1. Flat Irons Buying Guide
 
Flat Irons Best Sellers
Remington S9600
Silk 1" Flat Iron

$26.24
Remington S5520
Anti-Static
Digital Ceramic
1.75" Flat Iron

$16.08
Remington S5500
Anti-Static
Digital Ceramic 1"
Flat Iron (Color
May Vary)

$17.25
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How to buy a flat iron

how to buy a flat iron

A flat iron buying guide

With the right hairstyle, you can feel more confident and at ease in your surroundings. A flat iron is a hair styling tool that can help you create unique hairstyles. Flat irons are some of the most useful hair care products to create styles and get your hair just the way you like it. With so many flat iron designs, how do you know how to buy a flat iron that suits you? Use this flat iron buying guide to help sort through the options.

>> Know your hair

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For the purposes of a flat iron comparison, you must understand where your hair lies on a continuum of straight, wavy and curly. Look at your hair in its natural state. How curly your hair is determines how much heat you'll need in a flat iron design. Generally, curlier hair requires more heat to straighten than straighter hair does. You'll also want to consider the kind of hairstyles you want to create with your flat iron. Smaller flat iron sizes are more adaptable to the demands of special hairstyles. If you plan on crimping, chalking or doing other intricate hair styling, it is a good idea to look into smaller flat iron sizes.

>> Choose a plate size

When deciding which flat iron to buy, consider the plate size, which determines the balance between convenience and control. Flat iron plate sizes vary from ½ inch to 3 inches wide and come in a variety of heights. (Height is much less important than width in flat irons.) Smaller flat iron sizes allow for more control in styling, and with a smaller flat iron design, you can make complicated styles and better straighten down to the root of the hair without burning your scalp. However, smaller flat irons mean that the styling process takes longer. Larger flat iron designs take much less time to use. Some hairstyles are possible with larger flat iron styles, but not as many as with smaller sizes, and larger flat iron sizes are less able to reach the root of the hair without burning your scalp. Consider how often you'll be using the flat iron and what you want to accomplish with it as you choose a plate size.

>> Consider temperature

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Temperature is very important in flat iron design. Generally, curlier hair requires more heat to straighten. With higher temperatures, however, it is important to remember that flat irons can do more damage to the hair. Some flat iron designs come with temperature control, but some do not. When doing a flat iron comparison, check labels and boxes for the heating temperature and to determine if there is temperature control.

>> Consider the heating method

When deciding which flat iron to buy, you will have to choose among different heating methods. Conventional flat iron designs use electric heat to heat the flat iron plates; however, some technologies deviate from that convention. Some types of flat irons use infrared heat. This method penetrates the hair more gently and makes these flat iron designs less damaging to hair. Ionic heating is also a popular type of flat iron. These flat irons create seven times more negative ions in the hair, which improves straightening efficiency. When considering your lifestyle and hairstyle needs, think about heating methods as you decide which flat iron to buy.

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>> Think about plate composition

All flat irons are not made from the same materials, and the difference can have an impact on your hair. Ceramic, tourmaline and silver are the three main materials used in flat iron design; titanium is often used in combination with one of these. Ceramic-plated types of flat irons are generally sturdy, and the plates heat evenly. Tourmaline flat iron designs have some advantages over ceramic. Tourmaline-infused ceramic plates produce ten times more negative ions than ceramic plates alone. Negative ions are important in the hair straightening process.

Silver is sometimes infused with ceramic in flat iron designs. These plates are more germ free than other flat iron designs; however, other health risks may be associated with silver-plated flat irons. Consider your lifestyle and the plate composition when figuring out how to buy a flat iron that works for you.

>> Consider additional features

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Some features can help you decide which flat iron to buy. Some flat irons come with an auto shut-off feature. These flat irons automatically power down after 15 to 30 minutes. Another interesting flat iron type is wet-use flat irons; it is possible to use these flat irons on damp hair; however, you should never use a flat iron when your hair is completely wet. If you are often on the go, consider a flat iron design with adaptable power cords so you can use the flat iron anywhere that you can plug it in. Recesses and grooved handles are popular features in flat iron design. Grippable handles can make it easier to avoid burning your hand when using the flat iron. Color can also make a difference in deciding which flat iron to buy. Flat irons come in many different colors, and some have special pattern designs on them. These accessories can help you make decisions when thinking about how to buy a flat iron that fits your individual style.

With so many different flat iron designs and styles, it can be difficult to navigate your options when deciding the best flat iron to buy. Start by thinking about your hairstyle, then move on to consider flat iron sizes, heating methods, plate composition and additional features.

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Flat Irons Best Sellers

Remington S9600 Silk 1" Flat Iron

Remington S5520 Anti-Static Digital Ceramic 1.75" Flat Iron

Remington S5500 Anti-Static Digital Ceramic 1" Flat Iron (Color May Vary)

Croc Classic Nano-Titanium Flat Iron Straightener, 1"

Remington S6600 Ultimate Stylist Flat Iron & Curling Iron

Straight by Revlon Ceramic Straightener, 1"

Conair Infiniti Pro Series 1" Oil Infused Flat Iron

Remington S9500PP Pearl Pro 1" Flat Iron

Remington Style Therapy: Frizz Therapy 1" Flat Iron

Kiss by SalonTech Silicone Protexion 1" Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron

Andis 1 1/2" Ceramic Flat Iron

CHI Air 1" Ceramic Flat Iron by Farouk, Pink

CROC Classic Titanium Wet/Dry 1.5" Flat Iron

Remington S8590 Keratin Therapy 1" Flat Iron

Conair Bamboo-Carbon Ceramic Heat 1.125" Flat Iron

Conair Supreme Satin Touch 1" Flat Iron

Andis Ceramic 1" Flat Iron, Black

Kiss 2 In 1 Value Pak Flat Iron, 1ct

Andis Tangerine Twist 1" Flat Iron

Red by Kiss Ceramic Tourmaline 1" Flat Iron

Andis Curved Edge Professional Heat 1.5" Ceramic Flat Iron

Conair CS93 Infinitipro 1In Flat Iron

Conair CONAIR CS93 Infiniti Pro Titanium Flat Iron (1") CNRCS93

Conair Infiniti Pro Titanium 1.25" Flat Iron, CS94

Andis Ceramic 1.5-inch Flat Iron, Black

Conair 1" Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron CS89CS

Fructis Style Flat Iron Perfector Sleek & Shine Straightening Mist, 6 oz

Conair CONAIR CS94 Infiniti Pro Titanium Flat Iron (1 1 4") CNRCS94

Conair Infiniti Pro 1" Sonic Titanium Flat Iron, CS95

TRESemme Salon Professional 1" Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron

Conair CONAIR CS95 Infiniti Pro 1" Sonic Titanium Flat Iron CNRCS95

Hot Tools 1" Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron

Hello Kitty KT3057MA 1" Flat Iron, Pink

Andis Curved Edge Professional Heat 1" Flat Iron

Flat Iron Travel Pouch by Mitt - Large Size

Flat Iron Travel Pouch by Mitt - Small Size

Remington S9620 Silk 2" Flat Iron

BARBAR Tourmaline Cordless Flat Iron and Curling Iron Set

Ovente La Vida Pouch for Flat Iron

Andis Ceramic Plate Flat Iron, 1 Inch

Fx Special Effects Flat Iron Spray 6 fl oz (Pack of 2)

got2b Guardian Angel Flat Iron Balm, 6.8 fl oz

Bundle Monster Portable Mini Ceramic Flat Iron Travel Hair Straightener US-ZEBRA

Bundle Monster Portable Mini Ceramic Flat Iron Travel Hair Straightener US-PINK

Kiss Mini Travel Iron, 1ct

Kiss Pro TI 450 Flat Iron, 1ct

Ceramic Tools CT2555 1" Professional Ceramic Flat Iron

Travel Mini Personal Flat Iron Hair Straightener

Lava Gold 1" Ceramic Styling Iron, 1ct

Conair Infiniti Pro 1-1/4 in. Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron - 30 Heat Setting - Tourmaline Ceramic Plate - AC Supply Powered - Pink

Remington S9500 Pearl Ceramic 1" Flat Iron

CONAIR CNRCS33FXRP Infiniti Pro by Conair Professional 1-1/2 Inch Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron

Bundle Monster Portable Mini Ceramic Flat Iron Travel Hair Straightener US-PURPL

Conair Cs3zwcs Zebra Print Ceramic Flat Iron 1& Plate 30 Sec

InStyler Rotating Styling Iron for Short Hair (3/4 Barrel)

Babyliss BABNT3050 Ceramic Professional Mini Straightening Iron

Conair Infiniti Pro CS710 Flat Iron - 30 Heat Setting - Tourmaline Ceramic Plate - AC Supply Powered

Conair Triple Pack Curling Irons: .75", 1", 1.5"

InStyler Max 1.25" Rotating Iron Purple Hair Styler

InStyler Max 1.25" Rotating Iron Black Hair Styler

Conair Corp. Professional BABNT3053 Nano Titanium 1" Mini Flat Iron

InStyler Ionic Styler Pro Ceramic Hot Brush & Flat Iron Hair Styler

Conair Mini Pro 1" Ceramic Curling Iron

InStyler Max 0.75" Rotating Iron Black Hair Styler

Gimme Style 1"Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron

2chic Brazilian Keratin & Argan Oil Ultra-Sleek Flat Iron Styling Mist Giovanni

Revlon Perfect Heat 1' Ceramic Straightener with Bonus Mini Straightener

InStyler Max 1.25" Rotating Iron Pink Hair Styler

Bundle Monster Portable Mini Ceramic Flat Iron Travel Hair Straightener US-RED

Infiniti PRO® 1' Double Titanium Ceramic Flat Iron

Austin House Black Titanium Plates Global Flat Iron - Travel Hair Straightener

Conair Ct2555 1" Ceramic Flat Iron

Andis 1 1/2" Curved Edge - Professional Heat Flat Iron - 20 Heat Setting - Nano-ceramic Plate - AC Supply Powered - Black

Conair Corp. Professional ONOMH9557 Argan 1" Ceramic Flat Iron

Andis 1.5" Ceramic Flat Iron

Belson Products GH2144 Ceramic Flat Iron, 1" 20 Temperature

Infiniti by Conair Professional Heat Solid Ceramic Straightener, 2"

Belson Products GH2143 Ceramic Flat Iron, 2"

Belson Products GH7001 Smart Heat 1" Ceramic Flat Iron

Remington Wet 2 Straight 2" Hair Straightener, S7311

Conair TRS1 trs1- Tresemme Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron, 1"

Belson Products GH3006 Gold 'n Hot 1" Ceramic Led Flat Iron

Belson Products MH2027 Prof. Ceramic Flat Iron, 1"

Conair Infiniti Professional Heat Solid Ceramic Straightener, 1"

John Frieda By Conair 1" Ceramic Titanium Straightener, 1ct

T3 SinglePass 1" Straightening and Styling Iron

Infiniti by Conair Professional Heat Solid Ceramic Hair Straightener, 1 1/2"

Revlon Ceramic Hair Straightener Gift Set, Pink, 7 pc

InStyler Ionic 4-IN-1 Styler

Revlon Ceramic Hair Straightener Gift Set, Teal, 7 pc

Revlon Smoothstay 1" Titanium Plated Hair Straightener

Revlon Titanium 1 1/2" Straightener

Andis Pro 1.5" Titanium Curling Iron, Frost Blue

Bed Head Rumor Tourmaline Ionic Nano Ceramic 2" Straightener, 1ct

Revlon Ceramic Hair Straightener Gift Set, Purple, 7 pc

InStyler Titanium Ceramic Polishing Barrel 1.25" Rotating Hair Styler

Conair Special Styles Iron

Hello Kitty Professional Flat Iron/Straightener

Andis Pro 0.75" Titanium Curling Iron, Frost Blue

Andis Pro 1" Titanium Curling Iron, Frost Blue

Conair Babnt2094t Nano 1 3/4 Straightening Iron

Pro Beauty PBST2909 1-inch Ceramic Straightening Iron

Conair TS205 Travel Mini Straightener

Red By Kiss Professional Pressing Comb

Bed Head by TIGI Attention Grabber 1" Tourmaline Ceramic Hair Straightener

T3 Luminous 1" Straightening & Styling Iron

Conair Babp9557 Babyliss Pro Straightening Iron 1 Inch

Revlon Smooth Glide 1" Nano Diamond Straightener Styling Tool

Conair Babp9561 Babyliss Pro Straightening Iron 2 Inch

Laila Ali Ceramic 2-in-1 Styler, LAIR1603

Andis 2-Barrel Multi-Style Hair Waver

Revlon Healthy Hair Nutrifusion 1" Conditioning Triple Oil Infused 2-in-1 Hair Straightener

Conair Cs4Vcs Black Straightener Floating Ceramic Plates 3/4in

Conair Pro Cordless Straightener

Laila Ali Ceramic Straightener, LAST2600

Vidal Sassoon 1" Tourmaline Ceramic Extra-Long Straightener

Revlon Perfect Heat 1" Straightener

Laila Ali Root Styler, LAST2601

Vidal Sassoon 1.5" Tourmaline Ceramic Straightener

Bed Head by TIGI Say No More 1" Tourmaline Ceramic Curved Edge Hair Straightener

Vidal Sassoon 1" Tourmaline Ceramic Vibrating Straightener

Bed Head by TIGI Split Personality 1" Tourmaline Ceramic Hair Straightener

Conair CS26VCS 1/2-Inch Wet/Dry Straightener

Bed Head Straight Up 1" Tourmaline Ceramic Pointed Tip Straightener Styling Tool

Bed Head Groupie 1" Mini Straightener

Bed Head BH208C Bed Head Ego trip 3 4-inch Straightener

Vidal Sassoon 1" Touch Control Digital Tourmaline Ceramic Hair Straightener

Toni&Guy 1" Tourmaline Ceramic Curved Plate Hair Straightener
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