Hi there! My name is Janelle Lee, an ex hair stylist and now aspiring beauty and fashion blogger. I created this blog to bring insider information on hair-styling tips and hair-styling tools to the masses. This is a very new blog and I will be updating it regularly and adding new content, so do check back for updates!
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OR read on for my top 2 titanium flat iron picks. These are the 2 straighteners you should consider if quality and a peace of mind about any adverse effects on your hair are what’s important to you.
1. Izunami Ktx450
Made in South Korea, the Ktx450 is a ‘hidden gem’ among high end flat irons. The Izunami brand is certainly less well-known than BaByliss or Chi, but ask any hair stylist and they will attest to the quality of this brand and especially the Ktx450. In fact, this flat iron is better known in professional hair stylist circles than among consumers. This initially came as a surprise to me, as it is certainly priced very competitively – comparable to the Pro Nano. Perhaps its simply a case of better marketing by other brands.
Anyway, what I like about this flat iron is how fast it heats up, and how fast the temperature changes on command. This excellent temperature control really helps ensure that the right heat level is delivered and prevents hair damage. This, coupled with the very wide iron plates, make this a truly ‘one-pass’ straightening iron. Even with such advanced control features, it remains very ‘no-frills’ and accessible to the layperson, which is why I’d recommend this.
2. BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium
The Pro Nano Titanium is the flagship flat iron produced by BaByliss. This model is designed for frequent use and requires almost no learning curve, which explains its extreme popularity with consumers. That said, this hair straightener is a very high quality one that is used by many salons.
If you were to ask your hair stylist for recommendations on hair straighteners for home use, chances are that the Pro Nano will be his/her reply. Why? Sure, there are even more higher end (and much more expensive) flat irons that are used by stylists. However, the Pro Nano is probably the one that is both budget friendly and ‘layperson safe’, while delivering high quality that protects your hair from damage.
1 Minute Primer on Flat Irons
Broadly speaking, flat iron hair straighteners can be divided into two types – those that use titanium plates and those that use ceramic plates. Titanium is generally considered the best possible material for flat iron plates as it is extremely smooth and minimizes the chances of your hair getting caught and damaged as you slide the straightener through it. Most hair salons use titanium flat irons.
That said, ceramic is also a very good material for hair straighteners and the highest quality ceramic straighteners can match ones made of titanium. The advantage of ceramic plates over titanium ones is that they usually cost less. However, this is becoming somewhat less important lately as the cost of titanium flat irons have dropped quite significantly even though they still command a premium.
If budget and value are what’s more important for you, the following ceramic straighteners may fit your needs:
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