One thing that I have learned in my many years in the hair and beauty industry is to never skimp on quality when it comes to hair straighteners also called flat irons. While you may think you are making a financial saving, purchasing substandard products will have you bashed by customers who will likely never come back to your salon. According to Wikipedia, this hair accessory has been around since the 1890s and has been going through changes. The modern types are much better, more resilient, energy efficient and also versatile. In a recent meeting discussion with fellow salonist and beauticians, we concluded that the following were the best hair straighteners on the market.
Table of Contents
- List of Top 8 Best Hair Straighteners in 2018
- #8 LumaBella Keratin Dual Touch Hair Straightener
- #7 AmoVee Mini Smart Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron/Hair Straightener
- #6 Furiden Professional Hair Straightener, Gold
- #5 HSI Professional Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron
- #4 Remington 1-inch S5500 Hair Straightener, Purple
- #3 KIPOZI Pro Nano-Titanium Flat Iron Hair Straightener with Digital LCD Display
- #2 SUPRENT Titanium Hair Straightener/Flat Iron with Negative Ionic Technology, 1 Inch
- #1 KIPOZI Professional 1-Inch Flat Iron Titanium
- Benefits of Using The Right Hair Straighteners
- How to Use?
- In Conclusion
List of Top 8 Best Hair Straighteners in 2018
#8 LumaBella Keratin Dual Touch Hair Straightener
This flat iron can be seen in salons, beauty centers, homes and other places. One thing we agreed on was it was lightweight which improved functionality and handling. You could use it for a long time without the fingers becoming numb or the hands getting tired. And despite its lightweight, the unit produces good heat that can penetrate deep into the hair. The uniform distribution reduces the cycles you require and this also contributes to its low energy usage. For easy gliding over the hair and preventing pulling of the strands, the unit features topnotch ceramic floating plates.
#7 AmoVee Mini Smart Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron/Hair Straightener
This hair straightener by AmoVee is one of the smallest and lightest units on our review and in the market too. This is possibly the reason behind its popularity especially with travelers and people looking for convenience. The slender unit can fit in handbags, backpacks, and other small spaces quite well. I love the well-designed irons that float nicely on the hair to prevent unnecessary tugging of hair. It is based on the negative ion technology and doesn’t cause any frizz. The hair accessory has a pretty wide temperature range and will effectively straighten out any kind of hair. I have used it for face framing, bobs, bangs and minimal touch-ups. It is also useful for men’s sideburns and beards.
#6 Furiden Professional Hair Straightener, Gold
Of the many varieties of Furiden flat irons, this gold colored piece was voted among the top not only from the company but the market also. The 2 in 1 Tourmaline Ceramic piece can handle different kinds of hair and works fairly fast. It has a wide temperature setting to suit different needs and hairs and selecting the desired heat setting is straightforward. I, like other reviewers, found operating the accessory easy thanks to the simple control. Handling it is also convenient thanks to the ergonomic design and lightweight.
#5 HSI Professional Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron
By: HSI Professional
This hair straightening device is loved by both professionals and amateurs. It is very simple and even a first time user will be able to operate it. The accessory is famed for quick heating and good heat retention that delivers good results. It has a smooth and sleek surface to minimize tugging of hair while the non-static nature reduces flyaways. It has with a long cord for easy reach and a swivel design for good operation. The unit is one of the most portable pieces thanks to the lightweight and small nature and will fit nicely in a bag, duffel bag, backpack and other carriers.
#4 Remington 1-inch S5500 Hair Straightener, Purple
The Remington brand has many types of flat irons on offer. This one is one of my all-time favorites. It straightens any hair type with ease courtesy of the good heat production and distribution. The 1-inch long ceramic plates provide a nice grip on the hair and together with the anti-static technology prevents any frizz and flyaways. It can reach a temperature as high as 410 degrees Fahrenheit to handle course, very curly, or wet hair. The digital controls improve operation and convenience whereas the fast heating reduces the time and effort required.
#3 KIPOZI Pro Nano-Titanium Flat Iron Hair Straightener with Digital LCD Display
The Kipozi brand is respected when it comes to the best hair straighteners. This Nano-titanium flat iron receives praise from hair stylists, analysts as well as consumers. The white unit will work anywhere in the world thanks to its dual voltage (100-240V AC) characteristics. It has a fairly large head that measures 1.75 inches and this improves speed delivery. The fast heating unit has a variable temperature (80-230C/ 170-450F) to cater for different hair types. It will be hot and ready to use in less than 30 seconds and keeps the temperature constant for the best results. For extra safety, the flat iron includes an Auto Shutoff that turns off the unit if not operated within a certain period. The included velvet pouch comes handy for carrying while traveling or during storage.
#2 SUPRENT Titanium Hair Straightener/Flat Iron with Negative Ionic Technology, 1 Inch
This unit comes with a swiveling cord that makes moving and operating the flat iron pretty easy. You don’t need to use it from awkward angles and risk providing poor service. The dual-voltage unit works with 100-240V and is thus suitable for use in most places in the world. It operates via the Negative Ionic technology which means better-looking hair, minimal flyaways, and improved scalp protection. The high thermal conduction speeds up the process and conserving the heat energy whereas the absence of micropores prevents hair damage. All the parts are made from rust/corrosion resistant materials and the hair straightener should last for many years.
#1 KIPOZI Professional 1-Inch Flat Iron Titanium
This unit from Kipozi edged the 2nd placed SUPRENT flat iron by a very slight margin. It heats up fairly fast compared to other units and retains the heat thanks to the highly effective Nano titanium flat irons. The 1-inch flat surface can handle a good volume of hair and won’t pull or tug it thanks to the sleek and smooth finish. It leaves no flyaways or frizz because it creates very little static energy. The adjustable temperature setting allows you to pick the best heat depending on the hair. For instance, course or wet hair requires more heat compared to thin and dry hair. It has among the broadest temperature range and a smooth and practical handle for convenience.
Benefits of Using The Right Hair Straighteners
It’s a well-known fact that the right product will deliver impressive results. It will be ergonomically made for easy handling and this makes using it simple. The unit produces sufficient heat to work on different hair types and the positive effects will last for a long time. It’s quite common to see customers with super straight hair lasting for several weeks. The secret for this is quality heat production and distribution and dependence on superior technology.
Once common fallacy is that the hotter the unit the better it is. This is absolutely not true. In fact, as many of us claimed, you are more likely to ruin hair by using high heat. Unfortunately, poorly-designed products don’t give you many options when it comes to heat selection or controlling it. Yes, the hair may look amazing after the procedure; however, the ends may begin splitting, the strands becoming thinner, or the thin hair falling out. Such issues are unlikely with a quality product.
Protect the Scalp
A bad product not only harms the hair but the scalp as well. It will become too dry due to excessive heat, develop patches or start flaking because of uneven heat distribution, and it may also get inflamed or infected because of the straightener pulling out the hairs. Experts always advise people to choose the best even if you only plan to use it at home. The last thing anyone wants is having great looking hair but the scalp is injured or feels too dry.
With the cost of power rising, people are always looking for energy efficient accessories and appliances that using minimal heat yet give good results. This is evident with high-quality hair straighteners that work fairly fast and this reduces the time spent using them. Furthermore, they are based on leading technology that distributes heat uniformly and you don’t need to redo the hair too often. The best will also retain the heat for longer and this allows deeper penetration.
As a hair stylist, I always want to spend minimal time working on a client’s hair. My customers also have busy schedules and this drives me to choose topnotch products. They work fast, are easy to use, and effective on all kinds of hair and don’t break down easily. I currently have an accessory that I bought 3 years ago and it still works like a charm. In fact, I prefer it to the one I bought a few months ago because of its speedy service.
Have you ever worked on wet, hard or curly hair? If you have, then you know a great deal of effort you need to straighten it. I recall many incidences where I spent so much time on a client’s hair, not because of the hair but my straightener wasn’t cut for the task at hand. The high heat setting was still a bit low, it was heavy and I got tired too soon, or it had poor heat distribution meaning I stayed on a spot for too long. Having learned the hard way, I always read reviews or talk to fellow stylists before buying a product.
During the discussion, we all held a similar opinion on the durability of an item. Some people including me had used the same product for more than two years. I handle several clients in a day and the results are consistent all through. Some had to replace a new unit because it started melting or broke sooner-than-later, started fading or the power output started declining. Strangely, some had paid a premium for low-quality products while others enjoyed impressive results from cheaper models.
One key advantage of buying the best accessory is safety. Time-and-time gain you’ll hear about complains or negative reviews about products that got too hot and burnt the user or service recipient. Other units began melting or felt too hot to hold on too. It’s vital to settle for accessories that are certified in regards to safety and are supported by positive reviews.
How to Use?
Before using a device, it helps to first familiarize with the process/art and also understand it the unit at hand. Some straighteners will be heavier, others lighter, and their suitability will vary with things like the type of hair, and wetness /dryness treated or untreated hair and much more. This YouTube video below can give you some handy tips for using the device.
Please note that, by embedding this video, we want to show you on “How to Use?” only. We did not include those products shown in the video because those products might be the best products in the time that the video was uploaded (2006). Since more products are coming into the market, the ones in the video do not go into our top lists
After a lot of discussion and arguments, my fellow stylists and I finally concluded that the above hair straighteners were the best. They feel light on the hand and are easy to maneuver, they work nicely with different hairs including dry, wet, curly, treated and natural. The above accessories heat up fairly fast for quick performance and are also energy efficient to conserve power. They are also sturdily made to endure knocks, impacts, high heat and mishandling. Other reasons we picked these items from the wide selection include ergonomic design, good size, and weight, elegant and affordable. Pick the best hair straighteners and see your client walk out a happy customer.