How To: Choose The Right Flat Iron For Your Hair Type

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.

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A few things to keep in mind:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.)

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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:

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55 Comments

  1. Rosh says

    I have thin and damaged hair. I just want to know what the best straightener would be for that – the one that would cause the LEAST amount of damage.

  2. Kristin says

    I have thick and long African American unprocessed (non-relaxed) hair. Which flat iron would you recommend I use?

  3. Christina says

    What heat protectant frizz control products are best for limp, fine, oily, super easily weighed down hair-no matter how much/little or type is used (liquid, cream, spray, mousse, foam) not concentrated on roots, etc.?

  4. Nazia says

    Hey, I want to know what is the best flat iron for thin, damaged, wavy to curly hair. My hair falls out a lot and I don’t really like putting heat on my hair but there are days when I do feel like straightening my hair, so I want to invest in a good flat iron that won’t damage my hair that much.

  5. Danielle says

    I’m actually looking for a flat iron for getting ready for school quickly in the mornings that leaves a shine and less frizz also getting it as straight as possible. I’m considering the Farouk CHI G2, but i’m really uncertain whether it will straighten massively thick/ coarse curly hair? I’ve tried so many straighteners, but to no avail they ALWAYS leave my hair broken and super frizzy. I’ve also tried so many anti-frizz products, its ridiculous. If someone could help me I would be so grateful because at this point I’m so hopeless with this.

  6. Barb says

    I too have thin, dry hair. I was looking for a new straightener and was given a great gift of a Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium in 1inch!!! Is it safe to use for thin hair if used in the very lower temperature settings? What temperature would be recommended and what heat protectant? Just want to be sure I can actually use such a great tool on my hair or if I should try to exchange

  7. Shannon says

    Hello, I have curly frizzy hair and am looking for a new straightener. I was so set on a GHD straightener but after reading some reveiws in the sephora site… I was a little discouraged. Like I said my hair is curly, somewhat frizzy and of medium thickness. What straigtener do you recommend to leave my hair feeling silky, shiny, and most of all straight.

  8. Jennifer says

    As Shannon posted a while back, I also have curly, frizzy hair. It is medium length and medium thickness as well. But I need something with an automatic shut off. Does the Sedu Revolution or the Croc 1 Titanium Flat Iron or the Croc 2 Infrared Flat Iron have an auto shut off? Which one is better for my hair type? Thanks!

  9. Im not sure about what kind of straightener to get. I have kind of thick hair but its slick(it barely holds curls) but it also can be frizzy.

  10. Cheryl says

    I have a similar question as Jennifer above. Have you reviewed the Croc 2 that is titanium, ceramic and tourmaline – with infrared? Which is better – the Croc 2 or the Sedu Revolution?

    Thank you.

    • Natalie@Folica says

      Hi Cherly – This depends on your hair type and what you are looking to achieve. Let me know and I can give you more details.

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  12. Allison says

    Hi! I have extremely thick, wavy, and frizzy hair. I had a Chi, but it recently broke so I’m searching for a new flat iron. I would like one with heat settings that can also tame my frizz. Any recommendations??

  13. I have thick, coarse, color treated and dry hair. I need a nice flat iron to make my hair not frizz, add shine, straighten nicely and not spend a whole lot of time on!

    • Natalie@Folica says

      Hi Sheri – Our Solia SuperHot Flat Iron is awesome for think/curly hair. It’s negative ion technology and natural far-infrared properties reduce static and frizz, without damaging your strands and the titanium plate add shine and get the job done in half the time!

  14. Alisha says

    Hello I have damaged frizzy hair I’ve been trying to grow it out but have had no luck because my flat iron damages it so much I have to cut it once a month :( what flat iron would you recomend and what heat protection/anti frizz product should I use

    • Natalie@Folica says

      Hi Alisha – Definitely give the new Sedu Revolution 1″ Styling Iron a try.The high-performance ceramic plates are infused with black tourmaline gemstones to evenly distribute and transfer heat, allowing for a smooth glide application through the hair to alleviate breakage.

  15. Hello !! I have fine, unmanageable frizzy hair. Please suggest me a flat iron which can be used to straighten and curl hair. Also, recommend on the heat protectant. Once I have smoothened my hair but havent used flat iron.

    Thanks :)

    • Natalie@Folica says

      Hi Laks – I’m happy to hear that you are also requesting advice on a heat protectant along with your flat iron! This is very important in maintaining healthy, smooth hair. The Solia Superhot Flat Iron was built to tame multitextured/curly – this would work well on your hair type. Be sure to use the Theorie Heat Shield Thermal Spray before applying any heat!

  16. Kirsten says

    Hello! I need some help! My mom bought me a Chi Deep Brilliance Flat Iron for Christmas. On the package it says for “textured hair”. I have medium length, layered, thick hair and I was wondering if it would be okay to use. I’ve read some horror stories about people burning their hair from not using the proper flat iron. Thank you so much.

    • Natalie@Folica says

      Hi Kirsten – I believe that flat iron has an adjustable temperature setting, this should be fine to use on your hair as long as your not on the maximum temperatures.

  17. Hi, I have a hard time picking the right flat iron. My hair is super curly kinky ,Dry treated, frizzy hair. My current herstyler flat iron burns my tips a lot that I have to cut my hair often. I would really appreciate your advice.

    • Natalie@Folica says

      Hi Martiza – The Solia Superhot Flat Iron delivers just the right amount of heat for your hair type. Adjustable from 270°F to 450°F, it will leave you with smooth and silky results, whether you have delicate locks or coarse hair that’s tough to tame.

  18. mariana says

    I have natural curly hair(some may say kind kinky), its also dry and thin.I just want to know whats the straightetner for me?

  19. Lori turnbull says

    I have corse and really cury and frizzy hair and it’s thick. What streghtner would be the best for me to get my hair straight and shiny and frizzy free.

  20. Jenna says

    I have thin, wavy, yet frizzy hair that gets poofy when i straighten it, what flatiron would work best for me?

  21. Rachelle says

    Hello,
    Thanks for the article! I have thick, flat, layered hair that is a little longer than shoulder length. It doesn’t curl easily…but it is healthy. I’m looking for a straightener that would also create beach waves. I’d really appreciate your advice! Thank you so much!

  22. Imari says

    I have really curly African american hair but when I try using titanium flat irons I can never get it to clamp down on my hair to straighten it.

  23. LeAnne says

    I have layered, colored, kind of thin naturally curly hair and have tried a ton of different straighteners on my hair and so far no luck with a great one that won’t damage my hair. I use a hair protectant before I flat iron to help with less breakage.

    • Natalie@Folica says

      Try the Sedu Revolution 1″ Styling Iron – The high-performance ceramic plates are infused with black tourmaline gemstones to evenly distribute and transfer heat, allowing for a smooth glide application through the hair to alleviate breakage.

      I am glad to hear that you apply a heat protectant beforehand, this is very important. If your hair is already damaged, make sure you are using a mask such as dpHUE’s Renew Hair Masque Therapy at least once a week to replenish and restore damaged hair.

  24. Meredith says

    I have thin, fine hair that is really hard to work volume into–but it isn’t naturally straight. I used to own Sedu Revolution Diamond Styling Iron , but I see that isn’t made anymore. Any other suggestions?

  25. Jackie says

    Hi there. I’ve had the solia for the past 5 or 6 years. Yesterday morning I made the mistake of leaving it on. I woke up this morning and realized it was still on. The edges of the iron turned a smokey gray color. I’m not sure why it didn’t auto shut off. But now I’m looking for a new iron. I have relaxed af american hair. Whenever I do straighten my hair, it ends up frizzy and poofy. Any ideas on how to achieve a smooth and silky look?

  26. shaiann says

    hi,
    i have curly heat damaged and dyed hair that frizzes in humidity or heat can you please recommend a flat iron to me?

  27. Christina says

    I have thin but curly hair so which flat iron is best for that situation?

    • Natalie@Folica says

      I think it would be best to stick with a ceramic iron – The Sedu Revolution 1″ Styling Iron evenly distributes and transfers heat, allowing for a smooth glide application through the hair to alleviate breakage. This will keep your thin hair from damaging quickly and those curls to straighten.

  28. Morgan says

    I have thick curly hair that is a mixture of African American and Caucasian hair what would be the best Straightener for my hair?

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