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. 

The most basic function of a moisturizer is to hydrate and soften the skin. “Essentially, moisturizers assist in preventing water loss through the outer layers of skin,” Dr. Charles explains. “They can also complement the naturally found protective oils and other building blocks within the skin, such as ceramides.” This is one product that doctors recommend using year-round, for all skin types. “Skin naturally loses the ability to retain moisture as we age,” Dr. Nazarian insists, “and daily activities, such as washing, can strip natural hydrators from the surface.”


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!


Beachwaver Co. has reached cult-level status for its super easy-to-use Beachwaver, yes, but this styling iron from the brand is equally as notable. The beauty of it is the fact that you can achieve multiple looks with it. Use as is for a sleek, straight look or apply the black Coast Pro attachments (that are shaped like a round brush) and glide the iron down each hair section, rolling your wrist under towards the ends to create the illusion of a professional blowout.

Is titanium or ceramic curling wand better?


Aside from ionic and infrared technologies the Bio Ionic Onepass Straightening Iron has something that is entirely new to me: silicon covered plates. They get the hair more in order when you’re straightening, save you a lot of time and reduce the amount of heat that you need. This one is great for African American hair, but I already selected the xtava Pro Satin for that because it’s more affordable.
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.
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.

Thanks to the tourmaline ceramic plates, this iron “glides through my hair, never grabbing or pulling it,” writes one reviewer. Others point out that this tourmaline ceramic plate “works way better on fine hair than other types,” not burning thin strands even at high temperatures. Or, as one reviewer writes, “It’s well made, it doesn’t snag my fine hair and because of the heat control settings, doesn’t burn it either. Yay for not having breakage!”
Given its tiny stature, it is no surprise that the BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Straightening Iron is ideal for users with short or medium hair lengths. Unlike the more industrial models we reviewed that are designed for longer or thicker hair, this BaByliss hair straightener is small and light enough to polish off a short bob or shoulder-length style in no time. 

The science behind skin-care products has come a long way but there’s still no such thing as an instant fix — you need time to reap the benefits, says Dr. Rachel Nazarian, a Manhattan dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group. “Results are only seen through consistent use,” she explains. Generally, aim to use a product over at least six weeks, once or twice daily, to notice a difference.
Xtava’s two inch-wide plates are massive, making them perfect for people with thick or coarse hair. Aside from the plates, everything else about this flat iron is fairly standard. You can use it at a temperature range in between 265 and 445 degrees Fahrenheit, the plates are made with tourmaline and ceramic, and it takes less than two minutes for the tool to fully heat.
When shopping for the best hair straightener for your unique hair type, it can be difficult to decipher all of the different styles and specs. That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you and created this all-inclusive guide to finding the best hair straightener for your unique head o’ hair, so you can spend less time scrolling through pages of products and more time rocking your new dream ‘do!
I contacted Amazon about the issue and was told that it had passed the 30 day return period. I was also reminded I was complaining about a product which had worked for a year. I was basically being told that I should be happy it worked for 1 year, despite the product having a 2 year warranty period. Such a shocking lack of empathy from an Amazon customer service representative.
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.

In addition to its sweet settings and versatility, this hair straightener is also super lightweight and features thin, 1-inch plates to save precious real estate on your bathroom counter or inside your vanity cabinet! The BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Straightening Iron is ideal for anyone with a tiny bathroom (or multiple roommates!) and who wants the results of larger hair straighteners without the added weight or storage space.
×