When choosing a flat iron, it may seem incredibly confusing. Deciding to pick the tourmaline one or the nanosilver iron? What size should you choose? There are so many options available to the consumer that a guide is often needed. Here are some things to consider before you spend $135.99 on what the saleswoman says is the “perfect” flatiron for you.
This is your guide!
1. What type of heater does the iron have?
The quality of the heater can make a huge difference. It determines its strength and styling ability. Irons can have a Coil, PTC or PTFC heater in them.
The best heating units available today are PTFC’s. They are found in all real ceramic flat irons and provide the best function and conditioning of the hair. They offer Far Infrared Rays (FIR), which are electro-magnetic waves of energy completely invisible to the naked eye, capable of penetrating deep into hair shaft. It therefore dries the hair from the inside out. The result is that more moisture remains in the hair shaft and there is less damage to the hair.
2. How powerful is the iron’s heating system?
Recovery Time. Irons can drop about 100 degrees when lifted from the hair. You want an iron that can recover and instantly heat to the temperature setting you chose. Don’t get confused with how high the temp. gets to how strong it is, you want an iron that releases constant heat throughout its use.
3. What type of plates should the iron have?
Ceramic. Infused with ceramic material that distributes the heat evenly. It heats the inside of hair to preserve more moisture within the hair shaft, eliminates frizz and closes the cuticle to create smooth and shiny hair and causes less damage to the hair cuticle during styling. It emits far infrared heat and is a natural source of negative ions which are atoms that can stop bacteria, fungi, etc. from growing, resulting in healthier scalp and hair. Negative ion energy is powerful enough to break apart clusters of water molecules. The smaller water molecules penetrate into the hair shaft by slipping between the cuticles, adding volume to hair. The flood of negative ions also closes the hair cuticle, which is good for the health and appearance of the hair.
Tourmaline. Gives a shinier, silkier result than regular ceramic flat irons in a lesser amount of time. It is a semi precious gemstone ground and infused into the iron’s plates. When heated it creates the most pressure to flatten the hair, which creates a longer lasting style. It also creates negative ions that leaves moisture in the hair.
Gold Plated. Metal plates covered in a gold substance. When they get old, they may rust and snag your hair.
Silver Plated. Silver has the lowest contact resistance of any metal, reducing friction for gentler styling. Silver ions and silver compounds have a toxic effect on some bacteria, viruses, algae and fungi. Its germicidal effects kill many microbial organisms.
Titanium. Gives lightweight strength, has a super hard, smooth surface for snag free styling and even heat distribution. Titanium plates are also an exceptional conductor of heat that emits negative ions and far infrared heat.
4. What temperature is best for your hair type?
The average temp needed to effectively flat iron is 370 degrees F. Thicker hair may need a little more and thin/fragile hair may need a little less. It is best to choose an iron with adjustable temp. Controls.
5. What plate size do I need?
The standard 1″ is great for the average user. The slimmer size is easier to control and style with. The larger is best for longer and thicker hair.
Make sure your flat iron has a good warranty and that you pay close attention to what is and what is not covered.