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Reviewers pick this straightener when they want to be able to straighten damp, or even wet, hair, and according to nearly 1,500 five-star reviewers, it works. One impressed user describe this flat iron’s ability to steam wet hair into dry as “basically black magic.” Another says, “When they say you can dry wet/very damp hair with the flat iron instead of blow drying first, they mean it! I wrap my my hair in a towel for maybe 20 minutes, add leave-in conditioner (gotta take care of the permed and highlighted hair, you know) comb it, section it and start flat ironing. In 15 minutes I have completely dry and straight hair. And when it poured rain the next day, my hair did not frizz or get wavy, it stayed straight!” However, several reviewers warn that you should turn the steam vents away from your head during use: “You always have to hold it with the steam vents facing away from your head, otherwise the steam vents into your hair and could potentially burn you.”
Research Director Lori Segal also gave the iron a go. She's used GHD's original Platinum Styler, but found that it didn't smooth her hair to her liking. "It still left my naturally wavy hair a bit fluffy, even when straight," she says. But she felt as if this iteration of the iron gave her a look that is more her speed. "There was a clear difference in this one making my hair flatter and less puffy than the previous model. And the finish is less frizzy and dry." While she mentioned she feelt like she needed to add a smoothing serum to get her hair as sleek as she wanted it, she does appreciate the temperature-control technology. "I like that it still heats to a 'safe' temperature for my hair type without scorching it and that it heats up quickly and evenly."
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.
While it isn’t the fastest heating hair straightener we have reviewed, the CHI Air Expert Classic Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron warms up to temperature in just one minute! If one minute seems like too long for you to wait, try adding a bit of multitasking into your morning routine by taking advantage of this found time. If you are at a loss for what you can do in just one minute, check out this list for a little inspiration:
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What’s the best hair straightener? Should I use ceramic or titanium plates? What’s the best flat iron for curly hair? And WTF’s the deal with straightening brushes?! Yup, there are approximately a billion questions that come with buying the best flat iron, and it doesn’t help that there are also a billion options to choose from, all ranging from somewhat gentle to fry-your-hair intense.