Tips To Buy The Perfect Hair Straightener
With so many different brands, styles, and types of hair straighteners on the market, it can be pretty darn confusing deciding which one is right for you. The vast difference in price only makes purchasing one all the more difficult!
When it comes to professional hair straighteners, there are some things you should definitely look for beyond price, brand, or style. These are:
Temperature Control: Lower quality hair straighteners tend not to have a temperature control option, which is definitely not doing your hair any favors. Most of these hair straighteners will heat up to the highest heat possible (usually over 450 degrees Fahrenheit) and will damage and ravage most hair.
A good quality professional hair straightener will allow you to alter the heat, ranging from 280 degrees Fahrenheit up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Thinner hair requires less heat, so give your hair a break if you have thin to medium-thick hair and do not exceed 400 degrees.
Heated Plates: The material that is used on the hair straightener itself is important. The plates that are heated up and that are then used to actually straighten out our hair should not be made of any sort of metal or aluminum. If you want to have a quality hair straightener, definitely go for any hair straightener that has ceramic plates. These are less damaging to your hair and tend to hold heat better and for longer.
Check the Power Cord: From personal experience, when looking for a good quality hair straightener also observe the power cord being used. Cheaper hair straighteners usually have a power cord that can easily be bent so the wires inside no longer connected properly, so your hair straightener may no longer heat up or it may only do so intermittently.
Size: These days, you can find a hair straightener in almost any size so that all hair types and hair lengths are accommodated (including very short hair). You want to be sure that the hair straightener you buy is appropriate for your hair length and type. If you have thicker, more coarse hair, definitely choose a wider hair straightener. If you have fairly average hair, then choose a 1 ¼” hair straightener.
Warranty: When ever you buy your hair straightener, make sure it comes with at least a 1 year warranty and keep the receipt. A lot of appliances tend to go a bit “wonky” within that first year, so having that warranty is protecting your investment.
Price: The most expensive hair straightener out there may not necessarily be the right one for you. Take the points given above and try to find a few hair straighteners that would be suitable for your hair. You can expect to pay any where from $20 to $200 for a hair straightener. Read online reviews and make sure that you are getting exactly what you want out of it.
Decide which straightener you want: a hair brush straightener, a flat iron or something else.
When in doubt, make a quick stop off at a hair salon or spa and ask them what they would recommend!
About The Author:
Monica Davis a professional hairstylist and a women’s success coach. She shares beauty industry insight with you about new styling tools, hair products, and the latest things in hairdressing.