What Size Flat Iron Should I Use?
One of the most important considerations when it comes to flat irons is which plate size is ideal for your hair's length and texture. The longer your hair, the wider the plates must be to properly grip sections as you pull the styling tool through your tresses. For hair longer than shoulder length, focus your search on flat iron plates larger than 1-inch
in size. Short hairstyles can be styled with plates that are 1-inch in size and smaller. If your hair is fine, thin or naturally straight, smaller plates will be sufficient for straightening. Coarser, thicker and hair that is prone to tight curls is better suited to styling with wider plates. You can use the links on the left to get more information about various flat iron plate sizes and to focus your search on models with plates ideally sized for your needs.
What Flat Iron Plates Are Best?
The type of materials used to construct the plates of a flat iron is another important thing to consider as you shop for a new styling tool. Aluminum plates are very inexpensive and are a great choice if you will only use your flat iron occasionally for styling. If you will use your flat iron more frequently, choosing titanium, tourmaline or ceramic
flat irons can help you to reduce the risk of damaging your hair with heat. Each of these plate types offers distinct benefits, and you can explore the options available with the various plate types by clicking the links at the left.
Special Technologies for Special Hair Care Needs
The manufacturers of flat irons are constantly developing new technologies to make flat irons easier to use and to help solve common problems that occur when straightening hair. A flat iron that features one of these technologies may be a good choice for your hairstyling routine, depending on your individual needs. If damage is a concern, an infrared flat iron will create a gentler styling experience. These flat irons heat hair from the inside out rather than the outside in, reducing the amount of stress on the outer protective covering of the hair.
Does your hair frequently become frizzy when you style with a flat iron? Selecting a model with ionic
technology can lead to more manageable hair. Negatively charged particles produced with ionic technology neutralize static and frizz to promote smoother, sleeker locks.
Need to simplify your styling routine? Choosing a wet to dry
flat iron can save you time by drying your hair and straightening at the same time. If you will need to straighten while traveling, at the office or at the gym, consider a mini or travel size tool, which is compact and ready for on-the-go styling. back to top »
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