Let’s face it, when your flat iron dies, it takes a small piece of your soul with it! Now the panic sets in! Which straightener is the best one? Where do I shop for one? What does ceramic and titanium plates even mean? Let me break it down for you!
When it come to finding the perfect flat iron for your hair, it’s stressful! There are only two things you really need to look out for besides price! The material the plates are made from and temperature control!
There are a few different plates on the market. Aluminum, ceramic, tourmaline and titanium. Now, you don’t see too many aluminum plated flat irons left on the market, and there’s a reason for that! They are bottom of the line and don’t work well. Most of the irons you will come across will be ceramic plated. Think of ceramic plates as your low grade standard. These irons will work for thin, fine hair. They will get the job done, but you may have uneven frizzy hair by noon! The next level up is tourmaline! Typically you will find tourmaline infused ceramic! Tourmaline lets off negative ions, which are much needed to counteract the positive ions found in frizzy damaged hair. Tourmaline helps with the smoothing process by sealing the outer layer of the hair (cuticle layer) down, locking in the hairs natural moisturizing oils! Tourmaline ceramic plates are a great option for all hair types! Now comes the diamond level! Okay, titanium, but in the hair world it’s like diamonds! Titanium is the best plating you can get. It holds and distributes heat evenly, is very light weight and durable! Titanium allows for faster heat transfer, making it idea for all hair types! If you have stubborn hair that goes back to frizz in 1.3 seconds, gets wavy throughout the day, or is course or heat resistant, you need titanium plates! Titanium flat irons are known for even heat distribution, which means less passes through your hair! The only caution when used by a non-licensed profession is the heat control. These plates get hot and you need to make sure you aren’t going to do more damage than good! Which brings me to our next topic, HEAT!
When choosing a flat iron, you need to be aware of heat control. Anything above 365 degrees F can damage your hair FAST! I prefer always using a flat iron with a heat control setting and turning it down!!
Here are a few of my personal top choices!!
Cortex Titanium with Heat Setting <—– This is the one I use and LOVE!