Hair straighteners come in many types and serve different purposes. In fact, if you’ve never purchased one before, you might find it difficult to choose one from the very many types you will find on the market. To make your work easier when you hit the road looking for one, here are 4 vital things you should check:
Check the Maximum Temperature
A high maximum temperature is preferable when it comes to hair straightening. If you use a low-temperature hair straightener, you will quickly learn how much longer it will take to style your hair. Due to lower temperatures offered by different straighteners, you will have to go over parts of your hair multiple times before you start seeing any results. So make sure that when you go to your popular beauty shop like Sally’s or Ulta, that you get a hair straightener that reaches upwards of 400 degrees or higher. With it, straightening your hair will be a matter of minutes. You should also ensure that the temperature settings of your tool are adjustable. Not all hair straighteners have this feature.
Ideal Width/Size of the Plate
A good hair straightener should work with all hair types. That means you need to check the size of the plate because it determines a lot of things. An ideal size means one that can work regardless of the size and type of hair. It should neither be too small nor too large. According to experts, 3 to 4 centimeters is the best size for everyone. So the next time when you visit your shop make sure to put size into consideration. It influences the results you will get. If you have a short haircut or a pixie-styled hair cut, there are even smaller plates that are available as well. Don’t be afraid to change up your haircut! In fact keeping the same hairstyle may wreck havoc on your fashion style if you don’t mix it up once in a while!
Quality of the Plates
The price of the straightener has a lot to do with the type of materials used on the straightener’s plates themselves. A higher-end model will have plates that are fully ceramic and coated with tourmaline. Tourmaline is a gemstone material created to conduct heat efficiently and safely. Settling for a cheaper material used on your plates will mean the use of glass or a mixture of other metals, which won’t keep your hair straightened for very long. Any stylist will tell you that the plates on your flat iron matter. There are many options for which straighteners are claimed are the best.
The Time It Takes to Heat Up/Turn off
You probably do not want to buy a straightener that will take hours to heat up. A good one should have a plate that heats up in a matter of minutes to seconds. If you are not sure about the time, please ask before choosing one. Some straighteners usually have labels of how long they take to heat up, but others may not have. Therefore, ensure that you purchase something that will do the job in the shortest time possible when you want to straighten your hair. It will save you a lot of time especially when you are in a hurry and still want to have your hair done nicely. Something that may also be important to you is an auto-shut off feature. It’s very hard to find a straightener that does all of the above, and still manages to turn off by itself when you leave the house. The worst feeling is leaving your house not being sure if your hair straightener was turned off or not!
A hair straightener is a very vital tool and you ought to get the right one. Don’t buy any type just
because you want to own one. Take the time to choose a good one, and you’ll be happy with the work it will do for you. If you are not sure about features, please do your homework first. Many beauty retailers have excellent customer service and will even be able to help you find products anywhere from hair straighteners to quality eye serums.