Guide to Buying Hair Straighteners

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Not all of us are blessed with straight hair. Fortunately for those of us that are not blessed there are tools that help us to achieve that straight hair look. This guide is designed to help you understand a little on the two main type of hair straighteners and help you chose the right ones for you.

Anyone who has already looked for a set of hair straighteners will be already very aware of the huge range selection, and types of hair straighteners there are it makes it almost impossible to decide which are the right ones for you. I hope that the following simple guide will help you in your pursuit of the perfect straighteners for you guiding you through the difference between ceramic and stainless steel hair straighteners.

Ceramic Straighteners

Ceramic straightening irons are the latest technology and are better at smoothing, straightening and even adding shine to the hair then previous stainless steel straighteners. Ceramic straighteners heat up quicker than traditional Stainless steel varieties and stay hotter reducing the amount of time it takes to straighten your hair and thus reduce damage to hair significantly (some claim altogether however overuse may cause some damage).

Stainless Steel Straighteners

The stainless steel irons is the material the traditional hair straighteners were made of. They take a lot longer to heat up than ceramic irons, take longer to straighten and are a lot more damaging to the hair. Due to the nature of stainless steel your hair becomes dryer and your hair becomes more difficult to get the smooth straight looks you are looking for. You may also find that stainless steel straighteners don’t run through the hair as smoothly as ceramic straighteners and have a tendency to leave grip lines across the ironed area.

Which type should I buy? 

I shouldn't need to try convince you  anymore that ceramic should be your first choice. If you are not convinced regarding their ease of use quality of finish, speed, or ease, do it just to significantly reduce damage to your hair.


Wet To Dry - This feature saves you the time of drying your hair and then straightening. However I would add that you use this facility with caution. I would recommend you do not use this as an everyday convenience excessive use of this feature may lead to hair damage. This feature requires the plates to become extremely hot in order to dry your hair leaving not only a possibility of hair damage but without due caution risks of burning yourself.

Wide Plate - These straighteners are more suited to longer thicker hair. These plates have a larger surface area which allow the user to quickly straighten long hair.

Narrow Plate - As you would expect are more suited to straightening short hair, however these should be considered for people who have wide plate straighteners and wish to straighten their fringe. I would also recommend narrow plate to men.

Variable Temperature - Although the temptation to max out the temperature of straighteners seems almost irresistable, care must be taken when selecting the correct temperature for your hair type. Please follow manufacturers guidelines and if in doubt consult you hair stylist/hairdresser.

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