OK, so technically the best flatiron for healthy hair is no flatiron at all. But oh, ceramic-plated, frizz-eliminating, smoothing life-giver that you are, we don’t know how to quit you. Which is why we rounded up seven flatirons that won’t burn the hell out of your hair. Just please don’t forget a heat protectant.
BY CATHERINE Q. O’NEILL
MAY 21, 2015
What this flatiron lacks in heat (it cranks up to only 299 degrees) it makes up for in efficiency. The special spray included in the set helps the flatiron straighten hair at a lower temperature.
Agave Healing Vapor Iron
We usually roll our eyes at oil-infused heat tools—but you can actually watch this oil being sucked right out of the refillable cartridge in the handle. When you press the iron closed over your hair, the oil vapor seeps through tiny holes to condition and straighten your hair. And don’t worry, fine-haired friends: It made our tester’s hair silkier but not like she’d dipped it in an oil vat.
SalonTech Silicone 450 Flat Iron
The silicone-embedded ceramic plates glide through hair easily, cutting down on snags and snarls. The iron heats up quickly, and the consistent heat polishes even very coarse hair, but the high setting is too hot for fine textures.
Ghd Eclipse Styler
You won’t be tempted to heat this flatiron up to 450 degrees, because the temperature dial is always stuck on one number: 365 (the ideal heat to mold hair without frying it, according to the scientists at GHD). Underneath each of those 365-degree plates are three fancy sensors that measure the density of the hair in the iron so that it can maintain consistent heat regardless of the chunk of hair you grab. The result? Silky, shiny hair with zero frizz.
Ladies & Gents Ferrum Professional Hair Styler
This iron looks freaking weird. One side is a tourmaline-coated plate and the other is covered in fabric. The odd plate combo cuts down on damage, but it has another side effect: Instead of flattening the hair, this iron gives it a fuller, just-came-from-the-salon finish. But curly-haired girls should go for a stronger iron (see next slide). This took so many passes to flatten curls, it ended up being more damaging to our hair.
FHI Heat Runway Styling Iron
This sucker can straighten the coarsest, kinkiest curls without frying them. The ceramic plates smooth in a single pass (just section the hair and work slowly and intentionally). The one caveat: It’s been known to die after a year or two. Damn.
Remington Style Therapy Frizz Therapy Flatiron
The ceramic blue plates aren’t just pretty; they push conditioners into the hair, quelling frizz 65 percent more effectively than a traditional ceramic iron. Even experts were impressed. “[It] leaks heat-protective ingredients onto the hair at the exact point of contact, coating every strand during the straightening process,” says cosmetic chemist Ni’Kita Wilson.