The best hair straighteners of 2017 for just about any type of hair

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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. 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

Best Hair Straighteners DAFNI Go Straight 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.

Shop now: DAFNI Go Straight Hair Straightening Brush for £99.95 from John Lewis

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

best hair straighteners ghd V Gold Max

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.

Shop now: ghd V Gold Max Styler for £135 from John Lewis

The best hair straightener cream

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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.

Shop now: Bumble and Bumble Straight Blow Dry for £23 from Fabled

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.

Shop now: Paul Mitchell Straight Works for £16.35 from HQhair

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

best hair straighteners 2017 LOreal X-Tenso

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.

Shop now: L’Oréal Professionnel X-Tenso Moisturist Hair Straightener Set for £44 from Amazon

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.

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