Having spent the majority of the eighties trying desperately to get some wave into my flat, shiny and sleek hair, I just don’t get the latest super-straight hair trend. Still, at least I am terribly fashionable now, and don’t have to spend a fortune or time and effort on getting straight locks.
But if you have wavy or curly hair and need it tamed to follow the fickle ways of hair styling, you’ve probably already got your hands on a pair of straighteners.
If you are looking to buy a new pair, decide what size plates you need (the longer the hair the bigger the plates) and look out for added features such as extra-long cords, auto-switch offs and heat sensors.
Here’s what we recommend:
We defy you to find a cheaper named brand pair of hair straighteners than this one from Nicky Clarke, God of hair styling products and jolly nice fellow to boot (I’ve seen him on Pointless). These come with tourmaline ceramic technology which is great for hydrating the hair and there are also floating plates which give adjustable tension. Comes with a Nicky Clarke paddle brush.
Another bargain here but a smaller sized pair of hair straighteners that would suit someone who wants a mini pair to stick in a handbag or take travelling with them. They work just as well as the larger sizes, despite the plates being smaller and are best for top ups during the day.
Remington’s keratin range of hair appliances include these hair straighteners. The plates are coated with Keratin and Macadamia oils to give hair a super-glossy feel and added features include heat sensors that automatically change the temperature.
Braun are more well-known for men’s appliances such as shavers but these hair straighteners have some cool features. There’s the ‘intelligent display’ that allows you to personalise heat settings according to your hair’s thickness and length, and you can use them for curling too.
What Paul Mitchell doesn’t know about hair styling you don’t need to know, or something like that. These hair straighteners have cushioned plates and heat up to 450°F (232°C) in just 30 seconds. They have great additional features such as the SmartSense microchip to monitor temperature 50 times per second, the LCD heat display, an auto shut-off function and a whopping nine foot swivel cord with a hanging loop.
My sister’s favourite hair straighteners, and she knows a bit about them. She was the one that told me they were founded by the same person who created ghd. Lovely temperature control on these that work well even on low heat, you can also curl with them and if you are forgetful about turning them off, no worries, they have an automatic hibernation mode.
The God Father of hair straighteners, surely, I mean, who had even heard of them before ghd came on the scene? As well as looking good they work really well, straightening the curliest and thickest of hair and they will last for years. Added features include heat sensors in the plates, sleep mode and a nice long cord.
For those ladies who have really thick or frizzy hair, you need an exceptional pair of hair straighteners. T3 is an award-winning company and this pair will straighten the coarsest of locks with ease.