Long ago, before I chopped off my hair and started rocking a Ginnifer Goodwin-style pixie cut, I used to straighten my super long hair nearly every day. Then after my drastic cut, I learned the hard way that the best flat irons for short hair are not the same as those for long hair.
When the straightener I had been using for years wasn't able to style my new 'do, I had to re-evaluate what I needed from my flat iron. For instance, when I had long hair, I was always on the hunt for super wide plates that could make the process go faster. Now I need a narrow, thinner option that lets me get closer to my roots without burning my scalp and gives me the precision to style my hair.
It also quickly became apparent that I was spending more time styling my hair while I straightened it, which exposed my ends to more heat and led to increasingly damaged hair. This opened me to up to the world of high-tech, non-damaging flat irons that boasted ceramic and ionic technology, as well as advanced heat control options.
Luckily, your journey to finding the best flat iron for short hair doesn't need to be as trial-and-error as mine was — because I've taken everything I've learned over the years and put together a list of the best straighteners out there.