YOU DON’T need to shell out for a professional blow dry to get just-stepped-out-of-the-salon locks on a daily basis.
The best straighteners will take your hair from tangled-to-tame in mere minutes.
All you need to do? Make sure you buy the right tool for your tresses.
If you’ve got super-long, thick or curly hair, wide-plate straighteners are the ticket. Gone for the chop? A pair of mini straighteners are perfect for short hair.
And if you like to switch things up with a beach wave now and again, a straightener that’s also good for curling is a must.
Read on for our roundup of the best straighteners for you, and never have a bad hair day again…
The cult classic, the OG, the straighteners that started all straighteners…sometimes the oldies are the goodies. And that’s certainly true with the ghd IV Styler.
The ceramic plates create a smooth, frizz-free finish, while the release of heat is regulated to ensure maximum proficiency throughout the plates.
The barrel is now rounder, making it a good tool to also create curls, waves and flicks.
It turns itself off after 30 minutes of inactivity (no midday panics), and the extra-long 2.8m cord means it should reach most mirrors in your room, making styling more convenient. It’s a classic for a reason.
The ghd Platinum+ White Straighteners are the shiny new offering (with ‘predictive technology’ to regulate heat to your hair’s needs) but, while they’re fab, the originals do exactly what you need them to.
- ghd Original Styler (IV Styler), £99 from Look Fantastic – buy here
Best straighteners for short hair
You don’t need big bulky flat irons for shorter tresses.
Opt for a set of mini straighteners that have smaller plates, making it easier to get to the roots and for overall ease of styling.
This Babyliss pair has 200C high-heat performance, ceramic plates for a sleek salon-finish, and a cute little travel pouch.
Mini straighteners are also perfect for fringes or on-the-go touchups, and these plates are affordable, efficient and… fabulously pink.
Feeling flush? The Cloud Nine Micro Iron Hair Straightener is also a great buy.
- BaByliss 2860BAU Pro 200 Nano Mini Straightener Pink, £19.99 from Amazon – buy here
Best straighteners for curly hair
Don’t let the affordable price fool you – these straighteners are the real deal.
When you’ve got curly hair, you may need a higher heat to straighten successfully, and these irons have 20 temperature settings and go up to 235C.
Also, if you have thick, very long or curly hair, it’s a good idea to purchase a wide-plate iron that will fit more of your mane in, without snagging or breaking, for a quicker staightening time.
Ceramic plates provide a smooth finish, the 3m swivel cord is really handy, and there’s also an automatic shut-off for those busy mornings when you *might* forget to turn it off.
The ghd max styler is also a great option for thick or curly hair.
- BaByliss Sleek Control Wide Plate Straighteners, £35 from Look Fantastic – buy here
Best straighteners for thick hair
Thick, long or coarse hair? Go large.
These extra-wide 1.5-inch plates will see your bulky barnet super-sleek before you can say ‘frizz-free’.
Digital heat technology means regulated and even spread of heat throughout the plates at all times, while adjustable settings mean you can really turn it up on wiry locks.
- T3 Single Pass X Straighteners, £169 from Space NK – buy here
Best budget straighteners
You get more than what you pay for with this brilliant pair of affordable straighteners.
Heats up in 15 seconds (no hanging around here), and gets up to 230C. They’re ceramic-coated so provide a glossy finish, and they even have floating plates, which is not always the case with more affordable flat irons.
Btw, floating doesn’t mean they’ll be flying around your room, it simply means the plates move just enough to be able to flex and get as close to each other as possible for better contact and straightening.
The cord could be a little longer but we’re splitting hairs there (sorry).
Not only will your purse thank you, but your hair will, too.
- Remington S3500 Ceramic Straight Straighteners, £21.99 from Superdrug – buy here
Best straighteners for curling hair
These award-winning straighteners are the secret weapon in many a stylist’s glam kit.
Temperature settings range from a fine hair-friendly 100C up to 200C for thicker hair.
But for those who love to create curls and flicks, these are fab as the floating plates are set on a curved barrel meaning you can get those beach waves without snagging.
And, when you do want to straighten, the mineral-infused plates leave a perfectly polished high-shine finish. Expensive, but worth it.
- Cloud Nine Original Iron, £149 from John Lewis – buy here
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