Due in large part to the damage we inflicted on our poor locks during this time, we’ve learned that heat protection isn’t just a luxury: it’s mandatory when it comes to hair straightening. That’s why so many hair straighteners now feature conditioners built right into the plates. We also learned that excess heat can cause permanent damage to hair, so now many flat irons come with automatic turn-off features or self-adjusting heat settings. Well, as the saying goes, there is no progress without a bit of struggle and our hair certainly struggled during the early 2000’s!
With constantly evolving technology, the best hair straighteners of 2019 are probably different than they’ve looked in years past. So to help you navigate through the latest hair straightener features and and designs, we’ve rounded up a list of our top contenders. Whatever your main priorities are when it comes to finding the best hair straightener, these are some of the most popular heat styling tools out there.
When you’re shopping for a hair straightener it’s important to consider your hair type and the style you want for your hair. Some heat tools are designed to straighten and smooth your hair to prevent frizz while others may just be useful for basic straightening on hair that’s already fairly straight or simply wavy. Different temperature settings work better for different hair styles. Some straighteners are also great to create loose waves in your hair making them ideal for those who like to experiment with different hair styles. It can be helpful to read online consumer reviews when you’re choosing a hair straightener to ensure you get the best option for the money you want to spend.
These ultra-smooth plates are great for straightening stubborn strands like curls and waves and are also ideal for creating natural, finished curls (similar to a curling iron) and even beachy waves. By gliding effortlessly across hairs of all types, without pulling or breakage, the ISA Professional Titanium Flat Iron has the potential to leave your hair looking and feeling healthier after each use.
That not all, since the flat iron adopts a universal world-wide voltage. That means that you can use it in various states so that you do not have to worry about it limiting the places you can visit. The flat iron provides an optimum styling temperature of 365°F. As such, you do not have to worry about the hotter temperature that will damage the hair or cooler temperature that is likely to compromise the outcome.
GHD went and nabbed itself a 2018 Best of Beauty award with this miracle of a flatiron. The tool maintains a constant temperature of 365 degrees Fahrenheit, but get this: It reads the thickness or thinness of the sections you use so it can adjust the amount of power it exerts. That way, it keeps the same temperature while straightening your hair and gets all the sections evenly straight without you having to worry too much about heat damage. "My hair felt relatively healthy after ironing which I am not used to," says Tracey Zane, director of content development for Allure. "The tool moves much effortlessly across my hair, and actually makes it feel silky smooth once ironing."
However, if you only straighten your hair for special occasions, or have shorter or thinner hair, you’ll likely be equally as satisfied with a cheaper flat iron. Both the HSI Professional Glider and the Remington 1” Flat Iron with Anti-Static Technology and Digital Controls are great options depending on your budget. If you’re simply buying the GHD hair straightener because of the name, you may end up spending more money than you need to.
BEST. IRON. EVER. Seriously can't say enough good things about this. It heats up in seconds and tames my hair with 1-2 swipes no matter how unruly it is. I can straighten, curl, or wave my hair with one tool. It is expensive but I had the same one for 7 years before deciding to upgrade to the platinum (had for 2 years now) so it is worth the price!
The Paul Mitchell Neuro Smooth Straighteners heat up to 232 degrees in just 30 seconds so you can style your hair quickly and without fuss. The smooth plates glide through your hair; helping to smooth the fibres and give you a highly conditioned and glossy finish. Temperature is monitored 50 times per second which ensures that heat remains evenly distributed throughout the plates and your hair appears healthy and sleek.
Mini flat irons are great for travel, but not if they can’t work in other countries. BaBylissPRO’s Mini Straightening Iron is dual-voltage, meaning it won’t burn out when you plug it in abroad (with the right adapter). And just because it’s tiny doesn’t mean its results are: Featuring nano titanium hair-straightening power at a heat of 430-degrees Fahrenheit, the mini flat iron from BaBylissPro is a strong straightening force, even on thick and coarse hair. The compact styling tool also comes with a matching blue travel pouch, so everything from packing and using it as you globetrot is a breeze. Another bonus of the tiny size? At just six-inches long with half-inch plates, you can finally get those frizzy roots and stubborn flyaways.
I love these, they glide smoothly through my hair and leave it looking and feeling silky and healthy. My hair type is fine/normal and slightly wavy. My hair is bad at holding curls I can create some great beach’s waves with these that last all day. Only thins that annoying is the plastic casing of the plate has a seam in in which my fine hair finds a way to get trapped in, which never happened with my old GHDs that I have for 10 years. Also kinda wish the button was a switch like the used to be, the press and hold button to switch on and audio feedback just feels a little out of sync and devalues the experience for me. Still worth the $200 I paid for them though.
GHD Flight travel hair dryer – For a completely different take, check out this compact travel accessory. Designed to be stowed away safely in baggage and used anywhere in the world, the GHD Flight travel hair dryer comes with a clever folding handle to minimise its dimensions and is 50% lighter than a standard Air version. It's also around 30% less powerful, but that's excellent performance for a dryer of this size. Moreover, it's quite a bit cheaper than the Air, so it's also a good budget option for general purposes.