Shopping for a new flat iron can be a bit overwhelming, but we’re here to help you find the right tool for you hair type and needs.
Flat-Irons are very versatile and very convenient. They’re small, can heat up in 30 seconds, and can straighten or curl even the most coarse, unruly manes out there. Like most tools, the key to purchasing the right flat iron is a solid understanding of what your hair needs. It’s sort of a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many people forget that someone with mostly straight, fine hair needs something different than someone with super curly, coarse hair. With the wrong hair tool, you could end up causing major damage to your strands.
Breakdown of Terms
Most flat-irons come with 1 inch plates, which are super versatile, but again, you have to think about your hair and your styling needs. In general, smaller plates are better if you’re planning to use the iron to curl your hair or if you have super short hair. Larger plates are awesome for those with long, thick hair because it will save you styling time and prevent you from running over the same spots twice and causing twice the damage.
Many people think that really high heat is better when it comes to flat-irons, but that’s not necessarily true. If you expose certain types of hair to certain temperatures, it causes major damage and breakage and can even ruin your color. Choose an iron that has temperature settings so you can start with the low settings and work your way up until you find what works for you. Thicker hair needs higher heat settings because it will allow you to pass through each section only once, causing less damage. With finer hair, a lower heat setting should do the trick on first pass through hair.
All these hair tool terms may seem like fancy, made-up, useless buzzwords, but that’s not the case! In fact, the differences can really help you decide on the right tool for you.
Ceramic is very popular for both for salon quality and at-home irons because it heats up quickly and distributes heat evenly. Be aware though, some irons are only ceramic coated, not full ceramic plates and while that may work for you at first, after awhile the ceramic coating with wear off.
Tourmaline is a newer material use in heat styling tools. It’s great because since it’s an organic crystalline mineral, it produces wavy more negative ions than ceramic. Negative ions are a good thing because they balance out the positive ions of dry hair, so your hair can lay flat and frizz free. Science rules.
Titanium plated irons have the fastest heat transfer of the three categories meaning more immediate results, regardless of your hair type. In general, titanium makes for a heavy-duty iron, which is extra great for anyone with thick, curly hair.
The Best Flat Irons By Hair Type
Thick, Coarse, Curly Hair
Above shoulder length hair: 1” – 1 ½”
Shoulder length and longer hair: 1” – 2”
380° – 420°
Medium (between thick and thin), Wavy Hair
Above shoulder length hair: 1” – 1 ¼”
Shoulder length and longer hair: 1 ¼” to 2”
360° – 380°
Thin, Fine Hair
Pro Tips for Flat Irons
- Professional flat irons like the Sedu Revolution Professional Styling Irons feature the most sophisticated technologies and provide the best styling. They maintain higher, more consistent temperatures, usually offer temperature controls, have higher-quality plates and deliver salon-like results (that’s why they’re used in salons!)
- Investing in a high quality iron makes the most sense for all hair types and styling needs because it’s your best bet against damage. Also, most high-end irons come with long warranties, which can save you from shelling out more money in the long run, so that’s something to consider when buying high-end.
- Don’t forget protection! All hair types need to use heat protectant products to avoid damage and keep hair healthy. Folica has so many amazing, versatile, heat protection options to pick from. Shop our Heat Protection hair care products and flat iron with ease.
How To: Styling with your Flat Iron
Flat irons are great for creating hair that’s smooth and straight, but they’re also versatile styling tools that you can use to create waves, faux blowouts, volume and curls. Consider your styling goals when you choose your iron and try out a few tips from our blog posts:
- How To: Flat Iron Your Hair
- How To: Use Your Flat Iron To Get Boho Waves
- How To: Curl Your Hair With A Flat Iron
- How To: Style Your Hair With The Sedu Revolution Black Titanium 1” Styling Iron
- Get the Look: Sazan Hendrix’s Hair Tricks with Solia SuperHot