The more is more trend came for hair in a big way this year. Barrettes! Texture! Headbands! Any and all hair accents are fair game. But when you’re looking for a straightforward, yet chic hairstyle, sometimes less is more again—and straightened hair alone suffices.
No matter your length or texture, sometimes simple and sleek hair is the way to go. But straight hair can seem unattainable if you’re rocking bouncy curls or beachy waves on a daily basis. Enter: a high-wattage flat iron. With a powerful flat iron, hair always appears pin-straight and shiny no matter its natural state. (And with the high-tech options these days, flat irons can even make hair healthier.) Ahead, we gathered the best flat irons for every hair type. Straight, shiny hair has never been so quick and easy to unlock—and maintain.
A favorite of every celebrity hairstylist, the GHD Platinum Styler is pricey but so worth it. The beveled edges means you can straighten, curl, or wave your hair, and the plates are constantly monitored so there’s even heat distribution at an optimal 365 degrees. If heat damage is your concern, this is the only hot tool you should buy.
For less than $45, you get a flat iron that not only looks gorgeous but makes your hair silky, smooth, and frizz-free in minutes. The titanium plates take 15 seconds to heat up, go up to 455 degrees, and has 30 heat settings so you never fry your hair.
An internal microchip ensures the plates of this iron remain evenly heated, so your results look uniform from root to tip. The beveled edges provide the flexibility to style your strands smooth and straight, curled, or wavy with volume, so while it may seem like a steep investment, this tool pays dividends.
This one from BioIonic has major bells and whistles: vibrating plates to expertly separate strands of hair, negative ions to push water into the hair for more hydration, and a rounded tip that lets you reach those pesky hairs by your part.
Beachwaver recently launched a flat iron that does exactly the opposite of its famous curling iron. It heats up to an impressive 450 degrees to ensure that even the curliest, kinkiest hair can get stick-straight (but all other hair types should dial it down lower to avoid damage).
The plates of this double-duty iron (it straightens and curls) are encased in stainless steel (not plastic), so they won’t warp under high temperatures causing snagging and damage to your hair.
If Gisele Bündchen meets your #hairgoals, consider this iron created by her stylist Harry Josh. The wider-than-usual 1.25 inch plates allow contact with a larger surface area in order to speed up styling time, and the quick-heating ceramic-titanium plates (it takes only 45 seconds to reach 400 degrees) abolish frizz and boost shine for model-worthy strands.
This iron helps prevent damage in three ways: extra long ceramic plates get the job done in fewer passes (with more shine), rounded edges prevent pulling, and an easy-to-read digital screen ensures you never dial up the heat too high.
Don’t sacrifice travel just for straight hair. If you’re on-the-go, this teeny-tiny flat iron packs all the same power as its larger peers in a much smaller package. Whip it out in your hotel room or at the airport, and it’ll fix dented ends or flyaways in minutes.
It’s less than $100. It’s lightweight. It automatically shuts off after inactivity so you never have to run back home. In other words, it’s a last-minute stylist’s dream tool.
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