I still have a memory seared into my brain from when my friend tried to straighten my curly hair. We were getting ready for a night out, and she offered to straighten my curls with a flat iron.
I thought it was all going well until I looked into the mirror 10 minutes before our Uber was slated to arrive. My hair looked like I’d been electrocuted!
Don’t make the same mistake I did … If you have frizz-prone hair, read on to learn what to look for in an effective straightener.
When it comes to straightening, you should always consider your hair type when picking out hot tools.
Straightener plate materials
So, does it matter what material the straightener plates are made of? Yes, it can!
Ceramic plates are the most popular, as they're designed to glide smoothly over hair with even heating. No cold or hot spots! Ceramic straighteners are also great at locking in moisture, adding shine to the hair, and straightening hair without frizzy ends.
Titanium plates are smooth metal plates that transfer heat more quickly than ceramic plates do. However, titanium straighteners can be slightly more difficult to use, as their super efficiency may cause overheating and hair damage.
Tourmaline plates are found on the most expensive straighteners, as they're the most technically sophisticated. Tourmaline emits a huge number of negative ions, which help reduce frizz and leave your hair looking even smoother after straightening.
Which plate should I go for if I have curly, frizzy hair?
Tourmaline straighteners are particularly good for curly, frizzy hair, as they're highly effective even at a lower temperature.
We also recommend ceramic plates, as they don't dehydrate your hair as much during straightening.