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Smooth Operator: Finding the Perfect Hair Straightener


A hair straightener is an essential companion in your bathroom cabinet. Not only does it give you sleek and shiny hair, but you can also use it to create perfect curls. There's a a sea of options around, hopefully our handpicked favourites can help narrow down your search.

What to look for in a good hair straightener

The key to buying the right hair straightener is understanding what your hair needs. There are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • Type of plates. Ceramic plates evenly distribute heat and smooth hair cuticles, while titanium plates heat up more quickly for faster styling. Some high-end straighteners come with keratin-infused plates that help protect your hair's natural keratin proteins.
  • Temperature settings. A good straightener should have adjustable temperature settings to cater to different hair types and prevent overheating damage.
  • Ionic technology. Straighteners with ionic technology reduce frizz by neutralising positive ion concentration and lock in moisture.
  • Safety features. An automatic shut-off after a certain period of inactivity minimises the risk of accidents.
  • Easy-to-manoeuvre design. The straightener should be easy to handle to reduce strain on your wrists during use.

Gentle hair straighteners

Smooth straight hair with minimal damage? Yes, please. Check out our favourite hair straighteners.

Steam hair straighteners

Think less damage-more shine with steam hair straighteners. By moisturising while styling, steam straighteners minimise friction, turning dry and frizzy hair into smooth and shiny.

Travel hair straighteners

Tuck a mini hair straightener into your bag for sleek hair wherever you go. It's incredibly lightweight and notably smaller than the regular straightener.

Cordless hair straighteners

Wave goodbye to cords that get tangled and can't reach the mirror. Go for a cordless hair straightener–an easy addition to your bag, ready for on-the-spot styling anywhere. All it asks for is charging from time to time.

How-to in 4 steps: curls with a straightener

  1. Prep your hair with a heat protectant.
  2. Divide the hair into 1-inch sections.
  3. Take a hair section. Put the straightener at roots and turn it a full rotation away from your face.
  4. Glide down the length of your section.

Tip: Want beach waves? Prime your hair with mousse. Then, simply curl one hair section towards your face and the next one away. For a casual chic effect, keep the ends straighter. Finish with spray to make the curls last. Let them cool completely before brushing for a wavy finish.

Budget-friendly hair straighteners

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Happy shopping!

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