Professional flat irons like the Sedu Revolution Tourmaline Ionic Styling Iron 1 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!).
When choosing a flat iron, it’s important to consider your hair type and length. A flat iron like the BaByliss PRO Nano Titanium 1 1/4″ Straightening Iron is great for straightening coarse, thick hair because the titanium provides intense heat for hard to straighten hair. A flat iron with ceramic plates like the Solia Tourmaline Ceramic Ion Flat Iron flat iron provides gentler, infrared heat which is better for fine hair. The following chart will help you determine which plate size, temperature and materials are best suited for you.
A few things to keep in mind:
- Hair that is thick and full of texture can be wiry, unruly or quick to tangle. A professional flat iron is a must for straightening thick or curly hair because you can handle (and need) the high temperatures and advanced technology to flatten without damage.
- We know there’s really no such thing as “normal” hair. When we say that, we simply mean hair that’s middle-of-the-road: medium-thickness, not overly dry or oily and doesn’t break easily. It tends to be straight to wavy with some body, and easily adapts to different styles.
- Thin, fine and naturally straight hair can be styled with just about any flat iron. Choosing a flat iron with temperature control is important for fine or straight hair in particular. The finer your hair, the cooler your tool temperature should be. Experts suggest starting as low as possible (somewhere around 180°F) and working your way up if necessary. If you notice frizz, dry ends or breakage, the iron may be too hot. (Use the chart above for guidance.)
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 make waves, flips and curls. Consider your styling goals when you choose your iron and try out a few tips: