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What to look for when buying a straightener?

Buying a hair straightener isn’t as easy as picking it from the racks in a beauty store or buying it online. The process of buying a straightener requires research and knowing your hair and your requirement given that you’re dealing with something as delicate as your hair.


The tips below should help you decide what you need to look when buying a straightener.


Know your hair type

The more difficult to manage your hair is, the wider the plates of the hair straightener would you need. This means if you have tight curls that are difficult to manage, you need a hair straightener with wider plates while narrow plates can be used for short, wavy hair that’s comparatively easier to manage.


Check temperature settings

All this while you must be under the impression that the hotter a straightener can get, the better it is. But those high temperatures are deleterious to your hair. If you have fine hair, your hair might end up getting fried in the heat. So make sure you consider this before choosing a hair straightener.


Choose the plates wisely

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 also reaches a high temperature instantly. Ceramic coated plates have comparatively uneven heating and can burn your hair if the temperatures are too high, but are reasonably priced. This means try looking for a straightener with a plate that suits both your hair type and your pocket.


Plate size

There are several hair straighteners available in various sizes- narrow, wide, etc. If you only straighten out your fringe or have fine short hair, a small one will work just fine. But if you do have thick, coarse hair that's difficult to straighten, you’ll need a straightener with wider plates.


Choose quality

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 the best quality. Save up and invest in one that will do less damage to your tresses.


Curved housing

If you want to use a straightener to not only straighten your hair but also curl or flick it sometimes, look for a straightener that has plates with a curved housing. This allows you to bend or curl the hair as it passes around the body of the straightener.


Weight and ease of use

Hair straighteners come in a variety of weights. Some hair straighteners may be too heavy to use comfortably for long, so if you’ve coarse, long or very curly hair opt for a lightweight model so that it doesn’t stress your hand, as straightening thick hair is a time-consuming process and doing so with a bulky straightener is no less dilemma. Also, look for a long, swivel power cord as this makes styling your hair easier, this causes no stress on your wrist, and also you can work at your desired angle.


Travel friendly

Cordless hair straighteners that work on batteries are a good choice if you want to take them on holiday or on camping trips. Also if you’re a frequent traveler, look for straighteners with a worldwide voltage that can be used anywhere in the world.



With so many different flat irons out there, choosing which one to purchase can be quite tough. However, by deciding which of the above options would work best for your hair, you will be able to narrow down your options quite significantly, making it easy to find the perfect hair straightener for you.


Happy Styling!


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