As one of the hottest hair straighteners we have reviewed (temperature-wise…although it is pretty to look at, we have to admit…), the Solano Sleek Heat 450 Professional Flat Iron can reach temperatures of up to 450° F in as little as 60 seconds! This Solano hair straightener also features thin 1 inch plates, making it an ideal choice for anyone with short or medium length hair and the quick heat time ensures that even the most stubborn of curls can be tackled with a little extra heat. If you are looking or something a little larger though, it is also available with 1.54-inch plates too.
Featuring the same 1.25-inch plates CHI users have loved for years, the new CHI G2 Ceramic and Titanium Flat Iron make it easier to style longer hair! If you’ve ever tried to use a non-professional hair straightener on your hair, then you know just how quickly the process can become a literal pain! From hand strain to sore wrists and arms, most hair straighteners stick to old adage of “beauty is pain.”
What are the best GHD straighteners?
Before placing your entire head under unnecessary heat conditions, try straightening a small section of your hair with what you believe is your ideal heat setting. Take notice of the way your hair reacts to this temperature, paying close attention to any fraying or singeing that may result. Smoking and that dreaded burnt hair smell are a sign that you may need to tone it down a bit to avoid permanent damage to your precious locks.
In common with all GHDs there's an auto sleep mode that kicks in after 30 minutes, which you'll appreciate if you've ever rushed out the door to work and spent the whole day worrying you'll return to the burned out shell of your former home. The Platinum+ is also supplied with a soft rubber plate guard that slips over the end of the barrel for safer storage when hot.
With curling tongs and wands, GHD is facing stiff competition from Cloud 9, as well as T3 and Babyliss. Babyliss delivers excellent build quality for the prices it charges (which can be £50 less than comparable GHD models), but its curling products aren't nearly as sophisticated as GHD's. Products like the T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand are closer to the GHD Curve collection, offering interchangeable barrels. This extra flexibility is great for salons or households with a few different hair types. But it's probably not crucial for individuals. Overall, the Curve remains at the top of the tree, so you can be sure that you'll be purchasing a high-quality accessory.