What is the Best Flat
Iron of 2016?
When you buy a straightener is sometimes difficult to choose the brand and model, especially because in shops you see dozens of different straighteners and the most expensive ones is not necessarily the best. So, what makes a flat iron the best flat iron?
The women’s hygiene industry continues to boom as new, and improved, products are being brought onto the scene on an annual basis. With all of these products now becoming available, it can be a difficult process to discover exactly which one is best.
This is especially true when trying to find the optimal flat iron. Do a quick Google search of best flat iron and you are sure to find list upon list of what hair stylists and other experts feel are the top choices for best flat iron 2016.
One thing that many of these lists don’t take into account, however, is the unique needs of each consumer. I use hair straightners a lot! All day long, so in an effort to guide you towards finding a flat iron that fulfills your needs, I made a list after testing this flat irons with my clients and friends on the last months.
How to choose the best flat iron?
Ana, one of my best clients (and friend) recently sent me the following e-mail:
“I would like to ask for your help to choose the best flat iron for my hair type! What are the characteristics that the flat iron should have so it not spoil the hair (…)? I know there are some flat irons that are ionic? What’s the difference?”
There are some aspects to take into account when buying a hair straightener, because brands will always offer different products that promise miracles, but they do not always comply with them.
The Width Of the Flat Iron
The moment of choice is essential to begin by considering the size of your hair so you can decide the Width size of your flat iron plates, based on this. A thin straightening plate can be used to straighten hair, short hair as well as curling hair. The other shape of flat iron is the long type with a wide straightening plate. You should use these flat irons on longer hair because it can be difficult to straighten with one of the thinner models. These flat irons provide better gripping. But is not all, they also allow more hair to be flat ironed at a time.
Once chosen the size of the plates, it is important to choose the type of plates. You can choose betweenthe basic flat irons, the ceramic plates, Tourmaline plates, and Ionic. With ceramic coating, which, in addition to being resistant, have the great advantage of maintaining stable temperature you will have a flat iron which act in the same way throughout the hair (nice!).
The basic flat irons are made with metal plates and few heat settings. You can use this type if your budget is very low and you just use it to straight a portion of your hair…
The Tourmaline flat iron models are the best flat irons you can choose in my opinion. The material is by far the most durable, heats up quickly, holds a stable heat and the hair looks healthy and shiny.
The Ionic is the most top notch of the flat irons. The results are wonderful, not going to argue that! But probably you can achive similar results with a tourmaline or ceramic flat iron. However if your hair is dry it is best to opt for an ionic model!
Chi flat iron
The Chi Flat Iron is yet another popular option among many women for use in both the home and sometimes even in professional settings. Many users love the fact that it is extremely light weight and easy to maneuver. It also provides the advantage of heating up quickly and generally doesn’t require any more than 1-2 passes to be effective.
Another major reason that the Chi Professional flat iron is such a popular option is because of its durability. Some users have experienced the benefits of this product for as many as five years, which is significantly longer than most flat irons at this price generally last.
Speaking of price, you will probably be looking at paying somewhere in the $85-$100 range for this product. With its combination of durability, effectiveness, and quality, however, the Chi Professional is still a very solid value at that price.
Paul Mitchell flat iron
The Paul Mitchell Flat Iron has been a mainstay of InStyle Magazine’s yearly awards for ‘best beauty buy’, making it one of the most popular options for women with any type of hair style. The two main perks of Paul Mitchell Protools Express Ion Smooth is that it have LCD display to ensure a digital temperature control and can Heat up to 410°F in 60 seconds (wow).
The price of this Paul Mitchell flat iron usually ends up being somewhere in the $20- $180 range. With it being one of the most popularly used flat irons, the price makes it yet another top value option. While you may be turned off by the idea of using a flat iron that you’re not quite used to, there is a pretty good chance that you will be more than happy with the results.
Remington Flat Iron
For those of you with ‘frizzy’ hair, this is just the flat iron for you. This gem is designed to decrease frizziness and has proven to do so. In fact, Allure Magazine actually performed a study that found that it has the ability to decrease frizziness by over 60%.
Another perk of this frizz therapy iron is that it is made by Remington, which has long been a trusted brand in both men’s and women’s hygiene. The fact that you’re dealing with a major brand means that customer service will be your ally and there will be no shortage of information about exactly how to best use and maintain the product.
The price of this Remington Flat Iron comes in at right around the $60 mark, making it a great value as well.
Croc Flat Iron
If you’re looking for something with advanced technology, the Croc Flat Iron may be right up your alley. This is a favorite choice among salons and stylists due to its ability to create a smooth look with just a couple passes through the hair.
While the price tag of the Croc Flat Iron is a little hefty at right around $80, this is one of the most durable flat irons on the market. They have Titanium ionic plates combined with far infrared heat (!!!) in them, which help make sure you won’t be purchasing another flat iron soon when you make the decision to buy this gem.
Sedu Flat Iron
The Sedu flat iron, similar to the Croc flat iron, is another favorite of many stylists and salon owners. The technology in this thing is second to none and, while it is a fairly new product, it has quickly planted itself among the best ones on the market today.
This might look like a simple flat iron, but the curved edge plates are genial! They allow you to Straight the hair, try sexy waves or mega curls.
Like the Croc flat iron, owning the Sedu flat iron will set you back about $130. Many professionals swear by this product, however, so if you think of it as a long term investment than there is no doubt that you will be satisfied with what you get.
The Final Word
At the end of the day, any discussion about the best products of 2016 has to include talk about both the Instyler and the Chi Professional. The advanced technology in these products is amazing and they’re both known for their ability to straighten hair that many typical irons simply cannot.
For overall quality, the choice for best flat iron would have to be either the Sedu or the Chi Professional. If it is a combination of quality and affordability that you’re looking for, however, there are quite a few solid options to choose from.
The Croc Flat Iron certainly has the user reviews to make its case as the top value of 2016, although the reliability of the Remington brand makes the S8510 Anti Frizz Therapy Straightener the best option for women with frizzy hair.
Overall, you certainly can’t go wrong with any of the options on this list as they have all proven themselves as some of the top flat irons of 2016. Before making your own decision on which product to purchase, be sure to do your research to determine which flat iron works best for your unique hair type.