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Who doesn’t own a hair straightener? If you just answered ‘me’, then finding the best hair straightener is exactly what you need to do.
No longer the bulky, hair-burning flat irons of the late 90s, today’s versions are seriously sleek, lightweight wands that can actually care for your hair as you style. And with the level of technology moving faster than ever before, straighteners are becoming so much more than a simple tool to flatten out your hair.
With a flick of the wrist you can just as well curl your hair with straighteners into Victoria Secret style beach waves. The genius is in the tectonic plates. No longer small and rigid, these plates now come with rounded edges. A feature that makes them the ideal curling tool.
Gone too are the days when you had to fret at your work desk about whether you had turned them off at home. Now, most of them come with a handy sleep mode that turns it off for you. And a lot of them come with a temperature gauge too. The beauty of this? It works with the length of your hair shaft, adjusting the heat as you move down.
Of course, if you’re after something that doesn’t just last until your next shampoo and condition then permanent hair straightening might be for you. Mathew Soobroy, Senior Manager & Smoothing Expert at Charles Worthington, has given us the down-low on this long lasting technique.
How does permanent hair straightening work?
This professional straightening service works by applying L’Oréal Professionnel X-Tenso Moisturist product to the hair followed by a straightening process which locks the formula into the hair molecule. The result is healthier looking, straight hair.
How long does permanent hair straightening last?
This service is designed to last for up to 60 days, however it would depend on the texture of the hair and the natural curl. Other factors that would affect the time it lasts is how quickly the hair grows.
Is permanent hair straightening damaging?
The X-Tenso is a milder way of straightening hair, as opposed to the harsh effects of Japanese straightening, and provides a more straightening effect than the Brazilian Blowout. The service will also result in less daily straightening of the hair so less damage is avoided from heat products.
How can you have long lasting straight hair?
My best advice for people wanting long lasting straight hair would be to visit their salon for a consultation every three to six months. The stylist can then recommend what is best for them; whether that is the X-Tenso straightening procedure, using their straighteners or hairdryer effectively (we do a blow dry masterclass at Charles Worthington from £52) or using the right products for their hair type. Obviously having their hair cut every six weeks is absolutely essential for hair health and a good heat protector if they are using straightening tools.
However, if you are in the market for the best hair straightener out there, try one of these…
Short on time in the morning? Then you need the World’s Fastest Flat Iron by Jose Eber. Not only does this sleek flat iron heat up in an amazing five seconds, but it maintains the same temperature throughout styling.
This means you won’t need to pass the straighteners over each section more than once, so hair is exposed to high heat for a minimum amount of time. Think of it as damage limitation.
Thick and curly hair? Don’t be put off by the thin design. The controlled temperature and ionic plates mean even coarse or extremely frizzy hair is straightened into a sleek ‘do.
Get your hair poker straight in no time with the help of this styler from Babyliss.
This sleek Nicky Clarke Hair Therapy Straightener is our top pick for baby fine hair that suffers from flyaway strands or kinks and curls.
Designed to salon-quality standards, these smart straighteners are made with your hair’s needs in mind – whatever your hair type. The varied heat options mean you can tailor the settings and find one best suited to your tresses – so no more burning or damaged ends.
Negative ions and far infrared rays lock in moisture to condition and protect hair, for flawless style and lust-worthy locks.
These Toni & Guy straighteners are a classic option that still work their magic to give poker straight locks or defined waves in super-quick time.
A more purse-friendly option that still packs a punch, Toni & Guy use a unique ‘colour lock technology’ to protect and care for damaged or dyed hair, making them a wise choice for parched locks and bottle blondes.
Brittle and dry ends? Flyaway and static? All instantly smoothed thanks to the floating ceramic plates, which flatten cuticles to hold in colour and shine.
With the level of technology moving faster than ever before, it’s not surprising that we are starting to see hair-loving fusions like this. This classic Remington Shine Therapy Hair Straightener has been saturated with Moroccan Argan Oil to give tresses an extra coat of glossy shine.
The Moroccan Argan Oil reacts with the heat of the straighteners to emit its nourishing benefits deep into the hair, for a healthy look that holds your new style for hours – even in extreme heat.
Remington’s Shine Therapy Straighteners feature an integrated digital display and temperature range that means you’re always in control. The product has advanced ceramic-coated plates which glide effortlessly through your hair, leaving it with a glossy high-shine finish.
These H2D VI Wide Hair Straighteners are a must for thicker haired ladies. The big plates make light work of heavy styling, flattening out tell tale areas at the root and back of the hair for a more groomed finish.
Easy to use, these straighteners are also ion-infused to help make hair softer and smoother to touch – a revelation if you are used to knotty, frizzy locks. They glide effortlessly through the hair, so no strand is missed and use infrared heat to penetrate the hair, in turn helping to relax the curl for longer-lasting straightness.
The unique plus point of this straightener is the secret ingredient, tourmaline (a mineral usually found in gemstones), which gives a polished texture to even the most unruly ‘dos. A must-buy for creating a natural-looking style with mirror shine.
Cloud 9 hair straighteners are used by some of the biggest names in the hair industry (think James Brown, Richard Ward and Lisa Shepherd) and are fast becoming known as one of the best brands on the market.
Their Original Iron is an award-winning super straightener packed with extra features to help you create your desired ‘do. Choose between six heat variations to make perfect curls, beachy waves or poker straight lengths.
And be safe in the knowledge your hair is protected by the standard floating ceramic plates and curved edges.
Not only are these Corioliss hair straighteners on-trend in gold leopard print, but they have a handy temperature gauge that allows them to tackle any hair type, from the coarsest afro hair to baby fine locks. Don’t be fooled by the thin plates – one sweep through each section of hair is all you need to keep your tresses straight until the next wash.
Advanced technology speeds up styling time, meaning you can wave, flick or straighten withing minutes and have lust-worthy hair all the time. While these hair straighteners might not be the cheapest on the market, Corioliss is a name to remember and worth investing in for professional-looking results at home.
They have dual voltage circuitry and a handy travel pouch, making them perfect for jet-setters who need to style on the go.
BaByliss have proved themselves to be the clear leaders when it comes to inventing must-have hair tools we didn’t know we needed, but now can’t live without. From the BaByliss Big Hair, to the Perfect Curl, they are true innovators.
So their hair straighteners have got to be worth a try, right? Correct. This BaByliss PRO Titanium Expression Ultimate Styler is perfect for creating big curls, soft waves and stylish flicks in thicker or Afro-Caribbean tresses – a hair type often overlooked when it comes to products and tools.
Fast and easy to use, these are also great for longer locks. Speed through your morning routine in half the time and still look twice as gorgeous with these simple hair straighteners.
Short haired girls who want to keep control of everything from a bob to a pixie aren’t excluded from discovering a great pair of straighteners.
The thin plates on the Wahl Slim Plated Pencil Hair Straightener are perfect for styling short hair.
Ceramic coating is a must for keeping hair healthy-looking, locking in moisture and retaining a natural defense barrier against everyday pollutants – even short ‘dos can suffer breakage and split ends.
And if you struggle to control your flyaway fringe with a normal-sized straightener, invest in this super-slim pair for quick and easy styling.
A pair of ghds is iconic in the hair styling world for a reason. And you can’t go wrong with their classic model, the V Gold Styler. A splurge worth spending.
Specifically designed to deal with thick, coarse hair, these beauties from T3 will flatten even the most stubborn locks.