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Top 10 Hair Straighteners 2016

Looking exquisite takes some attempt. We get it. So cut down on your getting geared up time with this sort of efficient and function-rich hair straighteners. Coming with tourmaline and ionic technology, they may come up with that silky smooth flat iron appearance in no time.

BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium-Plated Straightening IronHSI Professional Ceramic Tourmaline Ionic Flat Iron hair straightener, with Glove, Pouch and Travel Size Argan Oil Leave-in Hair Treatment (Packaging May Vary)BIO IONIC Onepass Straightening Iron, 1 Inch, BlackInfiniti Pro by Conair Professional 2-Inch Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Ironghd Classic 1-inch StylerRemington S9130P T|Studio Thermaluxe Wide Hair Straightener with Tangle Free Fabric Swivel Cord, Flat Iron, 2 Inch, Blush PinkKarmin G3 Salon Professional Ceramic Flat Iron, BlackBaBylissPRO Porcelain Ceramic Straightening Iron, 1 InchTurboion Rbb Croc Classic Straightener, Black Titanium Plates, 1.5 InchHai Classic Convertible Ceramic Flat Iron, 1-1/4 Inch

It's All in the Materials

Flat irons may get the kinks out of your hair, but trying to distinguish among them -- to attempt an intelligent purchase decision -- can threaten to tangle your mind! A quick review of packaging reveals numerous heady claims -- and a long list of materials and techniques. You'll find the terms ceramic, tourmaline, and ceramic tourmaline. You'll come across references to ionic, infrared, and nanotechnology. What does it all mean, and why does any of it matter? Below is an attempt at explanation, along with some common-sense cautions.

The term ceramic refers to plate material. According to product manufacturers, ceramic plates distribute heat more evenly. Therefore, even at higher temperatures, so they say, a ceramic flat iron will be kinder to the hair than, for instance, a stainless steel tool. Some industry professionals insist ceramic plates heat the hair "from the inside." Other stylists claim ceramic plates offer a more intense heating experience and are therefore more likely to damage hair. Whose advice you'll accept depends upon your inclination.

Here's the rub: Some lower-priced irons offer a ceramic coating over metal plates. You'll get some of the benefits of ceramic material when the product is new. But over time, the coating can chip off which can lead to uneven heat distribution. Irons that are made of solid ceramic are more costly but both the product and the even heat benefits will last longer.

Titanium became a preferred material in a range of consumer products - including eyeglass frames -- in the 1980s and 1990s. In flat irons, according to manufacturers, titanium plate coating allows the plates to pass through the hair more smoothly. This helps cut down on frizz and reduce damage, so the claim goes. Titanium plates are also lightweight, heat quickly and retain heat well, making them great for traveling...or just taking to work!

Tourmaline -- yep, the gemstone, ground for industrial use -- helps make the plates of a flat iron smoother, discouraging snags and therefore, damage. Some claim tourmaline also helps the iron maintain heat longer. Tourmaline is typically used in combination with a ceramic material. Most of all, tourmaline generates negative ions which help keep moisture in the hair. It also allows for greater shine. Tourmaline, therefore, leaves your hair healthier -- and shinier than other materials.

Ionic packaging claims may be a bit misleading here. There is no specific "technology" that is "ionic." It's just that tourmaline as a material produces negative ions. So if your plates are coated with tourmaline, you'll get the positive benefit of those ions, namely less frizz and "poufiness."

Infrared technology allows heat to penetrate the cortex of the hair, according to manufacturer claims, without negatively affecting hair's structure. Infrared rays also allow the cuticle to lay more flat. It all adds up to less frizz and less damage.

According to flat iron product materials, nanotechnology amounts to creating billions of particles from a single particle. This helps improve the performance and functionality of any material. In flat irons, nanotechnology may be applied to any number of coatings. Sometimes, even silver is added to another coating, like ceramic, to buttress performance and create more shine in the hair.

So there you have it. An exhaustive (whew!) review of materials and technologies.

Hair-Altering Implements: Centuries of Conceit

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Even ancient Egyptian ladies heated flat iron plates over a fire to straighten their tresses. But it was not until the 19th century that Europeans devised instruments to alter their natural hair texture. Sometime in the 1870s, Frenchman Marcel Grateau -- working in the slums of Paris-- crafted a pair of hinged rods. Heating them and applying them to hair acted to alter its native look. Marcel's iron could be used not only to straighten but also to crimp the hair. Believe it or not, Marcel's early clients were prostitutes. All the same, the craze for the marcelled look went into overdrive and lasted nearly 50 years!

The next advance emerged from the very top of society when, about 40 years later, an Englishwoman named Lady Jennifer Bell Schofield developed her own tool, quite similar in design to that of Grateau. The plates were attached to longer handles, the better to keep the hot metal of the irons away from the face. All the same, both Grateau's and Schofield's implements often led to injury -- burns on the scalp, face, neck, -- as well as the singeing of the hair.

Some historians report when you entered a middle-class English home in the 1920s, the smell of burned hair was an unfortunate reality. One of the chief drawbacks of these early tools was lack of temperature control. Users could estimate how long to leave the iron in the fire, but no one could ever be sure of its actual temperature.

Fast-forward to the 1950s when women in the U.S. literally used a clothes pressing iron to straighten their hair on an ironing board. Awkward, yes -- and of course, dangerous. One false move and burns to the ears, face, hands or neck could result.

Today's flat irons are not only more convenient but safer than the early tools. Temperature control is a major improvement. In addition, manufacturers are using materials that are kinder to hair than exposed metal.

Keeping Tresses Healthy

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Even though today's high-tech flat irons offer a lot more in the way of safety and efficacy than their primitive forebears, let's face it. You're still applying hundreds of degrees of heat directly to your hair. To keep your tresses healthy, look toward these common-sense safety rules:

Adjust the heat to suit your hair type. Ideally, you'll choose an iron with temperature-specific heating controls. But even if your iron includes only a range of settings from very low to very high, you still need to consider how best to keep your hair from becoming damaged.

Straightening hair amounts to breaking down the hydrogen bonds that result in your natural curls or waves. The curlier the hair, the stronger the bonds. The stronger the bonds, the more heat you'll need.

The general guideline is that if you have fine hair, you should use lower temps. Coarser hair typically requires higher heat to get and keep strands straight.

Minimize the number of passes. This goes hand-in-hand with temperature selection. If you choose the right amount of heat, you won't need to go over the hair more than a few times to get it straight. Each time you pass the flat iron over a section, you run the risk of heightening damage.

Keep the number of uses per week to a minimum. Fond though you may be of straight hair, experts recommend using a flat iron no more than once or twice a week. More frequent use than that can lead to serious, and sometimes, permanent damage to your strands.

Use a heat protectant. Store shelves abound with products that are intended to protect your hair from heat. It's wise to use some form of protectant each time you blow-dry or flat-iron.

Deep condition, especially if you use heat styling tools regularly. How often depends on the original texture and condition of your hair.

#10.Hai Classic Convertible Ceramic Flat Iron, 1-1/4 Inch

I went to a new salon about a year ago and got a hair cut. As I was sitting in the chair as the stylist cut and straightened my hair(i have curly hair), i wanted to know what straighter she was using because my hair was like SILK! she told me it was the HAI. Never heard of it before. I was in love, but i wasn't just going to go buy another flat iron just because i liked it more than my chi and I'm a college student so that wouldn't be very cheap. Well, eventually, my chi finally stopped working after 3 years and I decided to get the hai instead of a new chi because its soooo much better!! my hair always felt burnt and dry, even after using deep conditioners and heat protection sprays with the chi. I didn't notice that at first because the chi was a step up from my Walmart flat iron(literally an iron!).

Long story short, I bought it, its worth the money, better than the CHI and I LOVE IT! most importantly, I LOVE my hair :)

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#9.Turboion Rbb Croc Classic Straightener, Black Titanium Plates, 1.5 Inch

Turboion's croc flat irons earn excellent reviews from the industry's most discerning professional stylists. besides its unique shape, this flat iron has an easy to use digital temperature readout in plain view on the handle.

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#8.BaBylissPRO Porcelain Ceramic Straightening Iron, 1 Inch

Works very well. I've also loaned it to others with very thick curly hair while traveling, and it worked well for them also. Unless you have extremely curly hair, it works just as well as a Chi. Save your money and get this instead.

Some things I like about the product are: (1) the adjustable temperature dial is nice for those with fine hair as a mid-range temperature works fine for my hair and it allows me to minimize the heat damage. (2) the cord is extra long, longer than any of my other hair appliances, and is great if you are in a space where the outlet is far from a mirror, or at the gym and trying to stay out of people's way while sharing a mirror. (3) The plate is really wide. I feel like it gets the hair really smooth even with just a quick pass. I have really long hair and find it very helpful as I don't want to create any more damage by having to move the iron over the hair really slowly or having to make two passes over the hair section.

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#7.Karmin G3 Salon Professional Ceramic Flat Iron, Black

Just to give you a background I have extremely fine but full curly hair (3c tight curls), I have been natural for 3 years. I was doing research for flat irons for about 3 months before deciding on what kind I wanted and also the benefits as well. I decided to purchase the Karmin G3 Salon Tourmaline Flat Iron in white. I do not straighten my hair often just because of humidity issues and the difficulty of keeping it straight. This flat iron changed ALL of that!! I can see that I am EXTREMELY impressed with it. I have had it for over a year and it is definitely worth the investment.

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#6.Remington S9130P T|Studio Thermaluxe Wide Hair Straightener with Tangle Free Fabric Swivel Cord, Flat Iron, 2 Inch, Blush Pink

You’re just one pass away from straightened, radiant hair that lasts! *** The Remington T|Studio Thermaluxe 2” Straightener contains 10x more ceramic, keeping hair healthy and smooth after each styling session. Advanced Thermal Technology optimizes heat levels to prevent damage while quickly transforming hair into the all-day straightened styles you love. The 2” plates straighten large sections of hair, and the “floating” design keeps them in constant contact with the hair for consistent styles. Other features include: 450? high heat, 15-second heat-up, 30 heat settings, 60-minute auto shutoff, 4-year limited warranty.

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#5.ghd Classic 1-inch Styler

The perfect tool for all your hair styling needs. universal voltage for worldwide travel use. The nose of the plates touch first, so it leaves a very small gap as you look down the plates, but if clamped down on tightly, they do eventually touch. god styles have floating plates that help the hair glide through the hair effortlessly. The gap should almost disappear once the hair glides through the plates

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#4.Infiniti Pro by Conair Professional 2-Inch Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron

A professional-caliber straightener for home use

The Infiniti by Conair CS32BX Tourmaline Ceramic Straightener emits negative ions that reduce frizziness and produce healthy, shiny hair. Tourmaline technology eliminates static electricity in your hair, making flyaways and frizzy hair a thing of the past. The CS32BX provides healthy, stylish looking hair in no time. Just turn it on and it's ready to go.

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#3.BIO IONIC Onepass Straightening Iron, 1 Inch, Black

The Fastest Straightening Iron Ever. The OnePass Iron represents a true breakthrough in straightening iron technology. The OnePass allows users to straighten hair in half the time compared to traditional irons. This is the professional's #1 choice in irons. With patented silicone speed strips in the plates, it allows users to straighten and style hair in half the time. BioCeramic heaters heat up OnePass to 400 Degrees Fahrenheit with instant recovery for smooth results, roots to ends. OnePass Iron plates emit natural negative ions and far infrared energy that breaks down water clusters on the hair surface into smaller molecules that penetrate deeper, hydrating hair, removing frizzies, and creating healthy-looking, shiny hair. It's Multi-level heat controller, and 9 ft Swivel Cord make it one the most preferred irons chosen by stylists.

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#2.HSI Professional Ceramic Tourmaline Ionic Flat Iron hair straightener, with Glove, Pouch and Travel Size Argan Oil Leave-in Hair Treatment (Packaging May Vary)

The Professional HSI Flat Iron is great for transforming frizzy, dull hair into gorgeously straight, sleek locks. Aside from straightening, the Proffesional HSI Flat Iron curls and flips hair beautifully, its 1" plates giving maximum control for all hair types. With flash quick heating and swivel cord, this iron provides great style without making a mess or taking too much time. Featuring new easier grip with ergonomic design for easier hold, the styler flat iron also has versatile heat settings to provide you with total control for all your hairstyling needs. Moist ceramic heat with solid ceramic plates and coils will maintain even temperature

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#1.BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium-Plated Straightening Iron

This is long but important. I have Very thick, African American hair (bra strap length, natural/no perm etc) I'm going to preface this by saying this review is only for my sisters in struggle - sisters with hair that takes an hour to blow dry level thick... hair that you take to a Dominican salon and wait in line for an hour and a half STANDING UP when you feel like getting a press because you're arms are not strong enough to do your own hair plus you know no one else can ever *quite* get the roots right... Sisters whose momma's might've disregarded their life safety by heating up an actual hot iron comb on the stove burner in order to lay your edges on Sundays and thus you are simultaneously immune to heat in the scalp area but also traumatized, thus you straighten your hair only occasionally and with extreme caution. This review is for YOU my friend.

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