First of all, we’ll talk about different materials used in making of hair irons.
I don’t need to tell you at this point that material is everything. Different materials for different hair types, and different results. I know people don’t generally think of it as much of a science, and it’s not. If you want to go about it completely wrong.
If you’re not all that interested about the well being of your hair, you can just go ahead, and buy the first hair iron that you see. If you want to do it right however, use this guide to your advantage.
First, we’ll mention the ceramic coated hair irons. They will heat up very quickly, but will not retain that heat all that well. Solid ceramic is the most popular option when it comes to the plate coating for hair irons. They will retain constant temperature heat, and distribute it evenly all across the plates. Teflon a ceramic coated plates are limited to Remington products, teflon is very easy for cleaning, and it will low friction between your hair and the plates of the hair iron.
It will also prevent any build-up of the hair products on the plates, which is a nice byproduct of this material, and save you a lot of time you would spend cleaning it. Tourmaline, or tourmaline combined with ceramic is another good option for you to consider. Tourmaline is a type of gemstone, and plates that are coated with it will generate negative ions that lock in the moisture, and remove the static responsible for frizzy hair. It also provides the plates with a high shine finish. Titanium plates are just a dream to use. Titanium is very strong and, simultaneously very lightweight. It will heat up very quickly, and ensure even distribution of that heat.
This brings us back to the budget issue. What kind of coating your plates will have largely depends on the money you will be able to spend on the hair iron. The most common type around are the ceramic plates. There are also glass plates, but they are way to fragile, and if you drop your hair iron heaven forbid, you may as well start looking for a new one right away.
Titanium and tourmaline plates are features in the most expensive hair irons, but they will also give you the best results overall.
Heat up time is also one of the factors to bear in mind. The better the hair straightener, the less time it will consume to reach the working temperature. The term refers to the heat up time initially, and while already in use.
Temperature is also a high quality indicator, or low quality. The best results are achieved using the irons that rich higher maximum temperature. It’s worth mentioning that setting your hair iron to highest temperature output might not suit your hair, as all hair types won’t handle it well. That’s why variable settings of the temperature is the option featured in most of the hair irons on the market today.
It will allow you the flexibility of scaling the temperature to fit your hair type. If you can afford it, the models with a digital display will provide you with the highest level of accuracy.