The Best Titanium Flat Irons of 2014
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!
Click on one of the categories below to get started:
Reviews of top Titanium Flat Iron Hair Straighteners
Reviews of top Ceramic Flat Iron Hair Straighteners
OR read on for my top 3 titanium flat iron picks. These are the 3 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. 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 also used by many professional 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? Simply because the Pro Nano strikes the right balance among many attributes including being budget friendly, ‘layperson safe’, while delivering high quality that minimizes potential for hair damage. While there are more expensive professional straighteners out there with advanced features that can be better used in conjunction with chemical treatments, they have a steeper learning curve and may pose greater risks of frying your hair if you are not careful. I have lent my BaByliss to many of my girl friends with no prior experience in DIY straightening, and so far their feedback have generally been very positive with the typical response being how easy and smooth it is to use. This is why this device is my top recommendation for anyone thinking of DIY home straightening.
2. Brazilian Heat Titanium
We checked this flatiron out after reading Essence Magazine’s rave review on it. Because of it’s name (and the association with Brazilian Keratin Straightening), we were initially skeptical whether it would work well as a regular straightener, as Brazilian Blowouts typically operate on higher heat settings, not to mention the additional chemical treatment required.
Well, surprise, surprise! It does work very well as a DIY hair straightener. In fact, after reading its description carefully again, we realize this straightener is touted as ‘keratin safe’ rather than a specialized keratin treatment device. What we love about this device is how smooth it pulls through your hair and also its 360 degree swivel cord (seems like a trivial feature…but if you’ve ever got your hands or hair tangled up in the midst of straightening, you’d wish you had this!!). The only word of caution is this device seems to deliver more heat than other straighteners on similar temperature settings. So we’d advise you to use the lower heat settings first and only ramp it up if you think its not sufficient. Fortunately, the device also has a digital temperature lock to prevent you from accidental turning up the temperature and frying your hair.
* The Brazilian Heat is currently on offer and retails below $70 while stocks last. Check out the link above for details
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:
OR Watch a video on how to choose a good flat iron: