Flat irons are all the rave right now and we have been getting many questions about which ones we suggest for at home use. Let’s first talk about the kinds of flat irons there are on the market. The most common plate types are metal, glass, ceramic, titanium and a blend of ceramic and titanium.

Let’s look at metal and glass plates for a minute. If you have ever used a hair straightener that you purchased at your local discount store, it probably had one of these two plate types on it. That is because glass and metal plates are the cheapest to manufacture, so they tend to be the hair straighteners with the lowest price points making them accessible to everyone. However, the fact that they are inexpensive is probably the best selling feature for these tools.

As far as styling benefits, there aren’t many. Glass and metal plates are often painted which may make them hard to identify. Also, the paint can easily chip causing snags, pulls and tears of your hair. These straighteners do not heat evenly or maintain a constant temperature which can cause hot spots, burning your hair. They take longer to straighten hair, and may result in a frizzy, dry and even damaged appearance to the hair. The bottom line is, try to stay away from this type of straightener.

Ceramic straighteners are very common in quality straighteners because they provide an evenly heated surface which makes it easier to style the hair and reduces the risk of hot spots. The smooth ceramic prevents static from happening, smoothing the hair cuticle which eliminates the look of frizzy dry damaged hair and creates an overall shine to the hair as it helps each strand lay flat. A ceramic straightener is one of the better choices for a flat iron.

Another very good choice for a straightener is one that utilizes titanium plates. Titanium is a naturally occurring element that is known for its extreme strength and light weight. Titanium plates are as smooth as glass but you don’t need to worry about breaking them if you happen to drop your tool. Titanium also heats evenly which reduces the risk for hot spots on the hair and it maintains high temperatures very well resulting in fewer heat fluctuations. An iron with titanium plates is also a very good choice when choosing a flat iron.

The combination of both ceramic and titanium is becoming a popular choice for hair straighteners. The bottom line about choosing a hair straightener is to look at the plate types. Tools that use ceramic, titanium or a combination for the plates are going to be more expensive; however the results that they produce are well worth the extra dollar amount. It doesn’t do you any good to damage your hair with a poor hair straightener. After all, you’re trying to achieve a beautiful style and you need healthy beautiful hair to do that!