Want frizz free, super sleek hair? You're in need of the best straighteners that money can buy
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? Keep scrolling for all the intel…
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 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.
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?)
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. Just don’t forget your heat protection spray.
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 slight waves into poker straight hair.
The keys to turning curly hair into poker straight perfection are: 1) section, section, section and 2), choose a pair with wide, flat 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 does it.
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 shorter layers and styling them. They might be small, but they certainly don’t compromise on effectiveness.
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.
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.
Ready to trade in your old straighteners for a shiny new pair?
Scroll through our round up of the very best hair straighteners money can buy.
The technology in these is pretty impressive; tri-zone technology in the ceramic plates allows for better heat distribution, meaning your hair is up to 50% less prone to breakage and 20% shinier. Think happier, healthier hair all round.
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.