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How to select the best hair straightener

Woman looking in a mirror using a hair straightener

Finding a hair straightener that works for you can be tricky. While you need a straightener that can calm unruly hair, you also don’t want one that does the job too well (i.e. burns your hair to a crisp!).

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How much does a hair straightener cost?

Hair straighteners can cost anywhere from $20 to hundreds of dollars. It all depends on what features are important to you and how much you’re willing to spend. Wondering why there's such a range in price? While budget hair straighteners will obviously make less of a dent in your wallet, keep in mind that they’re made more cheaply too. They might not do the job well, or worse: they might do it too well, leaving your hair frizzled and full of split ends. While expensive hair straighteners are more of an investment, they’re often made to last for years and better protect your hair from damage.

What size hair straightener should I get?

Hair straighteners come in many different sizes, from a fraction of an inch to a couple of inches long–so which size is best for you? To start, take a second to think about your hair. Is it long and thick, fine and short, or is it somewhere in between?

The longer and thicker your hair is, the larger straightener size you should get, because larger straighteners will speed up your styling time by quite a bit. If you have short or fine hair, opt for a smaller size of straightener, as you’re working with less hair and it’s not as necessary. If you plan to curl your hair with your straightener, smaller-sized irons will allow for tighter and more distinct curls, while larger irons will create a wavier look.

If in doubt, stick with the one-inch size. It’s considered the standard size for a straightener and is neither too large or too small.

Which hair straightener is best: Keratin or ceramic-plated?

Next, it’s time to decide whether you want a keratin or ceramic-plated hair straightener. What’s the difference? It mainly comes down to how the straighteners heat your hair.

While ceramic straighteners often take longer to heat up, they are good at maintaining a constant amount of heat, and apply heat to your hair from the inside out. Keratin hair straighteners take less time to heat up, but heat your hair from the outside in, which is more damaging to your hair. For this reason, ceramic-plated hair straighteners are widely considered the best option for keeping your hair safe and healthy.

What brand is best for hair straighteners?

While there are dozens of hair straighteners on the market to choose from, here are a few of the best options at various price points:

Chi hair straightener

Chi hair straighteners are made with a high-quality ceramic coating, rapid heating technology, and negative ions that add moisture and shine to your hair. If you’re hoping to invest in a nice straightener that won’t break the bank, the Chi hair straightener is a great choice–and only $80 at Ulta!

Tymo hair straightener

If you’re looking for a fun twist on a traditional hair straightener, you might want to try the Tymo hair straightener brush. Titanium coated with a wide range of temperature settings, anti-scald technology, and a built-in brush, the Tymo hair brush straightener will leave your hair shiny, silky, and healthier than ever. Get it for $69.99 on Amazon.

GHD hair straightener

The GHD hair straightener is essentially the queen of hair straighteners. Lightweight, ceramic-plated, and powerful, a GHD hair straightener does the job and does it well, leaving sleek, shiny, and flawlessly smooth hair behind. The only drawback is the price–at $279 for the Platinum + 1 inch, it’s certainly an investment.

Remington hair straightener

The Remington hair straightener is a solid budget pick. For less than $20, you can purchase a hair straightener that is quick heating, reaches up to 450 degrees, and will get the job done fast. However, make sure you're aware of the heat settings–just because it can heat up to that temperature doesn’t mean it should.

Final thoughts

Choosing the right hair straightener can feel like a tough decision, but if you know what to look for, it doesn’t have to be. And while you’re shopping for your new hair straightener, don’t forget to purchase product protection.

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Kim Miller

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Kim Miller is the Head of Consumer Marketing at Mulberry. She is passionate about building products and brands that make consumers happy, save them money and make their lives easier. Have an innovative idea for Mulberry you'd like to share? Give her a shout! She'd love to chat about anything from fintech and UX to gardening and antiquing.

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