Flat Iron Options

Thinking of replacing your old flat iron for straightening your hair? A hair straightener is much more than just hot plates going on your hair. You should look for specific properties to; get the best flat iron, prevent hair damage, and avoid damage to other properties.

Here are some of the features that you should consider when purchasing one.

Plate Type

The ceramic straightener is the best for your hair if it is sensitive, delicate, wavy, and easy to straighten. Ceramic straighteners mostly combined with tourmaline plates, distribute heat more evenly and at a lower temperature which is less damaging to the hair. Titanium straighteners, on the other hand, are best for coarse, curly, and harder to straighten hair.

Titanium plates' heats up faster and reach much higher temperatures than ceramic plates but, high temperature causes more damage, especially to delicate hair. Depending on your hair type, select flat irons with the right material plate that suits your hair.

A Digital Screen

Flat Iron Digital Screen

Flat iron straightener with a digital readout is the best, especially for people with sensitive hair. It shows the temperature degrees on the screen, which will help you not to use too low or too much heat.

If you want to get the exact temperature to get your hair straightened and don't damage the hair, buying a digitized flat iron is a must. This will also help to reduce overheating, which causes permanent hair damage.

Auto Shut-off

Auto shut-offs flat irons are best especially for people who often forget to shut off the flat irons. This is because they shut themselves off when not in use. This feature is crucial as it helps to prevent damaging of surfaces in case you forget to switch off or carried away by something else.

An auto shut-off can prevent fire hazards in your house, especially if you are using high consuming heat flat irons. Getting one with 30 minutes or less shut-off is the best as beyond that time a lot of damage could be made in your home.

Location of Control Buttons

The location of the control buttons also matters to some extent. If they are positioned at the exterior, it may difficult to use the flat iron since you may accidentally change the temperature while straightening your hair.

This can lead to either adding on some heat which could burn your hair or lowering the temperature and spend much time to straighten your hair. It is good to ensure that the buttons of your flat iron are in a place where they can't be easily changed or they are lockable.

Flat Mat

This is one of the essential accessories used to place your flat iron. Though it does not come with the straighter, it is worth to invest in, and it's also very cheap. The flat mat takes in all the heat from your straightener after using it. The good thing is that it does not transfer any of the heat to your counter. This prevents any damage your flat iron can cause to your table even if you forget to shut it off.

Heat Resistant Station Mat

Heat Resistant Station Mat for Hair Straightener

Flat Iron Stand

A flat iron stand helps you in keeping it off your counter. It protects both your straightener and your counters some flat irons have independent stands while others come with intact stands that you can easily hide on your straightener body while using it. The stand helps you to keep everything in place when you are not using it.

Conclusion

Flat irons come with different features. Before settling for one, it is good to consider some of these features so that you get a quality straightener that will be easier to use and hazard-free.

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Mary Abraham
 

Hair stylist & passionate blogger. Editor at HairStraightenerLab.com, and a regular Fashion & Lifestyle editor at HuffingtonPost, Lifehacker & Forbes!

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