Flat irons come in all different shapes, colors, and sizes. How do you begin finding the flat iron that works best for you? Let me help you, that’s what I’m here for. Not only can you use a flat iron to get your hair straight and sleek, you can also use it to create a beachy waves or sexy curls. Hair textures ARE to be treated differently, a flat iron that works great for your friend may not be the one for you. Take a look through some of the best flat irons out there, then after check out ways to determine which flat iron will be best for you.
Whats your hair like?
- Fine, Medium or coarse?
- Short, medium or long?
- Thin or thick? Yes, this is different then fine, medium or coarse. Click here to read about the difference.
- Color treated and/or highlighted
- Curly, wavy or frizzy? Maybe more then one
Answering these questions will help you determine what size plates your should be using, what temperature you should have your flat iron set on, and whether you should be using a ceramic, titanium or tourmaline flat iron.
Paul Brown Hawaii Pro Titanium Styling Iron
Paul Brown Hawaii makes some of my favorite flat irons. I have used Paul Brown flat irons from day one of my career. The Paul Brown Premium Titanium Flat Iron heats up evenly and quickly. Only 8 seconds from on to hot. It has 11 different heat setting so you can find the perfect temperature for your hair texture. This titanium flat iron will produce negative ions to add beautiful shine. Another great feature this flat iron as is has automatic shut off. We all have those days when we get to work and ask ourselves “did I shut off my flat ion?”
CHI PRO G2 Digital Titanium Infused Ceramic Flat Iron
Here’s a combo titanium and ceramic flat iron. This flat iron will produce negative ions which is healthy for the hair and adds shine. Color coded heat setting to find the right temperature for your texture. This iron is fabulous for all hair types and comes in two different size. It also come with two year warranty. Make sure if your purchase this iron you download the PDF file for your warranty.
BaBylissPro Nano Titanium
This iron has been on the block for a long time. Used in salons by professionals, this nano Titanium iron heats up fast and stays evenly hot for every strand. Reaches up to 450° to straighten even the most rebellious hair. This iron also comes in a mini size that works great on pixie cuts and short hair styles.
Vibrastrait Vibrating Flat Iron
This vibrating iron is so much fun to use. The vibrating helps the flat iron glide through hair. I love to use flat irons that vibrate when I curl hair with a flat iron instead of using a curling iron. Sounds crazy right? Using a flat iron to curl finer hair will help the curl last longer, and using it on thick coarse hair will help smooth hair before you curl.As always you can use this flat iron to do what it does best and that’s, straighten hair. This Iron has automatic shut off so no more worrying whether you left it on or not while your busy at work. This is a Ceramic Tourmaline flat iron and reaches up to 450° and stay hot.
Flat Iron Facts and what to look out for:
What’s the difference between ceramic, titanium or tourmaline flat irons ?
Titanium – Titanium is a very strong metal used in some flat irons because it heats up evenly, allowing the heat to be distributed evenly onto the hair. By producing negative ions, titanium iron lock shine into the hair. Titanium irons heat up quickly, and retains heat to allow for quicker and more efficient styling. Titanium plates are sometimes combined with ceramic to help create more shine. Titanium flat irons work the best for coarse, curly, frizzy hair.
Ceramic – Ceramic flat irons heat up quickly and evenly to ensure all overheat when applied to hair. Ceramic and titanium are often combine in flat irons. Ceramic irons are more gentle on hair than other materials, which make ceramic flat iron best to use in fine and/or highlighted hair. Ceramic flat irons produces negative ions which help to make the hair shiny without causing damage.
Tourmaline – Tourmaline is a crystal which produce negative ions when heated up, just like ceramic flat irons. Now the plates aren’t sheets of crystal, tourmaline is ground down and infused into the plates of the flat irons. Tourmaline flat ions work best on medium to coarse hair. If you have fine hair stick to a ceramic flat iron. If you have medium to coarse hair use a tourmaline or titanium flat iron.
Vibrating – There are flat irons that actually vibrate. It’s one of my new favorite styles in flat ions. The flat iron will begin to vibrate when your close it on your hair. The vibrating will help the flat iron glide through your hair smoother, and help prevent those unwanted creases. I love to use a flat iron that vibrates when I’m creating curl/wave in the hair.
****STAY AWAY FROM ALUMINUM FLAT IRONS****
- Make sure the flat iron you purchase has temperature control. NOT hi, medium, low. You need temperature control in degrees ranging anywhere from 180° to 475°. Always use a heat protecting product!
Thin and fine hair- 350° and below
Medium density with some wave – 350° – 400°
Thick, Coarse, curly and rebellious – 400° – 425°
If your hair isn’t’ getting as straight and smooth as you want it turn the heat up a little bit till you find the exact temperature for you. If you are noticing dry, frizzy ends lower the heat of your flat iron.
What size should you use
With really curly and/or coarse hair it can be hard to get close to the root and get your hair line smooth with your flat iron. This is when using a .5 flat iron is very helpful. It’s nice and small so it will get right to the root. Once you use the .5 to get your hairline, roots or both switch to a larger flat iron that is the most efficient for your length.
½ inch – Good for hairline and pixie cuts.
1 inch – Chin length to shoulders
1 inch – 1.5 inch – Shoulders and longer
2 inch – Longer then your chest and very thick hair.
*** Make sure your hair is completely dry before you use a flat iron or curling iron.***
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