HAIR straighteners are basically magic wands for grownups. They transform hair from frizzy to smooth, from messy to chic and from ‘just got out of the shower’ to ‘party ready’.
As we know, not all hair straighteners are created equal (GHD are still the best of the bunch, leaving hair glossy without damaging it), but there are plenty of straighteners you can get from top brands like Remington, BaByliss and Toni&Guy that work quickly and effectively and cost less than £40.
Integrating a hair straightener into your daily styling routine can give your look that professional edge – a sleek, straight hairstyle doesn’t need to be washed day in, day out, and most stylers these days can also create professional looking waves or curls.
Plate width is an important consideration when choosing a hair straightener: wider plates are better for thicker, longer hair and can cut a big chunk out of your straightening time.
You can also find straighteners that have ceramic plates for even heat distribution from root to tip, or titanium plates, which heat up quickly and work well on very thick hair, although these tend to be more expensive. You’ll also find straighteners with tourmaline plates which use ionic technology to leave hair smooth, shiny and soft.
In an effort to protect hair and leave it looking even shinier, you can now find cheap hair straighteners infused with argan oil, as well as hair straightener brushes which combine a hairbrush and straightener in one.
Something to note: hair straighteners might not seem like they need it, but they should be cleaned every few months Ceramic plates can host a buildup of grime and bacteria if you don’t clean them (use cotton wool and nail polish remover and wipe them down to get rid of any oil buildup).
1. Cheap hair straighteners under £40
- Toni & Guy Illusion Styler Straightener Gift Set, £33 at Amazon – buy here
This well-reviewed hair straightener from Toni&Guy has an adjustable digital temperature up to 230 degrees Celsius with five temperature settings and easy touch control.
The 25mm plates can straighten or style hair into curls and waves, and the straightener boasts a five-year guarantee, as well as a super-cute, heat-proof storage pouch and heat-proof mat for easy transportability.
A bargain at under £25.
2. Cheap hair straighteners under £30
- Remington Shine Therapy Advanced Ceramic Hair Straighteners, £24.00 at Currys – buy here
This innovative range of straighteners aims to protect hair from heat styling while leaving it looking sleek and glamorous, and features argan-oil coated ceramic plates with vitamin E to moisturise hair as you style.
There are nine temperature settings from 150 degrees to 230 degrees and the iron heats up in just 15 seconds, and automatically shuts off after an hour of non-use.
3. Cheap hair straighteners under £20
- TRESemmé Ceramic Straightener, £16 at Amazon – buy here
This affordable straightener is simple to use with two heat settings (up to 230 degrees C).
It takes 30 seconds to heat up of the 1-inch ceramic plates, and it also has a three-year guarantee.
4. Cheap hair straighteners under £15
- BaByliss Nano Pro 200 Straightener, £15 at Boots – buy here
This ultra-portable mini hair straightener is ideal for throwing in your handbag or travel bag, and comes with a pouch for easy portability.
The mini straightener packs a punch and can attain a heat of 200 degrees C; it’s ideal for touching up fringes and works best on shorter hair.
5. Cheap hair straighteners under £10
- Phil Smith Ceramic Hair Straightener – White, £5.99 at Argos – buy here
A steal at under £10, this Phil Smith styling tool can do poker straight or beachy waves, and heats up to a maximum of 180°C.
It’s also got great reviews, with customers finding the cheap hair straightener: ‘very good value for the price.’
‘Performance better than expected’ and it ‘does the job and so cheap.’
6. Best investment hair straightener buy
- Cloud Nine The Original Iron Hair Straightener, £149 at Look Fantastic – buy here
Cloud Nine’s award-winning straighteners take only 20 seconds to heat up to the maximum temperature of 200°C, have seven temperature settings and one-touch temperature control with LED display to suit your hair needs.
They feature mineral-infused ceramic plates for an even finish from root to tip, and anion technology to minimise hair damage and leave hair super glossy.
The straighteners also come with a heat-resistant mat and carry case.
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