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Mini and Travel Size

 –  If you love the way your hair looks when it's straightened to a smooth, sleek style, you want to be able to get that look every day. When you're traveling or on the go, taking your regular flat iron with you can be a hassle, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for wavy, curly hair. A mini or travel flat iron can make on-the-go styling quick and easy.
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Can You Travel With a Flat Iron?

Mini and travel flat irons are made specifically for people who are frequently on the go. Both types of flat irons are designed to be smaller in size than traditional styling tools, making them easier to pack in luggage for a trip or to store in a tight space like inside of a drawer in your desk at the office. Mini and travel flat irons look similar to traditional flat irons, except that they are reduced in length with shorter handles and plates. Some travel and mini flat irons use batteries rather than a cord plugged into an electrical outlet as their power supplies, so that you can use them anywhere.

What Size Flat Iron Is Best?

Although mini and travel flat irons are made to be more compact than traditional styling tools, they are still available with plates in different width sizes. When you're selecting a mini or travel flat iron, it's important that you choose a model with plates that are adequately sized for your hair's overall length and unique texture.

If your hair is cut below your shoulders, you'll need a mini or travel flat iron with plates that are larger than 1 inch wide. Shoulder-length hair can be easily styled with plates around 1 inch in width, while plates narrower than 1-inch in width are perfectly sized for shorter hair. The thickness, texture and level of curliness of your hair should also be considered. The more hair you have, the coarser it is and the more prone it is to curling, the wider the plates of the flat iron will need to be to properly style your hair.

Special Features of Flat Irons

Once you have narrowed your search to mini and travel flat irons with plates that are perfectly sized for your hair, you can compare the other features of the styling tools to find the right one for your needs. Some travel flat irons feature dual voltage technology, so that they can be easily used when traveling outside of the United States.

You can purchase travel flat irons that come in special carrying bags to protect their materials from damage as well as sets that combine a travel flat iron with other travel styling tools like blow dryers and curling irons.

Two-in-one mini flat irons have one plate that can be used as a curling iron, giving you the flexibility to easily style your hair curly or straight when you're on the go. Ceramic and tourmaline mini and travel flat irons give you the benefit of ionic technology, which helps to control frizz and fly-aways, a useful feature if you'll be traveling to humid places.

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