Top Flat Irons of 2014 Revealed
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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Top Titanium Hair Straighteners of 2014
Top Ceramic Hair Straighteners of 2014
OR read on for my top 2 flat iron picks. These are the 2 straighteners you should definitely consider if quality and a peace of mind about any adverse effects on your hair are what’s important to you.
1. BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium
The Pro Nano Titanium is the flagship flatiron 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 also used by many professional salons.
If you were to ask your hair stylist for recommendations on hair straightening irons for home use, chances are that the Pro Nano will be his/her reply. Why? Simply because the Pro Nano strikes the perfect balance among many attributes including being budget friendly, ‘layperson safe’, while delivering high quality that minimizes the potential for hair damage. This is why I’d recommend this straightener to anyone thinking of DIY home straightening.
2. Paul Mitchell Protools Express Ion Smooth
Made in the USA, the Protools Express is a ‘hidden gem’ among high end straighteners. This particular flat iron may be less well-known than BaByliss or Chi, but ask any hair stylist and they will attest to its quality. In fact, this flat iron is better known in professional hair stylist circles than among consumers.
What impresses me about this straightener is how fast it heats up, and how fast the temperature changes on command. The 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 friendly to the layperson. If you have the extra budget to spare, this is certainly the straightener to go for.
1 Minute Primer on Hair Straightening Irons
Broadly speaking, hair straightening irons 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 straightening 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 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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