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
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.
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.
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.
Best hair straighteners for curly hair
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.
Best hair straighteners for short hair
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.
Best hair straighteners under £50
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.
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 end goal.
Ready to trade in your old irons for a shiny new pair?
Scroll through our round up of the very best hair straighteners money can buy.
The world's first 'smart straightener', ghd's newest model is almost too good to be true. Predictive technology assesses every section of your hair for its size, thickness and the speed you're styling and adjusts the power accordingly. So regardless of whether you have slight waves or corkscrew curls, this powerful tool will adapt to your hair type. It doesn't get much better than that, folks.
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.
Cloud Nine 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.
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.
L'Oreal Professionel's revolutionary straighteners that use steam to smooth strands. Great if you have a natural frizz to your hair.