THANKS to the likes of Kim Kardashian and Bella Hadid, poker-straight hair is having a moment.
So what do you do if you’ve got hair coarser than sandpaper? Don’t worry, the best straighteners for thick hair ensure that anyone can get star-worthy sleekness.
Thick hair can also create some great curls, and a good hard working set of flat irons should be able to create no-frizz waves on your locks, too.
When buying straighteners for long, thick, curly or afro hair, it’s best to choose wide-plate varieties.
This allows for maximum contact with the hair, and for more of your mane to fit in each time, meaning it won’t take all day to style.
We’ve picked out the best straighteners for thick hair below, so you’ll be a real locks smith before you know it…
1. T3 Single Pass X Straighteners
- T3 Single Pass X Straighteners, £169 from Space NK – buy here
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.
2. Cloud Nine Wide Iron
- Cloud Nine Wide Iron, £149 from John Lewis – buy here
Designed to control the ‘thickest and most unruly hair types’, this straightener has extra-wide ceramic plates so you can fit larger sections of hair in and not be there all day.
The mineral-coated ceramic plates minimise heat damage, while the temperature control, which allows you to choose from five different settings, ensures optimum results for all hair types (go hotter for thicker).
Wide plates mean more pressure on tighter curls for longer, so these are perfect for curly, thick, coarse, and afro hair.
3. Ghd Max Styler
- Ghd Max Styler, £135 from Very – buy here
Achieve salon-style results with this curl-controlling belter from the OG of flat irons, ghd.
If anything’s going to tame your thick tresses, it’s this bad boy. With two-inch wide plates, easier and quicker styling on long, curly or thick hair is just a wrist-flick away.
The plates are also floating, which means less snagging and frizz, and more shine.
The 30-second heat time and 30-minute sleep mode are just added bonuses.
4. BaByliss Wide Plate Sleek Control Straightener
- BaByliss Wide Plate Sleek Control Straightener, £33.64 from Amazon – buy here
Salon-sleek results are made possible to us all with these brilliant Babyliss flat irons.
Wide plates offer fast straightening on longer, thicker, curly and unruly hair, while a high heat of up to 235C will straighten the tightest ringlets.
Nano-ceramic plates seamlessly glide through hair for snag-free smoothing, while your straightener will be hot and ready to go in just 30 seconds.
The 3m swivel cord, meanwhile, makes styling at any angle super-easy.
5. Remington Pro-Ceramic Extra Wide Plate Hair Straighteners
- Remington Pro-Ceramic Extra Wide Plate Hair Straighteners, £27.37 from Amazon – buy here
You don’t need to spend half the national debt to get your paws on a pro-worthy set of straighteners.
These ceramic-coated sleek-stylers create breakage-free polished locks easily and ultra-fast.
The heat goes up to 230C, hot enough to tame even the thickest, toughest strands.
6. Kipozi Professional Hair Straighteners
- Kipozi Professional Hair Straighteners, £28.99 from Amazon – buy here
There are no tresses these Kipozi irons can’t flatten.
The 4.5cm-wide titanium plates offer maximum contact when straightening hair and an even distribution of heat for a silky, shiny finish.
The adjustable heat temperatures go up to a smokin’ 230C – perfect for smoothing and polishing a particularly messy mane. The rounded edges also mean you can create smooth, frizz-free waves, too.
The 2.5m swivel cord makes for easy styling – and the price makes for a happy bank account.
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