The 7 Best Flat Irons For Short Hair

by Emily Estep

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.


This Flat Iron That Offers A Broad Range Of Heat

Wazor 1-Inch Ceramic Titanium Hair Straightener, $29, Amazon

This ceramic straightener lets you choose exactly how hot you want it, anywhere from 248 to 446 degrees Fahrenheit. So if your fine, damaged hair requires a lower temp, you're good to go, or if your thick and unruly hair needs a little extra heat, the flat iron has you covered. It also has a handle lock and an automatic shut-off function.


This Flat Iron That Comes With All The Trimmings

HSI Professional Ceramic Tourmaline Ionic Flat Iron, $80, Amazon

This flat iron is an excellent tool on its own, with ceramic tourmaline plates that create smooth, silky hair, at a temperature range of 240 to 450 Fahrenheit. It would be worth the price on its own, but considering the fact that it also comes with a heat glove, argan oil, and a storage heat pouch — this flat iron is a total steal.


This Flat Iron That Prioritizes Heat Safety Measures

Remington S9500PP Pearl Pro Flat Iron, $25, Amazon

This one-inch flat iron has gentle ceramic plates infused with real pearls to create the ultimate shine. But thats not all it offers — with a temperature control lock to prevent overheating and an automatic shut-off feature that enacts after 60 minutes, this flat iron is designed to save you from yourself. Never again will you jolt to attention at work or school, wondering, "did I turn my flat iron off?"


This Tiny Flat Iron That's More Powerful Than You'd Think

BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Mini Straightening Iron, $30, Amazon

This mini straightening iron has a one-inch plate that's ideal for short hair, but unlike some other mini straightening irons, this one packs a punch. In fact, Amazon reviewers praise its ability to perform as powerfully as full-size flat irons, ensuring that you get the heat you need for the style you want.


This Flat Iron That Straightens Even The Thickest, Curliest Hair

KIPOZI Pro Flat Iron, $30, Amazon

This one-inch flat iron with titanium plates tackles the thick hair with ease, suitable for all hair types and praised by more than 100 reviewers on Amazon. One enthusiastic user even left this promising review: "I'm completely floored. With no product, no heat protectant spray, my hair was easily straightened and silky smooth."


This Flat Iron That Has A Built-In Sleep Mode

MHD Professional Flat Iron Hair Straightener, $25, Amazon

This professional-tier flat iron uses a one-inch plate to straighten short hair super close to the roots without burning the scalp. It has with three different heat settings to choose from, and it's designed with a clever sleep mode, automatically turning off after a period of inactivity, so you'll never have to double-back home to make sure you turned your flat iron off.


This Flat Iron That Comes With Voltage Converters

Salona Professional 1-Inch Titanium Flat Iron, $40, Amazon

This titanium flat iron is an excellent choice for the jet-setter, with a heat-resistant travel bag and three different travel adapters, so that your hair flat iron will plug in and be ready to roll, fast, anywhere in the world. And, of course, it's titanium plates create effortlessly straight hair almost as quickly as the product is turned on.

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