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This flat iron has tourmaline infused ceramic plates and eight temperature sensors to evenly distribute the heat to your hair. The HSI Professional Glider also has floating plates to allow for more control. There are a wide variety of different heat settings for great control and to minimize potential damage. It also comes with a one year warranty. The HSI Professional Glider is also much more affordable than the ghd hair straightener.
In short YES! You absolutely can use too much heat on your hair. Burning hair is not a good smell, it’s not a good look either! You may end up having to get a pretty severe haircut if you’re not careful about the amount of heat you put directly on your locks. Read through this to get an idea of what’s safe and what will leave you wishing for a good trim (or possibly a wig).
The ceramic plates are reasonably wide at 1in, precision-milled and ultra-smooth, with a glossy coating that sparkles in the light. There are no sharp edges, nooks or crannies in which rogue strands of hair can become snagged in use, and the rounded barrel edges make for a smooth styling action at whichever angle you hold the Platinum+, even right up close to the root.
Let’s face it: styling your hair is a 360° job. That’s why the folks at Cloud Nine have designed their Original Flat Iron with a swivelling 360° cord! No more tangled messes or twisted cords, with this hair straightener you can easily reach delicate fly-aways and seemingly invisible back sections without the hassle of a tangled or knotted cord ever again. When it comes to hair straighteners, the Cloud Nine Original Flat Iron really proves that perfection is in the details!
Copper is famously known for being an even heat conductor (just ask any cook), which is why it makes for the perfect plates on a flat iron. And fewer strokes over each section results in less heat damage. Bonus: The detachable comb also smooths and distributes your coarse hair evenly over the plates, so you’re left with stick-straight hair on the first pass.
For undereye bags and inflammation, caffeine, peptides and hyaluronic acid can be soothing, Mattioli says. “Dark circles can be due to visible veins or actual discoloration common in darker skin tones,” she says. “Look for brightening ingredients like vitamin C, kojic acid and niacinamide.” Insider tip: Steer clear of strong retinols (which can sting and create redness) and fragrance, to avoid any eye irritation.

Are GHD still the best straighteners?


The ability to create bouncy curls or waves with a flat iron (we know, it seems counter-intuitive!) is a biggie in the beauty industry and merits a bit more discussion. If you’re totally lost and there aren’t enough video tutorials on the planet to explain this weird yet awesome process, don’t worry! Just follow along with our step-by-step guide and you will be curling with the best of them in no time!

I started this site after I made the decision to get a new hair straightener. I am not a novice with irons by any means, and I’ve had just about every kind imaginable except for some of the newest options. When I realized how far the industry had come in the last couple of years, I decided it was time to try something new. A good flat iron can last for years, as long as you look after it and make sure you buy one that’s robust enough to take what you put it through. By doing your homework up front, you can make sure you not only get the right straightener for your locks, but you don’t end up spending an inordinate amount of money on something that doesn’t work for you. Believe me, I’ve been there!


GHD Air Festival Collection – As with the firm's straighteners, GHD has released a festival edition of the Air dryer. There's not a huge amount of difference between the two models, both in terms of features and price, although the Festival Edition does come with a couple of extra filters. However, fundamentally, it's just an Air dryer with a slightly different look.
It’s therefore impossible to straighten any fine hair around the face without applying pressure and ripping that fine hair out! I contacted GHD customer services, completely confident that the set I’d received was a dud! I sent photos and a video upon request which clearly show the gap between the plates. But NO! GHD’s customer service department refuse to acknowledge this as a fault. Well I f it isn’t a fault then it’s very poor design and not fit for purpose at all. A quick Google search for ‘GHD plates do not meet’ throws up the same complaint from many others; there’s even a company which offers to adjust the plates of these GHD’s for around £15 so it’s clearly a common complaint. Watch the video attached (with the sounds!) the plates don’t meet until I’m squeezing them tightly shut with all my strength....imagine what that would do to your hair dragging it through whilst clenched shut!
Breakthrough ultra-zone with predictive technology intelligently predicts your hair’s needs and constantly adapts to ensure the optimum styling temperature of 365°F at all times. It monitors heat 250x a second and recognizes your hair type and the speed at which you are styling to control heat more effectively than ever before. Now thanks to Platinum+, get ultimate results with visibly healthier hair.
In the world of dryers, it's a question of buying either the GHD Aura or the Dyson Supersonic. There's no question that Dyson's dryers are smarter. On-board CPUs receive information about temperature constantly, ensuring that hair damage isn't a factor. However, both GHD and Dyson are up to speed where it really counts: ensuring an even, rapid drying experience. Both use ionisation to dry hair quickly. The dryer from Dyson has a unique look that will seduce some people, but GHD's dryers are easier to customise via attachments. This contest will come down to personal taste.
Many hair straighteners feature a visual interface to alert you when the device is getting a bit too hot for comfort or when it has surpassed the ideal temperature for your hair. With the T3 Micro Single Pass Flat Iron, you can expect the same visual cues with the bonus of sound alerts as well! That’s right; this flat iron will actually tell you when it reaches its ideal temperature or when it is about to shut off automatically after one hour. Now that’s some hot tech!
This lightweight styler heats up quickly and has 5 advanced heat settings which reach a top temperature of 230 degrees; making the Babyliss PRO Nano Ceramic Satin Straightener ideal for people who have thicker or curlier hair. The inclusion of a long swivel cord makes it easy to move the styler around your head so you can fully straighten the hair at the back. Because of the shape of the plates, you can use them to smooth the hair down for perfectly sleek hair, or use their curved edges for gorgeous curls.

The narrow, vibrating plates on this Bio Ionic iron make it the perfect hair straightener for fine hair. Each plate is infused with water-emitting mineral rock to keep your hair hydrated despite the fact that you're heat styling it, and the rounded edges make it easier to straighten close to your roots without leaving crease marks. The tool promises a 10-minute styling time, meaning your morning routine will definitely be expedited with this flat iron in your beauty arsenal.
Perfect for all hair types, this flat iron needs only 20 seconds to reach its maximum temperature of 365 degrees. According to the smarties in research and development at Ghd, this is the optimal straightener temperature for changing the shape of your hair with as minimal damage as possible. So if you’ve already got damaged, brittle hair, get yourself this straightener ASAP.
This hair straightener from BaBylissPRO has a wide base of adoring fans who think it’s well worth the price tag for its ability to work through their thick locks. One says, “I have used the CHI brand over 10 years and loved it. Decided to buy a larger iron and went with this one based on the reviews. WOW, so, normally it takes me 20 minutes to straighten my hair with the CHI, not anymore, I only spent 5 minutes for my long thick hair, and no frizz and lasted for days with minor touch up.” Another reviewer with “unusually thick hair” said that it “ turned my straightening routine into less than ten minutes, when it used to take over a half hour.”
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