Want frizz free, super sleek hair? You're in need of the best straighteners that money can buy
If you battle frizz on a daily basis, the best hair straighteners is absolutely essential to your beauty arsenal – along withone of the best hair dryers and a hair serum, of course. The perfect pair of straightening irons will transform your hair from frizzy to super sleek, über curly to poker straight, in a matter of minutes.
No doubt you’re here because your current pair of straighteners are knackered, or you’re fairly new to the hair iron game and want to treat yourself to the best hair straighteners the market. Or, you want to put your curling tongs to bed and switch your signature style up for a straighter look.
So how do you pick the perfect pair for your hair type? Fortunately we’ve got the intel on the greatest straighteners currently on the UK market. Since we know electricals can get a little pricey, it’s worth giving our Black Friday beauty deals roundup a look for some bargains. And if you want to try an alternative to a pair of the best hair straighteners, read on for other straightening treatments below.
The best hair straightener brush
These days, quite a women prefer to use a heated ceramic hair straightening brush over a classic pair of the best straighteners. These do exactly what they say on the tin, straightening your hair into the glossy, smooth locks of your dreams with just a few strokes of a brush.
We love the DAFNI Go Straight Hair Straightening Brush, which heats up to a hair-safer temperature of 185 degrees and leaves your tresses super glossy and sleek after using.
The most practical advantage of hair straightening brushes? As well as being easier to use, by using a brush you’re far less likely to burn yourself (because how many of us have grabbed the wrong bit of our straighteners or clamped down on our ear before?).
Don’t just take our word for it though – check out Huda Beauty’s video below to see just how well it works on big, curly hair.
The best hair straighteners for curly hair
Admittedly we’re stating the obvious here, but straightening curls takes a lot more time and effort than transforming waves into poker straight hair does.
The keys to turning curly hair into poker straight perfection are 1) section, section, section, and 2) choose a pair with wide flat iron. Hair straightening heroes ghd offer both thin and wide versions of their classic styler, the latter of which is perfect for flattening out super curly sections one by one. Slow and steady does it.
The best hair straightener cream
Before you tackle your mane with the straighteners, the first thing you’ll want to do is create a smooth, frizz-free base when you dry your hair. Bumble and Bumble’s blow dry cream specifically designed for straight hair is a winner here, smoothing and sleek-ing out your hair with a heat activated formula that loosens hair’s natural curve. It’s an essential first step if poker straight hair is your goal.
Another hero formula favoured by bloggers and beauty journalists alike (but that won’t break the bank) is Paul Mitchell’s Straight Works, which adds illuminating shine to your hair while smoothing out its waves and curls. The salon level treatment gel will leave you with the lustrous straight locks of your dreams, and its also paraben-free and vegan haircare.
What is permanent hair straightening?
Of course, if you want a longer-term solution than just plugging in your ghds every day, there are other ways to straighten your hair.
Permanent hair straightening is a salvation for those with even the most rebellious curls, kinks and frizz – but how much maintenance is really involved, and how long do the results last? Mathew Soobroy, Senior Manager & Smoothing Expert at Charles Worthington, advised us on how it works.
Permanent hair straightening products
The professional straightening service works by applying product to the hair (Mathew uses L’Oréal Professionnel X-Tenso Moisturist), followed by a straightening process which locks the formula into the hair molecule. The result is healthier looking, straight hair.
It can last for up to 60 days, but depends on the texture of the hair, the natural curl and how quickly your hair grows. You can also choose the degree of straightness you desire, from just eliminating frizz to completely straightening out curls using different strengths of solution and adjusting processing timing.
It’s therefore suitable for all hair types – from thin and straight to natural thick curls. Your natural curls will come back over time once the straightening procedure has grown out of the hair.
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.
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.
Get your hair poker straight in no time with the help of this styler from Babyliss.
This straightener has a top temperature of 235°C and the Smooth Glide tourmaline-ceramic plates ensure super sleek hair, no matter what your hair type. It also has a heat memory function and is ready to use in just 15 seconds, meaning quick and easy styling.
The rounded barrel also allows the straighteners to double up as curlers, too.
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.
A hair straightening ceramic brush that causes minimal damage while de-knotting and straightening your hair? We’re sold. The Dafni Go is a portable straightening tool that allows you to smooth out your locks while on the move, without compromising on the best hair straightening technology.
This straightener maintains a safe temperature of 185°C meaning minimal damage to your tresses, and the detachable cord makes it convenient to carry around.
The hairbrush design allows it to glide smoothly through your hair while creating a glossy finish. The perfect addition for anyone who is always on the go.
ghd straighteners have been the go-to hair tool ever since the noughties, and they have survived the test of time for a reason. Their classic model, the V Gold Styler, is not only aesthetically beautiful with its gold accents, but its smooth, golden, ceramic plates ensure the effortless glide that the ghd brand has become renowned for.
The contoured edges make it the perfect curl and wave wand, and the automatic sleep mode kicks in when they haven’t been used for 30 minutes.
Other notable features include the protective plate guard. It allows you to pack your straighteners away the minute you’ve stopped using them – no more standing around waiting for them to cool!
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.
The T3 Singlepass X is the straightener that every girl with thick, coarse hair has dreamed of. It’s specifically designed to deal with unruly hair and will flatten even the most stubborn locks with its wide, powerful plates and its advanced digital heating system that maintains heat consistently throughout use, creating gorgeously smooth tresses.
It boasts a microchip brain (yes, really!) that monitors the heat for accurate styling, and this ensures a beautiful long-lasting finish.
It features the latest tourmaline ceramic technology, and the wider plates significantly reduce styling time. An investment worth making.
Short on time? This powerful straightener by Mark Hill heats up to 230 degrees in no time flat and tames frizzy tresses with just one swipe. We’ve tried it before and the really handy part is that you can adjust the temperature and ionic controls depending on your hair type – there’s some advice on the box for those with thick, frizzy hair (i.e. go for the full 230 degrees) and then those with thinner hair (drop it down to a cool 150). With bright pink ceramic plates, a carrier bag and a free heat protection spray, we’re all in for this one.