They say we all want what we don’t have when it comes to our hair. Anyone with natural curls has had countless days where she or he (because – let’s be real – guys use straighteners too) would do anything to swap his or her gravity-defying locks for humidity-proof straight strands. Although we, the genetically curl-prone, might never know what it’s like to go on a beach vacation without a handful of elastics to keep our wild manes under control, we can still fake-believe what it feels like to have perfectly straight hair with the best flat irons on the market. Twenty-first century straighteners are nothing like the crimper-with-a-flat-plate-attachment of days gone by. Remember those? They couldn’t defrizz even the slightest natural wave. These days, flat irons, aka straighteners, can make even the wildest ringlets into perfectly smooth straight lines. Sure, a good one will cost you, but the price is worth every penny, when you consider how much time it will save you, as well as how much money you’ll no longer need to invest in heavy-duty conditioners and haircuts by doing less damage to your hair. Here are the best flat irons, according to the Vv Magazine…
Karmin G3 Salon Pro Hair Styling Iron, $159.99
The latest in making your hair sleek, shiny and fuzz free is the new Karmin G3 Salon Pro Hair Styling Iron, a super hairstyling took whether you choose to curl, flip, straighten or just add some sexy volume and body. Used both professionally and personally this Karmin Salon Pro iron is a purchase you won’t regret. The features of this iron are what caught our eye: flash quick heating, a tangle-free swivel cord and temperature settings for all hair types allows for anyone to beautify quickly and efficiently. Styling your hair is virtually effortless and results are smooth, silky, shiny hair. This ultra glossy and super sleek styling iron is available in 3 distinguishing and enticing shades and retails for $159.99. To boot – 5% of sales goes back to helping children in need!
Rowenta Beauty Double Straight, $179.99
This is the flat iron your hairdresser likely uses and for good reason: they want you looking your best in the least amount of styling time possible. You don’t have to believe your hairdresser when it comes to what shampoos and conditioners he or she recommends for your hair (because they’re always trying to make a sale for the salon in that regard), but hairdressers don’t mess around when it comes to applying heat to your mane. They want you leaving the salon with hair that’s red carpet-worthy smooth, and given that they’ve got other clients to get to, they want to be as time efficient as possible. Enter the Rowenta Beauty Double Straight. The ionic energy infused styler leaves hair looking straight and glossy, like you walked right out of a Pantene commercial. Yes, it’s probably $100 more than average drugstore flat irons, but so is a dinner out. Trade in a night on the town for a lifetime of good hair.
GHD Gold Professional 1-Inch Styler, $225
Given that a good pair of winter boots will set you back close to $300, don’t cheap out just on a flat iron simply because you’ve never paid triple digits for a hair styling device. Once you’ve used this game-changing flat iron on your wild frizz, you’d likely shell out even more knowing that it gives you salon perfect hair right in your own home. Even the most unruly hair is no match for the aluminum plates of the GHD, which instantly makes kinks and curls into strands straight enough to use as ruler substitutes. One test run of it and you’ll understand why every single Sephora salesperson says, “Oh, this will change your life,” when they see you eyeing the GHD flat iron.
T3 SinglePass Professional Straightening & Styling Iron, $180.00
We could explain the science of why this T3 straightener is able to seal in moisture and leave your hair so ridiculously smooth that it looks like you were born with straight hair (it has to do with Tourmaline gemstones that emit ionic, infrared heat and therefore reduce static), but we’d rather tell you that the T3 will give you baby-smooth, sleek hair in less time than it takes to watch a commercial-free episode of The Mindy Project. We also love that this bad boy has a curved body, so you can use the flat iron to actually add shape to your hair, if you’re in the mood for some controlled wave action.
KeratinPerfect PerfectPass Extra-Long Titanium Speed Styler, $199USD
For those with a thick head of hair, this KeratinPerfect flat iron has five-inch-long plates that straighten hair in large chunks, so you can get straight hair even when your time is limited. With heat that’s adjustable and goes up to 450 degrees, the titanium plates are super gentle on your hair even though it’s being exposed to high temperatures.
Sultra The Diva Pressing Iron, $245
This holy grail of flat irons is made for ladies and gents with coarse, frizzy and thick hair. Boasting an exclusive ThermaGuide Plate System, this gem takes the kink out of even the wildest hair. Even if you go to bed with wet hair and wake up with a bouffant of sheer madness, the Sultra will tame the beast. Where was this when we were in high school?
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