Whether out shopping, browsing online or flicking through catalogues, the search for a good hair straightener to purchase is not an easy task. There are many lists and countdowns to the number one straightener but each one with a different answer and advertisements that may be misleading or not suited for your hair type. Even opinions and reviews by hair straightener users cant be completely trusted because what works for them may not work for you. So, well give you a bit of unbiased and general advice on what you should keep an eye out for when it comes to purchasing a hair straightener.
First of all, the most common mistake when buying a hair straightener is falling for cheap metal plates painted over with ceramic or another material to make it seem higher quality. These are a big no-no and should be avoided at all costs, no matter how appealing that low price tag may seem. Always go for trusted heating materials such as ceramic, tourmaline, titanium and if you have a flexible budget then try splurging on a hair straightener that combines ceramic and tourmaline, ceramic and titanium or tourmaline and titanium for maximum results and the highest performance.
Secondly, you might have noticed the term ionic in many hair straighteners titles and descriptions. Ionic technology means that when the plates are heated they release negative ions that cancel out the positive ions which are cause of frizzy, brittle and damaged hair. These negative ions are what eliminates all traces of frizz and allows your hair to be smoother for longer. You may notice that even if two straighteners are made with the same heating material, one may not mention the term ionic technology and will have a lower price than the other. The truth is that ceramic and tourmaline are naturally ionic whether the manufacturer mentions it or not. So be careful not to fall for the most expensive model with ionic technology over a cheaper one with the same features.
Lastly, always make sure that the model you plan on buying includes an adjustable temperature setting and a 360 swivel cord for safe styling and easy handling. By following this advice you can be sure to take home a good quality hair straightener and not just an expensive scam, so be careful and happy shopping!