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How To Choose The Right Flat Iron

How to Choose the Right Flat Iron

Let our team of Beauty Experts guide you on how to choose the right flat iron for for every hair type, texture and length. We've chosen the best of the best — just for you!

Does size really matter?

Of course, it does matter! The ideal size depends on your hair texture and length. You can use the following table as reference. (Smaller sizes are also recommended for chemically straightened hair). But also the coating material to be used for the hot plates is an important criterion. Your hair naturally carries positive electrical charges. The natural movement of your hair causes them to spread out, causing hair cuticles to open and resulting in dull and difficult to style hair. You will need negative ions to cancel those positive electrical charges, to smooth, repair and eliminate frizz in your hair. Both ceramic and tourmaline produce negative ions when heated.



PLATE SIZE


HAIR LENGTH


HAIR TEXTURE

1 to 1.5 inch All lengths Fine and thin
1 to 1.25 inch Short Normal
1 to 1.5 inch Medium Normal
1.25 to 2 inch Long Normal
1.25 inch Short Coarse, thick or curly
1.5 to 2 inch Medium Coarse, thick or curly
1.5 to 3 inch Long Coarse, thick or curly


There are so many flat irons to choose from and so many of them designed for long, thick hair. It can be hard to choose the one that's right for short hair. The following models all have special features in term of design and slimmer shape, to be able to hold on short hair, give less styling efforts and protect your scalp from burns.

Hair Types and Textures Beginners Guide

It is apparent from Best Flat Iron hair straighteners Reviews that hair texture structure is directly related to a flat iron when you choose a best flat iron. If hair type is not matching with the functionality of straightener, everything will go in vain.

So first and most important are to know more about your hair. Here in this section, Top quality hair types have been discussed with their requirements, and this will help you to buy a suitable hair tool for your hair.

  1. Fine Straight Hair: Fine straight hair is the sleekest texture. Be careful while getting straightener for Fine straight hair because the high temperature of heating will burn your hair. Try to grab a flat iron with smooth, heating plates and lower output for Fine sleek hair.

  2. Fine, Curly Hair: This texture is thicker and less diverse than the last one. You have Fine hair but in curls. It means you will have a variable hair density due to this mixture. You need to buy a flat iron with different temperature range. It will assist you to choose the best temperature for your texture. Titanium and Tourmaline flat irons are perfect.

  3. Thick Straight Hair: This is stubborn hair texture. Because no matter you have to produce even small curly, thick hair demands more heat for flattening of follicles. High-performance flat iron with the variable temperature setting is needed for Thick hair texture.

  4. Thick Curly Hair: Best hair straightener is essential for thick curly hair. You need to seek for a straightener with high-end heating plates and temperature. Heat protection is another factor required for thick curly hair. Thick curly hair texture requires extra heat, so you don’t want to get your hair brittle with longer heating.

  5. Normal, Medium and Wavy Hair: It is not hard to straighten medium wavy hair. Just get the best rated flat iron with medium settings will do fine with this texture.



HAIR TYPES

HAIR LENGTHS

PLATE WIDTH

TEMPERATURE
Coarse, Thick, Curly Above Shoulder ½ – 1 ½ Inch 350°F – 450°F
Shoulder Length 1 – 2 Inch
Below Shoulder 1 ½ – 2 inch* 380°F – 450°F
Normal, Medium/Average
Medium Thickness or Wavy
Above Shoulder ½ – 1 ¼ Inch 300°F – 350°F
Shoulder Length 1 – 1 ½ Inch
Below Shoulder 1 ½ – 2 inch* 360°F – 380°F
Fine, Thin, Damage or
Naturally Straight Hair
Any Any 250°F – 300°F
Fragile Hair Any ½ – 1 ½ Inch Below 250°F
Bio Ionic One Pass Flat Iron
BIO IONIC ONEPASS
Ceramic Flat Iron

  • BEST FOR:
  • Fine to Normal Hair

  • PLATE SIZES:
  • 1 & 1.5 Inch

  • FEATURES:
  • #1 Best Seller
  • Silicone Strips
  • NanoIonic Tech
  • Heats Up To 400°F
  • 5-sec Recovery
  • Removes Frizz
  • Adds Shine to Hair
  • 5 Year Warranty
Izutech KTX450 V3
IZUTECH KTX450 V3
Titanium Flat Iron

  • BEST FOR:
  • Keratin Treatments

  • PLATE SIZES:
  • 1 Inch

  • FEATURES:
  • Rapid Heat Plates
  • Stress-less Hinge
  • Heats Up To 450°F
  • 3-sec Recovery
  • Auto Shut Off Safety
  • Dual Voltage
  • 1 Year Warranty
Bio Ionic 10X Pro Styling Iron
BIO IONIC 10X PRO
Styling Iron with Vibrating Plates

  • BEST FOR:
  • Normal to Thick Hair
  • Dull Hair

  • PLATE SIZES:
  • 1 Inch

  • FEATURES::
  • Vibrating Plates
  • Ultimate Shine
  • Added Hydration
  • Ionic Technology
  • Heats Up To 450°F
  • Dual Voltage
Izutech ITC450 Digital Titanium Flat Iron
IZUTECH ITC450 DIGITAL
Titanium Flat Iron

  • BEST FOR:
  • Straightening Treatments

  • PLATE SIZES:
  • 1 Inch

  • FEATURES:
  • Titanium Plates
  • Floating Plates
  • Accelerated Straightening
  • REQD Digital Heater
  • Heats Up To 450°F
  • 3-sec Recovery
  • Dual Voltage
  • 1 Year Warranty
Agave Healing Oil Vapor Iron with Oil Infusion
AGAVE VAPOR IRON
with Oil Infusion

  • BEST FOR:
  • Damaged Hair
  • Multi-processed Hair

  • PLATE SIZES:
  • 1 Inch

  • FEATURES:
  • Damage Repair
  • Vapor Oil Infusion
  • NanoIonic Tech
  • Heats Up To 420°F
  • Removes Frizz
  • Dual Voltage
  • 1 Year Warranty



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