Most of us already own flat irons in hopes of achieving the coveted smooth, straight and shiny tresses on celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Avril Lavigne, but when it comes down to it, do we really know what what type of iron is best for our hair? Tourmaline, ionic, ceramic, titanium…the list of strange and awkward terms related to flat irons goes on and on! In order to clear the flat iron air a bit, we give you a very basic, brief and straightforward approach to types of irons, what they can do for/do to your hair as well as related costs. Hope this helps!
Top of The Line Tourmaline
Tourmaline flat irons are what you will see your professional stylist use before you walk out of the salon with super smooth and straight tresses. Tourmaline is a type of gemstone that is crushed and infused into the ceramic plates of the iron creating an extra smooth surface. The presence of tourmaline balances your hair and dramatically reduces static and frizz. Tourmaline flat irons can cost anywhere from $100 to well over $200, a small price to pay for less damage and dependability if you ask us!
The Standard Choice Ceramic
Ceramic materials make the plates of a flat iron smoother and disperse heat more evenly for a smoother hair finish with less static. Be aware of irons with metal plates that are coated with ceramic materials versus those that are made of solid ceramic plates. You will get better results with less lasting damage from the latter, not to mention the fully ceramic plates will last longer. These irons range in price from approximately $40-$150 depending on whether the plates are coated or fully comprised of ceramic materials. Because of the moderate price, this type of flat iron is the most common choice.
Bottom of The Totem Pole Aluminum
Flat irons made with aluminum plates are the most inexpensive irons ($15-$30) for a reason. They are incredibly low in quality and pose high risk of damage to your hair. Aluminum scratches easily and heats unevenly leaving hair prone to frizz and breakage. Protective product is always important when it comes to heat styling, but especially important if you are using an aluminum flat iron.