At Teen Vogue we’re all about embracing our curls. But now that summer is no more, and you can showcase a sleek look sans frizz (take that humidity!) it’s time to upgrade your straightener game. Yes, that probably means it’s time to replace the same hair straightener you’ve been using for years. No excuses! It’s time, trust us. Nobody wants heat damage in their foreseeable future, right? Right. So, when it comes to styling your hair, the proper tools are just as important as the products you use on a daily basis.
First and foremost, you should always consider your hair type when picking out hot tools. Whether you have type 2 wavy hair, type 3 curly hair or type 4 coily hair, or something in-between, the straightener you pick depends on your hair type. Because just like your hair, no hair straightener is created equal. Once you identify that, you need to figure out if you’re a ceramic straightener person or a titanium straightener stan. Usually, if your hair is easy to straighten, a ceramic straightener is the way to go while a titanium straightener is ideal if your hair is coarse and harder to straighten.
Now, if you simply want us to give you the “these-are-the straighteners-flat-irons-for-curly-hair-professionals-use”, answer we’ve got you covered, too. We spoke to Emely Miranda a professional hairstylist over at Nexxus New York Salon for her tips and tricks on how to successfully straighten curly hair at home vs. a salon.
“Using the right shampoo and conditioner is key. For curly hair, I recommend something on the heavier side and moisturizing with anti-frizz properties like Nexxus Frizz Defy shampoo and conditioner.”, Miranda shares.
Once you start on the right foot with the best shampoo and conditioner for your hair type, Miranda emphasizes the use of a heat protectant serum (like this Mongongo Oil from Ouidad to ensure there is little to no hair damage. Also, if you’re blowdrying your hair before straightening, Miranda recommends putting a comb attachment on your hairdryer since it cuts time and it’s less harmful to your hair. Another tip? Be sure to section out your hair with a fine comb, since it makes the whole process a lot easier, says Miranda. Once sectioned, make sure you have the heat of your flat iron around 250-degree if you’re hair is on the wavier side and around 375-degree Fahrenheit if you have courser curls.
Once you feel like your arms are going to fall off from all your hard work and you’re feeling yourself in the mirror, Miranda suggests a bit of hairspray (like this John Frieda Frizz Ease Firm Hold Hairspray) for the fly aways and a little oil for the ends to seal the straightening (like this [No. 7 Bonding Oil from Olaplex]).
Sure, we might not have the skills and patience as a trained hairstylist, but on the flip side, using a good flat iron can get you pretty close to professional results.
That being said, that’s where we come in. We’ve scoured the interweb to bring you the best straighteners and flat irons for curly hair. So whether you’re on a budget or can shell out the big bucks and invest in a high-quality straightener, we’ve divided by sections (just like your hair) the best straighteners for curly hair below: