I’ve had my current flat-iron — in fact, the only flat-iron I’ve ever owned — for about eight years old now.
It occurred to me that recently that:
1) It’s probably time to replace it; and
2) There might be way better flat irons out there anyway.
So I spent two weeks doing research to narrow down to the three best flat irons for curly hair.
How I chose the best flat irons for curly hair
I did some research to find out what the most important things were when you used a flat iron on curly hair. To even be considered for the title of “Best,” the flat iron had to have three things, all w
1) Tourmaline plates to “produce more negative ions.” I never was good at chemistry, but apparently that means your hair ends up silkier, smoother, and shinier.
2) Plates that are less than 1 1/2 inches wide, because smaller plates get the curly roots smoothed out properly.
3) An adjustable temperature setting so you won’t fry your hair (I thought they all had that, but apparently not, even among the more expensive models.)
The 3 Best Flat Irons for Curly Hair
Digital Flat Iron for Curly Hair
The Aphrodite Flat Iron from Onassis Style has some very nice features regarding the heat setting, which are way better than my current flat iron.
Instead of just a simple dial, it has a digital method of displaying the iron’s heat setting. Seven different temperatures are displayed inside the iron, with a rocker switch for you to select the temperature you want. (Note: If you’re over 40, like me, it may be a little hard to read the settings without glasses and/or plenty of light.) Because the settings are inside the iron, you don’t have to worry about accidentally knocking it with your thumb or something.
A blue LED display lights up to show you which setting you have it on. One nice feature is that if the temperature is currently higher than the set temperature, both the temperature setting and the actual temperature are highlighted to make you aware that the iron might be too hot.
Not only does this iron heat up quickly, but it beeps to let you know that it reached the set temperature.One of the nicest thing about this flat-iron is that has an automatic turn-off. My kids will tell you that many times I’ve turned the car around because I was afraid I might have left the flat-iron on.
As far as the function of the iron itself, the sides are rounded, making it easier to roll the iron and curl the ends of the hair, and the plates are tucked in far enough from the sides to make it less likely that you’ll burn yourself. There is also a thumb area for easy gripping.
One thing I liked about the 6th Sense Pro flat-iron is that the cord is short. This may sound like a bad thing, but I know I’m often worrying about the cord falling in the sink, getting shut in the drawer, etc, so that struck me as a nice feature.Also, it has a magnetic-closing case with a thermal protection layer, so you can put the iron away immediately while it’s still hot. Not only is that fantastic for straightening your hair right before a trip, but it’s also nice to not have it sit around cluttering up your counter because you can’t put it away until later when it’s cool.
Best Flat-Iron for Curly Hair Under $50
The HSI is the #1 Best-Seller in Hair Straightening Irons on Amazon, probably at least in part due to it’s low price.
Unlike the Onassis, it does not have an automatic shut-off timer. It comes with a traveling bag, heat glove, and a trial size of Argan oil. Unlike the 6th Sense, the HSI has a long cord — almost seven feet long — which could be a good thing depending on where you’re using it. Also worth noting is that is has a swivel cord to prevent tangles.
So which one will I replace my current flat-iron with? I don’t know, although all three of these are definitely an improvement over what I have, and I would probably be very happy with any of them. I guess it just depends on how much money I’m willing and able to spend — or even better, put all three of them on my Christmas Wish List and see what happens.
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