Last updated on February 11th, 2021 at 10:05 pm
Many women think that the most important characteristic of a good hair straightener is the material. Yes, you can choose one of the popular titanium flat irons, and it would be a smart decision. However, besides high-quality material, you also need to keep in mind the width and shape of the plate, which will affect your results more than anything else. Convenience and the health of your hair depend directly on these features. So, your essential task is to make sure that you know how to choose the kind of flat iron that is best for your hair.
Features of a Quality Flat Iron
To start, let’s check out the standard features of a professional flat iron. The plate width of a quality flat iron is 25 mm, and the length of the plates is 100 mm. This is the best option for most women, although when choosing a straightener for yourself, it is better to take into account the length and thickness of your hair. The main features differ, with the width varying from 15 to 30 mm. The wider the plate, the more hair it can hold at a time.
How to Choose a Flat Iron for Different Hair Lengths
A few useful tips to simplify your choice: for short hair, choose a narrow iron with plates no more than 15 mm, as it is much easier to handle. For hair below the shoulders, it is better to choose plates of at least 30 mm, and for thick and long hair, it is better to choose wide plates up to 40 mm. If you have thick, long hair, you won’t be able to straighten it with a small curling iron. The process will take a long time, and the result still probably won’t meet your expectations. To style long hair, you will need a straightner with plates at least 4 cm in width and a power of 50-60 watts.
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What Heating Temperature is Optimal for a Hair Straightener?
Temperature is another important consideration if you plan to style your hair with a straightener. Higher temperatures are better able to handle thick and curly hair; it shortens the procedure, but at the same time, there is a risk of damaging the hair structure. Most of the modern straighteners can be heated to 392F, but there are models that have a higher maximum temperature (about 446-450F).
Remember that irons that can heat up to high temperatures are more often classified as professional models and have additional capabilities. A temperature of 392F is the maximum for most devices, but it’s still very hot. This setting can only be used by women with thick, dense, or curly hair. For thin and dry hair, temperatures above 170-212F are not recommended; for normal and colored hair, a mode of 170-300F will be enough.
What Else to Consider When Choosing a Hair Straightener?
Hair straighteners from well-known manufacturers have many beneficial functions. For example, ionization is a good option to protect the hair from excessive drying and magnetization, and steam treatment is suitable for the safe straightening of the curly hair. Take these tips into account and get a reliable hair straightener that will last a long time and serve you well!
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