BY JACQUELINE KILIKITA
Whether you want to smooth out frizz, control your curls or simply iron out the odd kink, finding the perfect pair of hair straighteners is no mean feat.
Lasting an average of almost four years, they’re an investment beauty buy, something that has the ability to take your tresses from mane-like to manageable in a flick of the wrist – but with new tools being launched into the beauty sphere faster than it takes you to whip your hair up into a messy ponytail, how do you know which ones really deliver?
Wide plates or thin plates? Ceramic or keratin-infused? Well, we’ve made it just a little bit easier with our pick of the very best hair straighteners. Check it out…
Philips Moisture Protect Hair Straighteners
You can actually hear some straighteners sapping your hair of moisture with a wince-inducing sizzling sound – but not this one. The MoistureProtect technology acts like a shield against harsh heat, making sure that your hair stays hydrated – and that means it looks a hell of a lot healthier. No straw-like tresses here.
Vidal Sassoon Infra Radiance Straightener
These futuristic-looking straighteners harness infrared technology to distribute heat throughout your lengths much more evenly, which means you’re less likely to cause damage or notice any waves that have escaped their clutches once you’re done. Don’t let the price tag fool you – they’re so fast!
Trevor Sorbie Keratin + Argan Salon Straightener
Nourished hair looks and feels healthier – fact. Not only does the added keratin and argan oil in the plates protect your hair from the wrath of intense heat, but both work to banish frizz into oblivion, giving every single strand an almost glass-like finish.
BaByliss Boutique Salon Control Straightener
They may look humble but the results are pretty extraordinary! Thanks to the slim and curved design, you can fashion a set of bouncy waves as fast as you can smooth them out, and if poker-straight hair is your thing, you’ll be really impressed to know that the style lasts for days on end – even if your hair is prone to curling up at the ends. A once over is all you need.
Remington Shine Therapy Straightener
Both plates in Remington’s cult straightening irons boast an intense hit of Vitamin E and Moroccan Argan Oil which permeates each and every strand as you pass them through. Expect a diamond finish that sticks around for days (we can vouch for that) and hair that is so soft, you’ll have a hard time trying not to touch it constantly.
Cloud Nine The Original Iron
Cloud Nine was founded by the masterminds behind ghd, so it was always bound to be a winner! Nothing much can beat their original iron; super-sturdy yet light, it takes the faff out of straightening even the most rebellious locks. The plates are just a touch wider than most, so it’s pretty difficult to miss any kinks. Well worth the price tag.
Nicky Clarke DesiRED Salon Professional Straightener
Girls with unruly curls or thick, course hair really need to add pair of these babies to their hair styling arsenal. Complete with eleven temperature settings, it glides through hair like a hot knife through butter to eradicate frizz and flyaways in one go. Years later and ours are still going strong. Nicky, we salute you.
T3 SinglePass X Straightening Iron
Tourmaline technology in T3’s iron ensures a super-sleek finish every time and it’s a dab hand at defining curls and waves, too. You can achieve the same ultra-glossy style on even the very lowest temperature, so that singeing smell and worrying hissing sound is a thing of the past.
ghd Platinum Tropic Sky Styler
Not much comes close to ghd’s Platinum Styler which has been given a snazzy, festival-esque makeover as part of the new Wanderlust collection. The classic iron is proven to reduce hair breakage by 50% (impressive, right?), promises to dial up shine by 20% and straightens in a single stroke, but the best part is that it’ll look fierce atop your dresser.