Hair straighteners are at the source of every good hair day we’ve ever had. We use them to curl, create waves and of course iron out your most desired styles, crating the sleekest and straightest styles. For curly haired girls, such as myself, I can’t even remember what we did before them. They are without doubt one of the most important and most used hair tools of all time; try to think of a single friend who doesn’t own a par of straighteners? It’s pretty hard isn’t it.
Even though there are hundreds of different types of straighteners out there, what you probably didn’t know is that, when it comes to hair tools it’s not a one fits all. These days there are different types of straighteners designed for all hair types, the best straighteners for thick hair will be quite different to the best straighteners for fine hair. If you have quite coarse, curly or unruly hair, you should opt for stronger straighteners that reach a higher temperature, like ghd’s.
Many new straighteners are made with clever built in technology, which prevents hair from damage and breakage – perfect for those with hair that has been colour treated or that is already damaged. Always use a heat protector of some sort when applying any heat to your locks and make sure you’re using the right tools for your hair type.
Browse our edit to find some of the very best straighteners on the market, we’ve got the best straighteners for curly hair, for thin hair, we’ve also got cheaper straighteners which are still amazing at getting you those smooth, straight styles. So take your pick from our edit of the very best to get your hair looking perfect strand for strand.
This gift set is on all of the LOOK beauty team’s Christmas list. Not only is the straightener our fave rose gold colour, the gift set comes with a limited edition NailsInc polish!
These fabulous straighteners glide straight over your hair and leave it soft and glossy, they use safer-for-hair heat and to reduce breakage and make hair stronger. And we're loving the white!
Babyliss' latest pro styler makes light work of straightening out kinks in any hair. You an choose from 180°C to 235°C, so finer hair won't get frazzled!
These straighteners are made with titanium technology, so as not to damage your hair. They have a temperature controller, resulting in a high shine finish as opposed to a dry and damaged one. Also easy to curl and wave with!
This lightweight styler contains HW2 technolog, which conditions while it straightens for healthy straight hair with amazing shine.
I love Cloud 9 Original Iron – they are really quick to heat up and the curved edges make curling ends of your hair really easy to do, so you don’t have to buy tongs as well.
Thick unruly hair has met its match! This is the ultimate frizz fighter; the wide plates make straightening even the coarsest hair a simple task. They may be expensive but they are worth it.
Ghd's cult hair tools always deliver and their newest addition is no exception. The celever technology in the Platinum Styler uses the optimum temperature, so that you can style your hair without overheating it and causing breakage and damage – hurrah!
The floating plates on these helps them glide through the hair with ease, while the rounded edges make curling easy peasy, plus they're seriously cheap!
The clever iconic technology means this John Frieda Sleek Finish Straightener controls frizz in a whole new way, plus it lasts for up to three days without any top ups.
The specialised plates protect your hair from frazzling and your colour from fading. They heat up in seconds and can reach up to 230C, they also turn off automatically after 60 minutes – perfect if you're a tad forgetful… (We've all done it!).
The infusion of Moroccan Argan oil in Lee Stafford Nourishing Argan Oil Hair Straighteners means you don’t need to apply any product pre or post styling for amazing results.
The thin plates are perfect for smoothing and straightening short hair, the slim design means it’s easy to get closer to your hairline – perfect for taming baby hairs.
Remington Silk Straighteners are coated with ceramic so post styling hair looks seriously silky and the shine payoff is amazing.
Nicky Clarke’s desiRED straighteners has a clever setting that automatically shuts it off after 60 minutes, so you never have to worry about leave them on when you’ve gone out.