by HSI Professional | May 23 2017
Everyone knows that a good flat iron for hair is the quickest way to get those perfect beach waves, or that completely flat hair that you’ve always dreamed of. Every time I wake up in the morning, I look in the mirror and see a complete disaster. My hair is clearly a Type 3, so it curls up pretty badly. As you know, with curly hair, it’s difficult for all of the natural oils to reach the ends – it’s a problem, and while a straightener doesn’t necessarily solve it, it can make you look more presentable, especially if straight hair is what you’re going for.
Now, with that being said, having a professional flat iron is of the utmost importance. For the longest time I used a $20 Remington, which, while it was purple (my favorite color!), it always left my hair looking a bit dry, which counterproductive, to say the least. Switching to a professional flat iron is one of the best things I’ve ever done, and you should too.
It’s Time to Choose the Right Flat Irons for your Hair
As you set out on your journey to find a better flat iron, you have your work cut out for you. There are so many different types out there and so many different features for you to look at, but when it comes down to it, there are only three features that you really need:
Temperature Gauge – For me, it’s hard to fathom that a hair straightener could possibly come without a temperature gauge, but years ago it was a reality, and these days you still have those that assume you’re telepathic. A temperature gauge tells you what setting you have the iron on and it will even tell you when the iron is hot. Sure, you could do all of this with a LED indicator, but honestly, it’s going to be a much better experience overall if you’re using an LCD screen with more precise readings.
Auto Shut-Off – If you’re anything like me, then you’ve left your flat iron turned on more than once after leaving a room, and that creates a pretty nasty situation, to say the least. You come home, find it turned on, and wonder genuinely how the house is still standing. An auto shut off switches the unit off after a period of non-use, ensuring that your flat iron and your home are in good condition when you come back. Seriously, don’t buy one without this feature, you’ll regret it immensely.
Floating Plates – The floating plates that you’d find in most of our products heat up quickly and provide a more even heat distribution. Better distribution means fewer passes through your hair, and less heat exposure means less potential for damage.
When you’re choosing a flat iron, it is important to select one that suits your needs in not only the features but also the material of the plates. While plain metal plates are nice, they often don’t get the same heat distribution, which is why many people turn to tourmaline or titanium. Tourmaline is a material made from ground crystal that produces negative ions during the straightening process. In doing so, hair is straightened much easier and with less heat.
Protect Your Hair from the Heat
Want to know more? Ready to ditch the old iron and switch to something with a bit more kick? If you’ve been battling with your hair for some time and need to pull off a miracle, then you might not be using the right iron, or you might be using an extremely inexpensive one. When it comes to your hair, any hot irons for hair need to be of decent quality to avoid damage, and most importantly, to avoid multiple passes. It’s your hair; take care of it and make sure it lasts!