Get to Know your Flat Iron


With so many different types of hair care products and equipment on the market, how do you know which one is best for you? Flat irons are no exception. There are several different styles that are made from different types of material and most of them look alike. Here’s what you need to know when looking at the rows and rows of flat irons on the shelf before you pick out the one you will be taking home.

31Traditional Flat Irons

Traditional flat irons are generally made from either steel or aluminum, and consist of two hot plate surfaces that compress hair while heating it in order to smooth frizz caused by dryness, damaged hair and tame out of control curl for a sleek straight look. This type of curling offers no ionization properties. It uses high heat to force hair follicles to straighten and close, similar to using an iron to iron a pair of pants. Too much straightening with this type of flat iron will lead to broken damaged hair

Ceramic Flat Irons

32 Ceramic flat irons look and work much in the same way as traditional flat irons, however instead of using steel or aluminum plates, these flat irons add a negatively ionizing coating of ceramic to the heating plates in order to remove the natural positive ions that attach to hair follicles causing hair to be dry, frizzy, and fly away. The ceramic coating provides a much more gentle high heat to hair strands minimizing the damage that flat irons inflict on your hair.

Tourmaline Flat Irons

33 Tourmaline flat irons are very much like ceramic, except instead of a ceramic coating they contain a tourmaline coating that also generates negative ions that will remove the hair’s positive ions creating a smoother, healthier look for your hair. As with ceramic flat iron options the tourmaline option provides a gentler high heat surfaces for hair to respond to decreasing the amount of damage inflicted on hair through heat and stretching during the straightening process.

Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Irons

34The newest type of flat iron has a combination of ceramic and tourmaline that coat the heating plates. The idea is that the two types of coatings together will provide a more comprehensive smoothing and ionizing process for the best results. This type of flat iron also has a more consistent heat to create a more uniformly straight look, and minimizing uneven dry strips throughout the finished look.

Flat irons range greatly in price from around ten dollars to a couple of hundred dollars for extremely high end professional equipment and can be found in most department stores, drug stores, and beauty supply stores as well as online. Traditional steel or aluminum flat irons tend to be the cheapest of the flat iron options, but it will not provide the ionization balancing benefits that you receive from more expensive ceramic, tourmaline, or ceramic tourmaline mix flat irons.

Now that you have all of the basic knowledge of the different types of flat irons you can make an informed decision when purchasing your next flat ion, and maintain your sexy dew for years to come.