With so many hair styling brands coming out with different tools all the time, it’s easy to pick the wrong one. After all, we often don’t give the tools we use for our hair a second thought. When we pick them out, we usually base our decisions on other people’s experience—whether it’s a product review or a quick Instagram post by our favorite influencer. But their hair could be totally different than ours and so are our hair styling needs.
To help you pick the perfect match for your hair, we break down the different hair straightening tools available in the market, and tell you what makes them different from each other. Let’s go for that winning straight hair look, shall we?
Hair tools for straight hair
1. Blow dryer
It may not be the best tool to pick up if you’re going for a super sleek straight look; but if you want a straight hairstyle with a little bit of volume, this tool would work for you. It dries and straightens hair at the same time while giving your hair that naturally-straight effect.
2. Straightening Brush
A hair straightening brush is similar to a blow dryer but is much easier to use. If your hair is not too curly this tool is a good pick. It keeps frizz at bay and is also great for everyday use. Excellent for when you need to quickly style your hair straight in the morning.
Editor’s tip: All of these tools use heat to help you achieve the look you’re going for. Make sure not to skip on a heat protectant product to shield your strands from the extreme heat. We recommend TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Flat Iron Spray.
3. Ceramic Flat Iron
This is the most basic and most commonly used hair straightening tool. Ceramic plates distribute heat evenly which help avoid burning or damaging of hair. This type of flat iron is best for fine, straight, wavy, or curly hair. It does a great job at smoothing and straightening hair at a lower temperature. When you’re out to buy one, make sure you get the one with pure ceramic plates and not just the ceramic-coated ones.
4. Tourmaline Flat Iron
Tourmaline flat irons have crushed prismatic crystals that are infused into its metal plates. The tourmaline mineral contains high amounts of negative ion which enhances the texture of the hair and produces far-infrared heat that effectively dries the hair from the inside out. It helps smooth hair cuticle and prevent further heat damage. If you have tightly-coiled hair, tourmaline flat iron would be a better option than a plain ceramic one because there’s a lesser chance for it to snag on your hair.
Do you have thick rebonded or really coarse hair? If so, titanium flat iron is your best bet. Titanium is an excellent heat conductor and the plates they’re made of makes it possible to straighten hair with minimum temperature. It also heats very quickly so it takes less time to get your hair straight—minimizing heat damage. You may find it a little more pricey than regular flat irons, but if you want to get straight hair while minimizing hair damage, this tool would make for a great investment.
So if you don’t have naturally straight hair but often go for straight hairstyles, it’s a good idea to invest in a good hair straightening tool that will give your hair exactly what it needs. After all, hair straightening instruments are made differently—and that’s because they’re supposed to function differently. While they may all accomplish the same goal (which is to give you straight hair), one-size-fits-all simply doesn’t apply to hair straightening methods.