It is practically a rite of passage to jump on the hair straightener bandwagon – finding the best hair straighteners to iron the living daylights out of your locks and create that poker straight ’90s look was very much a mood in decades past. While today the aesthetic has changed – we’re currently in the market for a smooth, frizz-free finish – finding something that will cater for both our hair type and health is still high priority.
We’ve come a long way since straighteners had one switch designated to them and as technology thrived, so many hair tools adapted to new ways to help protect the hair. Thanks to cleverly built in sensors that limit the risk of heat damage, straightening your hair could not be any safer. GHD has mastered the art of technological science that make its straighteners a go-to. Its latest jump into smart straighteners gave way to the Platinum+ and Gold stylers. Meanwhile, L’Oréal’s Steampod uses steam rather than a more traditional hotplate iron; and the Bio:Ionic straightener with ceramic plates ensures hair stays sleek and free from frizz.
The trick to getting a lovely glossy finish is also in the technique. Instead of ironing out to flatten each strand, look to lightly pressing the plates over your hair: “It’s about pressing the hair as a finisher,” says hairdresser and GHD ambassador, Adam Reed. “Use it on a half-head, from above the ears, and lift the hair as you would do when blow drying, so you’re still getting that oomph into the roots. And work lightly. If you had a silk blouse, you would go carefully and you wouldn’t have the heat at the max. It’s the same with hair.” Think of it as a finishing treatment, rather than a starting point. Here is Vogue’s edit of the 10 best hair straighteners to know about now.
Originally published on Vogue.co.uk