The 7 best hair straighteners to buy in 2018

Get the frizz-free straight hair you always wanted with the straighteners

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Be it to tame unruly and frizzed hair or to simply change one’s looks once in a while, hair straighteners are an essential gadget for many. But given that heat-styling can easily damage the hair, choosing the right one goes beyond the mere price. The materials they are made of and the temperatures employed can make it or break regardless of the price tag and that is why these are the best hair straighteners you can buy in 2018.

The best hair straighteners to buy in 2018

Please note that the following list compiles the best straighteners you can buy in 2018 and it doesn’t necessarily mean that these models were launched in this year. In fact, you might even recognize some of them since most have been among the best-selling and best-rated straighteners for several years now.

T3 Single Pass x Straightening Iron

T3 Single Pass x Straightening Iron best hair straighteners

T3 Single Pass takes a step beyond their competitors and instead of choosing one type of plate, it mixes the ceramic, tourmaline and ionic technologies in one.

The ceramic ensures a faster heating and a uniform distribution of warmth so not to strain the hair in some areas more than others. The tourmaline reinforces this distribution and ensures a smooth gliding to prevent frizz and leave the hair feeling softer and shinier. Lastly, the ionic technology emits negative ions that also reduce frizz and static.

The temperature dial can go up to 410º F (210º C) and it is adjustable, allowing for better control depending on the styling and type of hair.

Plus, it has audio and visual interfaces that indicate when the straightener has reached the ideal temperature and emit a warning when it is too hot or about to turn off after 30 minutes of inactivity.

This is one of the best hair straighteners for thick, coarse and curly hair, due to the high temperatures it can reach to provide for immediate results with one single pass. It can, however, be too strong for thin or fine hair.

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Cloud 9 The Original Iron

Cloud 9 The Original Iron best hair straighteners

Cloud Nine is slowly but steadily becoming one of the most reputable brands of hair straighteners in the market after its founder left GHD. Point in question: Cloud 9 the Original is already of the best hair straighteners in the market with its double performance as both a straightener and a curling iron.

The plates are made of ceramic that guarantee a smooth and tangle-free glide while ensuring a uniform temperature distribution to prevent heat damage and frizz. Also, since this distribution is balanced, it requires fewer passings to achieve the desired result.

It comes with a digital temperature control very straightforward to use to make it simple, even for the most tech-challenged people to choose between the 5 temperature settings that best fit their hair and styling. Plus, it can reach its maximum temperature in just 20 seconds!

The narrow plates with their round edges make this straightener also a great option as a curling iron to style the hair with soft curls or beach waves.

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Xtava Pro-Satin Infrared Flat Iron

Xtava Infrared Flat Iron Hair Straightener best hair straighteners

Xtava Infrared flat iron is one of the best hair straighteners for the coarsest and most stubborn curly hairs.

The two-inch-wide plates (5 cm) are impressive in size compared to most conventional straighteners and they are floatable. This means they adapt to the shape and thickness of the hair to ensure all the strands are in contact with them and will receive the heat uniformly.

Furthermore, these plates are made of ceramic which ensures a constant and well-distributed temperature, thus preventing heat damage and frizz. With 10 heat settings that go from 265ºF (130ºC) to 445ºF (230ºC) degrees, its most distinctive feature is, nevertheless, the use of infra-red technology to achieve these temperatures.

Unlike conventional heat, the infra-red generated one penetrates deeply into the hair strands to ensure the shaft is completely molded into a straight form, instead of only its superficial layers.

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Bio Ionic 10X Pro Styling Iron

Bio Ionic 10X Pro Styling Iron best hair straighteners

The Bio Ionic 10X hair dryer is already one of the best in the market in 2018, and it seems that the hair straightener of this hair styling line is making the family proud too.

Generally speaking, it looks like any conventional but good-quality hair straightener. The plates are made of ceramic for a well-distributed temperature and easy glide, while the ionic technology ensures a frizz and static-free effect.

The secret to its success, though, it’s in the vibrating plates. The plates emit a soft vibration that enhances the heat distribution and speeds up the process so you can achieve a smooth and polished look in under 10 minutes. Plus, although this straightener doesn’t leave room to any frizz effect, the vibrating plates ensure the hair retains part of its volume to prevent the limp-look.

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BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Straightening Iron

BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Straightening Iron best hair straighteners

BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium is not one single straightening iron, but several. Using the same technology and with exactly the same settings, you can choose through several plate widths, extended or standard length, regular or thin, and even a compact version for traveling.

This variety ensures you can choose the best option for your hair length but also hair type more easily without compromising the quality of the results.

These models came with 50 heat settings, with the maximum being 450º F (approx. 233º C), but don’t get too excited. They are not pre-set, which mean you need to go one by one until you find the desired temperature.

The plates are made of titanium with an interior of ceramic. This combination guarantees the plates achieve high temperatures very fast and that it maintains them consistently throughout them. The titanium is also a lightweight material and more resistant to scratches or other damages that could possibly condition its working.

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L’Oreal Professional Steampod

LOreal Professional Steampod best hair straighteners

L’Oréal Professionnel Steampod is one of the most unconventional hair straighteners on the market.

It comes with a small water tank that takes a bit longer to warm up than regular flat irons but releases a soft steam through the hair to gently mold it. The floating plates ensure that the hair is always in contact with the iron while the embedded comb separates each air strand for a more uniform distribution of the heat with each passing.

The combination of steam and pro-keratin technology tames and styles the hair easily while preventing damages and maintaining the hair’s hydration and moisturization levels. Plus, and surprisingly enough, this technology prevents the frizz effect, even if on wet days, providing for a smooth and super-straight result.

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Remington S8510 Frizz Therapy

Remington S8510 Frizz Therapy best hair straighteners

If the main reason for you to use a flat iron is to tame frizzy hair, look no further. This is one of the best hair straighteners in the market to tackle this problem due to the micro-conditioners it infuses the hair with.

The floating plates are made of ceramic, warming up to the highest temperature (446º F / 230º C) in just 30 seconds. The uniform distribution of the heat throughout the plates also prevents heat damage whilst ensuring faster and smoother results.

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How to use a flat iron properly

Using the best hair straighteners doesn’t mean you won’t be risking damaging your hair, burning yourself or ending up with a result worse than expected. These straighteners have the best features to prevent any of these from happening but using the wrong technique can still ruin your efforts.

Check out in the video below a demonstration and some tips on how to properly use a flat iron, taught by HSI Professional.