Like any popular product on the market, flat irons come in a wide variety of brands, models, styles, shapes and sizes. From black flat irons with titanium plates to hot pink irons with ceramic plates, the choices are practically infinite! There’s a perfect hair flat iron for everyone and when you’re out looking for yours it’s important to understand each type so you’ll know exactly what to look for.
Let’s start with the basics. Basic irons are the cheapest available as they have the easiest plates to manufacture. They use glass or metal as heating materials which on a microscopical level are like sandpaper, so as you can imagine they’re not too gentle on your hair. These basic flat irons bring limited or no settings but will get the job done, however, unless you plan on straightening once every couple of years then it’s best to stay away from them and save your hair the risk of getting burnt.
Ceramic flat irons are currently the most popular on the market today due to their extra smooth plates, easy handling, equal heat distribution and versatility for all types of hair. Ceramic plates use far – infrared rays to gently heat and lock in your hair’s natural moisture while smoothing down the cuticles for a healthy shine. They’re available from relatively inexpensive prices to high quality models with all the features included; the one you go for depends on your budget and your preferences.
Titanium irons are used by most high-end hair salons since this type of flat iron heats up incredibly fast and provides professional looking results. Titanium is a lustrous metallic, heat resistant element known for its light-weight, strength and durability, which are just some of the reasons why hair stylists prefer them to save time while keeping their customers happy.
Tourmaline, also known as the “ionic flat iron”, is the safest you can use on your hair. They share the same benefits as ceramic straighteners but with the added advantage of ionic technology which means that they release negative ions to provide smooth, silky, frizz-free hair. Tourmaline crystals are crushed and usually mixed with ceramic to make the most out of both materials to your hairs advantage.
Before choosing your perfect flat iron, you should verify that you’re ensuring top results for your hair by checking if it has the right sized plates, best heating material, complete features, easy handling and of course a good protection warranty.