As anyone who has, or has ever had long hair knows, styling your hair with hot tools isn't always an enjoyable experience. With the right tools, however, you can style long hair the way you want without the hassle. The best flat irons for long hair, for example, are designed to speed up the straightening process, and provide more even, consistent results without adding stress or effort to your daily hair routine.
Since straightening long hair can take a long time if you don't have the right iron for the job, when shopping for a straightener for long hair start by thinking about speed. In general, extra-long or large plates will cover more of your hair as you style and in turn, speed things up.
Another feature you should look into when buying a flat iron for long hair is its plates. If you're straightening long, curly or thick hair, an iron with titanium plates works better because it will allow for the heat to transfer quickly to your hair and give you more immediate, polished results. On the other hand, if you have fine, thin, or damage-prone hair, a ceramic flat iron is safest because it heats evenly and will glide easily through the hair without snagging.
Either way, the straightener you choose should have floating plates that make smooth contact with your hair as you style to prevent you from having to go back over the same piece twice. This will keep your hair smooth and damage-free, and save time during the process.