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The best hair straighteners for any hair type and length

The best hair straighteners for any hair type and length
Holly James
Beauty Writer2 years ago
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Post last updated: 02/03/2023

The right hair straightener is so versatile it can smooth your hair straight, create tousled, beachy waves, or help you to achieve the perfect curl. And with a wide range of brands available such as ghd, L’Oréal Professionnel and Babyliss, you’ll be sure to find the perfect straightening iron that will offer you beautiful locks in no time at all.

Tips to help you choose your perfect hair straightener

When it comes to looking for the perfect hair straightener, there are a few things to consider:

What hair straightener width is best?

Hair straighteners are available in a variety of widths: slim plates (usually around 2.5 – 3cm) are suitable for short hair, while wider plates (around 6cm) are better for those with longer hair or thick hair.

What do different hair straightener plates do?

  • Ceramic plates distribute heat more evenly but can be slower to warm up.
  • Titanium plates heat up much more quickly than ceramic plates however, hair straighteners with this plate type tend to be more expensive.
  • Ceramic coated plates are made from a metal base topped with a ceramic layer giving you the best of both worlds - a speedy heating time paired with more evenly distributed heat.

Do you need a straightener with a variable temperature?

Depending on your hair density, you’ll want to heat your hair straighteners to different temperatures to ensure the best results. Low heat is better suited to people with fine hair and a higher heat is better suited to people with coarse hair or thick hair.

What is ionic technology?

Nobody wants frizz or flyaways and when there is too much positive charge on your hair, it can cause static. Ionic technology neutralises this unwanted charge and helps to keep your hair smooth, sleek and frizz free.

Our picks of the best hair straighteners

A quality hair straightener is one of the best investments that you can make for your hair. We've collated 10 of the best hair straighteners for all hair types.

  1. ghd Mini Styler
  2. L’Oréal Steampod
  3. ghd Max Styler
  4. BaByliss Diamond Hair Straighteners
  5. ghd Platinum+ Straighteners
  6. ghd Original Styler
  7. L’Oreal Professionnel Steampod 3.0 Steam Hair Straightener & Styling Tool
  8. Drybar The Tress Press Digital Styling Iron, 1 Inch
  9. BaByliss Smooth Pro Wide 235 Straightener
  10. Mermade Hair Straightener 28mm
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Which hair straighteners should you choose for your hair type?

The best hair straighteners have been tried and tested by our experts. If you’re ready to invest in a pair of long lasting hair straighteners that will give you shiny, glossy and gorgeous hair time and time again, then keep on reading...

  • 1.ghd Mini Styler

    ghd Mini Styler

    ghd Mini Styler

    5 Stars 4 Reviews
    £149.00
    The ghd Mini Styler takes the guilt out of heat styling. Tri-zone technology ensures that heat is maintained so hair remains healthy, glossy and strong; giving you great results without compromising the condition of your hair. The intelligent irons constantly adapt to your individual hair fibres to deliver the optimum styling temperature at all times. Styling with the ghd Platinum+ has also been proven to be safe for coloured hair as well as reducing hair breakage and increasing shine.
    • Key features
      • Ceramic heat technology
      • Precision-milled floating plates with gloss coating
      • Sleep mode switches off if inactive for 30 minutes
    • Best for: Hair prone to breakage, coloured hair
    • LF Customer Queenie says "This is the best hair straightener I have come across with so far for my fringe. Love it"
  • 2.L’Oréal Professionnel Steampod 3.0

    L’Oréal Professionnel Steampod 3.0

    L’Oréal Professionnel Steampod 3.0

    4.5 Stars 96 Reviews
    £235.00
    The L’Oréal Professionnel Steampod is unique in that unlike traditional hair straighteners, it relies on steam technology to straighten hair; reducing frizz and smoothing down the fibres. This technology provides gentle heat action which helps to minimise damage to the hair. Proven to be faster than other straighteners and giving up to 50% smoother hair, the Steampod is perfect for enhancing your blow-dry and giving you salon-perfect results each and every time.
    • ‘I swear by the Steampod! The best hair straightening tool that i have ever tried. Leaves the hair silky smooth, frizz free and with an amazing shine. I feel that my hair is less damaged and looks straight for longer’ - Andreea Opris
     
    • Key features
      • Steam Powered
      • Double Technology Plates with high resistant anodised coating
      • Intelligent Heat Control - 3 heat settings from 180°C to 210°C
      • 14% thinner and 37% lighter design vs Steampod 2.0
    • Best for:  Fine hair & reducing frizz
    • Read what our customers say here
     
  • 3.ghd Max Styler

    ghd Max Styler

    ghd Max Styler

    4.73 Stars 22 Reviews
    £199.00
    The ghd Max Styler from ghd has great 5* reviews on LOOKFANTASTIC; making it one of our all-time best hair straighteners. The larger plates on the styler make it ideal for thicker and curlier hair which needs extra heat to fully smooth the fibres. The contoured edges and wider plates also help create beautifully loose curls and waves; making it a great multi-tasking styler should you want a product which does more than straighten your hair.
    • Key Features
      • Ceramic heat technology
      • Optimum styling temperature of 185°C
      • Wide contoured floating plates
      • Heat-resistant protective plate guard
      • Automatic sleep mode
      • 30 second heat up time
    • Best for: Thick, curly hair
    • Read what our customers say here
  • 4.BaByliss Diamond Hair Straighteners

    BaByliss Diamond Hair Straighteners

    BaByliss Diamond Hair Straighteners

    4.56 Stars 9 Reviews
    £55.00
    This hair straightener has diamond-infused titanium plates; making it a perfect choice for anyone who loves luxurious beauty. The plates provide a high shine finish so hair appears radiant and healthy. The advanced ceramic heaters heat up in just 15 seconds and have 3 different temperature settings so you can customise the heat to your hair type. The plates also have a curved edge to them, making them perfect to create loose curls and waves.
    • ‘I love how you can go from sleek to tousled waves with the ghd straightener, good hair, good mood, good day “. Always remember hair is 99% of your selfie! 💫’ - Tara Maynard
     
    • Key Features
      • Up to 235°C high heat performance
      • Diamond infused ceramic plates for sleek results
      • Longer plates for fast styling
      • Ready to use in 15 seconds
      • Active frizz-control ionic conditioners
      • Advanced Ceramics™ to maintain high heat and fast heat up
      • Auto shut-off safety function
      • Universal voltage for worldwide use
    • Best for: Creating Waves & Curls
    • LF Customer Bex says: "Love that the plates allow your hair to glide through them with no pulling. They left my hair super smoother and given they heat up to 235c they straightened my hair really quickly. Great purchase!"
  • 5.ghd Platinum+ White Straighteners

    ghd Platinum+ White Straighteners

    ghd Platinum+ White Straighteners

    4.69 Stars 45 Reviews
    £229.00
    The ghd Platinum+ White Straighteners are perfect for straightening, curling or waving your hair. The luxury tool provides a consistent temperate of 185°C to help reduce hair damage and split ends. Not only does the product work amazing, the white glossy finish makes it the perfect tool to display in your collection.
    • ‘Couldn’t be without my platinum+ GHD’s!! They’ve been an absolute game changer for me since I started using them - my hair feels healthier, much more sleek and I definitely experience less breakage since switching to them. Would be lost without them!’ - Chloe Adair
     
    • Key Features
      • Consistent 185°C temperature
      • Safer-for-hair heat
      • UK three pin plug
      • Ultra-Zone® Technology
      • Sleek design and rounder barrel for snag-free styling
      • Healthier styling in one stroke
      • Reduced breakage and damage
      • Sleep mode switches off if inactive for 30 minutes
    • Best for: Fine, Easily Damaged Hair
    • Read what our customers say here
  • 6.ghd Original Styler

    ghd Original Styler

    ghd Original Styler

    4.93 Stars 99 Reviews
    £129.00
    The ceramic plates on this hair straightener ensure that hair remains glossy and nourished even through the high-level of heat. A brilliant all-rounder for quick and effortless everyday styling, the ghd Original Styler can create both smooth locks and curls; making it a great multi-tasking product. Suitable for all hair types and lengths, the styler glides smoothly through the hair in one gentle action so snagging is reduced.
    • "I've used the ghd Original Styler for over 12 years - they're my styler of choice for everyday. Nothing beats them in my eyes - great for sleek, straight styles and curls/waves, there's no style I wear that I can't use my ghd Original Styler to create." - Lady Writes
     
    • Key Features
      • Original ceramic heat technology
      • Optimum styling temperature of 185°C
      • Floating plates for extra control while styling.
      • Automatic sleep mode: switches off if not used for 30 minutes
      • Universal voltage
      • 30 second heat up time: for quick and easy styling
    • Best for: All Hair Types & Lengths
    • Read what our customers say here
  • 7.L’Oreal Professionnel Steampod 3.0 Steam Hair Straightener & Styling Tool

    L’Oreal Professionnel Steampod 3.0 Steam Hair Straightener & Styling Tool

    L’Oreal Professionnel Steampod 3.0 Steam Hair Straightener & Styling Tool

    4.5 Stars 96 Reviews
    £235.00
    This unique styling tool from L’Oreal Professionnel harnesses the power of steam to efficiently smooth and style hair without any damage. The Steampod 3.0 device boasts temperature control and a removable integrated comb to allow you to tailor you experience to your hair type or desired style.
    • Key Features:
      • Exclusive Steam Delivery
      • Double Technology Plates with high resistant coating
      • Intelligent Heat Control from 180°C to 210°C
      • Rotative Cord
      • Integrated water tank for steam
      • Integrated removable comb for styling
    • Best for: All hair types and lengths
    • Read what our customers say here
  • 8.Drybar The Tress Press Digital Styling Iron, 1 Inch

    Drybar The Tress Press Digital Styling Iron, 1 Inch

    Drybar The Tress Press Digital Styling Iron, 1 Inch

    £139.00
    Designed with curved edges to allow for curls and waves as well as sleek straight styles, the Tress Press Digital Styling Iron by Drybar is a dual-action styling tool that works on all hair types and textures. Built with titanium technology, the styler helps to seal hair cuticles for a glossy, smooth finish every time.
    • Key Features:
      • Rounded one-inch plates
      • Digital temperature control to customise heat settings up to 232˚C
      • Universal voltage and a professional length (2.74m) cord
      • Powered by Titanium and Infrared Technologies
    • Best for: Damaged hair and curling
  • 9.BaByliss Smooth Pro Wide 235 Straightener

    BaByliss Smooth Pro Wide 235 Straightener

    BaByliss Smooth Pro Wide 235 Straightener

    4.46 Stars 13 Reviews
    £65.00
    Speed up your hair styling routine with this wide-plated straightener from BaByliss. The 35mm plates allow for capturing larger sections of the hair in one go, making them suitable for those with thicker hair too. Designed with 5 temperature options, the straighteners can be adapted to your hair type and are fitted with ceramic technology that helps to protect against breakage. This unique styling tool from L’Oreal Professionnel harnesses the power of steam to efficiently smooth and style hair without any damage. The Steampod 3.0 device boasts temperature control and a removable integrated comb to allow you to tailor you experience to your hair type or desired style.
    • Key Features:
      • Up to 235°C
      • 35mm wide styling plates perfect for use on longer and thicker hair types
      • Ceramic finish for smooth results
      • Long-length plates ideal to style larger sections of hair
      • 5 heat settings for enhanced heat protection
      • Ultra-fast heat up
      • Advanced Ceramics™ maintains high heat for lasting results
      • Automatic safety shut off
      • Heat ready indicator
      • Heat protective mat
      • 2.5m salon style swivel cord
      • 5 year guarantee
    • Best for: Thicker hair types and faster styling
    • Read what our customers say here
  • 10.Mermade Hair Straightener 28mm

    Mermade Hair Straightener 28mm

    Mermade Hair Straightener 28mm

    4.67 Stars 6 Reviews
    £69.00
    Lightweight and easy to use, the Mermade Hair Straightener 28mm is a high-performance styler that suits all hair textures, types and lengths. Floating plates and iconic technology ensure a flawless, even finish without frizz or flyaways and rounded edges offer versatile styling without any pulling.
    • Key Features:
      • 28mm smooth floating plates
      • Lightweight design
      • Temperature control 130°C – 230°C / 265°F – 450°F
      • Rounded edges
      • Ionic technology
      • Ceramic plates
      • Advanced heat technology that heats up extra fast and provides even heat distribution
      • 100-240V~, 50/60HZ, 45W
      • Auto shut-off – automatically turns off after 1-hour
      • Professional use – 2.5m swivel cord
    • Best for: Versatile styling on the go
    • Read what our customers say here

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Holly James
Beauty Writer
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Working with brands at LOOKFANTASTIC for over two years I have developed my knowledge of all things beauty from key skincare concerns to niche makeup tricks and haircare hacks. I have a major passion for finding effective solutions that are easily accessible to everyone so that we can all achieve our best, glowing complexion.
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