7 Flat Irons That Won't Fry Fine Hair

By Emily Estep

It's really difficult to straighten fine hair without damaging it, but there are tools that can help minimize damage, you just need to know which features to look for. The best flat irons for fine hair should have low heat settings and ultra-smooth plates with even heat distribution.

While people with thick hair need temperatures around 400-degrees Fahrenheit to straighten their hair, this level of heat can fry fine hair so it's vital you use a hot tool with temperature control. Ideally, you should look for a hair straightener that can be set to lower than 200-degrees Fahrenheit — this way, you'll be using the least amount of heat possible to straighten and style.

You're also going to want smooth plates with well-dispersed heat, so you only have to pass over each section of hair once. More passes means more heat exposure, so poorly heated plates can cause damage even at low temperatures. Ceramic or ceramic-coated plates have an excellent reputation for evenly distributing heat, as well as leaving hair silky smooth. But today's market is packed with high-tech features, too, like tourmaline and infrared heat that promise to reduce damage and leave hair looking and feeling healthier.

Not sure where to start? I've put together this list of some of the best flat irons for fine hair including budget-friendly options alongside investment-worthy purchases.

This Flat Iron With Patented Silicone Strips

BIO IONIC Onepass Straightening Iron, $200, Amazon

Straighten your hair in half the time with the Onepass straightening iron. This straightener was designed with patented silicone speed strips along the plates that allow hair to pass through smoothly and with even heat distribution. The temperature setting goes as low as 240-degrees Fahrenheit and the bioceramic plates high levels of negative ions and infrared energy that leaves hair looking and feeling silky smooth.

This Flat Iron With A Super Low Heat Setting

Solano Sleekheat450 Professional Flat Iron, $209, Amazon

The temperature setting on this flat iron goes all the way down to 170-degrees Fahrenheit, making it a safe option for fine hair. It also has ceramic plates infused with tourmaline and four-sided beveled plates for a smooth glide and styling versatility.

This Flat Iron With 100-Percent Ceramic Plates

Karmin Salon Professional Hair Straightener, $150, Amazon

Many flat irons that claim to be ceramic are only ceramic-coated, which can wear-out overtime, but this hair straightener's plates are 100 percent high-quality ceramic. Plus, the heat setting on this iron goes as low as 210-degrees Fahrenheit and it has an automatic shut-off.

This Flat Iron That Styles With A Cool Mist

LumaBella Cool Mist Hair Straightener, $110, Amazon

This hair straightener starts off by applying a cool stream of mist to your hair before straightening it, which hydrates your hair to help protect it from the heat. Plus, it has five heat settings, floating ceramic plates, and auto-shutoff

This Straightener That Uses Infrared Technology

XARA Professional 2” Infrared Ceramic Flat Iron, $32, Amazon

This insanely popular ceramic tourmaline-infused hair straightener uses infrared technology to heat hair from the inside out which can help prevent damage caused by excessive heat exposure. It also features eight micro-sensors that help regulate and distribute heat evenly across to plates and has a digital temperature control that ranges from 250-degrees to 450-degrees Fahrenheit. Plus, it heats up in under 90 seconds and has an automatic shut-off mode for added safety.

This Flat Iron That Is Infused With Keratin

BaBylissPRO Keratin Straightening Iron, $60, Amazon

This straightening iron has titanium plates infused with keratin, which nourishes your hair while you straightening it and helps to combat some of the inevitable heat damage. The heat of the iron causes the keratin to soak into the hair, making it stronger and shinier while preventing breakage.

This Flat Iron With A Digital Temperature Lock

Brazilian Heat After Dark Flat Iron, $70, Amazon

This titanium plated flat iron has a digital temperature control that goes as low as 250-degrees Fahrenheit and features a temperature lock. This means, once straightener has reached your desired temperature it won't get any hotter, so you hair is safe.

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