Tool Time: How to buy the best flat iron

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A flat iron is the perfect way to get super sleek strands in a hurry. Here’s what to look out for before you buy:

1. Temperature settings 

If you can’t control the temperature setting on your flat iron and it’s always on ‘scorching hot’, guess what? You’re going to end up with fried, dried and damaged hair. You need a lower temperature setting (around 160 celsius or 325 fahrenheit) if you have relaxed hair and a slightly higher temperature (180 celsius or 350 fahrenheit) if you have natural hair.

2. Plate size 

Choosing which flat iron size depends on the type, texture and length of your hair. Smaller and thinner plates are best for women with fine or short hair. A thicker plate is ideal for women with longer and thicker hair.

3. Ceramic versus titanium 

These are two of the most popular materials used to make plates. Ceramic flat irons distribute heat evenly, and release negative ions that seal and smooth the hair cuticle for a silky, beautiful shine. Titanium flat irons work best for hair that’s harder to straighten (coarse or curly hair) because they heat up more quickly and provide consistent heat, which helps straighten hair up to 40% faster than other materials.

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