This flat iron review covers the basic characteristics that you should look for when shopping for a new flat iron. You do get what you pay for with flat irons. How to decide between a higher end iron such as the Sedu, Chi, GHD or FHI Heat, or the less expensive Remington, Revlon or Hot Tools can get a little confusing and overwhelming.
The super expensive flat irons DO work like magic and they make the job easier, but the end results aren’t so much better than you get with the less expensive irons. Get the most expensive flat iron that you can afford, but don’t worry if you aren’t getting the top of the line as long as you follow these guidelines:
- Look for a flat iron with ceramic heating.
- Add tourmaline and/or titanium and you are doing even better.
- DO NOT get a flat iron with metal or aluminum plates. Plates should also be ceramic or with tourmaline or titanium
- Beware the tricky words “coated plates” .. this means it is a metal iron with ceramic coating – not good.
- Irons with a PTFC heater, capable of producing far infrared heat, are the best because they warm the hair from the inside out causing less damage to the hair. Some irons, such as the Sedu, have nanotechnology which uses small particles to transfer the heat quickly, creating shine and eliminating static. Ionic irons reduce frizz by promoting moisture retention in the hair shaft because of the action of their negative ions.
- Also make sure the iron heats up to at least 350 or 400 degrees.