10 Top Rated Flat Irons That Curl Hair, Too

The last time I used a legitimate curling iron, I was getting ready for my eighth grade Halloween dance. This is not an exaggeration. I’ve been using a flat iron to curl my hair since the very day I learned how. One of my closest beauty-savvy friends showed me the basics, I begged my mom for a great straightener that curls hair, and I perfected the skill by watching flat iron curling tutorials on YouTube. Yeah, there’s a slight learning curve, but once you know how to use a straightener to get curls, you’ll never go back to curling irons again. No clips, no burns, no need for gloves, and one tool covers all your bases.

When you’re shopping around for a great flat iron that’ll give you flawless waves, you’re essentially looking for three specific qualifications. First, you want something that’s got one inch plates or smaller. Any thicker, and the curls will be so loose, they’ll be virtually non-existent on anyone whose got hair shorter than the butt. Secondly, a rounded body is a must, as you’re wrapping the hair around and through the straightener to create a loose curl. Third, you need something that’s sleek and easy to handle, so your hair won’t snag and break off while you’re curling. Check out these awesome options that make it easy to curl your hair with a straightener.

1. Reduce Hair Damage And Heat Curls Evenly

With well over 25,000 reviews, the HSI Professional Ceramic Tourmaline Ionic Flat Iron is one of the best straightening irons you can get — but because of its thin build and rounded plates, you can also use it to curl your hair. It’s got solid ceramic plates to reduce damage, evenly heat hair, and promote shine, and if you’re a traveler, it’s got a dual voltage that can be used anywhere in the world.

2. Create Voluminous Curls That Last All Day

For a sleek straightener that packs a serious punch, there’s the VAV professional hair straightener. It’s got 3D floating plates, an LED temperature display, and an ultra-fast heat-up time, and because the body is so rounded, it helps you to easily create voluminous, bouncing curls that hold all day long.

3. Utilize Smooth Plates And Negative Ions

The MHD professional flat iron hair straightener is great for creating loose curls because it’s got smooth plates and negative ions that leave your hair soft and frizz-free. The 3D floating plate allows your hair to glide through without catching or breaking, and reviewers love it because it’s durable, reliable, and works on any type of hair — even the most stubborn and frizzy.

4. Porcelain Ceramic Infrared Heat Is Super Gentle For Your Hair

This BaBylissPRO porcelain ceramic straightening iron is made with porcelain ceramic, which distributes far-infrared heat evenly across the strands. Not only is it gentler and more healthy for your hair, but it can handle wide sections of hair at once because of its long barrel. The shape is rounded and sleek, so it’s ideal for curling, and it won’t catch or knot while you’re curling.

5. This Curler And Straightener Also Crimps Hair

This multitasking hair straightener not only straightens and curls your hair, it crimps it, too. It's got ceramic plates to prevent heat damage, and it works well with both thick and fine hair types.

6. Distribute Argan Oil Into Your Hair While You Style

The NITION argan oil straightener is a great option for this type of style because it’s got floating, one-inch ceramic tourmaline plates, an adjustable temperature that heats up in ten seconds, and a 360-degree swivel cord that won’t get tangled. The best part? The plates are also infused with argan oil to keep your curls manageable and healthy. "It makes my hair so soft and smooth!" one reviewer raves. "I would highly recommend this to anyone!"

7. Let Your Hair Glide Over Rounded Plates

The plates on the MHD 2-in-1 hair straightener and curler are rounded to an almost cylindrical shape, so hair glides over the tourmaline ceramic material for evenly heated curls every time. It’s also got an LED digital display and digital temperature controls, and reviewers say it heats up fast to give you a sleek, frizz-free finish in no time.

8. Set Any Temperature That Suits Your Thickness Or Texture

This durable KIPOZI flat iron can be set anywhere between 170 and 450 degrees to suit any kind of thickness or texture, and its curved plate design makes it great for giving your hair some texture. The Nano-Titanium plates heat up quickly and lock in moisture, so hair looks hydrated, healthy, and sleek. It’s also got a compatible voltage for anywhere in the world.

9. A Dual Curler And Straightener Great For Traveling

This straightener and curler has dual voltage — meaning it can be used in both American electrical sockets and European ones, so it's a great choice for travel. It's also got automatic shutoff, and is easy to switch between curling and straightening.

10. Go For An Elongated Body For More Control

With ceramic tourmaline technology, floating plates, and an extremely wide range of temperatures, the Berta Professional tourmaline ceramic flat iron is great for this type of job. It’s also got an elongated body so hair doesn’t slip off the end while you’re styling, and reviewers are saying things like, “I got the hair straightener to curl my hair and it does a great job. My hair never holds a curl but this flat iron did the trick.”

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