BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Review
Tight Curls With A Straightening Iron? Color Me Confused!
Twenty years ago, before I had my first flat iron, I used my curling iron to make my hair straight. It was not an efficient way to do things, but it did work after a while (once I got good at it). Then one day I was getting ready to go somewhere with a friend, and she showed me her flat iron. I had never seen one before and it looked awesome. She used it on my hair and my life was forever changed.
Ok, that might be an exaggeration. It may not have changed my entire life, but it did make it easier to handle my hair. I had always wanted straight hair, but I didn’t want to pay a lot of money for the relaxers manufacturers were producing at the time. Not to mention the fact that every now and then, I like to keep my curls the way they are naturally.
The ultimate irony of it is I now use my straightener to curl my hair too. It makes no sense to me how I’ve come this far but alas, it’s part of the deal. I can do all sorts of things with my straightening iron that a flat iron doesn’t look like it should be able to do.
The trick is you have to get an iron that works well and has the right shape for curling. I could just buy a curling iron, but I like the shape of the curls I get with a straightening iron better. I was looking for an iron that would help me get tighter curls which means I need a smaller one (I’ve learned the size of the iron dictates how big the curls are).
Thin Body Can Make Tighter Curls
For whatever reason, this iron looks very small. The plates should be 1-inch, but they look much thinner than that. It is also a very thin iron around the outside of the plates. The body on either side of the plates is much thinner than a lot of the ceramic options. The compact size could probably offer some pretty sweet curls, so I’m really interested in trying it out.
Titanium, Not Ceramic
This iron is a little different from other options because it has titanium instead of ceramic plates. Some ceramic plates are actually metal coated with ceramic, but these are just titanium without any non-metallic covering.
I have had metal irons before, and I haven’t noticed a huge difference between ceramic and metal, but I can tell you that I have noticed much more burned hair with metal irons than I ever did with ceramic. However that could have just been the type of iron I had, it wasn’t titanium.
Longer Plates For More Coverage
One of the great things about this product is it has 5 inch long plates. That’s longer than the standard and means you can cover more hair in a single grab. You won’t be able to do half of your head at a time, but it does allow for more coverage.
This hair straightener comes in different sizes, from 1-inch to 1.5 inch. I usually go with a 1-inch because I feel you get a better curl with it, but that depends on the length of your hair and the style you’re going for. If I had really long hair I would probably go for a 1.5 inch.
Heat Heat HOTThe Nano Titanium heats up to 450 degrees (and it does so fast!), which should be enough heat for just about any hair type. There aren’t a lot of irons that get hotter than that but this is something you should think about with this product especially if your hair is sensitive to heat. Besides, more heat than that wouldn’t be good for anyone’s hair.
Ionic Not Ironic
Far-infrared heat and negative ion technology holds in more moisture, and the titanium plates help that happen by locking it all into the hair. A lot of irons have this now, so this isn’t exactly a ground breaking idea, but it does make a difference when you’re trying to get your hair straight and stay that way.
Some people have said it leaves hair a little static though. Static can look like frizz, and that can be annoying for you if you are trying to get a smooth, flat look. If your hair is prone to having more body than you want it to, this may not be the iron for you.
Stays On Until You Turn It Off
If this isn’t the first review you’ve read, you probably know I am not a fan of irons that don’t come with automatic shut offs. Electric timers are a simple mechanism as far as I am aware, so I can’t think of any reason why they couldn’t spring for it in this iron. I have noticed however, that a lot of higher end irons don’t have it, so I’m sure there’s good reason for it. I just wish they told me that reason.
Nano Titanium Thoughts
Overall, I’m considering if titanium is the way to go. I’m so partial to the ceramic irons I’ve tried that I can’t decide if I want to try something else. However, titanium seems to be the material used in most professional straighteners and it does allow for ultrafast heating and ultrahigh temperatures.
Also, the shape of the Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium allows for excellent straightening AND styling possibilities, making this iron a great choice for just about anyone.
If you think the BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium has the perks you want at a price you can handle, then you can scoot on over and buy the 1-inch, or the 1.5-inch on Amazon.