heat settings (that detect what temperature your hair needs to be styled), ceramic plates (which reduce snagging) and rounded barrels (to achieve multiple looks, flicks, curls and smoothness).
Integrating such technology doesn't come cheap, so great straighteners won't, either, but anyone looking for that just-stepped-out-of-the-salon finish will be find the right tool worthy of the investment.
Here is the Telegraph Beauty Team's edit of the best hair straighteners worth investing in now:
1. ghd Platinum+ Black Straighteners
ghd has been the long-term leaders in beauty technology, and the TriZone technology used in these hair straighteners means they adapt to the structure of your hair quickly, optimising the temperature to minimise damage while styling. Predicting the actual temperature your hair needs to be styled, without compromising on efficacy, the iron is suitable for all hair types from fine and flyaway to thick and coarse.
2. L'Oreal Professional New Generation Steampod 2.0
As a more compact and efficient update of the original styler, this cordless tool utilises a continuous flow of concentrated steam to smooth down the hair shaft and create glossy, hydrated hair. As hair contains around 10-13% water, the Steampod adds extra hydration, therefore creating mirror like shine while retaining natural moisture. Perfect for those with dry and damaged hair in need of hydration. This is a super choice for those who have extra curly hair.
If you tend to travel with your straighteners and find them too bulky in your case, the Micro Iron is the tool for you. The small but effective plates are only 6 inches long, making it incredibly easy to use on shorter styles, think pin curls, fringes and bobs. Although the tool doesn't come with a heat control setting it is easily fitted into a handbag, includes international voltage and is perfect for those who want stylish-hair-on-the-go.
4. Paul Mitchell Neuro Smooth Straightener
If you are looking for a straightener with a little more gadgetry thrown in, these irons from Paul Mitchell will satisfy the tech-fiends among us. It features a SmartSense microchip that monitors temperature at an impressive rate of 50 times per second, ensuring even heat distribution at all times. This clever tool also features cushioned plates with beveled edges to minimise demarcation lines notorious with flat edged straighteners. A handy LCD display also shows the temperature reading on the outer side of the irons and can reach temperatures of 232c in 30 seconds. Not one to be underestimated, the Paul Mitchell straightener will glide through hair ever-so-cleverly.
Beauty on a budget? The perfect straighteners don't need to cost the earth. A compact size to fit into a handbag easily and designed with Ceramic Tourmaline plates that glide through tresses effortlessly, this styler is perfect for beauty on the go. The Colour Lock Technology locks in colour while smoothing the hair cuticle. If you're looking for affordable luxury, then this iron won't disappoint.
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