Being of compact size with the length of only 16 cm and a weight of 227 g, this is one of the smallest straighteners on the market. However, it packs amazing efficiency and power.
The on/off switch is placed a bit inconveniently.
At only half the size of a regular hair straightener, the BaByliss 2860BAU delivers top performance and thanks to the multi-voltage it is perfect for use on the go. The device heats up to 200°C in less than a minute and doesn't tend to heat up even if used for an extended time.
Constant temperature 200°C
Dual voltage, On Indicator light, 60-second heat-up, 1.8-m swivel cord
The flat iron comes with a travel bag for convenient storage and handling. The Tourmaline ceramic technology guarantees fast and even heat-up for safe hair treatment.
Hair tends to get stuck in the gaps between the plates and the housing of the iron.
The dual voltage flat iron from FARI will become your irreplaceable hair stylist anywhere you go, be it the UK, Europe, or the USA. Available in three colours.
Constant temperature 180°C
70-second heat-up, Dual voltage, Indicator light, PU travel bag
The floating heat plates of the Elie HS-039 Mini Travel Straightener work for both thin and thick hair, ensuring perfect sleek results each time. Also, they reach 200°C in seconds, which makes it ideal for quick touch-ups on the go.
The plates don't close tightly.
The combo of modern, attractive design, ease of use and quick heating time makes this travel flat iron very comfortable for use on trips. The long swivel cord provides more freedom of movement.
Up to 200°C
Dual voltage, Indicator light, Swivel cable, Heat-resistant storage bag
Advanced ceramic PTC heating element ensures even heating of the plate along its surface, thus protecting your hair from frizz and damage.
The swivel cord isn't very flexible.
If you need an extremely portable flat iron that will neither take much space in your bag nor take much money out of your wallet, the Solofish straightener is a sound choice.
Constant temperature 200°C
Dual voltage, Indicator light, 1.5-m swivel cable, 30-second heat-up, Velvet storage bag
1 year replacement, 2 years warranty
Thanks to the non-slip corrugated case, the iron is extremely safe to use. And to let you pack it straight away, it comes with a handy heat-resistant pouch.
Tongs don't close tightly.
The KIPOZI mini hair straightener quickly heats up and works gently on the hair without damaging it. Plus, it comes with a long power cord allowing for more freedom of movement during use. Recommended for women with short and healthy hair.
Constant temperature 200°C
Dual voltage, Indicator light, 1.7-m swivel cable, 40-second heat-up, Velvet storage bag
BaByliss 2860BAU Pro 200
Always at Hand
The BaByliss Pro 200 mini styler is a compact professional hair iron with ceramic plates. The flat iron is extremely compact, thus, it can be taken with you anywhere you go. Lightweight, comfortable, and very functional, it is suitable for smoothing hair of different length.
The plates get up to 200 degrees C in just 30-40 seconds. This is a fairly high heat but, despite this, the iron is an energy-efficient device and consumes little power. Due to the beneficial properties of ceramics, the temperature is uniformly distributed over the surface of the plates. Moreover, the ceramic plates glide through hair trippingly and do not cling or damage its structure.
As for the operation, the BaByliss dual voltage hair straightener is controlled by just one on/off button located on its side. After turning the device on, you just need to wait for a few seconds for the plates to warm up and you can go ahead.
Although the BaByliss Pro 200 has very compact dimensions it boasts some great tech specs. It's quick, powerful, and efficient. With that, it's also very convenient to use. With the length of the plates of a mere 16cm, it fits nicely in the hand.
Overall, the BaByliss Pro 200 small straightener can perfectly back up your regular flat iron during travels, allowing you to comfortably style your hair on the go.
FARI Travel Mini
For Worldwide Use
The FARI Travel Mini Flat Iron is a model that is built primarily for travelling. Yet, it's not only ultra-portable but extra functional as well. We dare say that it gives the same hair straightening results as some non-travel models. This is accomplished thanks to the 1.3-cm ceramic plates that are the ideal thickness to work well with both short and long hair.
The plates are 18-cm long, allowing you to heat more hair in one go. The plates heat to a temperature of 180 degrees C and provide gentle operation even on fairly thin hair. But what's best is that these plates are made of ceramic, which ensures that the heat is distributed evenly along the entirety of the plates for a safer styling experience.
There are plenty of other things to love about this particular model. The handle contains a sleek, non-slip surface that gives you a good grip and prevents the iron from accidentally slipping out of your hands. This model even comes with a nice travel pouch that easily fits the mini flat iron along with some other tiny accessories, letting you keep it safe while you transport it in your purse or luggage.
For women that need a professional-quality mini flat iron for their travels, this model will hit the sweet spot.
Stylish and Helpful
The Elie Mini Travel Hair Straightener is a miniature version of a professional flat iron that has ceramic floating plates with curved tips, a cool handle with an LED indicator on the exterior, and a 360-swivel cord for convenient styling. But unlike professional straighteners for salon use, the plates of this one are considerably smaller and narrower making it suitable for quick touch-ups on the go.
Covered with the innovative ceramic, the plates of the Elie Mini Travel Hair Straightener glide smoothly over the hair. You can use it on short and long hair and it will do the job perfectly. Plus, it's safe to use even on rather fine and thin hair, though we'd recommend applying some kind of heat protection.
Heating up doesn't take longer than a minute and when a styler is ready to use, the light on the exterior starts to blink red.
Despite the portable size of the straightener, the risks of hand burns are minimum. The body, as well as a handle of the flat iron, doesn't get hot and stays cool throughout use.
The straightener is available in four colours: green, blue, red, and green, so everyone can find something to his/her taste. The combo of modern, attractive design, ease of use, and quick heating time makes this travel flat iron very comfortable for trips.
Solofish Mini Hair Straightener
The Solofish mini flat iron is a lovely little straightener which is both effective and high-quality. Solofish is a relatively new brand in the hair care industry, so the company tries to get its customers by producing styling tools that are worth even more than their retail price. And this straightener is a bright example of that. Available at £17 (even less with voucher), it's a serious performer. Admittedly, other straighteners in its price range are nowhere near as good.
This flat iron is indeed "mini" and can easily fit into your palm, not to mention handbags or gym bags. It's an ideal tool to carry with you wherever you go to style your hair after a workout in a gym or before an important meeting in your office. And thanks to its dual-voltage support, you can take it overseas and use it from all sockets with a converter.
The plates have a 3D floating design and can easily straight or curl your hair. They reach the max 200-degree temperature in only 30 seconds and stay consistent throughout the whole styling process. On average, medium thickness hair takes 1 or 2 strokes to become bone straight.
All in all, if you need an extremely portable mini flat iron that will neither take much space in your bag nor take much money out of your wallet, it's a sound choice.
KIPOZI Mini Size Travel Hair Straighteners
For Short and Thin hair
Women with short and thin hair often have trouble finding a great mini flat iron that will work effectively for them. Many models with thick plates are not made to work well with short hair, and some with smaller plates may not work at the right temperature to really help straighten or curl their hair. However, that doesn't have to be the case.
The KIPOZI Mini flat iron is a model that is made specifically for women with short and thin hair. Featuring 1.3-cm ceramic plates, this styling tool is just the right size for providing a great hair straightening or curling experience for those with short hair. The small plate size especially makes it effective at getting close to the scalp as well as straighten fringes, which many other models seem to not be well suited for.
The narrow ceramic plates ensure a fully equal heating experience, so there is no need to worry about cold spots causing problems with styling. Although ceramic plates tend to take longer than metal ones to heat up, this model does a great job in heating up to the maximum temperature of 200 degrees C quickly, taking just 40 seconds. Those who are always in a hurry will find this to be a great time saver for them. And to let you pack it straight away, the manufacturer has included a handy heat-resistant pouch in the set.
For anyone with short and thin hair who has had trouble finding the perfect mini flat iron, your search is now over.
What Is a Mini Hair Straightener?
The best mini hair straighteners reviewed here are basically created for on-the-go styling, similar to a hair iron. Being compact and lightweight, they fit in your handbag or cosmetic bag nicely. These appliances can be corded or cordless, depending on the type. Corded models often possess a dual voltage option that allows you to use them worldwide while the cordless ones can even be used during camping or hiking.
However, you should understand that it’s difficult to equip small appliances with a large number of functions. That’s why mini flat irons normally have only one temperature setting. Models that have multiple temperature settings are usually larger variants that wouldn't be considered portable like a mini flat iron.
The size also affects the time needed for hair styling, so be ready to spend about 20-30 minutes on straightening or curling (yes, it's possible to do with a flat iron) your hair, although the amount of time it takes can largely depend on a number of different factors. Regardless, you will want to take these peculiarities into consideration before you choose the mini flat iron that meets your requirements best.
What Features to Compare
Before mentioning anything else, it is important to note that mini straighteners are slightly different than a normal hair iron. Due to their size and portability, they usually are less fully featured than a regular curling or straightening iron. However, that doesn't mean that they are any less effective at their job. Far from it, in fact, although this will largely depend on the model that you purchase. Some mini flat irons will work better for certain people than others, and it largely comes down to the differences between the different models. Here are some of the characteristics and features of mini flat irons that you will want to look for.
The plate width of mini straighteners refers to the size of the plates where the hair is curled or straightened. Plate width is important to note because the size of the plates can affect how hair is styled for different hair length and thickness. Generally, short plates (13 mm to 19 mm) are better for short, thin hair, while thicker plates will work better for thicker, longer hair. Of course, the plate thickness will vary between models, and it is far from the only factor regarding how effective the mini flat iron will be, but it is important to note nonetheless.
Plate Material and Coating
Another important consideration here is the type of material or coating used for the plates. The two most common types of materials that are used are ceramic and titanium, and each one has its own peculiarities when it comes to its effectiveness. Titanium plates tend to heat up much faster than ceramic plates, but they are also known to have cold spots, whereas ceramic plates can often heat up slowly, but the heat distribution tends to be much more even. Of course, all of this will come down to personal preference, so which type you will want to choose will be based on which one you prefer.
Heating and Maximum Temperature
One of the most important differences between a regular sized hair iron and a mini flat iron is that almost all models of slim straighteners lack the ability to adjust the temperature. This means that the temperature that works best with your hair will define which model you should purchase. On the other hand, some models tend to get too hot for certain types of hair, so care should be taken to make sure that the model you choose isn't too hot for your hair.
Convenience and Safety Features
Last but not least, it's a good idea to check what convenience and safety features are included with your flat iron. If you often travel to different countries, you will want to make sure that your flat iron is dual voltage to support the differing voltages between the UK and other parts of the world. Other features can include indicator lights for showing when it is currently heating, thumb rests or other features to prevent you from burning your hands, and even something like a travel pouch. Any of these or other features are included in various types of flat irons, so make sure the features that you want or need are included in the model of your choice.
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Curling vs. Straightening: The Differences
All of the products reviewed here are flat irons, which are most commonly used with straightening hair as opposed to curling. However, there sometimes seems to be confusion about what should be used for curling as opposed to straightening. Is there a big difference between a mini flat iron and a curling wand? Let's find out what the differences are, and what you can use each device for.
Curling wands (or irons) are devices that are meant to be used primarily for curling hair. As they are often called wands, that's because of their shape. Curling wands usually look like a long wand that has a ceramic or metal rod that the hair is wrapped around. The wrapping of the hair ensures that the hair will stay curly after it is heated for a specific amount of time, and the strength of the curls can often be affected by how long the hair is wrapped around the wand. Curling irons are mostly just used for curling hair, and are not very effective at straightening it.
A flat iron is just the opposite of a curling wand. Instead of having a wand shape, a flat iron consists of two plates, usually either metal or ceramic, that are meant to close together with the hair in between them. The hair is straightened by closing the plates with the hair held between, and then moving the flat irons slowly along the length of the hair. Often a comb is used to help straighten the hair beforehand, with some people often using it at the same time as the flat iron to ensure that their hair stays straight.
Flat Iron for Curling?
One of the biggest differences between a flat iron and a curling iron is that while you can't use a curling wand to straighten your hair, you can use a flat iron to curl your hair. In fact, some flat irons are often advertised as being dual use, meant for both straightening and curling, although there are few differences between flat irons advertised as such and those that aren't. The fact is, you can use virtually any flat iron for curling hair.
How to Curl With a Flat Iron
The steps for curling hair with a flat iron are a little different than for straightening hair. First, it is best to make sure that your hair has been both shampooed and conditioned, with your hair left damp during the preparation process. Optionally, you can use a detangling and/or volumising spray to help give your hair that extra bit of help. Some kind of heat protection for your hair is also recommended.
Once your hair has been prepped, it is recommended that you blowdry your hair, being careful not to spend too much time drying in one place, as this can damage your hair and make it harder to curl effectively. Use a brush while blowdrying to make sure that your hair remains disentangled and flowing freely. Make sure that your hair is completely dry before using the flat iron.
For curling your hair with a flat iron, it is best to use a model that has a rounded barrel rather than a flat or blocky barrel. Thankfully, most models you will find should have enough roundness to them to work well for this. Section your hair off like you would with a curling iron, and then put a section between the plates and curl it around the barrel. Then slowly move the flat iron away from your scalp, keeping your hair curled around it up to the end. Once it is at the end, twist the flat iron away to give it that extra curly action. With practice, you should be able to curl your hair just as effectively with a flat iron as with a curling iron.