Reviews and Information on the Best Straightening Irons of 2016

Hey there! My name is Juliet but my friends call me Jules, so you’re more than welcome to! Thanks for stopping by my site which I’ve put together to help people like yourself pick out a flat iron. Irons can be confusing if you have never owned one before (and even if you have). Whether you’re a newbie or a veteran, when it’s time to get a new iron the sheer amount of information can get more than a little overwhelming. I’ve done my best to sort through all of it here so you don’t feel like you’re buried under an indiscriminate amount of styling tools.

That’s all nice and dandy Jules, but I just want to see your best picks.

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I started this site after I made the decision to get a new hair straightener. I am not a novice with irons by any means, and I’ve had just about every kind imaginable except for some of the newest options. When I realized how far the industry had come in the last couple of years, I decided it was time to try something new. A good flat iron can last for years, as long as you look after it and make sure you buy one that’s robust enough to take what you put it through. By doing your homework up front, you can make sure you not only get the right straightener for your locks, but you don’t end up spending an inordinate amount of money on something that doesn’t work for you. Believe me, I’ve been there!

Hair straighteners can range in price from $20 at the drugstore to $300 at the salon, and I intend to help you sort through the differences as well as how much you actually have to spend to get the straightener of your dreams.

Gotta Get It Straight In A Hot Minute?

If you don’t have much time to hang around and read through reviews, you don’t have to. I have a list with best picks as well as a “handy dandy” table that can help you quickly sort through the options I’ve included on my site. When you’re ready, just hit “add to cart” and you can get on with your day. If you fancy that cup of coffee after all, you can click through the different options and get a more detailed picture of any model you’re interested in. No matter how you do it, all the information is designed to be quick and helpful.

I tried to break everything up on the chart by category so it’s easier to narrow things down, but you have to keep in mind there is a ton of overlap in styling tools. You can have large ceramic tourmaline and small titanium steam as well as just about a thousand other options. The point is, although my table is here for those of you who already have an idea of what you want, there is a small chance you might end up looking at something with a few extra bells and whistles because there is so much overlap. If you’re not sure what different kinds of irons there are, head over to my buying guide so you can get that all sorted out before you start reading the reviews.

BabylissPro Nano Titanium

Flat Iron Materials

Straighteners work because they have flat plates that get hot and touch together on either side of your hair. By doing that, they put heat through your hair follicles, trap in moisture and take out frizz. The plates on a flat iron can be made of several different materials, and they’re good for different uses. The best iron for you varies depending on the type of hair you have, the type of styling you want to do, and the amount of heat your hair needs.

The material of the plates dictates whether you will get consistent heat, a shiny finish, straight hair with a single pass or other specific needs. The speed of your straighten also relies on the type of plate you’re using.
Don't worry if you're already confused, I'll go through all things material right here.

Can I Use Too Much Heat?

In short YES! You absolutely can use too much heat on your hair. Burning hair is not a good smell, it’s not a good look either! You may end up having to get a pretty severe haircut if you’re not careful about the amount of heat you put directly on your locks. Read through this to get an idea of what’s safe and what will leave you wishing for a good trim (or possibly a wig).

Hair Styling Beyond Just Straightening

A lot of people don’t know there are tons of ways you can style your hair with a flat iron, and this actually might help you decide what size iron to get. You can curl, wave, straighten, add body, twist and more - just with a flat iron! Your straightener is so versatile you can skip most other styling tools and save money by investing in one that will do all of this for you. I walk you through different options for styling with your flat iron so you get the hairdo you want.

The Best Of The Best

Now you know a few things about how to pick the best flat iron and what you can do with them, these are my picks for the best that straightening irons have to offer.

BabylissPro Nano TitaniumBest Overall Hair Straightener
As far as titanium irons go, I don’t think you can do much better than the BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium. It’s my overall best pick because it makes the most of new technology and improves upon the quirks of old. I’m impressed!

Rusk RSK732 Str8 IronBest Iron For Natural, African American Hair
If you have coarse hair that can be difficult to get the right amount of heat on, the Rusk RSK732 Titanium-Infused Flat Iron gets a standing ovation from the peanut gallery. Get even the most difficult hair straight-- and keep it that way!

Karmin G3 Salon ProfessionalBest Professional Styling Iron
If you only want the best and get your hair straight in one hot minute, try the Karmin G3 Salon Professional. It lives up to the seductive name and provides the ultimate in heat, style and design. You can manage almost any style with this straightener, there’s no question about it.

HSI professional toyrmaline flat ironBest Value Hair Straightener for All Hair Types
For enough iron at the right price, the HSI Professional 1 Tourmaline is the ticket. It isn’t perfect, but at less than $50 you can’t beat the value.

CHI Air ExpertBest Ceramic Iron for Curls and Waves
There is no better ceramic quality then a CHI. Hands down. No question. So the CHI Air Expert Classic Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron totally gets my vote for the most impressive ceramic option of the bunch.

Bio Ionic OnePassBest Infrared Straightener for Coarse Hair
Aside from ionic and infrared technologies the Bio Ionic Onepass Straightening Iron has something that is entirely new to me: silicon covered plates. They get the hair more in order when you’re straightening, and they can save you a lot of time and reduce the amount of heat that you need. Personally, I think this one is great for African American hair.

Izunami Ktx450Best Titanium Straightening Iron
Every now and then, you’ll find a straightener that does exactly what it should. The Izunami Flat Iron Ktx450 is that straightener. It straightens with incredible titanium precision, and it does a good job of keeping things that way.

BaByliss Pro BABNT5073T Wet To DryBest Wet-to-Dry Hair Straightener
If you want to get good curl out of your flat iron and don't feel like blow drying AND straightening, try the BaByliss Pro BABNT5073T Nano Titanium Wet-To-Dry. It has a thin housing that helps get the curls you want without that blocky shape that can be off-putting.

OneiMK-I-HaloBest Straightener for Brazilian Keratin Treatments
While the Onei MK-I Halo flat iron can be very effective on untreated hair, it's perfect for those who have had a Brazilian Blowout (or keratin treatment). Both infrared and ionic energies are used to protect your hair from damage, allowing for a beautiful shine and long lasting straightness.

Turboion Rbb Croc ClassicBest Flat Iron for Long Thick Hair
The Turboion Rbb Croc Classic Straightener has larger titanium plates that are great for getting your locks straight in no time flat.

Izunami Ktx450Best Tourmaline Hair Straightener
The Solia Tourmaline Ion Flat Iron really hits the mark for options that feature tourmaline plates. They’re sturdy and reliable, and the few quirks have nothing on the benefits.

Now that you know what the best options are, there are other things to keep in mind when you’re buying a set of new straighteners.

What Kind of Iron Do I Need For My Hair Type?

Whether your hair is easy to manage or requires a lot of time and effort, there are certain straighteners that are better for you. Compare your hair type to the ones on my list, and help narrow down the best way to care for your hair while still getting the style you want. You can read all about this right here

Hair Straightener Brands

You can (partly) make your decision based on the reputation of some of the brands, and I go through most of the major ones here to help you sort everything out. There are plenty of different manufacturers, and I think it’s best to know about them before investing in a straightener.

Size, Price and Reviews

Hair straighteners come in a lot of different sizes, and that can make it more difficult to decide which one is right for you. By learning about the type of hair you have, the kind of style you want, and the amount of heat you need, you can also figure out what the best size iron for your hair is. It does make a difference for the sake of speed as well as precision. It sounds like a lot of work, but you can figure out what’s right for you by clicking here.

Flat irons start as low as $20 and go up to over $300, and on this site you will find both beginner and professional hair straightener reviews. So what’s the difference? Learn the difference between expensive irons and cheap ones before you make your decision.

Flat Iron Options

There is more to some irons than just heated plates, and the added perks can be enough to tip the balance toward buying a straightener that is different to a model you were originally looking for. Read through the different features you can get on an iron to help decide what’s best for you.

Does That Help You Straighten Things Out?

I hope these options help you narrow down what you’re looking for. I spent a lot of time getting everything together so you wouldn’t have to (not that I want any thanks for it).

Just about everything you could need to know about straighteners is right here. There are plenty of options listed, and enough information that you should be able to get what you need. It was hard for me to make my decision, but I think after all the research I’ve done, I’ve narrowed it down for my next favorite.

Happy styling, my “flat iron” friends!
-- Jules

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