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Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best Flat Iron


So many flat irons . . . so little time

We’ve all been there, standing in front of a display of flat irons, dreaming of having our hair feel and look like it does when we leave the salon and asking ourselves “which one is the best flat iron?”, “which one should I choose?”, “what does Nano titanium mean?”.

It can be an overwhelming experience but it does not need to be. I am here to let you know a few things about the flat iron and to reassure you that you can have sleek, straight and frizz free hair in between salon visits. No really . . . you can. I have compiled a little list, a “how to” for the best flat iron, so you can know what it is you are looking for, and what you are looking at.

First things first. When purchasing a flat iron, you want to be sure that it is a Salon Professional name brand. Salon Professional tools will have higher heat settings and heat is what you need. Salon Professional Flat Irons will have ceramic plates, Nano Titanium plates, universal voltage and many other features. The following is a little explanation of what all these features are. As always, my aim is to educate and enlighten.

Nano-Technology – involves the compression of molecules. The result is greater stability and increased benefits of the properties of ceramic/tourmaline plates. (In other words – this technology ensures the best result possible from your flat iron).

Silver Nano-Technology – purifies and protects the hair for a silky, shiny, healthy finish.

Tourmaline – a natural source of negative ions and far infrared heat that eliminates frizz and seals in moisture, leaving hair smooth and shiny.

Floating Plates – permit easy gliding with perfect tension – less chance of snagging the hair or getting ridges through out the hair.

Advanced Ceramic Heater (MCH) – provides a quick heat up, stable temperatures and is more lightweight.

Sol-Gel Technology – these plates have a higher concentration of ceramic and titanium which offers increased durability and less friction for a smoother glide. (Great for coarse/thick hair)

Universal Voltage – this term means that the flat iron can be used anywhere in the world and you can know that the circuit won’t blow. You will still need a plug adapter for the wall, but you can rest easy that your flat iron will not short out and you won’t be left looking for the nearest hat shop.

Brand Names – You will want to look for Salon Professional brands such as Babyliss Pro, Avanti, CHI, GHD, HAI, to name a few. Most Professional flat irons will have a temperature control dial and will reach 450 degrees Fahrenheit  and some of the newer models have an auto shut off feature, the flat iron will shut off after 60 minutes without usage. Prices will range from $99.99 – $300.00, depending on the make and the model.

So there you have it. Quite honestly, when purchasing a flat iron it comes down to the features you need and the price you are comfortable with. If you are concerned about the heat and possible damage to your hair, there are many flat iron sprays on the market. Everyone from Redken to KMS to Joico offers a flat iron spray to help protect your hair from the heat of a flat iron.  If you are like me, and half way to work you find yourself thinking “Did I turn off my flat iron?”, you may want to be sure your new flat iron has the auto shut off feature.

Contributing author Sara Stancu is “That girl in the red coat”. Sara is also the manager of a salon and retail shop with over 20 years of customer service and sales experience. Her tell it like it is approach is aimed at educating and enlightening clients, stylists and salon owners. She has also been the woman locked in the bathroom hating her hair. You can follow Sara on her website That Girl in the red coat and Twitter.

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