Choosing a new flat iron can be a tough task. With so many different brands and styles of flat irons out there, it can be very easy to choose the wrong kind. Picking the wrong flat iron can not only lead to results you aren’t pleased with, but it can also cause major damage to your hair. This guide will help you choose the best flat iron for your hair including plate material, plate size, and other features you should consider when making your next purchase.
Thick, Coarse, or Curly Hair
: 100% ceramic plates are the best kind for coarse or curly hair. Titanium plates are also great for this hair texture. 100% ceramic plates are excellent for coarse hair because they deliver even heat distribution, while eliminating damaging spots. They also are very efficient in heat retention which allows for thicker hair to be more easily straightened. Pure ceramic plates also produce negative ions and far-infrared heat rays to create shiny, frizz-free hair, while locking in hairs natural moisture and causing less damage.
Titanium flat irons, though not as protective to the hair, are some of the most durable on the market, and are able to withstand the high heats needed to effectively straighten thicker hair. However, if planning on using the iron more than 3 times a week, Titanium irons may cause too much damage - especially for hair that has been colored, highlighted, or otherwise chemically altered.
Temperature: Because thick or curly hair is the most difficult to straighten, a very high heat is required. The recommended temperature to get the best results for coarse or curly hair is in the 430-450 degrees Fahrenheit range.
Medium or Wavy Hair
: Medium hair is essentially hair that does not fall into either of the other extremes: not thick, but not thin; not oily, but not dry. People with normal or wavy hair can choose whether they prefer ceramic, 100% ceramic, or titanium plated plates. Note that the ceramic will create negative ions, helping reduce hair damage and leave it looking shiny and smooth. Ceramic irons are by far the most readily available.
Titanium irons are not necessary for medium hair types. The same style can be achieved with a ceramic iron, and a lot of damaged will be avoided. 100% Ceramic irons
are advised if the hair has been color or chemically treated, in ordered to stop further damage.
: For hair that is medium in texture or wavy, your flat iron temperature should fall in the 360 – 410 degree Fahrenheit range. Typically we advise to try straightening around 300 degrees, and work your way up until you find the perfect temperature. You won’t need to go too high.
Fine or Semi-straight Hair
: 100% ceramic or ceramic coated are the best plate options for people with fine or almost straight hair. These materials are easy on hair and won’t cause damage, while allowing you to quickly get your hair stick straight. Ceramic works well on any hair type, making it especially great for the finer, more fragile type. And both types of flat irons excel in smoothing hair, keeping it looking healthy and smooth. There’s no need to choose the heavy duty materials like titanium, which will only cause irreparable damage to your hair.
Temperature: For people with thin or fine hair, it is especially important to choose a flat iron with variable heat settings. We recommend between 300 – 400 degree Fahrenheit range but experiment with how low you can go with the temperature without having to make 3 or more passes.
Thanks to Sarah for writing this article for Misikko!