When I was in eighth grade, I had friends whose parents would talk to them about hair straighteners like they were drugs: "If I ever catch you using one..." Back then, cheap plastic parts and metal plates meant irreversible hair damage. Now, they make awesome flat irons that won't damage your hair (at least not as much), and it's all thanks to innovative advancements that didn't exist until recently.
The first thing to note is that heat in any form is never great for your hair, unless you're talking about a hot coconut oil treatment. However, some heat is definitely better than others, and these genius hair straighteners have features in place that help minimize the damage as much as possible.
If you'd like to minimize damaging from straightening your hair, the first thing you want to look for is ceramic plates, because they evenly distribute heat all the way across, so chunks of your hair won't burn because of hot spots.
Another great feature is negative ion technology, which is often a byproduct of ceramic plates. These are particles that coat and condition your hair while locking in moisture, making frizz and damage from using a flat iron way less likely. Finally, there's infrared technology — the newest hair care advancement. This uses special wavelengths to heat the hair evenly from the inside, reducing damage on the outside.
If you're a little overwhelmed by all this jargon — no worries — these six hair straighteners utilize some or all of these features, so you can get the sleekest style possible without all that excess damage.
1This Smart Straightener Adjusts Its Own Temperature If It Gets Too Hot
This LumaBella Keratin Dual Touch Hair Straightener has ceramic plates that are infused with keratin micro-conditioners, which give your hair a ton of shine and protection. They're also floating, which means that you won't snag your hair no matter what angle you're holding the straightener. Best of all, this one's got a smart heat sensor that detects if your hair is burning and lowers the temperature automatically.
2This Highly Rated Flat Iron Features Infrared Light, Ceramic Plates, And Temperature Control
Infrared technology is one of the newest hair care advancements. It warms the cuticle in its entirety — including on the inside — so the outside doesn't wind up singed. This AsaVea Professional Ceramic Infrared Straightener has a strip of infrared light in between two ceramic evenly-heated floating barrels, and ten different temperature settings for any hair type. "I have tried tons of hair straightener before," says one reviewer. "All of them burned my hair somewhat seriously, but this one works super well on my hair. It turns my hair softer and smoother."
3This Rotating Iron Has Bristles That Separate Strands And Keep Hair Moving Along Smoothly
Pulling your flat iron swiftly across your hair can help to minimize damage, as no section is heated for too long. The Infiniti Pro Rotating Flat Iron uses tourmaline ceramic coated plates, and it's also got a rotating barrel and removable bristles that you can use to separate strands and keep hair moving for even heat distribution. One reviewer says: "This is the ONLY straightening iron I've ever used that's actually worked... I would give this product 10 stars if I could."
4This Ceramic Straightener Can Also Be Used For Curling
With tourmaline coated plates and negative ion emission, the Wazor Hair Flat Iron gives you shiny, sleek style with minimal frizz and damage. However, it also lets you choose your ideal temperature between 284 and 446 degrees Fahrenheit, so you can get the right heat for any hair type. Because plates are one inch, it's also great for curling.
5This Tool Locks In Moisture And Prevents Damage With Infrared Rays And Wider Plates
This hair straightener, penetrates the cuticle and uses infrared technology to heat hair from the inside out. It's extra-wide plates are ideal for thick hair, and they'll heat up evenly and quickly. Reviewers love how fast it straightens, too.
6This Travel Straightener Has All The Damage-Preventing Features Of Bigger Models, In A Tiny Package
Travel irons used to mean cheap parts and burnt hair. But, the AmoVee Mini Flat Iron uses the same damage-preventing features as bigger models — like even-heating ceramic plates and negative ions — to smooth hair and minimize frizz. On top of it's sophisticated design, it's barely eight inches long and has dual voltage so you can use it anywhere in the world.
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