Buying a hair straightener isn’t as easy as purchasing it off the racks in a beauty store or buying it online. The process of buying a flat iron calls for research given that you’re dealing with something as delicate as your hair. If you're looking for a hair straightener, the tips below should help you make your decision...
- Consider your hair type
- Check temperature settings
- Choose your plates
- Know your purpose
- Choose quality
- BB Pro tip
Consider your hair type
The more problematic your hair type, the wider the plates of the hair straightener should be. This means if you have tight curls that are difficult to manage, you need a hair straightener with wider plates but narrow plates can be used for short, wavy hair that’s comparatively easier to manage.
Check temperature settings
You might think that the hotter a straightener can get, the better it is. But those high temperatures are detrimental to your hair. If you have fine hair, your hair might end up getting fried in the heat. So make sure you consider this and take this tip seriously before choosing a hair straightener.
Choose your plates
There are a variety of straighteners with different plates available in the market. If you see titanium plates in a hair straightener, know that titanium is durable and lightweight. But ceramic coated plates heat up rather fast and can burn your hair if the temperatures are too high. This means try looking for a straightener with titanium plates as they will transfer heat evenly.
Know your purpose
There are several hair straighteners—some are cordless, some are small and handy while others have wires. If you're an avid traveller, a small travel sized straightener will work wonders for you. Moreover, if you only straighten out your fringe, a small one will work just fine. But if you do have coarse hair that's difficult to straighten, use a bigger one.
When it comes to purchasing a hair straightener, understand that you’re dealing with your hair and heat. A cheap hair straightener might be tempting but when it comes to your hair, choose a straightener that is of best quality. Save up and invest in one that will do less damage to your tresses.
BB Pro tip
While you need a hair straightener for styling, you need to invest in a heat protectant like the Toni & Guy Heat Protection Mist that protects your hair against breakage caused by styling and also creates a moisture screen for your hair so it doesn’t feel dry.