Choosing a hair iron
It's worth investing in a good quality straightening/styling iron.
More often than not, a cheap iron will damage your hair because it's
made with poor materials. Professional hair irons feature the most
advanced technologies; they have higher-quality plates and maintain
higher, more consistent temperatures, which all add up to higher-quality
When choosing an iron, it's important to consider your hair type and
length, as well as what you're planning to use it for. Most people
use their iron to straighten their hair, but if you're going to do
more styling than straightening you should choose a narrower plate.
The following chart will help you decide which iron is best for you.
shoulders: 1 - 1½"
Shoulder length: 1 - 2"
Below shoulders: 1½ - 2"
shoulders: ½ -1¼ "
Shoulder length: 1 - 1½"
Below shoulders: 1¼ - 2"
(finer hair = lower temperature)
Depends on length & type
(use lowest setting for most damaged)
If you notice frizz, dry ends or breakage the iron may be too hot.
For fine hair, experts suggest starting at the lowest possible temperature
setting and then, if necessary, gradually increasing it until you
find the temperature that is right for your hair. For other hair types,
start at the lowest temperature in the recommended range and work
up, if necessary.
It's easy to get confused, so hopefully this glossary will help:
Ceramic - produces negative ions, duffuses heat and seals the
hair cuticle for shiny, frizz-free hair.
Ionic - styling irons with this feature create negative ions.
Dry, damaged hair carries a positive ionic charge, which stop it looking
its healthiest. When positive and negative ions collide they neutralise
each other, which is good for your hair, giving smooth and shiny results.
Infrared - a gentle heating method that penetrates the hair
shaft without causing damage. It helps to balance ions and give smoother,
Nano - an advanced smoothing and styling technology infused
into the plates. Usually works with another technology such as Nano
Titanium or Nano Silver.
Silver - eliminates bacteria on the plates and your hair.
Titanium - straightens hair quickly, maintaining consistent
heat levels to prevent hair damage.
Tourmaline - a semi-precious gemstone that produces six times
more negative ions than ceramic. It's often infused into ceramic plates
to produce an even straighter, shiner finish.