Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about the best curling irons, hair dryers, and even a certain curling iron used on the Victoria’s Secret Angels, here, we’re going deep on the best flat irons and hair straighteners on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
If you lived through this particular time in our world history, then you probably remember the super straight hairstyles that we all sported a time or two (bonus points if you took a photo of yourself like this in your bathroom mirror using a digital camera!). For reasons we may never know for certain, sharp and straight hair was the hairstyle of choice back in the early 2000’s giving the good old hair straightener somewhat of a bad reputation.
Say goodbye to flat and frizzy hair with the all new ghd air™ hair drying kit. Containing the award winning ghd air™ professional hairdryer with a salon strength motor for super-fast drying and ionic technology for smoother styling; a ghd air™ diffuser to encourage natural wave and volume; a narrow nozzle for precision styling; two sectioning clips for easier styling; a ghd vented radial brush to create lift and body to your blow-dry and a ghd air™ soft protection cover bag for better storage to keep it all safe. It's everything you need for the ultimate blow-dry.
The floating plates are contoured with smooth edges, so you won't have to worry about your hair snagging as you're styling. If you have thicker hair, you may want to consider the 2-inch plate option, which will cover more surface area and help you style your hair more quickly. However, if you'd rather have the versatility of being able to curl and flip your hair as well as straighten it, we'd recommend the classic 1-inch plate.
Anyone with naturally curly knows that the trick to keeping your curls looking their finest is all about moisture. Whether you’re hoping to sport a straightened style for an evening or two, or just to polish your existing curls, a great hair straightener can help you get the look you’ve always wanted without causing permanent damage to your precious curls! When shopping for the perfect hair straightener for your curly hair, you’ll want to keep the following in mind:
With a maximum temperature of 450° F, the BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Straightening Iron can really pack a punch despite its otherwise small frame. One thing to note though: these heat settings are not pre-set like the CHI G2 hair straightener we also reviewed, and you will need to play around with them to find the right temperature for your hair. This shouldn’t be a problem if you have a Saturday afternoon or two to kill, but may not be ideal for users that are looking for a flat iron with pre-recorded settings.
If you’re a hair straightening novice, you may be a little intimidated during the first few times you use your new flat iron. These feelings are totally normal (after all, you are putting 300+ degrees of heat right near your scalp!), but there is no need to worry. All you have to do is follow these simple steps and you will have the gorgeous, flowing hair you’ve always dreamt of in no time!
This black, one-inch flatiron might not look like anything extraordinary, but in this case, looks are deceiving. The Best of Beauty winner does everything a really good flatiron should (straighten — duh — defrizz, soften), plus the curved edges of the plates allow you to create beautiful waves and rounded ends with as little as a bend of the wrist.
Sure, the drugstore flat iron you used on its highest setting back in the day was clunky and had a tendency to fry your hair if you glanced away for more than a second, and okay fine, your mom probably told you that you looked a little “emo” from time to time. Luckily, those days are long gone and hair straighteners have truly come a long way since the days of The Jersey Shore.
It’s not just poker straight hair that can be achieved with the fantastic range of stylers from ghd, but you can also curl, wave and flick your hair into any desired hairstyle. With a vast range of hair tutorials on the ghd website, as well as online, you will never be short of looks to create. The great thing about ghd straighteners is that you can create almost all styles, with one model of Ghd hair straighteners.
This lightweight styler heats up quickly and has 20 temperature settings for all hair types which reach a top temperature of 230 degrees; making it ideal for people who have thicker or curlier hair. The inclusion of a long swivel cord makes it easy to move the styler around your head so you can fully straighten the hair at the back. Because of the shape of the plates, you can use them to smooth the hair down for perfectly sleek hair, or use their curved edges for gorgeous curls.
I have always used cheap drugstore hair dryers. I had very expensive microlink extensions put in before my wedding, and decided I should splurge and get a "good" dryer. I ordered a Rusk SpeedFreak and have regretted it since I ordered it a year ago. It blows so hard my hair ends up in knots (with and without the extensions in). We just bought a fishing camp and I decided this was the perfect excuse to get a new dryer and put the rusk dryer at the camp. I am so glad I ordered this! What a difference! I've used the GHD flat iron for years, and recently purchased the curl wand. My hair dresser recommends GHD, and this dryer is as good as the other things I've used from them. It dries quickly, quietly, and the best part - doesn't blow so hard my hair is in knots. Maybe I'm crazy, but I really think my hair is softer feeling with this dryer compared to my other and my hair doesn't seem to get as frizzy.
FHI’s rounded edge allows you to easily curl or add waves without much effort. It’s almost as small as a travel flat iron, and I love that it straightens even the poofiest sections with just a single pass. But don’t just take my word for it, listen to Beyoncé (via InStyle): “I’m crazy about it! I can’t live without my flatiron! It takes me about an hour to do my hair, and the only time I don’t is when I’m on vacation.”
This flat iron stopped working less than a year after I bought it and ghd will not warranty a replacement one because Planet Beauty or Amazon is not an authorized retailer for their products. Buyer BEWARE....if you purchase from here it will void the manufacturer warranty and you will waste your money just like I did. Planet Beauty was NO help to me in getting my flat iron fixed or replaced!