The Best Flat Irons 2017

Last update: Aug 16, 2017 10:01, Alice

Most women and teenage girls currently own a flat iron, if not they’ve quite possibly owned one in the past. Flat irons are in fact the most commonly used hair styling tool. A sleek straight hairstyle always looks stylish and neat, but if you use a flat iron that’s not of a high quality, it can actually do more harm than good for your hair. Most people who have used flat irons have probably experienced heat damage at some stage – When I was a teen, I used to straighten my hair excessively, every day, without using a heat protectant! – Can you imagine the condition of my poor strands!? It’s very important to use a heat protectant, but the tool itself plays a major role in how your hair is treated and the condition it’ll be left in after being used.

A poor quality flat iron results in inadequate straightening results, harmful and damaging hair straightening as well as hair snagging and pulling resulting in discomfort in use. A second-rate flat iron may not even be made of the right materials to heat up sufficiently and consistently.

Thank goodness flat irons are getting remarkably better as time goes on; today they’re on another level of greatness. The technology electric hair straightening tools are incorporated with now enhance hair styling in all aspects. This article will show you what exactly you need to pay attention to when choosing as a flat iron.

Pay attention to:

  1. Temperature Range: A flat iron is designed to straighten hair that isn’t already straight, the best flat irons can cope with any hair type, accordingly, reach a temperature high enough, as well as a temperature low enough to straighten even the finest hair types without damage.
  2. Quality Materials: The best flat irons are made of materials that distribute consistent heat throughout styling, as well as heating fast and treating the hair in a safe manner.

The best flat irons have one or a combination of the following materials:

  • Ceramic heat quickly and provides uniform heat distribution through the plates, it also smoothens the hair while making it shiny and healthy.
  • Titanium also heats quickly and evenly but is very light weight.
  • Tourmaline is the newest technology used in flat iron plates; it releases negative ions while straightening which have a beneficial effect on the hair strands, making them shiny, smooth and healthy.
  1. Size and Weight: If your hair is thick, it’s optimal to obtain a flat iron with a wide plate width. When it comes to the weight, the lighter, the better as you don’t want to get a dreadfully sore arm while getting ready -or even worse, breaking out it a sweat (which can sometimes happen, due to the heat of the electric device and constant movements with a heavy tool). If you want the option of being able to curl, a narrow width flat iron is ideal, with curved edges.
  2. Safety Features: this includes automatic shut-off, Anti-heating outer surface.
  3. Extras Features for Ultimate Comfort:
  • long cord length and a 360°swivel cord to easily maneuver
  • A temperature lock is a favorable feature so that you don’t have to worry about accidentally changing it while you’re in the process.
  • A hanging hook for easy storage and to allow the device to cool down in a safe place.
  • LCD screen so that you know what temperature the device is set to.
  • A dual-voltage allows you to easily travel with the device without the need to take an adapter along with you.

In a perfect world, the best flat irons would have all of the above features, but some have most missing some of the ideal features which can be compensated from person to person depending on their needs of the device for example, someone who is not a frequent traveler and doesn’t plan to travel could do without dual voltage.

Here are some a several examples of high-quality models (in order from cheapest to most expensive). Sometimes you can get a high quality straightener but pay extra for a brand, so keep that in mind!

White Perfecttwo Flat Iron

Features:

  • Temperature range: 5 settings from 260 °F (127 °C)to 410 °F (210 °C)
  • Weight: 15 ounces – less than 1 pound
  • Plates: 1.5” tourmaline ceramic coated plates
  • Anti-heating outer shell
  • Ionizer: gets rid of frizz and static hair making it look healthy
  • Cord: Professional length with 360°swivel
  • 60 min Automatic Shut-off
  • Dual Voltage 100-240
  • 2-year warranty
  • No hanging hook

See Perfecttwo Flat Iron on Amazon

Wazor Hair Straightener


Features:

  • Temperature range: 248°F to 446°F
  • Heats up in 30 seconds
  • Dimensions: 13 × 2 × 4 inches
  • Weight: 12 oz. -0.75 pound
  • Plates: 1” floating ceramic plates coated with titanium
  • Anti-scald, slip-free design made from heatproof plastic
  • Ionizer: gets rid of frizz and static hair making it look healthy
  • Cord: 1.8-meter cord with 360°swivel cord
  • Dual Voltage 110-220
  • Automatic Shut-off
  • No LCD
  • No hanging hook

See Wazor Flat Iron on Amazon

Chi Original Pro 1” Flat Iron


Features:

  • Set Temperature, not adjustable
  • LED light indicating on/off
  • Heats up in 2-3 mins
  • Dimensions: 10×1.5×1.5 inches
  • Weight: 16 oz. – 1 pound
  • Plates: 1” floating plates combined ceramic and tourmaline
  • Anti-scald, slip-free design made from heatproof plastic
  • Ionizer: gets rid of frizz and static hair making it look healthy
  • Cord: 360°swivel cord
  • 2-year warranty
  • Not dual voltage: must specify when ordering whether you require 110 or 220
  • No Automatic Shut-off
  • No hanging hook

See CHI Flat Iron on Amazon

Ghd 1” Flat Iron

  • Set Temperature, not adjustable 374˚ F
  • LED light indicating on/off.
  • Heats up in 30 seconds
  • Dimensions: 10 x 1.2 x 4 inches
  • Weight: 17.6 oz. – 1.1 pounds
  • Plates: 1” aluminum, ceramic coated floating plates
  • Tamperproof plastic
  • Ionizer: gets rid of frizz and static hair making it look healthy
  • Cord: 2.8-meter cord with 360°swivel cord
  • Dual Voltage 110-230
  • Automatic Shut-off 30 min
  • Round barrel for curling
  • 2-year warranty

See GHD Flat Iron on Amazon

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