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How do you choose a hair straightener?

With most hair straighteners, you can also create wavy hair or curls. Which hair straightener is most suitable for you depends on a couple of things. For example, do you have thick, thin, or damaged hair, and how often do you want to use the hair straightener? We'll explain to you what to keep in mind, so you can choose the best one for you.

Choose a hair straightener

Choose a hair straightener

Before you purchase a hair straightener, it's useful to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you want basic heat protection or extra heat protection?
  • What is your hair type?
  • Do you want to straighten your hair extra quickly and protect it properly?
  • Do you often have frizzy and static hair?
  • Do you have damaged hair?
  • Do you want to brush and straighten your hair at the same time?
  • Do you want to care for your hair right away?

Do you want basic heat protection or extra heat protection?

Hair straightener with ceramic coating

Basic protection

The question may seem obvious, but it's not. Because a hair straightener with ceramic coating is sufficient if you straighten your hair once in a while. The ceramic coating protect your hair from the heat, but does wear faster than completely ceramic plates. That's why your strands are less protected from the heat. So hair straighteners with a ceramic coating have a shorter lifespan and have to be replaced sooner with average use.

Ceramic hair straightener

Extra heat protection

The more often you use the hair straightener, the more protection your hair needs. You protect your hair best from the heat with a hair straightener with completely ceramic or titanium plates. These plates distribute the heat evenly. That way, you can prevent one part of your hair becoming too hot while the other part barely receives any heat. In addition, the plates don't wear and the hair straightener lasts a lot longer. These hair straighteners are a little more expensive normally than straighteners with a ceramic coating.

What is your hair type?

Hair straightener slim plates

Thin hair

Slim plates are suitable for you if you have thin or fine hair. You can work precisely and don't straighten much hair at once. In addition, it's more pleasant to straighten with slim or short plates when you have shorter hair. That's because it's easier to straighten specific parts of your hair. You can also easily take this hair straighteners with you when you travel.

Hair straightener wide plates

Thick hair

If you have a lot or thick hair, we recommend a hair straightener with wide or long plates. Wide plates are especially useful for thick hair, because you can fit a lot of hair in between. Long plates are especially suitable for long hair, because you can straighten more hair in one go thanks to the length. You'll be done sooner compared to a straightener with slim or short plates.

Do you want to straighten your hair extra quickly and protect it properly?

Type of plates

With a steam hair straightener, you can straighten your hair faster than with a regular hair straightener. You can also hydrate and protect you hair during straightening. The warm steam will open your hair scales, so the steam can get to the core of your hair. The water hydrates and cares for your hair, so you can use the steam hair straightener on your damaged hair without worries. Because the steam reaches deep into your hair, you can straighten faster and your hair stays straight for longer than with a regular hair straightener.

Do you often have frizzy and static hair?

Hair straightener with ionic technology

A hair straightener with ionic technology ensures a frizz-free and non-static hairdo. During straightening, your hair gets a positive charge and your hair scales open. Because of this, your hair becomes static and frizzy. A hair straightener with ionic technology spreads negative ions through your hair, so the scales close and your hair gets a nice gloss. So if you hair becomes frizzy and static often, choose a hair straightener with ionic technology.

Do you have damaged hair?

Adjustable temperature hair straightener

With most hair straighteners, you can adjust the temperature yourself. That way, you can set the straightener to your hair type. Do you have thin, damaged, fine, or died hair? We recommend a hair straightener with a minimum temperature of 180°C or lower. The lower the temperature, the smaller the change on damaged hair due to the heat. For undamaged hair, we recommend a maximum temperature of 200°C. For thick or frizzy hair, we recommend a temperature of 180°C or higher.

Do you want to brush and straighten your hair at the same time?

Styling brush

With a styling brush, you can brush your hair and straighten it at the same time. The pins of the brush heat up to higher than 180°C, after which you can smoothly comb your hair. That way, you can create straight and glossy hair in no time. In addition to advantage that you can quickly straighten your hair, you can also easily brush your hair all the way from the top with a styling brush. That way, you can make sure you don't miss any hair.

Do you want to care for your hair right away?

Hair care products

You can keep your hair healthy with hair care products. Especially if you often treat your hair with heat, it's important to protect it. Heat can dry out your hair and cause damage to it. Before you get started with a hair straightener, you distribute some serum over your hair. That way, you hair is protected, cared for, and it has a nice gloss to it.

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