Women with frizzy or unmanageable curls often find that hair straighteners or flat irons are a good method of turning unruly locks into smooth, beautiful hair. There are so many different types of hair straighteners, though, how do you choose the right one for your hair? This article will take a look at some of the different kinds of hair straighteners that are on the market so you can make a more informed choice.
Hair straighteners come with metal or ceramic heating plates. Metal plates tend to heat unevenly and are very rough on hair. On a microscopic level, these plates are very rough and will destroy your hair if you use them over an extended period of time.
For frequent hair straightening, ceramic is far better, as it heats evenly and is microscopically smooth, meaning that it slides over your hair without causing damage. Ceramic hair straighteners are also easier to control, they heat and cool very quickly so you can adjust the temperature to suit your hair type.
Newer technology includes the addition of Tourmaline and nano technology for better quality flat irons that straighten hair without damaging it. Tourmaline is a gemstone that is used in modern flat irons to create a flow of negative ions that actually help your hair smooth out easier without excessive heat. Tourmaline is crushed and incorporated into the ceramic plates of hair straighteners.
Nano technology is also built into the high tech flat irons, making them safer for your hair. Rather than pure heat, you will have infrared heat that penetrates deep into the hair shaft for a more lasting style. Obviously, these flat irons will be more costly because they use a combination of nano technology, ceramic heat plates and Tourmaline jewels, but the results are far better than the cheap versions that will just burn out your hair.
For African American hair or any thick, unmanageable locks that require frequent straightening (more than once every couple of weeks), your best bet is a ceramic hair straightener that uses Tourmaline and nano technology to prevent damaging your hair while giving you the best results. These flat irons will also provide more lasting results, since the infrared heat gets right inside the hair shaft.
Choosing the right flat irons or hair straighteners for your hair depends on how often you plan to straighten your hair and whether you care about damaging it or not. The best quality hair straighteners will have all of the technology mentioned earlier built into them.