Best Flat Irons in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update December 2, 2019
If you want to look attractive, a flat iron can make your hairstyle smooth and beautiful. It can do a quick job straightening your hair. So, in order to make your choice easier, we propose you to look through our flat irons review! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
PLATES MATERIAL
PLATE WIDTH
HEAT REGULATOR
TEMPERATURE
HEAT TIME
AUTO SHUT-OFF
INDICATOR / DISPLAY
WARRANTY
 
PROS
Ultra-smooth, mineral-infused ceramic plates will let you have your hair ideally straight and silky at relatively low temperatures thereby having a minimum negative effect on its structure.
CONS
The On/Off button is located right next to the plates.
OUR VERDICT

Hands down, it's one of the best flat irons for girls with weak and lifeless hair. With quite a good range of temperature settings, it can return shine and gloss to damaged hair.

detailed parameters
PLATES MATERIAL
Mineral-infused ceramic
PLATE WIDTH
40 mm
HEAT REGULATOR
7 heating settings
TEMPERATURE
100°C - 200°C
HEAT TIME
~ 20 seconds
AUTO SHUT-OFF
After 30 minutes
INDICATOR / DISPLAY
LED display
WARRANTY

1 year

PROS
Owing to the "Shiver mode", your strands of hair will be enveloped in a special coating to prevent frizz and retain hair smoothness under humid weather conditions.
CONS
No heat regulator to adjust temperatures.
OUR VERDICT

Intuitive and clear controls along with standard temperature settings make the ghd IV styler a versatile frills-free solution for ladies with thick and normal hair.

detailed parameters
PLATES MATERIAL
Ceramic
PLATE WIDTH
25 mm
HEAT REGULATOR
No
TEMPERATURE
185°C
HEAT TIME
30 seconds
AUTO SHUT-OFF
After 30 minutes
INDICATOR / DISPLAY
On/Off button with indicator light
WARRANTY
2 years
PROS

Nano-ceramic plates ensure ultra smooth gliding over each strand of hair, saturating it with incredible shine and glossiness. 

CONS

The plates aren't floating.

OUR VERDICT

The BaByliss straightener will suit all girls with normal and thick hair, allowing them to spend little time on styling yet look gorgeous every single day. Can become a great gift idea.

detailed parameters
PLATES MATERIAL

Nano-Ceramic

PLATE WIDTH

24 mm

HEAT REGULATOR

3 heating settings 

TEMPERATURE

180°C - 235°C

HEAT TIME

~ 15 seconds

AUTO SHUT-OFF

After 72 minutes

INDICATOR / DISPLAY

On/Off button with indicator light

WARRANTY

5 years

PROS

Since the plates of the iron are infused with Moroccan Argan oil and vitamin E, every time you style your hair, it will look 86% shinier than after using an average flat iron. 

CONS

The white body is easily soiled. 

OUR VERDICT

The Remington Shine Therapy S8500 not only straightens but also takes care of your hair. It has a flexible temperature control system and a turbo setting that makes the iron ready for use in mere seconds.

detailed parameters
PLATES MATERIAL

Advanced Ceramic infused with Moroccan Argan Oil and Vitamin E

PLATE WIDTH

25 mm

HEAT REGULATOR

9 settings 

TEMPERATURE

150°C - 230°C

HEAT TIME

15 seconds

AUTO SHUT-OFF

After 60 minutes

INDICATOR / DISPLAY

LCD display

WARRANTY

5 years

PROS

The set includes the TRESemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Spray (200 ml), which provides extra nourishment and treatment for your locks.

CONS

At the highest heat setting the whole tool gets pretty hot.

OUR VERDICT

This is a reasonably-priced flat iron to use on a daily basis. It can straighten curly, coarse and thin hair in mere seconds without damaging it.

detailed parameters
PLATES MATERIAL

Ceramic

PLATE WIDTH

25 mm

HEAT REGULATOR

3 heating settings

TEMPERATURE

180°C - 230°C

HEAT TIME

15 seconds

AUTO SHUT-OFF

After 72 minutes

INDICATOR / DISPLAY

On/Off button with indicator light

WARRANTY

5 years

Cloud Nine The Original Iron

Less Heat More Style

It took the Cloud Nine manufacturer just a few years to take a leading position on the market of straightening products. The rapid success of the company was foregone by advanced and user-friendly technologies, allowing users to create any style they wanted and do it in a kindly way without damaging hair. Thanks to mineral-infused ceramic surface and adjustable heat settings, one can apply the optimal heat to her hair type and achieve the desired results. The smooth and shiny surface of plates prevents pulling of hair and adds incredible shine to each hair lock so that it looks absolutely gorgeous and salon-like styled.

Having the Cloud Nine iron flat is similar to visiting a hairdresser’s. It approaches each customer to suit her hair type perfectly. Choose between high, medium and low settings in the range of 100ºC to 200ºC temperatures to find the optimal heat to apply to your hair and not overdry or kill it. 7 heat settings allow changing hairstyles and experimenting with your looks every day and that’s what makes this flat iron so favoured by many girls around the world. Why would it not be? The manufacturer equipped the irons with international mains plug so that it could operate not only in the UK but also in European and Asian countries. That’s handy for those girls who often travel and need their iron at hand.

Review of Cloud Nine The Original Iron Hair Straightener

Before Styling Hair

Before styling hair, blow it dry well. Whatever hairstyle you’d like to do, straighten or curl your hair, it’s not allowed to apply any heat on it until it’s totally dry, otherwise, you’ll make your hair brittle and fragile pretty soon, and all the beauty of a hairstyle will be gone irrevocably. So, don’t rush, spray some thermal protection on hair and use a hair dryer. Thermal sprays not only can protect your hair from the damage of heat but also give it glorious shine and gloss you’ve always dreamt about. They are also used for fixation. It’s also important that you apply heat settings that are friendly and kind to your hair type. So, if your hair is rather thin and soft, start straightening at lower settings (100ºC-150ºC). For coarse and thick hair, higher settings will work better (170ºC-200ºC).

Every time you use a hair blower, straightener or curling iron, your hair undergoes high temperatures which may be detrimental to its healthy look. In order to preserve its beauty and keep it shine, don't dismiss using thermal protection sprays.

In short, the Cloud Nine is one of the best straightening irons for girls with weak and lifeless hair. With quite gentle temperature settings, it's can return shine and gloss to damaged hair.

Cloud Nine The Original Iron Hair Straightener in the use

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ghd IV Styler

Unmanageable Hair? Not About You!

"A new religion for hair", that’s how the GHD’s slogan goes and leaves us confident of the quality of its products. GHD irons are a popular choice of girls all over the world and not without a reason. Let’s find out together what there’s so special about them and what the manufacturer meant when called them a new religion. At first glance, you’ll hardly see they look any different from hundreds of other cheaper irons on sale. But that’s only until you look a little closer. Now you’ll see the unique design of the plates and user-friendly heat control. The shape of the plates allows users to create almost all existing hairstyles, from bouncy curls, loose waves to sleek and shiny strands of hair. The plates aren’t too big, somewhere about 1 inch (~25 mm), so winding hair around them is pretty easy and quick. Straightening wouldn’t be any different. Though, you might want to section your hair first to ensure that you can approach each hair lock to straighten it perfectly.

Because the GHD flat iron works at 185°C only, we wouldn’t recommend it to girls who’ve got rather thin and brittle hair. But for most other ladies who’ve got tired of fighting with unmanageable hair this flat iron will surely do its best and much more.

So, if you have normal hair and need a device that will help you create different hairstyles, we highly recommend purchasing the GHD Styler. Thanks to the intuitive controls, you will have no trouble with using this hair straightener.

Review of ghd IV Styler

Hare Care Tips

  • If you’ve got thin and weak hair, any hair treatments with hot tools can make it look even more lifeless. The solution in this case is to use the hair products that contain silicone. When put on hair, silicone can add some weight and make it look much thinner than it really is.
  • After hot treatments, a lot of women complain of the split hair ends. That’s a common problem that occurs as a result of regular using of flat or curling irons without thermal protection spray. To protect your hair from this problem, you should wash it with the products that contain a lot of protein. The protein is recognized the best remedy for damaged hair that can quickly repair it from inside.
  • Avoid blowing hair dry at high settings. Considering the damage of high blower’s power and minor reduction in the time that you'd spend on drying, that’s not worth it. Beautiful hair is something you can get but only if treated carefully and mindfully.
  • For wet hair, brushing isn’t acceptable. You can only comb it and do it starting from the ends. According to research, brushing isn’t favourable for hair at all and can eventually lead to a greater hair loss than norm, so try not to overdo and use quality brushes without sharp bristles.

ghd IV Styler in the use

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BaByliss Pro 235 Elegance

Brilliant Looks

The BaByliss flat iron is worth the attention of every girl. It's been designed to meet the needs of women with a different hair type and make even most unmanageable strands of hair glossy and smooth. Three heat settings are adjustable at 180°, 200° and 235° C to suit thick and coarse hair alike. You only need to pick the optimal heat level for your hair structure and not overdo. Though, this is very unlikely to happen considering the ionization function and SmoothGlide technology, a combination of which saves you the need to glide a hot iron over the same area over and over again.

The girls with curly and thick hair often face the need to increase the temperature in order to have an effect on their hair. That's as we all know isn't exactly the healthiest thing we could do to our hair, letting it go over a longer circle of heat treatment. However, the BaByliss solved this issue by implementing the ionization function owing to which during hair treatment the iron produces more negative ions and this way, removes the static effect much quicker. The BaByliss flat iron features LED-indicator light, telling you when it's been heated enough to be used, and 25% longer plates to reduce the styling process by times. Everything has been designed with a customer in mind. The BaByliss knows that there's hardly anything more valuable for girls than beautiful, silky like hair.

To sum up, if you are an owner of thick unruly hair and you want to spend less time styling it, the BaByliss flat iron will suit you to a tee.

Review of BaByliss Pro 235 Elegance Straightener

Why Our Hair Frizzes Up

The hair when frizzes up looks too fluffy and unmanageable and making it beautifully in a way we want is almost beyond a physical effort. You can spend ages in front of the mirror rubbing in gels or wax and still be not happy with the end results. That's how frustrating it is to get up to frizzy hair and not know what to do about it. The question is, how the frizz appears and if there's a way to eliminate it. Usually, if that's not up to the nature of your hair type, the more frequently we comb or touch it, the more positive ions are produced and so, the messier the hair looks. The contact with clothes is another reason of the hair frizz.

If you don't think that you can be blamed on any of the reasons mentioned above, look around the environment where you spend most of the time and make sure that the air in there isn't too dry, for that's the other common thing that leads to hair frizz. If you do find out that the room isn't humid enough, you can start to run a humidifier throughout a day and the situation will be improved by times. Hair specialists also recommend giving up using plastic brushes and combs in favour of brushes with an antistatic coating and start regularly rubbing in hair moisturizers and oils to your hair type accordingly.

BaByliss Pro 235 Elegance Straightener in the use

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Remington Shine Therapy S8500

Plates Infused with Moroccan Oil

If you take your hair care seriously, we highly recommend purchasing the Remington S8500 Hair Straightener. This advanced device with ceramic plates will not only help you style your hair beautifully but also will nourish it.

The biggest selling point of this hair straightener is its plates. They are infused with Moroccan Argan oil and vitamin E. That’s why every time you style your hair, it will look super-shiny - actually 86% shinier than after using an average flat iron. The floating plates are 25 mm wide and provide even pressure on your hair for the smoothest results possible.

The other thing that users really like about this device is that it has a huge number of temperature settings. There are 9 of them and you can select the desired one with the handy control buttons. Their placement is much more convenient compared to other models: they are situated not between the plates but on the side of the unit. That minimises the chances of you accidentally touching the hot plate and burning yourself. Sill, we strongly advise wearing heat-resistant gloves whenever you use curling or straightening devices.

Above the control buttons, you can see an LCD display that shows the chosen setting. The temperature range of this flat iron is pretty wide (150°C - 230°C), hence this model is suitable for people with both thin and thick hair alike. The heating time is pretty impressive - only 15 seconds. There is also a convenient Turbo mode that makes the device ready for use straight away. This function will be especially handy when you are running late.

Review of Remington Shine Therapy S8500 Advanced Ceramic Hair Straightener

Light Design

Moving on, we would like to say that like the majority of modern hairstyling devices, the Remington Hair Straighter is fitted with a safety feature, so it will shut off automatically after 60 minutes of non-use. Hence, there is a low risk of a fire if you forget to turn the iron off while in a rush.

As for the design, this model is made with a nice shiny body. It comes in white with blue plates. The set of this flat iron also includes a heat resistant pouch that comes complete in the same colours. It will become handy if you need to take the straightener with you on a trip.

In the end, we can conclude that the Remington S8500 Hair Straightener is a worthy purchase for those who want to have straight, healthy hair. It doesn’t damage your locks thanks to the advanced plates ifused with vitamin E and Moroccan Argan oil and can make your hair 80% shinier than usual.

Remington Shine Therapy S8500 Advanced Ceramic Hair Straightener in the use

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TRESemme Keratin Smooth

Optimal Solution

For a lot of people, the money-quality ratio is among the prior things they consider. And with that in mind, the TRESemme 2066U has produced a straightening iron with excellent tech specifications and attractive price. Comparing to many other and more expensive irons, the TRESemme hair straightener surprised us with 15 seconds heating time and efficient heat distribution across the entire plates’ surfaces. Something that we all strive for but rarely find in the variety of products. The other thing that we liked about this straightening iron is its rounded shape, allowing using it for versatile hairstyles - waving, curling, straightening and all this with a single tool, amazing! The heat can be adjusted within three available heat temperatures to apply the optimal one to your hair type. The maximum temperature the tool can heat up is 230°C, which is quite a lot and therefore, suitable only for women with rather thick and coarse hair. For everyday or frequent use, it’s advisable to use it at much lower settings in order to not damage the strands of hair.

There is also one more nice thing you get with this hair straightener. The set includes the TRESemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Spray (200 ml), which provides extra nourishment and treatment for your locks.

What we don’t really like about this straightening iron is that at high heat setting the whole tool gets pretty hot. In order not to burn yourself we recommend using heat resistant hair styling gloves.

In conclusion, we can say that the TRESemme 2066U is the best hair straightener at a reasonable price to use on a daily basis. It can straighten curly, coarse, and thin hair in mere seconds without damaging it.

Review of TRESemme Keratin Smooth Control Number 230 Straightener

The First Straightener

Natural wavy hair is a gift, but not girls are happy having it. According to the research conducted by Unilever company, over 40% of women with wavy hair regularly use straightening irons to smooth their curls and vice versa, girls with straight hair often curl it to achieve the waves. People have always been like that by the way. We are often unhappy with what we’ve got. Yet the hair problem was solved already in the XX century when Simon Monro invented and patented his first hair straightener. The tool had only 7 bristles on a plate and could straighten hair in a way we all use a brush. Three years later Isaak Shero introduced into the market the flat iron that looked and operated just like the tool we know today. The iron featured two plates that clasped together and reached rather high temperatures to suit most hair types.

TRESemme Keratin Smooth Control Number 230 Straightener in the use

 

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Comparison of Flat Irons

What Is a Flat Iron?

If you have unruly curls but want to have straight shiny hair with no frizz, there is a decision for you. A flat iron is an ideal tool for hair styling. It is perfect for turning frizzy hair into smooth and shiny. And, alternatively, this tool is also great if you wish to make loose waves for a new look.

How does it work? This magic tool solders the hair cuticles using the heat. Thus, the hair looks shiny and smooth. However, keep in mind that heat can severely damage your hair, hence you need to be extra gentle with it. In our flat iron review, you can find and learn more about the best models available on the market today. They vary in size, temperature range, and plate material to fit every need and budget.

And in case you want to have beautiful curls, we recommend you to pay attention to our selection of the best curling irons. Also, you may want to check our selection of the best hair dryers.

What Features to Compare

Plates Material

When choosing a flat iron, the most important thing to consider is the material of the plates or, to be more precise, the coating. Most flat irons that are presented on the market have either a tourmaline or ceramic coating. Ceramic plates are good and will get hot in an instant allowing you to style your hair almost immediately. What's more, they perfectly maintain the pre-set temperature throughout the whole use. With regard to the tourmaline plates, these work a tad bit gentler and will better suit owners of thin or weak hair. That said, both materials have proved themselves to be highly effective and safe in use so that they can be applied to all hair types without the risk of damage. Along with ceramic and tourmaline plates, you can find a titanium coating which is considered the safest option among them all. The only flaw: titanium flat irons are quite expensive and will cost you several times more than an average deal.

Plates Size

Another thing to consider is the size of the plates. They can be narrow, measuring in up to 1 inch, and wide, more than 1 inch. The former works wonders straightening thin hair, short hair, and fridges while the latter will allow you to quickly style thick locks, adding to the convenience of use and saving you lots of time.

Thermoregulator

A thermoregulator is an important feature in a flat iron, especially if your hair is prone to splitting and fraying. It can be of two types: mechanical and electronic. Mechanical thermoregulators are very simple in use; however, they do not allow selecting the temperature with one-degree precision as electronic thermoregulators do. Flat irons with an electronic thermoregulator offer a greater multitude of settings, enabling you to choose from the range of 240°F to 450°F. As a rule, they feature LCD screens or a marked dial and allow customising the heat. The general recommendations say: if your hair is thin, use a flat iron on low settings, and if you have unmanageable strands, you can use a high heat mode.

Extra Options

Finally, pay attention to extra options. By this, we mean the heating speed - some models heat up in 30 seconds while others need only 10 seconds to reach the max heat; whether the flat iron has an auto shut-off function allowing you to prevent fire hazards; heat-resistant gloves for comfortable and safe styling; a bag for storing a hot tool, a stand or mat for convenience of use, and more. Such little things as indicators can make a difference too, so make sure to learn what accessories along with a flat iron come in the package before making a final choice.

Did you know?

All the owners of frizzy unruly hair try different ways to keep it a bit under control. With the invention of the straight irons, the life many people became so much easier because now they can rock a smooth silky hairstyle every day. Flat irons can straighten your locks and make them look longer and shinier. However, every rose has a thorn, and such styles are not an exception. Since flat irons use heat to straighten your locks, they can cause a lot of damage to your hairdo. That’s why we decided to share a few tips on how to keep your hair strong and healthy even if you straighten it every day.

Purchase a “soothing” shampoo

Even though such a solution won’t make your hair perfectly straight, it still can leave some positive impact. It adds moisture to your hair and makes it less unruly, thus prepares it for the straightening. You can also try straightening shampoos. They may have a better effect in smoothing your hair out, but they may not be suitable for all hair types. Plus, no shampoos can compete with results the iron gives you.

Always use a conditioner

We are sure there is no need to tell you about all the advantages of using additional hair care products like conditioner or moisturizer. However, we want to stress how important it is not to skip them in your routine if you straighten or curl your hair. Conditioning your hair will nourish your hair and make it look much stronger and healthier even amid the effect of the heat.

Never iron wet hair

Sometimes in a rush, we can break a few rules, but this one is an exception. Never, and we really mean it, never use a flat iron or a straightening brush on wet or damp hair. It can cause so much damage that you may have to cut your locks. If you are limited in time, use a hair dryer first. Although adding more heat to your hair may not like a very good idea, it is still nearly as dangerous as using an iron directly on a wet hair. Some people, who have very strong locks that are hard to straighten, have to use a hair dryer and a straightener each time they style their hair. There are some models of straighteners that are suitable for wet hair, however, their safety is still pretty questionable.

Always use a heat protector

Before straightening your hair, no matter if you are going straight for the flat iron or use a hair dryer first, apply a heat protector. As the name suggests, this product protects your hair and helps to keep it healthy and shiny.

Invest in a good device

No matter how tempting the desire to purchase the cheapest product may be, we recommend investing in a high-quality hair care device. There are many blow dryers and flat irons that use various technologies to reduce the damage your hair gets. Flat irons are completed with plates made of different materials. so you can choose the safest one. They also come with a wide temperature range that allows selecting the perfect one for your hair type. Plus, you can find pretty decent models at a very affordable price.

Following these steps, you can keep your hair healthy and shiny even if you love styling it with the heat on a frequent basis.

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1. How To: Choose The Right Flat Iron For Your Hair Type, Folica.

2. Marisa Swanson Straight Story: Everything You Need to Know About Flat IronstheFashionSpot. January 24, 2013.

3. Katie Hoffman 7 Reasons Why Every Woman Should Have A Flat Iron Phase, Bustle. March 3, 2015.

4. Dana Oliver Flat Iron Tips: How To Not Let Your Straightener Ruin Your Hair, The Huffington Post. March 27, 2014.

5. Beauty high 6 Mistakes You've Been Making With Your Flat Iron, Women's Health. April 3, 2014.

6. Caitlin Corsetti 10 Things You Need to Know About Choosing A Flat Iron, Gurl. May 6, 2015.

7. Choosing the Best Hair Straightener For You, Hairfinder

8. Staff Writer How to Choose the Best Hair Straightener for Your Hair, Overstock. Updated June 12, 2015. 

 

 

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