How Do Hair Tool Favorites Like Dyson, Hot Tools, and BaByliss Straighteners Measure Up?
Find out how we ranked the top 4 straightening irons on the market
When it comes to styling your hair consumers are often faced with a dilemma: style how they want, or subject their hair to repeated damage. This is especially true for hair straighteners.
Many of us feel that we need to have perfect hair 24/7. Sleek, frizz-free, and immaculately styled– but the catch-22 is that the more you do to your hair, the more prone it is to developing said frizz, split ends, becoming dry, or even burning.
Fortunately, technological advances in the beauty industry have progressed enough where hair tools are built with materials, technologies, or special features built in to minimize or avoid causing damage.
But even so, no one’s hair is exactly alike, so finding a product that’s “one size fits all” is like trying to find a miracle needle in the proverbial haystack. Just because a product works well on someone’s medium-length fine hair, will the product work on longer, coarser strands?
The question remains: which straighteners on the market– and there are a fair few –offer the best technology to handle a wide variety of hair stypes, be able to deliver on results, and cause as little damage as possible? We’re glad you asked.
We’ve combed through (pun intended) a veritable forest of straighteners and stylers, and identified the ones that we think offer the best blend of technology, results, and most importantly– value.
But first, let’s walk through the features. What should a savvy shopper look for in an ideal hair straightener?
Ionic technology and more hydration
We think all hair tools should include ionic technology, full stop. And here’s why–
Ionic technology does multiple positive things to your hair. In order to get that super smooth straight look you’re after, you need to conquer frizz.
Most people know that ionic technology introduces negative ions to your hair that helps to neutralize static, but what you may not know is that it also helps smooth down your hair’s outer layer called the cuticle.
When the cuticle is raised, it is jagged and snags on things (which is why frizzy hair seems to almost stick up on itself.) When the cuticle lays flat, the strands lay more smoothly on top of each other. A smooth, or closed, cuticle also helps your hair stay more hydrated. Since an open cuticle allows for the moisture in your hair to escape, a closed one helps keep your hair’s needed moisture locked in tight.
Pairing open cuticles with a hot flat iron spells trouble, accelerating lost moisture, contributing to developing overly dry hair and split ends.
You can see why we’ve put ionic technology at the top of the list, but when it’s paired with our next must-have feature the results get even better.
Infrared technology means less damage
Infrared technology is one of the newer things to come on the market– but wow does it deliver.
On its own, infrared light already has many different positive benefits, but when it started being included in the hair care world it changed the game entirely.
Infrared light has the ability to reach through the strands of your hair, heating them from the inside out. This allows for a much gentler styling experience because the outside of your hair is not subjected to as much direct heat.
The red light helps evenly distribute the heat, helping to reduce hot spots or potential burn zones that might cause more damage. The result is a powerful straightening experience that drastically reduces the risk of exposing your hair to too much surface heat.
Heats up quickly for those on the go
You’ve got a busy life, the last thing you need is a hair tool that can’t keep up. We live in the age of amazing technology and buying tools that can’t keep up with your busy schedule just don’t cut it. Especially if you’re looking at top of the market options that can cost $300 or more.
If you’re shelling out potentially hundreds for a hair tool the least it can do for you is be ready when you need it to be. The hair straightener market is full of stylers that heat up in a matter of seconds, no matter what temperature you set it to. Make sure the styler you pick is powerful n this way as well in how well it manages your hair.
Okay, before we get to our top choices, let’s recap what to look for in a quality hair straightener:
- built with ionic technology for less frizz and hydration
- includes red light to reduce direct heat exposure
- evenly distributes heat to tackle any hair type
- heats up quickly
With that, let’s move on to our hair straightener picks. We matched some of the most popular straighteners on the market to see how they stacked up to our criteria.