Best Hair Straighteners 2017

The best hair straighteners for just about any type of hair

Want frizz free, super sleek hair? Right this way

If you battle frizz on a daily basis, or just like ironed-out styles, the best hair straighteners are absolutely essential to your beauty arsenal. Along with one of the best hair dryers and hair serum, the perfect pair of irons will make your hair super sleek 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 up your signature style up for a straighter look.

So how do you pick the perfect pair for your hair type? Keep reading to get all the intel.

Best hair straighteners for curling

BaByliss Boutique Salon Control 235 Hair Straightener, £80, Fabled

With a rounded barrel and smooth ceramic plates, these multitasking straighteners are ideal whatever style you’re hoping to create, whether that’s poker straight or bouncy curls, and they’re not overly expensive either. Just don’t forget your heat protection spray and you’ll be good to go.

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Best hair straightener brush

DAFNI Hair Straightening Brush, £120, John Lewis

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.

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/clamped down on our ear before?)

We love DAFNI’s 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. Then of course there’s the equally excellent new ghd Glide, £125 at Fabled, if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on a pair while they’re in stock.

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Best hair straighteners for curly hair

GHD Maxi Styler, £114.75 Look Fantastic

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Admittedly we’re stating the obvious here – but straightening curls takes a lot more time and effort than turning slight waves into straight hair. The best straighteners for thick hair or curls are essential to get the job done right.

The keys to turning curly hair into poker straight perfection are: 1) section, section, section and 2), choose a pair with wider plates. 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 wins the race.

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Best hair straighteners for short hair

Cloud Nine The Micro Iron, £69, Fabled


Shorter hair requires smaller tools, and so this Cloud Nine pair, which are just six inches long, are ideal for getting hold of much shorter layers and styling them out. These might be small, but they certainly don’t compromise on effectiveness when it comes to straightening short hairstyles.

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Best hair straighteners under £50

Nicky Clarke Desired Hair Straighteners, £47.99, Amazon

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For a less-expensive buy, this pair by Nicky Clarke does the job and does it well. Featuring black pearl plates, tourmaline technology for smooth, frizz-free hair and a three-metre cable to boot, they’re a great buy for anyone who doesn’t want to break the bank but still wants to change up their hair look.

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Best hair straightener cream

Bumble and Bumble Straight Blow Dry, £24, Fabled

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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 end goal.

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Ready to trade in your old irons for a shiny new pair?

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