Heat stylers—especially flat irons—get a bad rap for singeing hair beyond repair, but, surprisingly, that doesn’t have to be the case (whaat? Yes). The more efficiently your straightener works, the better it is for the overall health of your hair. So if your current flat iron is from your high-school years and covered in a layer of weird gunk and requires you to straighten each section multiple times…it’s time to upgrade to brand-new iron.
Below, the 13 best hair straighteners and flat irons that heat up quickly, never snag, and most importantly, won’t damage your precious hair (at least, not more than sandwiching your hair between two hot plates usually damages it).
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Best Straightener Performance for the Price
HSI Glider Original Ceramic Flat Iron Hair Straightener
If you trust Amazon reviews more than any actual person in your life, you’ll want to snatch up this best-selling straightener, which has ceramic and tourmaline plates for the smoothest finish. More than 30,000 reviewers praise this flat iron for its heat range (140 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit), extra-long cord, and dual voltage for easy travel. The bonus glove, pouch, and argan oil treatment make the deal even harder to pass up.
Best Flat Iron for Fast Straightening
BaBylissPro Nano Titanium Ultra-Thin Straightening Iron
Those with thick or coarse hair might gravitate toward wider straighteners (the bigger the plates, the more area you can cover at once), but don’t be deceived by this ultra-thin straightener. These plates are made from titanium, which heats up quickly and evenly, and are longer than the average iron with an impressive five-inch length, making it ideal for straightening wider sections of hair and cutting down on the time spent.
Best Flat Iron for Hard-to-Reach Bumps
Drybar The Tiny Tress Press Detailing Iron
Something this cute and compact couldn’t possibly work well, right? Wrong. The half-inch-wide plates make it super easy to straighten bumps near your roots and messed-up bangs that wider flat irons usually miss. It comes with a travel pouch-slash-heat pad, which is a nice bonus because at just six inches, this straightener is one you’ll want to throw in your purse or carry on.
The Best Flat Iron for Curling and Straightening
Kristin Ess 3-in-One Flat Iron
Originally famous for her Instagrammable hairstyles, Kristen Ess is now equally famous for her gorgeous (and truly excellent) line of styling tools and haircare products. The perfectly rounded outer shell on this titanium iron makes it the perfect option for straightening, curling, and waving hair.
Best Flat Iron for Touch-Ups
Remington 1″ Flat Iron With Anti-Static Technology
If you have relatively straight hair and just need a few touch-ups or just need something to quickly revive a blow out, this inexpensive ceramic flat iron is a perfect option. Use it as your go-to for travel since it’s not only lightweight but also works well for curling hair.
Best Straightener for Preventing Damage
Ghd Platinum+ Professional Performance Styler
Perfect for all hair types, this flat iron only needs 20 seconds to reach its maximum temperature of 365 degrees. According to the smarties in research and development at GHD, this is the optimal temperature for changing the shape of your hair with as minimal damage as possible.
Best Straightener for Consistent Heat
Hot Tools Radiant Blue Digital Flat Iron
This titanium iron heats up fast, bringing its plates back to the ideal temperature quickly after each pass, so you won’t need to go over each section multiple times and destroy your hair.
Best Flat Iron for Curly Hair
Bio Ionic 10x Pro Straightening & Styling Iron
Don’t let the light vibrations in this iron surprise you when you clamp down. The oscillating plates encourage your curls and waves to spread out evenly between the plates to help you get the smoothes, most even finish all the way down the length of your hair.
Best Straightener for Less Breakage
InStyler Cerasilk Woven Ceramic Styling Iron
You obviously sleep with a silk pillowcase to protect your hair (if you don’t, do it now, k?), so why not heat style with it, too? The silk-and-ceramic ridges on this iron mean less of your hair comes in contact with the direct heat, which means less damage and breakage for you.
Best Flat Iron for Even Heat
Revlon Salon Straight Copper Smooth XL Flat Iron
Copper is famously known for being an even heat conductor (just ask any cook), which is why it makes for the perfect plates on a flat iron. And, fewer strokes over each section results in less heat damage. Bonus: The detachable comb also smooths and distributes your hair evenly over the plates, so you’re left with stick-straight hair on the first pass.
Best Straightener for Thick Hair
T3 SinglePass X
If you’re looking to cut down the time it takes to style a thicker head of hair, try this iron. Designed for full, coarse hair, this tourmaline and ceramic straightening iron with one-and-half-inch plates stops damage by working efficiently with one pass—i.e. no more having to straighten the same section over and over (and over) again.
Best Hair Straightening Brush
Amika Polished Perfection Straightening Brush 2.0
It’s not your conventional-looking flat iron, but this straightening brush does the trick all the same. Just turn it on, brush your hair with its heated ceramic bristles like you would with a normal brush, and watch frizz turn smooth, shiny, and static-free in seconds.
Best Flat Iron for Fighting Frizz
Conair InfinitiPro Rainbow Titanium Flat Iron
This flat iron has a powerful ion generator for a frizz-free finish. The rainbow titanium plates reduce frizz, the 12 digital heat settings allow you to customize your straightening experience, and the auto-off setting help give you a stress-free night out (just in case you forget to unplug it).
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