There are many hair styling options with straighteners. That’s why a straightening iron is a must in my profession as a make-up artist and hairdresser!
Straight hair is, of course, the main goal. But straighteners can also be used for curls, soft waves or peaks.
Choose the best flat iron
Thanks to the coatings, the straighteners are now very soft and can also be used daily with the right care.
During my work, I have tested a large number of flat irons and I can very well judge the advantages and disadvantages. I have collected the best straighteners for 2020 in the table below. In the table, you can look at other products by dragging or scrolling.
The best straighteners in detail.
GHD Straightener Gold Straightener
The GHD gold style is one of the most popular straighteners at all.
The GHD straightener impresses with its short warm-up time of only 25 seconds and standby mode. This guarantees safety and even forgetful users can breathe easily. The device simply switches off after 30 minutes of inactivity.
- The optimum straightening temperature of 185 degrees is preset and ideal for all hair lengths and types.
- The slightly rounded edges ensure that the hair glides particularly well through the flat iron.
- The high-quality ceramic coating protects the hair from overheating.
- A heat protection cap completes the straightener.
- With a cable length of 2.5 m, this appliance offers a lot of free space in the bathroom.
I had a GHD straightener myself and it was the best appliance I ever used. Unfortunately, I lost my job and have been using a replacement unit ever since. But I still miss it to this day!
Remington S9500 Pearl Straightener
The Remington S9500 Pearl straightener convinces with a warm-up time of only 10 seconds.
The narrow, extra-long style plates are not only ideal for smoothing, but also enable beautiful curls in seconds.
The high-quality ceramic coating with real pearls ensures even pressure during smoothing.
The device has an intelligent LCD display and temperature control from 150 to 235°C.
The long cable measures 3 m and has a swivel joint. This makes handling particularly easy.
The design of this straightener is also very attractive. Cherry blossoms are applied to the black surface, giving the unit a beautiful appearance.
Cloud Nine Iron
The Cloud Nine Iron is the standard version with a normal width. With 2.5 cm wide plates, this straightener is a good all-rounder.
This model is particularly recommended for smoothing strong natural curls. Those with particularly stubborn hair will love the Cloud Nine Iron styling iron.
The black ceramic plates are made of a unique and mysterious active ingredient that makes the hair particularly shiny and smooth.
The standby mode turns the appliance off after 30 minutes if forgotten.
Thanks to the standard EU plug and universal voltage, this straightening iron is ideal for those who travel a lot.
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Why do you need a flat iron?
If you have ever wondered if you need a flat iron, it is certainly useful. Because with a straightener, hair looks immediately nourished, shiny and less tenacious.
It is not only suitable for users with frizzy hair, but also for slightly wavy hair, which always looks a bit messy.
In all cases, it is important that the hair is dry and that thermal protection is used.
With a straightening iron, you can not only evoke straight hair with a little practice, but also style your hair properly. Soft inner rollers, relaxed waves and curls are no problem.
By distributing the heat evenly, the plates of the appliance are heated and your hair is almost ironed. The cuticle layer is created and the hair appears smooth and shiny.
What should I look out for when buying a straightening iron?
It is important to choose a high quality appliance. Inexpensive flat irons without a name often do not have ceramic plates, but metal plates. These can seriously damage the hair.
However, you don’t have to spend huge amounts of money if you don’t use the appliance all the time. In our 2019 comparison, there are also inexpensive straighteners that give good results.
In any case, note the possibility of individual temperature adjustment and the safety precautions of the appliances.
An automatic switch-off can make a lot of sense on busy days.
An adequate cable length is also very important. If you wish to move freely in the bathroom or in front of the mirror, the smoothing iron should have a long cable.
If you are often in a hurry, straighteners with short heating times are very useful.
Interesting and important answers on the subject of flat irons
–What should be considered before smoothing?
In general, all hair can be straightened. However, you should refrain from using it on very damaged hair or at least use it very rarely.
Heat protection is essential to prevent damage. In addition, hair should always be completely dry before starting.
-What heat protection is recommended?
You should use a heat protection product that is suitable for your hair type.
Also, it makes sense not to set the straightener above 200 degrees, as this heat puts a lot of pressure on the hair.
Steam can escape from the appliance during straightening because some of the ingredients in the heat protection product simply evaporate.
-How often can hair be straightened?
The general rule of thumb is that healthy, thick hair can be straightened more often than fine, damaged hair.
It helps if you look closely at your hair and react to the changes.
For sensitive hair, you should use the straightener no more than twice a week.
-Can hair be prepared for straightening?
It is advisable to wash your hair the day before straightening. A shampoo that moisturizes is a good choice. A conditioner should also be used.
If you need to straighten shortly after washing your hair, you should pre-dry it gently. You should have at most a slight residual moisture. Next, it is essential to apply thermal protection.
-Which straightener do you need for which length of hair?
In addition to individual preferences, the rule applies that long hair needs wider plates than short hair.
If you want to roll up parts such as fringe or ends, the appliance should also have rounded edges.
-How do you clean a flat iron?
Capping plates are quickly soiled with heat protection spray and other products. To prevent the products from burning, the ceramic plates should be wiped with a damp microfibre cloth after each use. Please wait until the plates have cooled down a little.